Lux­ury amidst wilder­ness

Sit­u­ated in Jam­tara vil­lage near Pench Na­tional Park, Jam­tara Wilder­ness Camp is a 12-room lux­ury tented prop­erty. gets in a con­ver­sa­tion with Amit Sankhala, Di­rec­tor, Jam­tara Wilder­ness Camp, to know more about this lux­ury camp!

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What is Jam­tara about?

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In the 80s, hardly any­one thought of go­ing to MP for wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ences. In­fra­struc­ture was limited and it took hours to get there even from a rail­way sta­tion. But that was the charm of go­ing to true wilder­ness. No other ve­hi­cle in sight and one could en­joy their wildlife sight­ings in peace and ob­serve an­i­mal be­hav­iour. To­day, it is hard to find this kind of ex­clu­siv­ity. Jam­tara is a very quiet gate of Pench Na­tional Park with only 1 ve­hi­cle en­ter­ing in a month. Although tiger sight­ing is a high­light, but that is not our fo­cus. In­stead, it is to de­liver a true wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence with a mo­tive of learn­ing and ob­serv­ing.

How did you con­cep­tu­alise this idea and how is the In­dian mar­ket fit for such lux­ury camps?

We wanted to have the least im­pact on the land, so we don’t be­come a con­crete struc­ture. For many years now, I have taken a trip to Africa almost yearly. I have seen var­i­ous con­cepts from Kenya to Namibia, South Africa to Uganda. I wanted to de­velop a very sim­i­lar model and feel for the place. The idea of some ex­clu­siv­ity, which is abun­dant in Africa is what we aimed to de­liver. But above, the com­mu­nity part­ner­ship was even more im­por­tant. The vil­lages we are work­ing with, have never seen out­siders be­fore. They hardly have ac­cess to ba­sic need like elec­tric­ity. Almost 90% of the vil­lages have farm­ers and their ma­jor prob­lem is - wildlife feed­ing on their crops. Hence they sleep on the ‘ machaan’ all night to chase away wildlife. We have been suc­cess­ful in see­ing sloth bears, leopard, spot­ted deer, wild boards and some rare noc­tur­nal mam­mals.

What is the clien­tele that you are deal­ing with?

Our clients are the trav­ellers that want a true wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence with the lux­u­ries of mod­ern day. Wildlife mon­i­tor­ing through cam­era traps, star beds, buf­fer walks, etc are all el­e­ments that al­lows you to com­plete your ex­pe­ri­ence.

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