About The Owner
Anjali Singh (Uzma Singh) is a professional with over 20 years experience in Finance & Marketing and also academics. She carries with her an MBA in (F&M) and is a NET qualified scholar.
Coming from a family background of Civil Services and therefore having grown up in the various Districts across the Madhya Pradesh, Wildlife and Travel soon became a passion for her.
In the year 2010, she decided to embark upon the journey of RJL, starting in the formative years, with a camping ground and thereafter gradually developing the infrastructure and the Lodge that we see today. The journey of RJL has been an challenging yet extremely happy and an exciting one, with absolutely no basic infrastructure like electricity and communications for the first four years of operations. It's only due to her perseverance and a single minded dedication to her vision, that we see RJL, in it's present form and in the process of traversing further.
Introduction, Location & Approach to RJL
RJL is a Jungle & Wildlife Safari Lodge, situated barely 30 Kms from the City of Bhopal, on the fringes of the upcoming Ratapani Tiger Reserve, 200 meters from the Kolar Dam. Amidst beautiful and dense teak forests, an area inhabited by Tiger, Leopards, Wildcats, Sloth-bears Foxes, Hyenas, Deer's and Languor's, is The RJL, a quiet and quaint Jungle Jungle Lodge, spread over the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Kolar Reservoir and the beautiful Ratapani Jungles, in the valley below.
As you drive up to the Lodge, through the dense woods and the beautiful Vindhyachal Ranges, the road itself sheltered under the thick canopy, you can't help but be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the pristine forest.
The drive up to the Lodge gives one a semblance of no less than a Safari of sorts.... The Lodge itself, presents a welcoming warmth, blending into the surrounding greens, offering Six Luxurious Large AC Suite Rooms, Three Wonderfully Furnished Air-conditioned Deluxe Rooms, One Large AC Cottage Room, Six RJL AC Luxury Tents, Large Verandah's, a beautiful Large AC Club Lounge, a sprawling dining area.... the Gol-Ghar, Three large Gazebos to choose from, overlooking the hill and the reservoir below, a beautiful large Sunset Deck, offering a breathtakingly scintillating sunset, almost half a Km of all season walkway within the property itself, lovely winding staircase descending through the forest, on to the Seven large Lower Decks, finally on to the Mahua Tree,....... And all this while, in front of you is the endless expanse of the majestic Kolar Reservoir and the enchanting Ratapani Jungles, dotting the banks and the small hillocks, as far as the eye can see.......
Moving back to the lodge, as you step out into the verandah, you can't help but gasp at the beautiful sight offered by the Seven Large lawns, almost two acres of them, surrounded by the dense teak woods. Next to the Sunset Deck, steps, winding their way down, take you to a mini infinity pool, perched halfway on the hill, offering a panoramic view of the vast expanse of the forest and the reservoir below, the lovely tree canopy protecting you from the sun, as you splash about in the pool. In a short while itself, one feels at ease and at peace with nature and with one self, away from all the menace of the city. A place where one wishes to be with one's loved one's. A place where one feels rejuvenated, recuperated and energized. In a way a true "writer's paradise".
Be it with family or with friends, one can simply sit in the Veranda's, the Lawns or the Gazebos and enjoy the quaint feel of nature, the distant feel of the forest and yes the wilderness..... As the dusk approaches, one is presented with the most magnificent sunset and as the dusk gives way to the night, one can only look up in awe and the beautiful canvas which the night sky has to offer.
Never can one imagine so many star's, living in the City, those of us, however, who may still have some childhood memories of this spectacular astral display.well, this is an ideal place to be reminded of those special childhood memories and cherish and revisit them with family and friends.
RJL is situated at the edge of one of the largest water bodies in the region. Quite naturally, between the months of late October till the End of March, this reservoir is home to a myriad of migratory water birds. Ducks, Crain, Geese of many varieties can be spotted merely by walking down the steps of RJL and along the reservoir edge, along the forest.
The reservoir also draws the animals aplomb, as after November till the onset of monsoons, for a span of almost seven months, this remains the only watering-hole for the Carnivores and the Herbivores, in fact, the herbivores, many a times drawing the carnivores.
The soft green grass along the reservoir and the damp soil creates an ideal feeding ground for the Herbivores, thereby attracting the carnivores looking for an easy prey. Therefore, an early morning or evening, dusk, walk along the reservoir can pleasantly surprise you at times with the wildlife you may come across. One also, therefore, has to be extra careful while walking outside the property.