Life at Dhole’s Den 2016-11-21T14:16:02+00:00

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Zulu my love, my world…

To Zulu on her ninth birthday…. My daughter, I take the liberty to address you so as there are people who understand the underlying feeling in

From a young guest…

A young spirited guest Iraaj Mohan who stayed with us last month had the following to write back about us. I am quoting him and putting some images

Adieu King Shaka

Friends of Dhole's Den, Since 8 years and more you have turned and many have even wondered before they were our guests at our homestay about the fact

Baby’s got beautiful eyes…

Dear Friends, It was 2013 when the charming couple Ravi and Payal graced Dhole's Den with a visit. http://blog.dholesden.com/a-private-celebration/ Then I had written about it.  Now some days

Happy Birthday Shakaboy!

  An Excerpt from: A King called Shaka... The next day started early. The car to take me and my business partner Gokul to Bandipur arrived early and

Inspiring visitors at Dhole’s Den

Dear Friends, we had an inspiring visitor to Dhole's Den Bandipur.  The lady 76 years old was travelling with three nurses. She had booked a 10 -11 day

Happy Birthday Zulu!

To Zulu on her Sixth Birthday! It was a slightly nippy early April night, when we going to bed and your sleeping basket placed right next to us. You were new into our family. Shaka was in his basket getting ready to sleep too. We tucked you in after you refused a couple of times to choose the basket. We turned off the lights, that instant both of you jumped into our bed, and we were lazy enough not to get up and turn the light on. It has been so since then. You have shared our bed naturally as if there was no other place that would be right.

Machan & Hut at Dhole’s Den

We have a Machaan. Made out of Bamboo that is about 30 years old is the best example of recycling. A small team of two from the tribal hamlet worked meticulously on this so that the least number of nails are pierced into the tree.

A King called Shaka

To Shaka on his 6th Birthday... It was October 2009 and I was back from my last trip to India where in the jungles of Bandipur a new

For the Love of a Dog…

To Jabu and Simba on their 4th birthday... Photos by Rohit Varma Friends, I find the word dog being used as a very derogatory term and our so

Mysore Dog Show 2014

Friends of Dhole’s Den, The Canine Club of Mysore conducted its first Open Show at Dasara Exhibition Grounds on 31st August. This time we had decided to tell

Leave only footprints behind…

Dear Friends, running a boutique homestay and living there in the jungle where tigers roam, tourists flock to see  the fauna that Bandipur has to show and our

Impressions at Dhole’s Den

The Arwade Family from Kolhapur graced our jungle home some 2 weeks ago. They having driven from so far found a place to relax and participated on the

Naming the Trees

What does one do in Summer Holidays?  Some learn to swim, some take on photography as a hobby and some others go on

Dhole’s Den @ 5

Greetings from Dhole’s Den Bandipur! We are glad to share that Dhole’s Den turns five this year. It was sometime in April-May 2009 that the last but key

Bliss in Uhuru

Guest Comments by Ms. Sreeja S. This is what keeps us going. A testimonial by one of our guests. A bit late after the stay but right in

Our Reservoir is full

Friends of Dhole's Den, thanks to the comparatively better monsoon and the benevolent rain gods our fresh water reservoir at Dhole's Den has filled

A private Celebration…

  Mr. & Mrs. Ravi R. visited us top celebrate an important date: Their Anniversary. Though they didnt make it to the Bandipur gate in time and were

Jabu Unchained…

We at Dhole's Den have a particular spot called Jabu’s Corner on the fringe of our farm facing the majestic Nilgiris in the distance and the various hues

In Memoriam Rex Brownie

  It was a difficult 2010 with the year ending on a bad note and taste when I stumbled upon adopting you from my dear friend Nagesh. I

Happy Birthday Zulu!

    Our Zulu turned 4 and we celebrated with a cake she and the other 3 enjoyed. Heresome impressions of the cake cutting.. and some lines I

The Ban is over the Wait begins…

The ban on tourism in tiger reserves has been lifted. We welcome it and caution that we dont slip back into the same photoclicking mode and reduce the

Conservation in A minor

Who says Bandipur's not happening? Conservation in full swing. Our local school birdwatching group on one of their trips did not just bird watching and spotted a Changeable

What do Tigers think?

Eshan spent some days at Dhole's Den and was lucky to see two tigers on a safari. Here is what he had to say to me on my

Our Second Assignment

Past two weeks have been quite busy and uneasy following the death of 50+ cattle around Bandipur due to some unknown cause (yet), and 14+ Pond terrapins near

Giving the right Exposure…

Friends of Bandipur, Now here we go with an alternate to the long discussion everywhere regarding INR 500. We have maintained that INR 500 should be paid and

Safari Sambaar on 25th April

Friends of Bandipur, we have been reading various comments regarding the INR 500 Fee imposed by Jungle Lodges on SLR and professional cameras and as a responsible operator

No Teddy Bears these…

Teddy Bears one would think of when they see the smiling face of this dark andd handsome bear...Another set of photos for friends of Dhole's Den to enjoy

Not all days are happy…

After the initial success with the first calf (lovingly called Sarathy by my staff...), we were given another young bull and told that his mother was no more

Safari Saambar on 29th Jan 2012

After a big, heated and long discussion with the local management of JLR there is a ray of hope that the Saambar can turn into a good dessert

Safari Saambar 24th Jan

We as you know are the smallest place to stay in Bandipur. The safari issue took a turn with JLR staff asking for our well maintained jeep and

Latest from the Safari Sambaar…

Esteemed Guests and Friends of Dhole's Den Since 1st September M/s Jungle Lodges has taken the so called burden of providing professional safaris to all of our guests