In Sunny's enthusiastic hands you will visit villages, some inhabited by local yadavs (cattle herders) others by Baiga and Gond tribespeople, in which many aspects of life haven't changed for hundreds of years.

 

Sunny was born in nearby Kawardha and his joyful attitude to life, along with a deep sensitivity to the vulnerability of local tribal people has earned him a well deserved place in the hearts of all the villagers he takes you to meet.

Long or short treks into the forested hills can be arranged in the company of the cook Nanuk, formerly cattle and goat herder. The bird and butterfly diversity is superb and mammal sightings are common, including barking deer, jackals and langur. The sound of monkey alarm calls at night remind one that leopards and the occasional tiger also lurk.

 

A favourite trip is a cycle ride from Kanha National Park with an overnight camp enroute. Sunny has good Indian mountain bikes and luggage and camping kit is carried by car. 

Shorter local cycle rides are the best way to explore, and the area is safe and friendly enough for solo pottering. And for those who like running there is a wealth of road and trail routes available, plus plenty of laughing children to speed one on ones way.

The nearby seventh to eleventh century temple complex of Bhoramdeo with its exquisite carving is a five minute stroll away, and has an evening puja that is open to all: an exuberant burst of bells and smells and minor pyrotechnics.