Tranquil Jungle Haven

Shergarh

Shergarh

Kanha National Park
, Madhya Pradesh
, India

Accommodation comprises 6 delightfully comfortable, roomy tents which are spread out in a small wooded area and each is very private. A low mud wall encloses a comfortable verandah outside each tent and the excellent fixed bathrooms have transformed this ‘camping’ experience, so you want for nothing. Pretty tiled roofs keep tents cool in summer, and hot ‘stone’ bags are placed in the beds for warmth in the winter months.

Evenings are spent together in The Main House, dining on delicious home-grown vegetables and locally caught fish.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Wildlife/Nature Lodge

Destination

Shergarh is a highly personal, exclusive small camp, surrounded by grasslands and sitting by a very pretty spring-fed lake, with the added bonus of being at the quieter, southern end of the Kanha Nationa Park.

Kanha National Park boasts wonderfully varied topography and vegetation and lies between the Satpura Range and the Maikal Hills, in the heart of India. Kanha is home to an enormous variety of animals and birds, and comprises rolling hills together with open meadows, sal and bamboo forest and grassy plateaus.

Accommodation

Accommodation comprises 6 cosy tents, each with twin or double beds. They are spacious, light and have excellent, fixed, modern bathrooms. They are decorated in soft, earthy, neutral colours and both the interiors and the exteriors blend seamlessly with their jungle environment. They are well spread out in a small wooded area and each is very private. They have a front, walled verandah with deck chairs comfortable sofas / day beds built into the walls. The tents have outer thatched roofs which are watered in the warmer months to keep them cool. Each tent has an air cooler and electricity (with generator back-up). Hot ‘stone’ bags are provided in the winter months. Hot water is plentiful and provided by geysers. Tea and coffee is available throughout the day and can be brought to your room. Hair dryers are provided in all rooms. Bathrobes are provided. There is a safe in the main office. No TV or DVD players. Showers not bath tubs.

Dining

Wholesome Indian and Continental food prepared from home-grown vegetables, local produce and fish farmed from the lake is served in the Main House. Everyone tends to eat together in the evenings but you may eat on your own if you specifically wish to. Menus are table d’hote / set menu. Room service is not available. Beer and wine and other alcoholic drinks are available.

Experiences

Camp fire dinners, candlelit bush dinners (when bugs permit) are all part of the memorable and romantic moments that Shergarh serves up! Being highly passionate about the environment, aside from only venturing into the park each day, Jehan will encourage you to explore the local village and tribal communities either on foot or by bicycle, and to go on bird walks.

Why we love this place

This delightful camp has a very homely feel with the comfortable, rustic tents spread across grassy meadows. With a small pond and sandy paths linking the main lodge to the tents, it is warm and friendly. The lodge is home to a cosy sitting room, dining room and relaxing verandah, all done up in simple, comfortable, authentic jungle style. The small waterbody is a lovely place to relax, listening to water life and the whole setting is very pretty, all the land having been bought by the owners and re-wilded. Small pathways lead through the swaying grasses and the owners are passionate wildlife people with a lifelong aim to protect and support the local habitat and environment. Earthy and wonderful.

About your host

Shergarh is the creation of naturalist Jehan Bhujwala and English wife Katie, whose aim is to ensure a genuine, personal wildlife experience for all. It is a really lovely camp and epitomizes what a wildlife camp should be – peaceful, understated, close to the park entrance, run by truly dedicated wildlife people, and with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Everything here is as local as it can be, from the building materials to the produce you feast on. Having bought and re-wilded much of the land around the camp, it is now alive with ‘wild’ activity which provides fun ‘night walks’.

Our Recommendation

This is THE place to stay for those who want and authentic, brilliant, nurtured wildlife experience.

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