Tents (canvas, wood, canvas) lovely and incredibly spacious (though floor boards very creaky and in need of a little maintenance...) with an amazing view across river, seemingly private and cosy. Staff kindly and attentive - special mention to Ahmed (manager) and Hersha (our Naturalist) - a welcome sense of humour found in both! (other Naturalists we spoke with also incredibly knowledgeable and fun!). Pool cleaned daily and a welcome relief in the afternoon leisure time though maybe more than four sun loungers might be preferred. We stayed in East camp, apparently West camp identical.
Food nice but maybe a little 'samey' (variations of the same meats/veg) though safari breakfasts were plentiful, varied and very tasty. Wi fi, should you need it, requires collection from camp and taken to staff quarters (4 min drive away) to then sit in office whilst work continues ... maybe not convenient for all .....
Safaris here were good and jeep entry point to park close to the camp which saves a bumpy initial ride, though as woodland more dense here, sightings rarer in our opinion. However, learned a lot about bees, ants and deer. Sadly elephants in woodland are chained at feet and working - really heart wrenching they are not permitted the same freedom as other creatures....
Would we stay here again? Well, that very much depends on fellow guests should you have a choice for once the noisy local family with children and staff had left, the peaceful ambience returned and the stay much improved! (noise travels in tents!!)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Banjar Tola Hotel Kanha National Park