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Exploring the Hidden Treasures of Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve with Camp Banas

Nestled deep within the heart of India, in the enchanting state of Madhya Pradesh, lies a pristine wilderness waiting to be discovered. Though lesser-known and rarely visited, Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve records an extraordinary success rate of 80% of tiger sighting during safaris last year in 2022–23.

It's a place where nature thrives untouched, where the jungle's whispers echo louder than human voices. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of this uncharted territory and the vital role that Camp Banas has been playing in its exploration.

But not only the tiger, the range is home to remarkable species of birds rarely seen in the central Indian landscape. The Scaly Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Cinerous Vulture, Black-Bellied Tern, Blue-Bearded Bee-Eater, Black-Necked Stork, and Black-Capped Kingfisher made a grand appearance here, adding to the mystique of Sanjay Dubri.

Committed to conservation of wildlife and nature, WNC recently collaborated with the Forest Department for the 1st Bird Survey at Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve in March 2023. This survey aimed to document the avian wonders of the reserve during the winter season.

Despite challenging weather conditions and territorial hurdles, the dedicated participants unearthed fascinating findings and identified about 250 bird spices in SDTR; and 150 of which are recorded for the first time around the area. The efforts of WNC and their birdwatchers are shedding light on the reserve's hidden secrets.

Ramkesh Patel, the proprietor of Camp Banas and coordinator of Singrauli Ecotourism circuit, embodies the spirit of ecotourism, fostering a harmonious relationship between travellers and the environment. His active participation in the bird survey as a birdwatcher resulted in stunning photographs of wild birds and invaluable contributions to the WNC archive.

At the heart of our adventure lies the Wildlife and Nature Conservation (WNC) organisation, a non-profit NGO dedicated to safeguarding the natural world. Headquartered in Indore, WNC passionately advocates for wildlife preservation, environmental awareness, and community engagement. Through educational presentations and impactful campaigns, they inspire future generations to become guardians of the earth.

The 1st Bird Survey at Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, conducted in collaboration with WNC and enthusiastic birders, revealed intriguing insights. Despite challenging weather conditions, the survey identified rare species, including the Scaly Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Cinerous Vulture, Black-Bellied Tern, Blue-Bearded Bee-Eater, Black-Necked Stork, and Black-Capped Kingfisher.

The survey contributes valuable data for conservation, underscores the importance of preserving this untouched wilderness, and also indicates the potential of Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve as a significant birding hotspot.

Established in 1975, the Reserve is a testament to India's commitment to conserving its rich natural heritage. This pristine Evergreen Sal forest is home to a staggering variety of wildlife, including 100s of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and freshwater fish whom you can meet during the safari and even during a walk around the areas closed to the reserve.

After the break of the monsoon, Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve is now open again for safari, and at Camp Banas, Ramkesh is ready to host you on your wild adventure. Located near the adjoining reserve, Camp Banas offers a luxurious home away from home. Guests are treated to complimentary vegetarian meals, organised activities, and much more.

At Camp Banas, we foresee ecotourism's growth in the Sanjay Dubri region, a prospect that promises to uplift the local economy while nurturing a profound environmental consciousness among city dwellers. This symbiotic relationship offers economic opportunities for local communities and fosters a deeper connection between urbanites and the natural world, promoting both sustainable development and biodiversity preservation.

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