FAQ

How are you coming to visit us?

By Rail

The nearest stations are Warora (51 kms or 32 miles), Chandrapur (90 kms or 56 miles) and Nagpur (100 kms or 62 miles). From Chandrapur, buses and taxis connect to Warora, after which the district road connects to Chimur via Anandvan, Shegaon and Kharsinghi.

By Road

Major State Highway 9 connects Nagpur to Umred. From Umred, State Highway will connect to Chimur. From Chimur, State Highway 233 will take you directly to Jharana.

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By Air

The nearest airport is Nagpur, located 100 kms (62 miles) from the lodge. Jharanais connected to Nagpur by Major State Highway 9 up to Umred. After which State Highway connects Umred to Chimur. From Chimur, State Highway 233 will take you to Jharana Jungle Lodge.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cancellation policy?

Room cancellations 45 days before check-in date, will incur charge of 10% of total invoice amount as banking and admin fee. Between 45 to 30 days before check-in date, will incur 1 night retention charge per room. Between 30 to 15 days before check-in date, will incur 50% retention charge of the invoice amount. Within 15 days of check-in or No Show, will incur charge of 100% advance paid. Jeep Safaris are 100% non-refundable and non-changeable once booked.

What is the tariff and ongoing promotions?

To learn about our best available rates and/or packages for duration of your stay please Get in Touch.

What type of accommodation does Jharana offer?

Jharana is an eco-friendly jungle lodge with twelve charming rooms (king and twin beds available) featuring all modern conveniences and luxury amenities. The lodge has full power back up, air-conditioning, pool, spa, nature shop, library, two dining venues etc. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with 24-hour supply of hot and cold water.

Which months of the year is the Tadoba reserve open?

Tadoba is open throughout the year. However, in the monsoon months July 1st to October 15th, the reserve has fewer forest permits than the other months. Some routes may also close during this period in the case of heavy rains.

How long in advance should I book my stay?

If opting for safaris in the core zone of Tadoba, the permit bookings need to be processed 120 days in advance, hence, we recommend the guests to book at least 180 days / 6 months before arrival date, this helps us obtain the permits as well as ensure availability of rooms on a confirmed basis.

Who can participate in the jungle safaris?

Although there is no age regulation by the forest authorities, we recommend children above age 5 to participate in the jungle safaris. Babies, younger kids and pregnant women should avoid the jeep safaris owing to possibility of jerky terrain and hot weather/dust conditions.

Does Jharana offer end-to-end packages?

Yes, we believe in the convenience of end-to-end packages, and most of our guests opt for packages that include airport pick-up & drop-off, accommodation, all meals and jungle safaris.

What is the jungle etiquette?

Off road driving, getting down from vehicles, use of flash photography is strictly prohibited. DO NOT gather any forest property; take only photographs for your memories – hunting, and poaching is illegal and will be reported to Forest Authorities

What is the tipping etiquette?

We request guests to refrain from tipping any individual staff at the lodge. In case you wish to show your appreciation in the form of tipping, a tip box has been placed in the main arrival lounge. The tip collected is shared between the non-managerial team members. Please note however that the naturalists, forest guides and jeep drivers are not part of the common tipping and may be tipped directly. Our property does not levy a service charge.

Which credit cards are acceptable?

MasterCard and Visa credit cards can be used for payments.

Is there an internet connection available for the guests?

Complimentary Wifi is available in the main lounge area.

Which mobile networks work here?

Vodafone and Idea work best. Guests are recommended not to carry handsets inside the reserve, and if they do to keep them always in silent mode.

What are the languages spoken here?

Marathi is the local language. Team at Jharana can speak English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati.

What are the meal timings?

Breakfast is packed for the safaris,  for early check-ins or days guest is not going for the morning safari, the lodge will serve breakfast as per guest request and pre-information

Lunch: 1230 PM — 230 PM

Dinner: 730 PM — 900 PM

  • As our day starts very early we request all our guests to co-operate with the Meal timings.
  • Kindly inform at the time of booking if you are allergic to any food
  • Our kitchen team will be happy to meet any of your dietary requirements, we simply request for pre-information to be able to prepare the special meals
What is the meal set-up at Jharana?

Breakfasts are packed in picnic hampers for the safari. During the safari, guests can decide when they want to have their breakfast and inform the accompanying naturalist or forest guide accordingly. As there are designated spots in the forest to have the breakfast, the jeep driver will have to drive to that spot. Lunch and dinner is a delectable buffet spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food served in the indoor and outdoor venues respectively. The kitchen team is happy to accommodate any special dietary requirement or preferences, which should be informed to the managers ideally pre-arrival so that if certain ingredients need to be made available, we can source them in time.

Why can alcohol not be served at Tadoba/Jharana?

Since April 1, 2015 the state government of Maharashtra, India, has declared Chandrapur District as a ‘dry district’ (Tadoba and all the properties at every gate are located within this district). This implies a ban on the sale, purchase, production and consumption of liquor at this destination. Visitors/guests are not allowed to carry their own liquor as well. Read more regarding this: Chandrapur is a Dry District 

Does the lodge provide naturalists?

In order to have an immersive jungle experience, the lodge encourages guests to book a naturalist for the safaris. There is an additional cost for this which can be included in the final booked package. All our naturalists are extremely passionate about wildlife. They all have varied interests, guests can see their profiles in the team section of our website. Although there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate requests for a particular naturalist due to availability conflicts, the lodge team always makes best efforts to allot the suitable naturalist.

Which day of the week is the reserve closed?

As of July 1st 2016, there is no weekly closure at Tadoba i.e. the reserve core and buffer zones both are open seven days a week.

What should we pack for the trip?

Tadoba is located in central India and mostly remains very warm during the days. Evenings are pleasant and in winters, morning and late evenings can be quite cold (please see above question on weather to see monthly data of expected temperatures). The wind factor in open jeeps in the morning and evening also affect the chill factor. Below are some of our packing suggestions keeping in mind the weather and safari particularities:

  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Neutral colored clothing and preferably light cottons
  • Safari hat or cap for summer
  • Stole or scarf for protection from heat and dust
  • Boots or closed shoes
  • For winter: windbreaker, warm jacket, sweater, fleece, gloves, warm cap
  • Camera or Binoculars

Please also keep in mind as we are a jungle lodge, for outdoors, we recommend our guests to wear closed shoes, ideally boots and full length shirts & pants.

What is the weather like in Tadoba?

October to March offers the best weather with sunny days and pleasant evenings. April to June is very hot but it is an excellent time for tiger sightings. July to September are Monsoon months and good for activities at the lodge such as nature walks, birding, cultural day tours, lakeside picnics, village tours etc. Permission for jungle safaris during these months is subject to forest department decisions, which is typically announced in June.

An indicative monthly temperatures is shown below:

Month Max (°C) Min (°C) Precipitation (mm)
January 29 13 9
February 32 15 10
March 37 19 22
April 40 24 16
May 43 27 11
June 37 26 195
July 31 26 418
August 32 23 384
September 31 23 259
October 32 20 51
November 30 15 5
December 28 12 8
What are the safari timings?

Safari timings are determined by the sunrise and sunset timing, and are informed by the forest department. Once at lodge, our naturalists inform guests of current timings, offering them a wake-up call for the very early morning safaris!

MORNING (2 to 4.5 hours)

Period Entry Exit
1st Oct to 30th Nov 6 am to 8 am 10 am
1st Dec to 28th/29th Feb 630 am to 830 am 11 am
1st Mar to 30th April 6 am to 830 am 1030 am
1st May to 30th June 5 am – 7 am 930 am

EVENING (2 to 4 hours)

Period Entry Exit
1st Oct to 30th Nov 230 pm to 4 pm 630 pm
1st Dec to 28th/29th Feb 2 pm to 330 pm 6 pm
1st Mar to 30th April  230 pm to 430 pm 630 pm
1st May to 30th June 330 pm to 5 pm 7 pm
What is the check-in and check-out time?

Check-in time is 2 pm and Check-out time is 12 noon.

Do we need to carry photo-identity cards?

Photo Identity cards are required at the time of check-in and for all the safaris. Do ensure you carry the same photo ID you shared with us at the time of booking.

How much is the camera fee at Tadoba?

A camera fee of INR 200 per safari trip is currently levied on lenses 250 mm or above which is directly payable to the forest officials at the entry gate. This fee is subject to changes by the forest department.

What is the distance between Kanha and Jharana-Tadoba?

400 kms, and the driving time is 6.5 hours from Mukki and Kisli gates.

What is the distance between Pench (Turia Gate) and Jharana-Tadoba?

200 kms and the driving time is 4 hours.

What is the distance of Jharana from all the entry gates of Tadoba?

Kolara – 300 m – 2 mins
Kolara Zone – 350 m – 2 mins
Alizanza Zone – 11 kms – 20 mins
Navegaon – 35 kms – 45 mins
Pangdi – 45 kms – 1 hr 15 mins
Khutvanda – 75 kms – 1 hour 45 mins
Mohurli – 85 kms – 2 hrs
Zhari – 110 kms – 3 hrs

Which entry gate of Tadoba Tiger Reserve is closest to Nagpur?

The Kolara Gate is the closest gate from Nagpur at a distance of 100 kms; driving time is about two hours. Jharana is conveniently located right next to the Kolara Gate (about 300m).

Which city is the point of arrival/departure for Jharana?

Guests planning a trip to Jharana-Tadoba need to arrive into the city of Nagpur in the state Maharashtra, Central India. Nagpur is the third largest city in Maharashtra and hence, has great air as well as rail connectivity from all the major cities of India. The British had constructed a Zero Mile Stone monument here demarcating the geographical centre-point of colonial India, and they used this monument to measure all the distances. The monument consists of four horses and a pillar made up of sandstone.