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A Peek Into The Sarai At Toria, Where Conservation Meets Hospitality

Located on the banks of the River Ken, opposite the Panna Tiger Reserve, the place is run by Dr Raghu Chundawat, a conservation biologist, and Van Gruisen, a former wildlife documentary filmmaker

The cottages are built with locally available construction materials using traditional techniques Photo: Sarai at Toria
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"I should mention that the Sarai was actually not set up to be a wildlife lodge," says Joanna Van Gruisen, speaking about The Sarai at Toria. A half-hour drive from Khajuraho airport, the Sarai At Toria has been named after the neighbouring village of Toria. Located on the banks of the River Ken, opposite the Panna Tiger Reserve, the place is run by Dr Raghu Chundawat, a conservation biologist, and Van Gruisen, a former wildlife documentary filmmaker. A couple with a passion for wildlife and conservation, they aimed to establish a sustainable livelihood in the central Indian region and carry out research and community conservation programmes. Dr. Chundawat's main studies have been on snow leopards and tigers. His pioneering ten-year research on tigers took place in the Panna Tiger Reserve and has been immortalised in the BBC Natural World documentary, "Tigers of the Emerald Forest”.

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