The Forsyth story

The Forsyth story

Exploring the wild since

1862…

Capt. James Forsyth arrived in Central India as a Deputy Commissioner of Central Provinces for the British Indian Government in the year 1857. Before he met Sir Richard Temple to whom he was going to report for duty, Forsyth was bewitched by the raw ruggedness of the Satpura Mountains as he rode down on his horse from Jabalpur. He was one of the earliest Europeans to have set foot into the valleys of River Denwa and from there on to the Pachmari plateau.

Forsyth was a keen naturalist and he had special interest for indigenous communities of the Country, as his orders came to serve for Central Provinces, his interests grew towards the Gond and the Korku communities that inhabit the Satpura Mountains. He was one of the earliest spokesmen of the Forests and raised many alarms to call for a Forest Protection Act and protect the last remaining ancient Teak forests of India. His passionate notes that were published as Natural History of the Highlands of Central India, turned into keys to doors of preservation of the Satpura Biodiversity landscape. Here is our tribute, a toast with a glass of Mahua and to his passion and philosophy we share; The Forsyth Lodge.

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Forsyth was a keen naturalist and he had special interest for indigenous communities of the Country, as his orders came to serve for Central Provinces, his interests grew towards the Gond and the Korku communities that inhabit the Satpura Mountains. He was one of the earliest spokesmen of the Forests and raised many alarms to call for a Forest Protection Act and protect the last remaining ancient Teak forests of India. His passionate notes that were published as Natural History of the Highlands of Central India, turned into keys to doors of preservation of the Satpura Biodiversity landscape. Here is our tribute, a toast with a glass of Mahua and to his passion and philosophy we share; The Forsyth Lodge.

Built with a philosophy of preservation of local forests

Out of the 44 acres of forests, we have barely used 10% of the land to host you with 8 Gondia cottages and 4 Machaan Cottages including a central swimming pool and the dining area. The cottages are built with mud and hay, a natural manure is used as a disinfectant and insulator, thus it is designed to keep you warm during the winter and insulated during the summer heat. These cottages are aesthetic to the surrounding villages handmade by the Gond people themselves.

The surrounding forests have many native species of flowering plants, this in turn attracts several wildlife to the Lodge. Chital and Wild Pigs reside on the property, who are often visited by Leopards and Dholes. And to approve the native fruit bearing plants, Sloth Bears and Palm Civets stay in the vicinity of the Lodge. Our naturalists have been documenting a great number of species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, scorpions and many new genera of life within the Lodge.

Built with a philosophy of preservation of local forests

Out of the 44 acres of forests, we have barely used 10% of the land to host you with 8 Gondia cottages and 4 Machaan Cottages including a central swimming pool and the dining area. The cottages are built with mud and hay, a natural manure is used as a disinfectant and insulator, thus it is designed to keep you warm during the winter and insulated during the summer heat. These cottages are aesthetic to the surrounding villages handmade by the Gond people themselves.

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The surrounding forests have many native species of flowering plants, this in turn attracts several wildlife to the Lodge. Chital and Wild Pigs reside on the property, who are often visited by Leopards and Dholes. And to approve the native fruit bearing plants, Sloth Bears and Palm Civets stay in the vicinity of the Lodge. Our naturalists have been documenting a great number of species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, scorpions and many new genera of life within the Lodge.

Sustaining with minimal impact to the land

To sustain such an abundance of wildlife, we at Forsyth Lodge believe in creating minimal impact to the land. Forsyth Lodge has been adjudged an Inspirational Lodge for many practices that have created precedence for the true owners of the landscape.

Some practices are quite simple like having the path lights just enough to get you around and limiting any man-made sounds around living areas so as to not disturb sleeping Langurs or the flower visiting Civets at night. Also, to avoid rodents entering the cottages and eventually their reptilian predators following them in there, we do not serve any food in the cottages.

The undisturbed silence of the property is the truest luxury we provide! Knowing how important it is for our guests to have rest during a busy wildlife holiday, we do not provide TVs and Wifi as we barely leave them with any time for it. All meals are set taking into account guests’ allergies and desired spice levels, the timing is something we agree upon and keep it based on safari timings so that guests can get enough rest in spite of the early morning wake up calls.

Sustaining with minimal impact to the land

To sustain such an abundance of wildlife, we at Forsyth Lodge believe in creating minimal impact to the land. Forsyth Lodge has been adjudged an Inspirational Lodge for many practices that have created precedence for the true owners of the landscape.

Some practices are quite simple like having the path lights just enough to get you around and limiting any man-made sounds around living areas so as to not disturb sleeping Langurs or the flower visiting Civets at night. Also, to avoid rodents entering the cottages and eventually their reptilian predators following them in there, we do not serve any food in the cottages.

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The undisturbed silence of the property is the truest luxury we provide! Knowing how important it is for our guests to have rest during a busy wildlife holiday, we do not provide TVs and Wifi as we barely leave them with any time for it. All meals are set taking into account guests’ allergies and desired spice levels, the timing is something we agree upon and keep it based on safari timings so that guests can get enough rest in spite of the early morning wake up calls.

Run by passionate naturalists and the community

Forsyth Lodge is special because of it’s people! All our staff come from nearby villages and are mostly from the Gond community, whose name has been given to the country we live in, Gondwana.

These people in their villages live a modest life and live quite a self-sustained one at that. They have been raised under the blessings of Bada Dev (Saaj tree) learning about the forests, identifying plants for its sustainable usage, recognising what rock lies at which turn, understanding behaviour of birds and animals that they live with and thus providing Forsyth naturalists with invaluable local knowledge to help create your memorable experience.

A naturalist-run lodge

Forsyth Lodge is managed by passionate individuals who are here for their love of people and wildlife. Each year the naturalists and staff undergo an intense Learning Program during the off season and train themselves to guide better and create newer experiences. The naturalists plan your holidays days or months in advance to prepare for your arrival. They are trained to focus on interpersonal relationships and strive to make your experience a beautiful story. With a complete understanding of your needs, they deliver a personalized guiding experience with an attention-to-detail of the highest order. When guests come to Forsyth, all they need to do is relax and leave everything to their naturalists.

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Saee Gundawar

Naturalist

One of the excited souls you would encounter on the field! Saee’s enthusiasm is infectious, her inquisitive nature takes us all to delve deeper into any subject we bring the table! She loves to discover mutual relationships among birds, plants, mammals and how it all comes together and works as an ecosystem. Since Saee boarded her train from Pune and arrived at Forsyth Lodge in 2018, she has barely gone home, not even for her favourite Hafoos!

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Animesh Manna

Naturalist

A rare personality of a grown man with a child’s enthusiasm, especially when Animesh spots a damselfly or an uncommon flower. Animesh has grown appreciating and learning about butterflies, their host plants and he is passionate to video-document his observations. A proud Bengali, Animesh left his favourite Sondesh behind in Kolkata in 2017 and found content in Satpura’s Khurchan.

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Vineith Mahadev

Head Naturalist

The sobriquet ‘malabaricus’ of our head naturalist comes from his love for the western ghats and the beginning of a career which saw him tracking King Cobras. His experience in living and learning with the indeginous tribes gives him the most unique perspective of the jungle that cannot be learnt from books. With over 14 years of experience in guiding across India and backpacking across Africa he is someone who studies the interconnectedness of living beings. A storyteller, musician, painter, poet, actor, chef and much more, there’s nothing he cannot put his mind to which he likes to challenge tracking the bears and leopards in the dense jungles of Satpura.

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Krishna Chaudhary

Head Chef

“A magician!” – Is the best compliment in our guestbook. Krishna is one of the reasons that can make you gain weight despite all the efforts naturalists put into your Safari holiday! Krishna hails from Bardiya, Nepal and he has travelled most of India to learn new recipes. He has been creating magic at Forsyth Lodge since 2012.

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Karthik Hegde

Camp Host

There are very few gifted cooks who can recreate South Indian recipes in limited resource regions of Central India! Although Karthik is a workaholic camp manager at Forsyth Lodge, he is famous for delivering hot Masala vada after a 15 KM walk to a remote campsite! Karthik has been raised under a family business of restaurant chains from Shivamogga, but he has lived in Madhya Pradesh for nearly a decade. He is the 2020 league champion at Forsyth Lodge.

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Deepanker Mukherji

General Manager

The coolest Lodge manager in the Safari Business! Anyone that has Deep walked into their lives know this guy with an ever-smiling face that helps problems find its solutions. Deep is an inspiring personality who constantly thinks of delivering the best. He packed his fishing rods, camera, some of his well pressed shirts in 2016 into his Jeep and drove to Satpura putting his 18 years of Ad world to sleep in Bangalore.

Speak to our Naturalists
and plan your holiday

Whether you are interested in birds, plants, mammals, photography, trekking, camping or just want
to be in the middle of nature watching wildlife, our naturalists can help you develop an itinerary that
will make you just do what you like, in Satpura. Speak to them and leave the rest to them.

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