Accessibility at
Surwahi Social Kanha

Disability is not a big issue for people who are differently-abled. Disabled people get used to their disability and happily lead on their lives but when it comes to travel and hotel stays, especially in a growing economy like India, many of them are left perturbed and dismayed. This is because of not only the appalling travel conditions but also the absence of accessible homestays, resorts and other forms of eco-friendly accommodation in the country.

Expected accommodation properties in terms of accessibility

  • Toilets and bathrooms equipped with amenities that are within reach of disabled and elderly people.
  • Rooms too need to have accessible features that can be operated independently by them.
  • Presence of qualified staff members who are sensitive towards disabled and elderly people. Hospitality units need to employ people who have the know-how and awareness about handling guests who do not fall in the normally abled category of people.
  • Organizing guided tours or engagement activities for differently-abled people.
  • Having culinary options for aged and disabled people.

Coliving in wilderness with accessibility in the Kanha National Park region

In a country like India where accessible hotels and place of stay for senior citizens and disabled people in cities and towns are rare, the chances of having such accessible facilities in wildlife areas is hardly heard of. Surwahi Social Kanha, an eco-friendly green homestay built on the periphery of the Kanha National Park is a different story, though. Besides being committed to the cause of the environment and sustainability, the management of Surwahi Social Kanha made a conscious attempt to bring up a place that thoroughly promotes accessible travel to Kanha. Every care was taken during the designing phase itself to ensure that the place provides a welcome change to differently-abled people, couples with infants and elderly people. Since, at Surwahi Social Kanha the ideology revolves around ‘Tourism for All’, co-living in wilderness with accessibility has and will always occupy a prime place here.

This homestay entails disabled-friendly stay in Kanha in two ways –

Infrastructural and building compatibility

  • At most part of the property, the provision of supporting handrails have been incorporated.
  • The doors within the premises are all made for easy movement of wheelchairs.
  • There are ramps in the corridors so that wheelchairs can be easily moved around.
  • Switches, door latches and other amenities in the co-living dormitory area the first of its kind in the country – have been equipped keeping accessibility in mind.
  • Washrooms in the dormitory have western toilets that are low-sitting and completely compliant with requirements for accessibility.

Emotional and humanitarian compatibility

  • Employing staff members who are compassionate and understand the importance of according dignity and respect to all guests alike.
  • Qualified people who are sensitive towards handling aged and disable guests.

  • The homestay plans to open its doors to guests in coming October 2020 recently. As the project moves onto the other phases and as the entire property starts to function completely by next year, there are plans to add on more set of personal amenities that are accessible and disabled compatible.

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