Local Ethos: The Heart in Heritage

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Indigenous workforce

Ever since the Sankhala family began its lodges with the intent to synergise forest conservation efforts with eco-tourism, it has involved locals in the day-to-day workings of the lodge. Many of the staff members have been around for decades (in some cases, the second and third generations are also finding viable career options here), getting trained to cater to the guests. The lodge works with local artists and collaborates with village women for decoration of the lodge’s walls.

Sustainable measures

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is by and large plastic-free. For the record, the breakfast inside the park is sent in neat paper bags and traditional Indian-styled tiffin carriers. “Our focus is on reuse and upcycling and in minimising waste,” says Sadhvi. The staff is encouraged to generate ideas on creating more sustainable measures for the lodge.



From woven lampshades to wastebaskets in bamboo, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is an ode to the local crafts that exist in abundance. To empower the local population, products are sourced directly from the locals while ensuring that they are in sync with the local crafts.

Additionally, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is plastic-free.