The Bandipur Cottage is run by Buffer Conflict Resolution Trust of India (BCRTI) a non-profit organisation addressing conflicts within the buffer regions of our protected forests. We have chosen to dedicate ourselves to the start of a healty dialogue with the local people, leading to mutual respect and trust. For it is only after the local people trust you that they allow you into their homes. And it is only after you earn their respect can true conservation be accomplished.
At BCRTI we are presently focussing on various conflicts within the buffer regions of Nagarhole & Bandipur National Parks. The absence of a stand-alone Conservation Law in India has frozen any dialogue between the officials and the people living in the buffer zones to a dangerous deadlock. As a consequence, over time, there evolved a complete unaccountability of the official to the people; empowering the Government to embrace draconian and conflicting laws. This has led to major conflicts in the buffer regions of our protected forests. At BCRTI, income from The Stone Cottage helps us address such conflicts.
A non-profit organisation (NPO) in India has to be extremely careful that it does not slip into corruption. This normally happens when the NPO relies on moneys solely received from patrons, leading to a compromise of its own mission statement as funds given by patrons have their own set of conditions that limit the proper functioning of the NPO. Having The Stone Cottage as a revenue center for BCRTI, ensures that we do not have to depend on the begging bowl to meet our basic financial need. We now approach the patron with our head held high, knowing that we can afford the luxury of accepting funds at our terms, without compromising on our ethics.
Safaris – can be booked at the Forest Office. Both exclusive gypsies and large vans are available for game viewing. Safaris are subject to Forest Department regulations and availability. (Canter Safari in shared vehicle is Rs 500 per person for approximately 1.5 hours and Rs 3750 for an exclusive Gypsy that seats 5 people for approximately 1.5 hours. Guests have the option of doing two rounds for a total of 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening. This is strictly subject to availability as safaris are operated by the forest department. Safari’s cannot be pre-booked. We will of course help you with the bookings after arrival.
Treks – we have some amazing treks that take you through tribal villages and the bush in the buffer regions. You may walk for as long you like, lost in the mystical soul of tribal India. We have a short trek and a long trek. (The short trek is included in the package and a long trek with tea + coffee is at Rs 250 per person)
Bullock Cart Ride – A bullock cart ride through scrub forest and takes you back to a journey that few living today can describe. You have the option of merging this with a picnic lunch. (Rs 950 for a ride that seats 2 people)
Sundowners – In a tranquil setting, with the golden orb setting over the jungles yonder, we will set up a table of snacks and drinks that you can enjoy as the darkness creeps into your very soul. (Rs 599 per person)
Picnic Lunches – Drive, walk or take the bullock cart to an amazing location to have lunch. (Rs 599 per person without bullock cart)
Bush Dinners – In dense bush, with the sounds of wilderness permeating the dense undergrowth, a bush dinner over a bonfire will most certainly blow you away. (Rs 599 per person)
Night Walk on the Property – With our experienced trackers, disappear into the night and try to find some nocturnal wildlife.
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Transportation is not included in the package. However, transportation can be arranged on request, at an extra cost.
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