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21 Apr ’14

We are hopping from Jodhpur and Radjasthan to Nagpur in Madhya Pradesh via Mumbai to see some more wildlife.

The city of Nagpur is the belly of India, the centre point, right in the middle of the country. It’s a compact city (to Indian standards) and the region is famous for orange and cotton plantations. After a good night sleep in the new Radisson Blue hotel (great hotel, fantastic breakfast but no beer in the mini-bar, what?) we head of for the jungle and the wild. We leave the city behind and trade it for the quiet backside of Pench National Park. We pass through small and pretty villages with houses made out of adobe and with pretty mahua trees growing in the gardens.

Pench NP is famous thanks to Mowgli, Bagheera and Sher Khan, from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Kipling was inspired to write his memorable book by the luxuriant forest cover of Pench teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife. But first we visit the villages around the national park, close to the new Jamtara Wilderness Lodge, the only camp near one of the more quiet gates of the NP. Still a very well kept secret…

village close to Jamtara Lodge

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