Dhole’s Den is the residence of Karthik and Ingrid Davey who are ardent dog lovers, sharing a passion for nature, wildlife and the outdoors. A registered homestay since 2009, under the Government of Karnataka’s ‘Athithi’ scheme, the place is dedicated to all that is dog, being home to a family of Chippiparai hounds. In fact, even the name ‘Dhole’s Den’ is derived from the Dhole, the Asiatic wild dog – Cuon Alpinus, an endangered species, also found in Bandipur.
We have been the FIRST project to try and successfully employ eco-friendly methods in the Bandipur National Park.
First Lodge in the district and in the Bandipur national park to utilse alternative energy by a wind-solar hybrid solution. First to have a bio-diversity garden First to employ waste water treatment using reed beds to reduce the effluents entering the ground water to the maximum First to use a bio-digester for the disposal of kitchen waste First to have LED lights on the property
We believe that Eco-consciousness begins with doing away of modern luxury which means there are no air conditioners, televisions, telephones, tea and coffee makers or for that matter refrigerators in the rooms. To start with most of the electricity is generated by a wind turbine and solar cells. The switches are clearly marked allowing you to use renewable energy to the maximum. The kitchen waste is turned into bio gas in our bio gas digester. We use an age old method which was used even in the Indus valley civilization until recently rediscovered. The waste water is treated in reed beds so that the resulting waste water is odourless and can be used for farming in our own vegetable garden which inturn supplies our kitchen with organically grown products. We harvest rain water on 90% of the built up area and even have a pond to collect rain water during the monsoon and provide the earth with softwater and use it to recharge our borewell. We always ask ourselves one question: How small can our and your carbon footprint be?
Sustainable & Responsible tourism- Number of guests entering the forest is limited as we accommodate only 15 persons when fully occupied. Construction of guest areas is limited to 10% of the property Support the local youth as 80% of employees come from adjoining villages and tribal settlements Support the local school by providing assistance in form of educational material and conducting safari rides and educational talks highlighting the importance of forests in their lives Doing away with ‘city luxuries’ like pool, television and other facilities that are expected in city hotels to minimize the burden on the environment and encouraging a more active holiday filled with nature walks or bird watching
Water Conservation- Dual flushing WC’s installed STP (Sewage treatment plant) based on reed bed system requiring no electrical power and little or no maintenance The treated water used for organic farming No swimming pool provided, no bathtubs nor Jacuzzis to minimize water usage by guests. Open to sky showers are a great idea isnt it? Rainwater harvesting done for all major portions of the property
Solid Waste Management- Degradable / Bio degradablewastesegregation Organic Compost used as fertilizer (organic manure)
Sound Pollution- Very minimal generator used (2.5 KVA) only for utmost emergency Working to minimise mechanical noise levels at the property No television in the rooms No vehicular movement within the premises possible
Air Pollution- Very minimal generator used (2.5 KVA) only for utmost emergency Staff accommodated within property to ease functioning and unnecessary transportation of personnel First wind power and solar hybrid generator is the main source of power!!! Local trees and bio-diversity garden planted in the premises to allow small fauna to survive
Energy Conservation- LED Lamps used all over the property Fresh produce from the organic garden and local produce used to the maximum Dedicated Green power lines so that guests realize the potential of clean energy Maximum lighting load is being taken by the inhouse green power generated on the premises No airconditioners in rooms, nor tea or coffee makers are provided Solar pump installed for water requirements in our farm
Flora & Fauna- Local trees and plants are planted in the premises No exotic fauna within premises (Even the hounds, our domestic dogs are of the indigenous breed) No landscaping done just pathways to walk.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Why not let the child in you come out and play? How about getting your hands dirty by being someone else for a day? And relive it all by creating a delectable story over a slow fire. At Dhole’s Den, Bandipur, we ensure you’ll have enough activities to fill the time on your hands. Every day comes with exciting possibilities. And every moment has the potential to be memorable. Come discover the many ways in which your stay here will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Property Walk- Taking a simple stroll across our property will take you back in time. Discover the enchanting history of its origins, the enticing mystery of the ancient Sati Sthal and its artefacts steeped in tradition, and the wonder well out of which spouted the eco-friendly philosophy that now nurtures the place.Your leisurely walk will also bring you close to facets such as the picturesque natural beauty, the calming tranquillity, the variety of plant life, the sight and sound of myriad bird species, a serene water body with diverse aquatic life and of course, the various measures that ensure Dhole’s Den remains an eco-friendly oasis in the forests of Bandipur.
Campfire- Evenings at Dhole’s Den have a distinctly warm glow. You will be treated to a crackling campfire under a starlit sky, nestled charmingly between a pond and an orchard. Complementing the magical evening will be sizzling hot barbeque or grilled dishes and stimulating conversations, washed down with a drink of your choice.
Native Games- Remember the time when life was still analogue? No television or digital screens to turn you into a couch potato. Now you can get back to some good old-fashioned ways to entertain yourself. Like playing a round of marbles, flying a kite, spinning a top or even indulging in a spot of fishing at our rain-fed pond or testing your skills at archery. For those who want to play it safe, we also have indoor games like carrom, chess, playing cards, dart-board and other board games, as well as badminton, table tennis and volleyball.
Organic Farm Visit- Less than a kilometre away from Dhole’s Den is our organic farm from where we source most of the fruits and vegetables for our kitchen. We invite you to be a farmer for a day and experience the rustic way of life. From savouring the fresh greenery and aromatic soil to planting saplings, tending to the vegetable patch, plucking fruits or watering plants. You can also make yourself a healthy salad from the garden-fresh vegetables in the finest traditions of the ‘Pluck, Cook and Eat’ concept. And that’s not all, you can also get up close and personal with our resident bovine family consisting of rescued cows, bullocks and even an endearing calf.
Tribal Village Interaction- At Dhole’s Den, we believe that conservation is incomplete without including the community into the eco-system. The tribals in the area have had a distinct lifestyle for centuries. Now well integrated with society and supported by various Government initiatives, they nevertheless represent an interesting facet of forest life. You can now visit a tribal family at their home, not far from our homestay, interact with them, be treated to their hospitality and come back a lot richer as a human being. Dhole’s Den also supports many initiatives targeted at them such as primary education, healthcare and hygiene, so you can witness the change first hand.
Tea Drive- Tea-time at Dhole’s Den is never a mundane affair. It means getting into an open 4×4 jeep, wading through quaint village roads and narrow jungle paths to reach a picturesque location. And then having a delectable spread of piping hot tea, snacks and sandwiches, while basking in a glorious sunset. Along the way, you could also spot a few birds and animals in their natural habitat, aided by our trained naturalist.
Nature Walk and Bird Safari- Your morning will begin early. At the crack of dawn, to be precise. That’s when the early bird is out and about and it’s just the time to take a nice invigorating walk on the foothills outside our property. Our in-house naturalist will accompany you to help you spot a bewildering variety of birds, insects and plants. And of course, the occasional pug marks of a feline that has cat-walked in the dark of the night.
Yoga Sessions- If you’re looking for something relaxing and therapeutic, you can even opt for a healthy morning yoga session, on request. This would include beginners’ level of pranayama and simple yogic asanas that don’t stretch your abilities beyond what you’re capable of. The sessions will take place in warm morning sunshine at the Nirvana Square, under a Jujube tree, while breathing in crisp, pristine air. Om Shanthi!
As part of our Dhole’s Den Resort commitment to responsible tourism practices, we are Wildlife Lodge member of the Travel Operators for Tigers campaign (TOFTigers).TOFTigers is a global travel industry initiative which aims to advocate, catalyse and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism in India and Nepal’s Tiger Reserves. Its objective is to support specific conservation and local community projects which benefit the local villagers and the wildlife within the parks you visit as part of your stay with us.
As part of this campaign we have been environmentally ranked through a process called the PUG audit, and ranked as an Outstanding Practice Certification provider, in our operational practices, the highest PUG ranking.This allow visitors to rest assured that your visit to Dhole’s Den Resort in Bandipur Tiger Reserve is enjoyed in a lodge that makes sustainable development, environmental and socio-cultural issues our prime priority, and endeavour to be both environmentally innovative and socially responsible. The ranking illustrates that we have made a positive impact on the environment, on support for our local community, and on the experiences of our clients. The PUG audit team recognizes that we are continuously working to better our operations and enhance our sustainability, with our management being knowledgeable about key issues. Finally we work hard to maintain our status as exemplary industry leaders, so that others can learn from us. For further details on this certification please view this website : www.toftigers.org