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Reviewed 20 February 2016

If you are looking for an extremely comfortable wild life experience in India where the park is not over-run with tourists of both the Indian and European/American variety and where you are sure to view a variety of animal and bird life, The Forsyth Lodge in the Satpura Wildlife Preserve 3 ½ hours south east of Bhopal is definitely the place to go. The accommodations are wonderful and if you choose the Machan style, not only will it have a big bedroom/living room with sit-out on the jungle itself, it also includes an upstairs covered roof-terrace with a king-sized bed surrounded by mosquito netting and comfortable chairs and a sofa to view the forest from above. You can also sleep the night up high outside if you don’t mine climbing down stairs to the bathroom. The staff is outstanding in service and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable not only about the animal life but also regarding trees, insects and jungle life. We were provided with our own guide, Surya, for our entire 5 days at the lodge who took us out on Jeep and elephant rides or walks in the forest or around the 42 acres of the lodge itself. He ate dinner with us as well and he was incredibly intelligent, educated, kind, courteous and just a pleasure with whom to spend time! In general the staff cannot possibly do any more to make you happy and comfortable while making you feel welcome and a highly valued guest. Rishi, the director, oversees the staff and the venue with top level management skills as well as wonderful attention to the guests. On top of all this, the food is delicious, varied and fresh and schedules around dining are relatively flexible to your desires. Of course there is a lovely pool. After 30 years of travel in India and visiting many animal preserves I had always wanted to see a sloth bear having seen their claw markings on trees and their pug marks on the ground. When I arrived and was asked what I most wanted to observe, I said a sloth bear. I saw 7 in Satpura forest and 2 were mothers with their cubs! Elephant jungle safari’s are always the highlight of my animal viewing trips and at Forsyth Lodge I was provided with two elephant trips to view animals. One was 2 hours and one was 1 ½ hours – much longer than usually experienced in other parks. Here the elephants are so well trained that the mahouts do not use discipline of any kind but do all their driving gently with their feet and the elephants respond with sometimes minute changes in their walking through the forest so that you very unlikely to be touched by a branch or tree even when you are off the paths. It’s just two passengers per elephant and our guide traveled on a second elephant so we had plenty of room to change position and relax in our howdah. You can also take rides on the holy Naramada River, which separates the lodge area from the preserve. We saw Guar, Chittel, Sambar, wild boar, Sloth bears, a jungle cat, langur and rhesus monkeys, and many wonderful forest and water birds.

Room tip: Machan Cottages include, big room, large bath, shaded roof terrace with big bed, couch and chairs, and garden terrace on jungle.
Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

We stayed in Forsyth Lodge with a group of 16 people, including teenagers. The lodge has been recently renovated and is in impeccable condition. The rooms are extremely comfortable with top class bedding and bathroom fittings. The food was delicious, especially the lunch which was cooked by the local village women using locally sourced vegetables and recipes. The rangers were absolutely amazing, with in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna, their enthusiam evident during evering safari trip, whether the walking safari, jeep safari or boat safari. The lodge is ideally located near the river, which changes every day and with every season, home to migratory birds, crocodiles, wild boar and much more. The lodge is also extremely well run, with attention to the smallest detail, such as a french-press coffee machine at 5am before the safari drives (much appreciated). A truly wonderful place with fabulous staff

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

This was a last minute decision. We decided to visit Satpura national park for two nights at the end of our Indian trip. I phoned up the lodge and managed to get a room. I already knew that there were no permits left for the park on the first day but the lodge took us out on an afternoon/ night safari (4pm till about 9pm) in the buffer zone. We had a wonderful time and were lucky enough to see a leopard. The naturalists at the lodge were very knowledgeable and really made the trip worthwhile. We even had an astronomy lesson one evening.

Date of stay: February 2016
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Thank Kayw19
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

Rishi and his awesome team of naturalists and lodge staff make your stay at Forsyth a really memorable one! The cottages were beautiful, food was delicious, conversations were interesting, safaris were fascinating and the entire setting was absolutely perfect. Highly recommended!

Date of stay: February 2016
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

I recently stayed at Forsyth Lodge for 3 nights. It was very clear from the moment I entered the lodge that this property is a cut above any other wildlife lodge I have stayed in throughout India. The understated luxury of the accommodation, the great variety of excellent food and the excellent service all took a back seat to the calibre of the management and guides who studiously looked after our group of 17 people during our stay. Their combined knowledge of the parks mammals, trees and abundant birdlife was impressive and the way in which they conveyed this knowledge to both adults and kids was excellent. Satpura is a lovely park and while it does have a small tiger population and a good leopard population, those are not regularly sighted. Satpura is for those who are not all about the frantic search for tigers, but who are instead interested in the variety of the park's flora and fauna - and Forsyth is the place to show it to you.

Room tip: Request a room with a rooftop sleepout.
Date of stay: January 2016
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Thank Iain777
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Rishi S, General Manager at Forsyth Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2016

Dear Iain,

Thank you for this lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you all here at the lodge. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that we will be seeing you again soon here at Satpura.

Regards,
Rishi

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