Photo Story: Sukhtara Haat, Madhya Pradesh

On a warm afternoon, we drove out in a jeep from Pench Tree Lodge towards a nearby village. Sukhtara is a small village in Madhya Pradesh, approximately 17 kilometres from the property. It is the spot for a weekly village market or haat. Residents from neighbouring villages/hamlets come and sell products here.  These range from food…

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My First Stay in a Tree House 

‘Please give us whatever food you have in your bags,’ said Amit Mukherjee, the manager of Pench Tree Lodge, with a smile on his face. After my long travel to Nagpur and then another 3-hour drive to Pench, I was evidently exhausted and didn’t question these instructions. These words, I understood, were good for my health and…

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My Top 12 Travel Moments From 2015

2015 has been an incredible year. From meeting some of my favourite writers to travelling surreal wonderlands, I really couldn’t have asked for anything better. It has been a steeper learning curve too. Some of the most important things I learnt was to say no to free work, developing a thick skin and accepting the…

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Photo Story: The Camera-Friendly Locals of Rancha, Madhya Pradesh

Somewhere in the heart of India, I realised that even the most introverted child loves the camera. It works as an ice-breaker and as a charming conversationalist. While staying at Kings Lodge in Bandhavgarh, we made a quick visit to Rancha. Barely a kilometre away from the rustic property, we entered the quiet and dusty village with not…

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8 Things I Learnt in Bandhavgarh

The 2.5-hour drive from Katni Railway Station to Kings Lodge in Bandhavgarh National Park was full of anticipation and excitement. It was the first time I was in Madhya Pradesh and the eagerness comes as a natural precursor to a new journey. I reached in the darkness of the night and my first impression of…

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Realising Tiger Dreams

When people say, ‘I have always dreamt of doing this’, it makes me a little retrospective. There are parts of my dreams or sometimes an entire aspiration that I tend to miss until it comes alive. More recently when I was travelling across two of Madhya Pradesh’s most popular national parks—Bandhavgarh and Kanha, it occurred to…

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