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Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat
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Valmieras
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“To good for words”
Reviewed 16 May 2011

We enjoyed our stay in this remote corner of Chhattisgarh more then anything because it's still such an unspoiled area where we could experience the authentic India far away from the tourist crowds.Thanks to the owner who has created such a marvelous place in this beautiful valley.It's not a 5-star for sure but good enough to spend a few days away from all the noise and pollution.The trekking tours to the villages are a unique experience to meet the real tribals.No tourist show.We stayed in villages of these very interesting Begha tribals and loved it. Excellent fresh food and a very personal,attentive service organised very well by the resort.Highly recommended despite a few shortcomings.We regretted that our schedule didn't allow us to stay longer but hopefully can return soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

Although the resort is only 15 km away from the rather busy town of Kawardha it has such a serenity and peace that is difficult to find anywhere in India today.The very knowledgeable owner Sunny treats everybody like a personal guest,even friend.There are ample opportunities to make a great day from bird watching to visiting the colourful tribal markets from where the resort gets fresh organic veggies and tasty village chicken.I spent almost two weeks there at my last visit and never got bored.The prices for room only are really down to earth,particulary if one stays a little longer.I used the kitchen and cooked my own fresh food from the markets.One of my favourite places in whole of India!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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yatrawala
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Reviewed 16 March 2011

Sunny Upadhyay who built and runs BJR has got it so right. A simple collection of traditionally built cottages, decorated in the local style, with a pretty garden in which you can laze about, eat your lunch, or drink a beer around the evening camp fire, with the Maikal hill range as a backdrop. Sunny's staff are the kindest you could wish for, and his cook one of the best in India.

Sunny has lived here all his life and knows the area and the people who live around him as well as anyone could. He is full of energy and enthused by what he offers ... an intimate insight into life in tribal village India, with a proper chance to interact and engage rather than simply to gawk. You can explore the area by car or embark on longer outings trekking out into the hills and camping overnight by a lake or staying in a village with some of Sunny's friends. Cultural events like dancing are enjoyed with the community and not just rolled out to please the tourists. The area is studded with ancient temples and there are numerous weekly tribal markets. This is tourism at its best. Bringing focus and money to a people who have suffered badly over the years.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

The setting for Sunny Upadhyay's Bhoremdeo Jungle Retreat is quite stunning - a valley surrounded by the lower slopes of the Maikal Hills - where history and Tribal culture can be experienced and imbibed the way it should be. I have watched BJR emerge as a destination of true value, and Sunny has created a truely welcoming and relaxing ambiance where his guests can sincerely meet India and her people, instead of the usual come, see, photograph and go, but don't interact practices of rural tourism so common today. The Baiga and Gond tribal communitities of this area are simply enchanting, with their open hearts and gentle nature worn on their sleeves - they are inspiring, calming and make you think about what is actually important in this life of tension most people live these days.

The treks into the hidden world of the jungles take you away from everything of distraction and allows periods of peace, where even the sounds of modern life structures and motorised chaos are left far behind. It's a time for you to be one with the planet that sustains a person, a time for reflection and peace of mind.

The nearby ancient Bhoremdeo Temples are most beautifully carved with intrincate detail of all aspects of a human existance, including erotica that is astonishing and can cause the observer to blink in disbelief. They say all this is placed on the exteriors of the temples so that when you enter the inner sanctum you go in with just your soul to commune with your God.

The weekly Tribal Markets, scattered throughout the Maikal Hills, are fascinating. The Baiga Tribe are said to be the first tribe ever to have inhabited what we now refer to as India, and Verrier Elwin, the famous anthropologist who spent many years with this Tribe, felt strongly that they are the Fathers of Mankind. To spend time among Baiga is nothing less than spiritually rewarding, especially when you are treated to walking with them in the jungle, for there is nothing they don't know about Mother Earth and the animal kingdom, and again when you are invited to dance with them to the sound of their Nandgara Drums..........the earthy beats seem to come up through the Earth herself pulsating through your very core.

I could go on writing about my experiences in this unbelievably special area of Central India's Chhattisgarh, but I think it would be more rewarding for an interested traveler to come and experience it for themselves...........but come with an open heart.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

If you want to experience India off the beaten paths you should try the Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat, where you can meeet tribal people and visit their markets, where you can experience the adventure of the jungle and where you also can enjoy just around the corner one of the most fascinating Indian temples unknown by the common India traveller but overwhelming in its beautiness and with highly interesting erotic sculptures. And you can really feel at home as you are not in one of the many commercially oriented and standardized ressorts but among friends who take care of you. Unforgettable the campfire in the evening and the bright stars above you or breakfast under the blossoming trees - it is really a peaceful place. But if you want you can also visit an excavation area not far away where artefacts have been found from history which goes back even to neolithicum.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat

Property: Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat
Address: Bhoramdeo Temple Road, Kawardha 491995, India
Region: India > Chhattisgarh > Kabirdham District > Kawardha
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kawardha
Price range (per night): $4,368
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BJR offers farmhouse-style living with essential mod cons. Trecking,biking,tribal villages,tribal markets,villaga home stay,camping in the jungle,11th century bhoramdeo temple can be done here. ... more   less 

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