Q&A with Sanjay Sinha, Vice President of Serai Resorts

Sanjay Sinha

10 Jan 2018

NWS Mike sits down with sanjay sinha to find out what it's like running two of india's top luxury lodges

When did your love of wildlife begin?

My love of wildlife started about 15 years ago when I first went to Nagarhole Forest in Karnataka to experience its amazing and diverse flora and fauna.

How long have you worked for the Serai Group?

I have now worked for the Serai Group for six years.

What makes a stay at Serai Kabini and Serai Bandipur so special?

Both Serai Kabini and Serai Bandipur are luxury boutique accommodations located in rustic environments. Guests can enjoy some great food and the feeling of being pampered, and experience some amazing wildlife along the way.

What is a typical day like for you?

An early morning walk along the riverbank at Kabini or through the woods at Bandipur, or a morning jungle safari. This will be followed by a hearty and filling breakfast, a spot of relaxation and reading, then an afternoon jungle safari. In the evening I'll spend time with our guests while the in-house naturalist shares insight into the flora and fauna of our nearby national parks (Nagarhole and Bandipur) before I enjoy a good dinner and retire for the day.

What wildlife can lodge guests hope to see?

Tigers, elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambar deer, gaur (Indian bison), dholes (wild dogs), crested serpent eagles, hawk eagles, and white-breasted kingfishers.

What is the most unusual wildlife sighting you've had at Kabini?

I once saw a black panther, which was an incredible experience. I have also been lucky enough to see the Malabar trogon and Malabar pied hornbill, two distinctive bird species.

Have you ever had a dangerous encounter with a Tiger?

No, never.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I love that I get to travel a lot and meet new and interesting people nearly every day.

What does the future hold for tigers in India?

Studies have shown that tiger numbers grew in Nagarhole and Bandipur forests during 2017. There are now 17 according to India’s Forestry Department, and we also had 12 tiger cubs born that year, which will really help the numbers. To protect the species, the Forestry Department creates new waterholes on a regular basis, and conducts regular patrolling to prevent poachers entering the tigers’ core habitat.

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