Mahua Kothi Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is a must on any Indian safari circut.
The lodge does take time to get to- Indian roads are not the best, but the drive is so worth it. The lodge is stunning and the staff absolutely fabulous. Nothing is too much bother...
From the lodge you can arrange game drives into the Bandhavgarh National Park - must book these long in advance!
The morning starts off with a personal wake-up call and a delivery of fresh fruit juice, tea and coffee to your bungalow before your morning game drive.
Breakfast can be a packed one in the park, or back at the lodge, on the veranda or in the baghiya (traditional garden), with platters heaped with traditional Indian fare or the more familiar eggs cooked to your preference. Try the Indian delicacies like poha, or saffron rich with fresh vegetables, and pao bhaji, or fresh bread rolls served with tomato and onion.
Lunch is back at the lodge, served on the veranda or in the baghiya. I opted to have lunch one day on the rooftop terrace, which was wonderful.
The guest veranda is the setting for afternoon tea, which yet more tasty treats.
In the afternoon you return to the jungles of Bandhavgarh once again for another safari. I saw so many wonderful animals including peacocks, monkeys, gaur, sambal and chital as well as a leopard crossing the road which was a rare and treasured sight! We even stopped for a sundowner at the old fort.
Dinner is a delight and on one of the nights, dinner was held under the magnificent mahua tree. I also experienced a chapal, which is an outdoor dinner where traditional tandoori meals are cooked on charcoal.
Also on offer are visits to a local village, walking and bird watching. The lodge has a lovely swimming pool - perfect for cooling off from the heat. Well stocked curio shop - great golf shirts! They also offer massages at an extra cost which is a real spoil.
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- Also Known As:
- Mahua Kothi Hotel Bandhavgarh National Park