What makes it truly unique are the hosts - Sheema and Jhampan. Their hospitality, good humour, knowledge and infinite patience with the innumerable questions (most of which must have been asked by many guests before us) is fabulous. To add to this- they love to cook and turn out superb meals.
We were there for 6 days and had a leisurely trip into the national park - 4 safaris and a walk). We had sightings everyday we went into the park. Four different tigers and prolonged sightings, twice for more than 20 minutes. For me, this trip was the best of all trips that I have made into the jungle in the last 9 years.
Salban, run by Sheema and Jhampan is an idyllic place put together with their love and passion. The rustic good looks and comfort is something that I would yearn for. The 12 acres of green area surrounding this place has been kept wild apart from the herb and vegetable garden where they grow their own produce. The team working there is quiet and very efficient. They are all local village residents who have been taken in to work and earn a good living. A perfect example of sustainable tourism. Highly recommended place to stay in Kanha if you are a small group, as there are only two rooms that can be rented out .Book your stay in advance and make sure you sit by the fireside and listen to stories on wildlife and botany . Wish them all the best.
If you love living in one of India's most beautiful forests, taking long hikes along the river, sitting with a book in the sunshine, this magical place is for you. To top it, you get to meet two amazingly warm people, have most interesting of conversations by the evening fire and be fed some thoughtfully sumptuous home cooked meals. The house is out of a children's story book with its walls lined with books, sun bathed verandas and surrounded by trees each with its own story. Over the two days we learnt so much about wildlife and indigenous India from the conservationist himself. Sheema, Jhampan and Scamp are now friends whom we look forward to visiting as often as possible.
It’s a very tastefully done homestay. The rooms as well as the bathing areas are very huge, have all the modern comforts. The place is overall very relaxing and has an instant calming effect the moment you come here. Would recommend you ask Jhampan to accompany you for jungle safaris as he knows the forest inside out. We also went for a buffer zone walk and a river-side trail with our hosts and enjoyed the activity. The best part of the stay is the immense comfort that you feel here as well as the love and care that comes across naturally from Sheema and Jhampan. It’s the kind of place where you would want to visit again and again and once you are there you would just not want to leave.
Sheema and Jhampan are great hosts and all the arrangements from flight recommendations to airport transfers and safari bookings were spot on. Sheema is also a great chef so pigging out at meals is practically mandatory....The bungalow is ensconced in its own large grounds abutting the forest so there's plenty of opportunity to see and hear the birds of the jungle. Mukki gate is a short drive away so the safaris are easily accessible, though you do need to book in advance....Jhampan is very knowledgeable about the local culture and flora and is an eclectic gardener; a walk about the bungalow's gardens is an experience itself and there's picturesque little lake a few minutes' walk away. Highly recommended for a weekend getaway (or longer).
Stayed in Salban in Nov last year and have every intention of revisiting. Just a fantastic experience. The place is just next to the forest reserve, so the gardens are alive with birdsong in the mornings. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and well equipped. The food was great, we tried the local produce and it was very interesting. The ambience is really relaxed and what was very nice was the ease with which Sheema and Jhampan made one feel truly welcome, and the enthusiasm with which they took care of every comfort. Extremely well-informed about wild life, and a whole lot of other things, we in fact learnt more from Jhampan than our designated guide! The bonfires every evening were a delight, as was a walk in the grounds of Salban and its surrounds.