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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Nikita Khampria

Naturalist

Imagine a blast of fresh forest air, carrying a fragrance of mystery, amazement, and knowledge. That is Nikita! Being stuck in the digital world solving other's banking issues was not her piece of cake, so she took the path less travelled (Literally)! Now she strives to learn as much as possible about the living world. You wouldn't know she is camera conscious, because she is always at the forefront of issues regarding conservation, small or big. Having tracked beasts across National Parks like Kanha, Chitwan and many more through her unquenchable interest in wildlife, she now walks through the Baber grass of Satpura National Park with her two furry faithful compatriots, Bagheera and Buddy. The trio makes sure there is never a dull moment in the Lodge!

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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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Arpita Dutta

Naturalist

Arpita Dutta hails from West Bengal, a state located in Eastern India on the Bay of Bengal. She has an immense love for nature and a lifelong fascination with flora and fauna that guided her along the path to become the first professional woman naturalist from this region of India. It's been almost two decades since she has been associated in the field of wildlife. She is constantly seeking the joy of curiosity and sharing the same with her guests. She has worked in various wildlife conservation and community development projects, educated more than 20K students and trained many forest frontline staff of the forest department. Arpita devotes her free time to rescuing and rehabilitating urban wildlife in distress - one would often find a furry civet baby or two nestled in her neck. In her seasoned experience as a naturalist, Arpita has mastered the art of finding nature's hidden treasures in her own unique but subtle way. Energetic and eloquent, Arpita is a well-rounded guide who deeply enjoys wilderness and making sure her travelers have the experience of a lifetime.

She's a major food lover too!

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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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Yusuf Rizvi

General Manager

Yusuf hails from the city of Nawabs, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. His Passion for wildlife began from his childhood when his father’s friend, an IFS officer invited them to Katarniyaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. From that moment onwards, wilderness and animals were his prime focus. After completing his graduation in Science, he started working for a multinational company. However, his love for nature and wildlife kept persuading him to quit and do something he really loves. Yusuf is a professionally trained naturalist and has worked as a head naturalist in some premier lodges for over three years. He was part of the team which was involved in the radio collaring of a sub-adult Tiger in Pench Tiger Reserve in 2009. Yusuf was also a part of the first Aircel ‘Save Our Tiger Telethon’ aired on NDTV, one that made tremendous impact on the conservation of the species.

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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