World of India!: Travellerr : The best Indian Jungle Holiday you can dream of ! e

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Travellerr : The best Indian Jungle Holiday you can dream of !

In our ongoing 'Travellerr' series, we present to you travel destinations that are eco-responsible, extra-ordinary and most important- fun! You will probably never read about a crass five star package on these pages. We believe there is much more fun to be had in, say, biking/driving down than flying; camping or staying at a locally owned inn/hotel; eating local food and drinking local drinks than 'doing' a round of the usual 'must see' sights and getting your feet licked at the five star, in return of that all important tip and oh-so-disgusting prices.

So those are the ground rules, here at 'Travellerr'. Only holidays that you can feel, hear, smell and taste, will be written about. The rest shall be ignored.
If you like what you have read so far- head off straight to the 'Kabini Jungle Lodge'. Rated today, as one of the 'Top 5 wildlife resorts' in the world by the British Tatlers Travel guide, Kabini was once the Hunting Lodge of the former Maharajah of Mysore- one of the richest men in the world of his day. The Lodge is located on the backwaters of the River Kabini and is a perfect getaway for nature lovers.

The place has to Television, don't even dream of cable. No telephone, save one landline in the office. No mobile signals. No Internet. This is out of design and not because its not possible to have them there. The people who run Kabini believe and rightfully so, that you can FEEL the jungle only if you leave the trappings of your 'digital' world outside the gates.

So what do you do? Get off your ass and sit in the jeep at 6:00 AM and do a three hour safari to watch herds of Bison, deer and if you are lucky, the King of the Jungle himself- the great Indian Tiger. Come back, dig into a hearty lunch (if you want 'world' a la carte' cuisine, stay in New York, don't bother), catch some sleep or wade through the river using the Coracle (local circular boat made of bamboo and lined with buffalo hide) and then catch the evening safari jeep to wish "Good night" to the beasts. At night you can join conversations with fellow lodgers , interesting people, who come here from all parts of the world, at the Bar. Smoke a cigar/pipe/cigarette with the Col. John Wakefield, the 90 year old Resident Director of the Lodge, who killed his first Tiger at the age of 9, and knows the jungles of India intimately well. Catch a hearty meal and off to bed amidst the sounds of the jungle at night. If you are lucky, the tiger might come to visit your tent, to check if you are tucked in well...

Three days of this and you are a reformed. Then go back to trade equity or write that code, if you must. You will live strong for the year ahead, till its time to head back again, to The Lodge.

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