Jamtara

Location: Central India | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Jamtara adds a whole new meaning to glamping – this luxury camp is an idyllic retreat on the edge of Pench National Park, surrounded by the lush forest landscapes and thrilling wildlife of the Jungle Book tales. See tigers in the fields, share stories round the campfire and sleep outdoors under the stars.
Perfect forCombining luxury with a taste of the wilderness and some wildlife spotting in a truly remote retreat, away from the crowds – perfect for couples and families alike.
In the knowExperience real-life Jungle Book landscapes in unique style by sleeping under the stars in a machaan, or ‘star bed’ – and support local farmers. 

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Lodge

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Jamtara sits beside a secluded and rarely-visited part of Pench National Park, meaning you can avoid the crowds and the queues.

Rooms at Jamtara

There are 10 luxury tents, overlooking the forest, including towering Arjuna trees, ancient banyan trees and trickling streams. They are light and airy, and come with large, comfortable beds, antique furnishings, floors of reclaimed wood and colourful artworks, with materials sourced from everywhere from old ships to embassies, giving the camp a rich, historic, colonial feel.

Sleep inside your tent, or outdoors on your veranda - mosquito nets keep the bugs away, and quilts and hot water bottles will warm you up on cold nights. You can also spend a night under the stars in a ‘machaan’, a four-poster ‘star bed’ set high on stilts above the ground, as sloth bears rustle beneath and owls hoot in the inky black sky above, which is not only a unique and memorable experience, but also supports local farmers. For generations, farmers on these lands have slept outside in their fields in a machaan in the middle of their farm, protecting their crops by shooing away wildlife. 

Food and drink

Wake-up tea, breakfast, lunch, snacks on game drives, evening tea and dinner will ensure you won’t go hungry or thirsty. Dine on flavoursome Indian specialities around a communal mango-wood table, and enjoy drinks around the campfire beneath a giant banyan tree. There are also cooking demonstrations so you can learn how to make local specialities yourself.

Facilities

Cool off on your return from a day's adventures in the beautiful infinity pool.

Activities at Jamtara

Your stay includes guided park safaris in a 4x4 vehicle, and the services of expert resident naturalists. See tigers, leopards and their playful cubs roam in the undergrowth. Spot some of the area’s many types of birds on a guided birdwatching walk. 

There are also plenty of opportunities for exploring on foot, and discovering local village life. The village of Jamtara, and the other villages around it, are remote and rural, retaining a traditional feel, and villagers make their living through farming, including growing corn and sugar cane, which is chopped and cooked in giant pots to make jaggery, a form of concentrated sugar.

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Hotel location

Jamtara is in Pench National Park in Jamtara, Madhya Pradesh. The closest airports are at Jabalpur and Nagpur, about a four-hour drive away. Alternatively, private flights land at Seoni Airstrip, an hour away.

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