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“Overall nice experience with some issues”
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Banjaar Tola
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

The property is just lovely and the tents are spectacular. However the designers concentrated more on decor than safety. The bed is on a platform and you have to be very careful in the dark. The deck and view were outstanding but our outside lights did not work and were not fixed during our stay. The game drives were very disappointing and we did not see a tiger in 3 days - nobody's fault.Good thing there were no tigers because when our vehicle got a flat tire, we all had to pile out of the jeep in the middle of this reserve. Our friends in another jeep had a breakdown. Now shouldn't the Taj properties look into the safety and mechanics of these jeeps? Our entire group questioned whether it was worth a very difficult 5 hour road trip to come to this area.
On the positive note, the property has a fantastic dinner in the bush where the villagers join you for music and dance. We also had a lovely visit to the home of one of the staffers and then we rode around the village which was quite interesting. Also kudos to a fabulous chef, Ajit Swain. He can come to any four star restaurant in New York! In all, the staff was kind, courteous and attentive.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

A group of 10 spent 2 days and had a wonderful, exciting,relaxing break. The whole package of luxury tents, the location in the middle of the forest, the staff, the food is first class! Taj Safaris have done a very special job with this location. The tents are 5 star luxury as is the attention and care of all staff, from Manager to nature guides to Chef.

We only did one safari and saw tigers. Do not miss the nature walks, as good as the safari!

Room Tip: All rooms in the east or west wing are special
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Derek N
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed at each of the 4 Taj Lodges in the 4 national parks in eastern Madhya Pradesh in north-central India. Each lodge is unique in design but all are superb in comfort, service, cuisine and the quality of the staff. Our capacious and luxurious "tent" was really a suite, with a large bedroom, a deck with a beautiful view of the Banjaar Tola River, a large dressing and bathroom with his and her washbasins containing every amenity imaginable, a tub, a shower and a separate room for the toilet. Dinner on our deck one night was a special treat; heat lamps or braziers are provided to ensure comfort in the winter. Laundry service was free, as was all the bottled water and beer and wine (from Maharashtra; quite drinkable) we wanted. The only thing we didn't like was the round platform on which the very comfortable, square king-size bed was mounted. It was a bit awkward to get into and out of in the middle of the night for us seniors. The morning and afternoon game drives were beautiful, and the lodge provides each guest two blankets and a hot water bottle for the early morning drive.
Working with the travel company &Beyond India, Taj Safaris will put together a package for you that includes transportation from/to the nearest airport and between the lodges in a comfortable car with a professional driver.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

it is truly a must visit property specially the bathroom is amazing with fairly good size rooms. The balcony is amazing just overlooking the river. The property is situated right in the core jungle which really gives an experience of a national park.

Room Tip: a must stay place if you visit kanha national park.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank parikshit2014
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I was on a group tour in mid-November 2013 that stayed at the Banjaar Tola Kanha tented camp. I can't speak highly enough about the staff, the service, the food, and wonderful location. You are in a heavenly oasis.

The round cabins are extremely spacious and modern inside, with huge bathrooms. Every time we returned to the cabin we found that it had been serviced again -- with fresh towels etc. The service was excellent -- definitely five stars out of 5.

All the staff, including the general manager, really seemed to make a special effort to get to know their guests and take the time to speak with them. This includes the guides who escorted us to the park to search for tigers and other wildlife. They were Knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.

The food was superb and extremely plentiful. Bring your appetite!

If you are planning a trip to Kanha National Park don't stay anywhere else! It is an amazing experience to stay here.

Room Tip: Rooms that have a view of the river, and a wonderful private balcony, are superb.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank allthedifference
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

Awesome and Hyper Personal ! are the words to describe Banjaar Tola Experience. A perfect blend of Taj Hospatility and 'and Beyond' experience.

We had driven down from Pune (~1100 kms) and the experience was worth the effort. Hospitality and Luxury starts from the moment you arrive- the hot towels, the warm drink and continues through departure. Rooms with the spa like bathrooms are impeccable. The staff super courteous and always ready to help!

Food is great!- the best part is that you could ask for (almost) anything and the chef will cook it up! Special Thank you to Amit ( Camp Manager), Pradeep ( our Naturalist), Hemraj ( our Butler) and Ajit ( the chef).

If you are driving from Nagpur take the Seoni ( Bypass)- Balaghat- Lamta- Paraswada- Baihar- Mukki route. The other routes that show up on MapMyIndia and Google Maps are horrible.

Taj Booking could have made our drive to Banjaar Tola much more enjoyable, had they replied to my emails for direction.

Room Tip: We stayed in the East Camp and every room has great view!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BhaskarThakur
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

My husband and i visited banjaar tola between Nov 29 and Dec 3 2013. The luxuriou pampering starts from the time they greet you at the entrance with a cold towel and welcome drink, and a butler excorts you to you room. The rooms are amazing and every attention to detail is taken care of. We arrived at a rather late hour for lunch, yet the chef was willing to cook anything special we would like.
The safari drives are amazing, with warm blankets and hand warmers to keep you comfortable. Every need of yours is attended to. Their naturalists are extremely well trained, and are as excited to see wildlife as you are. If you are lucky, you might even have a tiger walk next to you onyour safari drive or bare his teeth for your camera!
All in all... a trip to Paradise and back!

Room Tip: Be prepared for a long drive from the nearest airport. Also book your safaris well in advance. The l...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Banjaar Tola

Address: Village Mukki | District Balaghat, Kanha National Park 481111, India
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Region: India > Madhya Pradesh > Kanha National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Kanha National Park
Price Range: £279 - £331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Banjaar Tola 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taj Safaris' third jungle safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic. The lodge boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh. ... more   less 
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