The jungle is a mystic place. It has its own persona, its own way of maintaining order, and its own set of rules. The law of the jungle is strict and, from bug to beast, it is common for all- survival of the fittest! Even so, it thrives and expands in ways beyond our imagination; so is the case with Kanha! Lush green sal forests, dense bamboo population, vast expanses of meadows, and the frequent presence of water bodies create a scenic landscape. Together, they make up for a whopping One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty Five square kilometers of wildlife haven! It was the mesmerizing beauty and rich wildlife of Kanha that inspired Rudyard Kipling in creation of his timeless classic, The Jungle Book! It was here, in the mystical land of Kanha, where they all came alive: Mowgli, the jungle boy; Baloo, the Sloth Bear; Bagheera, the black panther; Haathi, the Indian Elephant; and finally, Sher Khan, the Royal Bengal Tiger! So a trip into this wonderland is nothing but exciting!
We will also be exploring the tribal culture of Baigas in our visit. Being the jungle men, their lives have always been closely associated with Mother Nature and they know the jungle inside out! After all, it is their home! We will be visiting their village and learning about their ways of living.
With the tribals come tribal art! On our camp, we will meet some extraordinary artisans and
will interact with them to get insights into lives of Baigas.
We board the Nagpur-bound Garibrath Express at 5:40 PM from Pune. Alternatively, you can also travel by overnight luxury sleeper buses or you can fly down to Nagpur the next day (2nd June 2018) by an early morning flight. The most suitable flight from Pune is Go Air G8-283.
At 9:30 AM, we reach Nagpur. After a sumptuous breakfast, we head towards Kanha. Campers who are travelling by bus or by flight will be picked up from their arriving point and all the campers will unite at the breakfast point.
En-route, we will have lunch at a scenic spot in buffer zone of Pench National Park. We will reach Kanha by late afternoon. In the evening, we will have a small, informal ice-breaking session and a discussion about the jungle.
We head into the wilderness for the very first time! Two safaris for the day! After the morning safari, we have planned a village walk in a Baiga village right next to the national park gate.
We have another two safaris today. We will explore various parts of the Park – each of our gypsies heading into different zones. A special session of Baiga dance is planned in our resort in the evening.
One last safari in the morning! We will leave for Nagpur after lunch. Pune-bound Garibrath Express at 6:30 PM.
Alternatively, you can also travel by overnight luxury sleeper buses or you can fly down to Pune on the evening of 5th June 2018. The most suitable flights from Nagpur are Go Air G8-284 and Indigo 6E-221.
Reach Pune by 10:00 AM.
Adults – INR 19,600 per camper
Kids (5 to 11 years) – INR 16,700 per camper
Kanha. The lengthening evening shadows. A cup of warm chai and never-ending conversations. This is how Footloose Journeys began.
Bablu, our driver in Kanha, was talking with unprecedented fervor. The jungle, traversed all day in the open-top safari, was coming alive once again. Bablu’s words were painting a picture unseen to the tourists. It was not that he had been reticent before. No one had bothered to ask.
The guides and drivers that unravel the mysteries of the forests often remain nameless. Hidden behind the veil of professional tourism, the real contributors to the forest perform a thankless job. It was the desire to repay their unspoken debt that got us started on Footloose. We are passionate travellers who believe that there is more to travelling than just “visiting” a place! We believe that travelling is more than just a bunch of tick-marks on the list of places you wish to visit. We believe that a traveller should try and understand the place rather than just be there. And with this credence, we aim at adding social values to tourism – for the benefit of both the visitors and the hosts!
Co-founder and instructor at Footloose Journey, Paresh is a Naturalist! He believes that travelling or experiencing new places is not complete unless and until the local communities are understood, even lived. He strives to introduce everyone around him to the way of living of the inhabitants of the places. With his dare-devil attitude and jocularity, he is the life of the team! Having him around on expeditions is a time spent in mirth and wonder. Wildlife Photographer | Developing community oriented tourism models at various destinations in India. | People & conservation.
Co-founder & instructor at Footloose Journeys. Over the years, she has taken several camps to the Northern and North-eastern areas of India to take part in the education campaigns there. Rich in experiences, her stories are worth an ear!. She is the organiser and the practical head behind the venture. One can always find her fussing after campers’ smallest needs! With her multi-tasking abilities she ensures that things run smoothly. She always carries the urge to help the needy in her heart.
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My first camp with footloose and the experience was amazing! At every point all of our needs were taken care of. Not only did we have fun, we also learnt new things and met new people. AWESOME!! Looking forward to more trips with this talented team.
I went for Song of the Saplings event with Footloose Journeys. It was an incredible experience, getting knees deep in mud and planting rice. We even played around in a small waterfall. Footloose had organized the trip really well and did provide value for me. Definitely going to go on more trips with Footloose Journeys.
This was my first Camp with Footloose and it was fantastic... Very well organized, excellent location, perfect planning. It was a Beats & Barbeque Camping.... and everything was just perfect. Live Music, Good Food, Very good tents and stay arrangements, Fun activities all throughout... Definitely joining you guys for more and more camps here on... The organizers Paresh and Pooja made sure every minute thing is thought of and taken care of.... Thanks a lot... Way to go guys!!!!
Their process of building themselves and growing is so inspiring, that you can assure that they're full of amazing stories to tell. And they'll give you the most unique experiences ever!
Amazing experience!!! Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve. Still in transit back home couldn't even wait to give this journey a full five stars.
Thank you Footloose for arranging an excellent trip to Nagzira camp. Everything went very well and I had a great time.It was amazing to watch stars at night and hear Owl calls throught the camp. Great personalised tour , keep it up !
Was a really really amazing experience.. Thanks to pooja and paresh for such a well planned and even better executed trip.. Seeing the life of jungle guides at such close quarters was a intriguing experience and definitely makes us appreciate the amount of hard work they put in and the respect they have for the jungle.. Cheers to footloose and cheers to you both.. Looking forward to many more happy trips..
This was my 3rd camp with Footloose and I must say that the experience has always been fantastic ! Their camps are not just about going to a sanctuary, spotting a tiger or a leopard, clicking some pictures and coming back. They educate you about the place. It's about loving and respecting the forest; Understanding the people and the animals living in the habitat ! Experiencing and exploring wildlife with footloose journeys is a must for all you travellers out there ! Can't wait for the next camp :)
Footloose has come with a interesting concept of camping accompanied with beats and barbaque in Bhatkor Dam, Bhor I was amazed to discover their programs with pocket friendly budget. They are superb trip organisers with brilliant hospitality. Pooja and Paresh keep up the zeal!
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