Set in the surrounding area of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh (central state of India), the tented lodges of this resort are designed to replicate traditional Indian village-style cottages, called Kutiyas.
Location, location, location
Set in the midst of the Madhya Pradesh (central state of India) forest, the resort is a 4-hour drive from Jabalpur airport and the resort can organise airport transfers for you.
For all of the airport and train station options, visit the following link: www.tajsafaris.com
With mud-like walls and earthy features, the rooms manage to maintain a luxurious feel whilst creating an ambience of rural Indian home life. The rainforest shower, enclosed by echoing stone walls, is particularly noteworthy.
With an all-inclusive service, I had dinner alongside other visitors in the hotel’s restaurant. We enjoyed delicious traditional Indian dishes.
Sumptuous lunches were served in the privacy of my own courtyard with a professional and polite waiter adding a special touch to the service.
On the final night of my stay, an outdoor dinner was organised with a special dance performance by local villagers.
For the early morning starts to go on safari, I was thoughtfully delivered tea and snacks to my lodge in the early hours.
The safari excursions are a must at the popular Bandhavgarh National Park. The organisers of the park are particularly sensitive to the needs of the wildlife and assign each jeep to a particular route within the forest. This avoids a traffic jam of jeeps whenever a tiger is spotted, which can scare and crowd the animal.
The tigers are so familiar with jeeps that they don’t tend to shy away when one approaches. I was lucky enough to spot one very close in my last trip into the forest – read about my experience here: There’s a tiger over there!
Other facilities include a swimming pool, safari shop and spa service.
What’s the damage?
£145 – £230 per person per night all-inclusive including laundry and game drives (subject to specific dates).
For further information and to book, visit: www.tajhotels.com
Read more here: Tiger Prowl In Madhya Pradesh
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