The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC), having redefined the concept of Glamping in the country is all set to extend its philosophy of Luxury to Lodges and Palaces. The luxury camping company is expanding its footprint with the launch of a rebranded luxury lodge experience – Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa, nestled deep in the rainforests of the Terai, Uttar Pradesh, India.
TUTC’s Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa invites guests to an enchanting jungle safari experience that emulates tranquility through the colonial luxury and contemporary comforts. Located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the colonial structure built in the 1940’s is a gateway to India’s four distinct forests reserves – Dudhwa, Katarniaghat, Kishanpur and Pilibhit. Within close proximity of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, the lodge is a witness to the long-standing Bengal Tiger conservation programme – ‘Project Tiger’ championed by well-known conservationist, Billy Arjan Singh.
It is home to few critically endangered species like Tigers, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Ganges river dolphins and Fishing Cats. The grasslands are the natural habitat of Indian one-horned Rhinoceros who were captured in the forests of Assam surrounding Kaziranga and brought to Dudhwa under the Rhino Rehabilitation Project in 1984. Since then, the habitat centre has been home to a sizable rhino population.
Dudhwa is one of the most biodiverse regions and endangered ecosystems in India. One of the few protected areas in the country, the park is inhabited by 38 species of mammals, 90 species of fish, and some 500 species of birds.
The park is famous for tiger spotting and also home to half of the world’s 4,000 swamp deer, Indian crocodile, wild elephants and one of the best places in the world for seeing the gharial in its natural habitat.
The Dudhwa National Park, a part of the reserve is located near Indo-Nepal border and within a 5-hour driving distance from Lucknow airport. For the ultimate luxury travel experience, one can charter an aircraft from Delhi to Ballia airstrip which is just 12 kilometers away from the lodge.
TUTC’s Jaagir Lodge not just promises guests a luxurious stay but also familiarizes guests about the conservation initiatives in India’s most diverse and productive Terai ecosystem. Accompanied by India’s best-trained conservationist and naturalists, one can learn about the successful campaign of turning Dudhwa into a natural habitat for Indian one-horned rhinoceros.
Cycle around sugarcane farms to explore the rich flora and fauna, ride elephants or take a boat ride to see the gharials hunting the shallows or marvel at the Indian crocodile. Hear stories of survival from the bold ethnic group the Tharu tribe who happily co-exist with the wild and call themselves ‘people of the forest’, or simply listen to chirping birds as they sit cosily on their private veranda soaking in the mesmerizing scenes as the forest changes colours. Celebrate authentic food with elaborate menus satiating different taste buds, curated by award-winning chefs that make way for an epicurean exploration.
Talking about the new addition, Rajnish Sabharwal, COO, TUTC said “We are very excited to unveil our new jungle lodge safari experience in Dudhwa. A beautiful colonial structure like Jaagir Lodge preserved deep in the forests of the Terai is a rare find and we thought it was a great opportunity to bring this hidden gem to the esteemed travelers seeking wildlife encounters in the comforts of luxury. With this, TUTC aims to enter the untapped luxury wilderness tourism space while we continue to acquaint travelers with new experiences and exceptional locations in India. TUTC’s Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa is infused with the same warmth and exceptional services as our other luxury camping properties.”
Immersed in nature and wildlife, TUTC Jaagir Lodge is an intimate farmstead housing seven luxury suites and soon to be opened two luxury villas and four stilted villas embedded deep in the natural world. The property is within easy reach of transport hubs and major cities, and a paradise for those waiting to unravel the secrets of the jungle in the lap of luxury. For a wholesome wildlife travel experience, a 5 night/6 day itinerary is highly recommended. The lodge will be operational from 19th December, 2017 to 15th June, 2018 when the game viewing is at its best.