Beyond the Tigers…Beyond the Wildlife

Beyond the Wildlife

Most clients are busy with safaris and focus on the wildlife. But what very few know is that there is a local culture drawing from the rich tribal legacy of the Gond and Baiga tribes who have lived here since time immemorial and have lent the region with vibrant folklore, cuisine and culture. Their language belongs to the Dravidian family of languages and is closely related to Tamil and Kannada in South India. Travelling in this part of the country provides a unique opportunity to understand their complex culture having its own tradition, customs, art and way of life. Particularly, the beauty of their houses painted in a light indigo. In Kanha National Park, there is a museum dedicated to their art at the Singinawa Jungle Lodge. This 1,000 square foot museum is an ode to the indigenous Gond and Baiga artisans and their labour of love. Indeed, a very interesting initiative. Proposing a visit to this Museum along with safaris would be an excellent way to create itineraries focusing on the tribal art of this region which has many secrets to unveil.

An Insider Tip for clients during their time at Kanha National Park

Head to Mohgaon for the Thursday weekly market to enjoy the local vibes. Your clients may be the only tourist there. Great photo opportunities too.

Beyond the Tigers Beyond the Wildlife