Jamtara Wilderness Lodge


  • Stylish tented accommodation
  • Explore Pench looking for tigers and more
  • Spend a night in a star bed
  • Cool off in the pool
  • Visit Jamtara village 

Open: Jamtara Lodge is open all year apart from the rainy season, June to September. It first opened at the beginning of 2014.

Location: Jamtara Lodge is on the edge of the village of the same name and within a couple of minutes drive of Pench National Park. It is about a 4-hour drive from both Jabalpur and Nagpur airports. The nearest train station is at Chindwara, a 90-minute drive away.

Rooms: The lodge has 12 tented rooms, set on wooden decks and with canvas walls and roofs. They are surprisingly spacious, with ample room for storage and furniture including full length mirrors and large writing desks. Artwork and local textiles add touches of colour. The en-suite bathrooms are equally light and roomy, with large windows and running water. To the front of each tent is a shaded terrace, with a table and chairs.

Activities: The lodge offers safaris in Pench National Park. As the park is un-fenced the wildlife viewing is equally good around the lodge and you can go for guided nature and bird watching walks here. A visit to the local village, also called Jamtara, is a great way to witness daily life in this remote part of the country and you are always be assured of a warm welcome. The lodge can arrange an overnight stay in a star bed, set up on a high platform, complete with basic bathroom amenities, allowing you to spend a night under the stars. A guard is on hand throughout. This is a popular option and needs to be requested and booked in advance.

Facilities: The main are of the lodge is a large open-sided room with a long dining table, leather sofas and chairs and a selection of reading material. This area leads out to a fire pit by a huge banyan tree, a preferred spot for sundowners. There is plenty of outside space for al fresco meals. The outdoor pool is perfect for a refreshing swim.

Dining: Meals are taken communally. The food is of a consistently high standard and includes regional fare.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though there will be age limits on activities.

Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

Lovely lodge with excellent food. Star Bed is a must do. We would suggest booking in advance as not much point in using it and then having to get up at 5 a.m. for a game drive. Game drives are fairly full on. 5.45-11.30 in the morning and 2.45-7.00 in the afternoon. Saw tigers twice but both from a distance.

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