We’re excited to promote a new Forsyth Lodge trail experience being offered by one of our Indian lodges, Forsyth Lodge. During COVID-19 they have reviewed their offering to clients and are now giving the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a walking safari through the magical Satpura Tiger Reserve.

The Forsyth Trail, a unique walking experience

A hundred and fifty years ago in the 1850s, Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancer wandered along a path that is now known as the Forsyth Lodge trail. We can still walk in his footsteps and be awed by the same natural beauty that captivated him. Hiking and camping on this same passage that led him through the rugged ravines and lush forests on his way to the discovery of Pachmarhi – the virgin hill station of Central India.

The trail is a three-night or five-night experience to understand the Tiger Reserve. The trail is set in the buffer zone of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. This experience is about the Indian Jungle, lead from a naturalist’s point of view, through their real-life stories. As in true Forsyth tradition, this experience will not shy away from elements of fun and adventure set right in the midst of one of the most spectacular wilderness habitats of this country.

Forsyth Lodge’s naturalists have designed itineraries that can be customised by duration and length and even gradient level of the trek. This experience has been carefully crafted with both passion and safety, which is our priority every step of the way for both the guests and the wildlife.

Campsites are fixed on an arrangement with the Forest Department, a permit would be taken by us once you sign up for this trail. The tents are made of canvas and cotton material, about 10 feet high, 12 feet in length, and 10 feet in width. There will be cots and beds, side tables, luggage table and solar-charged lighting. The campsites are remote, and they are common sites for other operators as well.

Why should you stay at Forsyth Lodge?

We asked Deepanker Mukherji the Forsyth Lodge General manager to tell what he thinks makes a stay at Forsyth Lodge unique:

  1. Forsyth Lodge aims to deliver the most personalised experiences with the help of their naturalists and community staff who customise every activity, meal and conversation for every guest.
  2. Our Dedicated naturalist throughout the stay helps customise the activities to the liking of the guests.
  3. We aim to provide an immersive and holistic experience for guests beyond just wildlife which includes the tribal lifestyle, culture and food. We can personalise meals and cater to special dietary needs of guests.

About Forsyth Lodge:

For those of you who have not yet experienced the magic of Forsyth Lodge, it is an eco-lodge situated on the edge of the buffer zone of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. Hidden in the dense deciduous forest, the Lodge offers guests accommodation in twelve bright and airy cottages built from local materials to traditional designs, each with an en-suite shower room, private veranda. Four cottages have roof terraces where you can sleep out if you wish – an experience we recommend!

The main lodge comprises of a two-storey building with two dining and lounge areas on the ground floor. Situated on the second floor there is a small library, AV room, bar and a lounge area leading onto a terrace sit out with a bonfire. The lodge grounds have abundant terraces, courtyards and bush areas which are used as an alfresco dining area, and of course a swimming pool.