The website attracted us to the Jewel of the Jungle, believing it to be a more peaceful place to stay than Khajuraho. It was described as "One of the few places in the world where you can experience the wilderness in style!" It all seemed so pleasant and civilised. Then we arrived.
The scruffy area around the steps leading to reception was a foretaste of what was to come. We were pleasantly greeted and shown to our accomodation for two nights. We walked past uncut grass (more a meadow than a lawn) and an empty swimming pool before arriving at a rustic hut - too rustic for our taste. Dark and dingy, with haphazard electrics and we asked to be shown one of the more modern cottages. Number one, the Tiger Room, was hurriedly cleaned and made up, the electrician fixing some defunct lights but unable to make the air-con operable - a major drawback in this climate. We decided to try it for one night and to move on to Khajuraho the following day.
We asked about dinner. No a la carte, we finally settled for an omelette which was prepared by a chef from the village (no resident chef) and a Pepsi - nothing else to drink. Before we went back to the Tiger Room we placed our order for breakfast. Having realised the culinary limitations we ordered cereal and toast. Upon arriving for breakfast we were told "No cereal". We left soon afterwards, but not before we had noticed alarming cracks in the walls and a tarpaulin covering leaks in the restaurant. Apparently the nearby river had flooded two or three years ago and the place has not been repaired, yet Head Office in Delhi is still taking bookings on the description on the website. Disgraceful. The staff on site did all that they could but it appeared that they had not been paid for some time and were very aplogetic about the situation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Going on a Safari or a wildlife holiday has always been known as roughing it- we have changed that forever! Welcome to India's finest Luxury Three Star Wildlife resort offering International standard facilities for disabled guests and free childcare for the duration of your stay. A complete vacation for everyone. Revel in the luxurious thematically designed A/C Cottages (Ten) and Luxury Air-cooled Huts (Eighteen). ... more less
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