The nearest airport is Nagpur, located 100 kms (62 miles) from the lodge. Svasara is 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 Svasara Jungle Lodge.
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 Svasara.
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.
Guests planning a trip to Svasara-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.
The Kolara Gate is the closest gate from Nagpur at a distance of 100 kms; driving time is about two hours. Svasara is conveniently located right next to the Kolara Gate (about 300m).
Kolara – 300 m – 2 mins
Madnapur Kolara Zone – 6 kms – 15 mins
Alizanza Zone – 11 kms – 25 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
200 kms and the driving time is 4 hours.
400 kms, and the driving time is 6.5 hours from Mukki and Kisli gates.
A fee of INR 200 per safari is currently levied on all cameras (small/DSLR etc.) with lenses up to 200 mm. Cameras with lenses above 200 mm are charged INR 250 per safari. Fees are directly payable to the forest officials at the entry gate. This fee is subject to changes by the forest department.
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.
Check-in time is 2 pm and Check-out time is 12 noon.
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)
|1st Oct to 30th Nov||6 am to 630 am||10 am|
|1st Dec to 28th/29th Feb||630 am to 7 am||11 am|
|1st Mar to 30th April||6 am to 630 am||1030 am|
|1st May to 30th June||5 am – 530 am||930 am|
EVENING (2 to 4 hours)
|1st Oct to 30th Nov||230 pm to 3 pm||630 pm|
|1st Dec to 28th/29th Feb||2 pm to 230 pm||6 pm|
|1st Mar to 30th April||230 pm to 3 pm||630 pm|
|1st May to 30th June||330 pm to 4 pm||7 pm|
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)|
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Marathi is the local language. Team at Svasara can speak English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati.
Vodafone and Jio mobile network work best in the region. Please bear in mind that from December 2018, Tadoba forest department has banned the carrying of mobile phones and ipads/tablets, inside the tiger reserve (core and buffer zones ). The rule is imposed on everyone entering the reserve, i.e. tourists, forest guides, safari drivers etc.
Complimentary Wifi is available in the main lounge area.
MasterCard and Visa credit cards can be used for payments.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Svasara 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.
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.