i'll keep the whole review simple n clean.....
samode safari lodge is a perfect getaway from the chaotic n maddening crowd of the city n for those who want to go on a professional safari experience in India. the nearest airport being at jabalpur, from which the lodge is just 3 hours away, with good road conditions. the entrance to the lodge is surprisingly through the jungle, which gives u a feeling of you directly going on a safari before checking in. the lodge lies in the buffer area, n is very safe. the best part of the lodge is its location, completely in isolation, with no other lodges in its surrounding. gives a real peaceful relaxed feeling.
on arrival you are greeted by gauri the lodge manager, who briefs you completely on the lodge n everything you should know about the place. of course you are welcomed with a beverage of your choice n with a fresh cold/hot towel. you are also asked for any of your dietary or meal preferences if you have, so that arrangements are made as the place is far away from the nearest town. with a short tour of the whole property, you soon arrive at your villa or cottage as you may call it.
n here the whole excitement doubles. the whole place is just superb, the interiors, the space, comfort, luxury is just jaw dropping. for a moment you would just be speechless. to believe it you have to b there! everything inside has been perfectly planned by the owner, who has himself travelled around the world. there is a living room, with a bedroom, which has a huge king size comfy bed, which just soaks you in. there is also a good amount of space outside the bedroom, a balcony sort of, which opens out into the wild n the grassland. the bathroom is just as big n huge as the room, with nearly 4 bathing option, indoor n outdoor. the bathtub n open to sky shower is just wow. there is also a built in wardrobe. toiletries provided are of real good quality. mosquito repellents are provided, so you dont have to worry about it, though during our stay we hardly even come across any of them. the air condition also work as a heater, which is great during winters as it really gets very cold. so plz make sure u do carry something warm during the stay n during the safaris. they do provide ponchos. there is also a satellite television set and a few dvds on demand. the whole place is clean n smells fresh. it gives u a real feeling of staying in the wild.
the food, again one of the best part of the whole stay. the executive chef is the most amazing person, he just prepares everything so perfectly, that your taste buds are for sure to get pampered. all meals are served hot n fresh, deliciously prepared. the choices are plenty, you just need the appetite, to take it all in. the breakfast spread is very energising after the game drives. dinners are special, and arranged at different locations, very well set up, just to give you a special feel. the tiger documentary shown is just great. all sorts of cuisines are prepared by the chef. the desserts are just to die for.
the game drives......you have 2 game drives daily. back to back game drives does make you feel tired, but i guess the excitement of seeing the tiger keeps you on toes. the vehicle used for the drive is very comfortable. you have a naturalist and a forest guide accompanying you on the drives. do ask for anshuman, he has so much knowledge about wildlife, a wonderful person to be with. well we weren't that fortunate enough to spot a single tiger on all our game drives. i guess winter isn't the correct time, though anshuman did his best to locate one. but of course different species of birds n other animals were spotted. after all safari isn't about just tigers, its the overall experience of being in the jungle n the hospitality that u get in such isolated places. the morning drives is for 4 hrs n evening for 3 hrs. juices, muffins n sandwiches are carried duirng the drives, just incase you feel hungry. though after the drives a huge breakfast spread in the morning n snacks in the evening are served.
the staff.....the most wonderful people you would come across. they are friendly, always smiling n ready to help. they do so much to make your stay comfortable. we did take some time out to talk to them n spend a little time with them, n share wonderful moments with all of them.
yess all of this does come at a steep price, but everything is worth every penny you spend here. i would rate it as the no.1 lodge in bandhavgarh n even in india. so goodluck samode n plz do keep up the good work. we definitly look forward to come back again.....
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