Read the other reviews: none of the “Excellent” and “Very Good” ratings are an exaggeration.
Nestled in a rather large swathe of grassland, the cottages and tents evoke a wonderfully rustic ambiance with very tasteful decor. The three different dining areas (used according to occupancy levels and season) and the common area provide a very comfortable setting either for a quiet drink and meal if you’re a couple or a homely party experience if you’re part of a group.
The food we indulged in was perfect for our palate; their choices of using locally grown and seasonal produce made for tasty meals, and when we requested anything special it was delivered to perfection. The food was what I’d call “homely” – none of the overly rich fare that one often experiences during travels.
Much has been written in this forum about General Manager Abhimanyu and Guest Relations Executive Deepak. And none of that is hyperbole or embellished. They, along with their staff, provided service levels whose standards many resorts across the globe would do well to emulate. What really sets the team at Monsoon Forest apart is the feeling of personalised attention they bestow on their guests.
Perfect hosts in the Soul of Bandhavgarh!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monsoons are considered sacred in India. At Monsoon Forest, we consider nature, the forests and its beings just as sacred. Experience this sacredness with us at Monsoon Forest, an oasis of serenity amidst acres of beautiful grasslands. It is the perfect base to explore the magic of the Bandhavgarh Forest, India's tiger haven. With breathtaking views of the forest, grasslands and Bandhavgarh Fort, our ten-acre resort is just a few minutes drive from the Bandhavgarh Forest area. We are a unique Indian luxury eco-resort with beautiful, air-conditioned cottages with modern en-suite facilities. Our indigenous design draws inspiration from the earthy mud houses. For guests wanting a real wildlife experience, we have beautifully crafted luxury tents and cottages set under the shade of glorious Mahua trees. Surrounded by grasslands, you can enjoy hearing various animal and bird calls and even spot them roaming within our premises. With us, you can enjoy personalized and experienced guided jeep and elephant safaris. Indulge in various other activities like Bandhavgarh Fort excursions, birding picnics, private dining, local village visits and reforestation project. Enjoy relaxing massages or a swim in our pool set amidst nursery and organic vegetable farm. We offer homemade traditional Indian cuisine and local delicacies at our multiple indoor and outdoor dining venues. On request we can also cater for specific dietary needs. We started out as a reforestation project on a piece of barren land, devastated by overgrazing and logging. We are a work in progress, determined to bring back the forest and to make it a sanctuary for the rare and endangered indigenous trees and plants of the central Indian jungles, one of the last remaining homes of tigers in the wild. Join us in promoting responsible and sustainable Eco-tourism. The park opens in mid October every year. This season the safaris will not operate in the park on every Wednesday afternoon but we will keep you busy with other activities and natural history experiences. Monsoon Forest will always be ready to receive guests and promise quality stay and experience. ... more less
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