When planning my trip to Bandhavgarh National Park, I left the selection of accommodations to my travel agent. I think she made an excellent choice.
The Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness is tucked away at the end of a winding dirt road, adjacent to the core area of the tiger reserve, with only an 8-foot high chain-link perimeter fence separating it from the Tala zone. The property is comprised of 20 rooms that are spread out in a grove of bamboo thickets, and it really felt like I was staying in the forest. I saw many types of birds within the resort grounds, especially near the water reservoir. Each evening, from the window of my room, I was able to see cheetal deer, langur monkeys, and wild boar that were only about 30 meters away on the other side of the fence. One langur even snuck into the property to feed on the leaves of a tree in front of the dining room.
The staff, led by Resort Manager Atul Bisht, provided excellent service. Upon arrival at the resort, and after each safari into the park, I was greeted with a glass of delicious juice and a cool towel to wipe the dust off of my face. Everyone I encountered, the reception staff, the dining room waiters, the housekeepers, even the gardener, greeted me with a friendly smile and tried their best to make my stay a good experience. (The housekeepers and gardener spoke little English – this only became a concern when I asked to have some clothes laundered.) The resort naturalist, Govind Singh, was especially good. With more than 15 years of experience at Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore, and Bandhavgarh, he was a great source of information about tiger behaviour and the animals in the park.
Some random observations:
Meals are served at a central dining room. Breakfasts featured eggs, toast, fruits, and Indian dishes. Lunches and dinners comprised of set menus including Indian and European dishes, but on Saturday night there was a buffet. The food was delicious and servings ample.
The water that comes out of the faucet is drawn from a well on the property. It is not potable, and if you want to drink it, room information advises boiling it first with the provided hot pot. One-liter bottles of mineral water were available for 60 rupees.
The villa I stayed in had a shower, but not a bath tub. You need to activate the geyser (water heater) at least 15 minutes before you enter the shower, and there is enough hot water for 1 shower. If you stay as a couple or group, you will probably need to work out a shower schedule.
The rooms in this resort do not have televisions. For me, this proved to be a blessing as I was able to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. If you are a television addict, this may prove to be problematic.
Electric power generation in the Bandhavgarh area is apparently unreliable and the resort has an emergency generator. I experienced numerous power outages each day. Although power was usually restored in a matter of seconds (the longest outage lasted about two minutes), it was quite an experience when the dining room went pitch black in the middle of dinner. There was a flashlight in my room, but since it was so large (the size that takes 4 “D” batteries) I preferred to carry around my own small Maglite.
The whole Bandhavgarh area features a reddish-brown dirt that becomes a very fine dust during the dry season. While riding the 4-wheel drive vehicles, the dirt/dust gets into your hair and all over your clothes. Avoid wearing expensive clothes and cover your camera equipment.
The location of the Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness is at the end of a winding dirt road past a number of farms and other resorts. Compared to accommodations located right in front of Tala Gate, it takes a few minutes more to get to the gates of the tiger reserve, but the difference in travel time is not significant. Leaving for the safari each morning, it took us about 10 minutes to drive to the check-in area where we picked up our safari route assignment and compulsory guide. From that staging area, it is only about a one or two-minute drive to the Tala Gate, and about 15 to 20 minutes to the Magadhi and Khitauli Gates.
With respect to the safaris, it is best to enjoy all that the park offers without focusing solely on looking for tigers. I was able to take 1 morning safari into the Khitauli zone and 3 morning safaris into the Magadhi zone. The vistas in the Magadhi zone were especially beautiful, and I saw jackals, cheetal, sambar, langurs, macaques, boar, peacocks, birds, and even one tiger. As a result of a recent rule change, the number of afternoon safaris in each zone is only half the number of the morning safaris, so securing an afternoon safari is twice as difficult.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bordering a well-stocked Tiger Reserve, Infinity Resorts Bandhavgarh is reminiscent of old Maharajah’s shooting lodges during the bygone days. The extensive use of local tiles, stone, inlaid marble, wood and thatch, connects our guests to the resort with the immediate environment. The colors used are mostly of the landscape - mud brown, terracotta red, fawn jade green blending seamlessly into the soothing shades of Mother Nature. The resort has been tastefully developed with an emphasis on low carbon footprint and it is well spaced out. Totally eco-friendly and self-sustaining, the resort uses solar heaters to provide guests with hot water. A distinguish looking style of double-storied pavilions, spacious tents, villas and our deluxe room will provide an assortment of accommodation for our guests to choose from. All interior décor are artistically blended to provide comfort and style. The huge guestrooms which are 600 square feet in area, do remind guests of the colonial-style architecture, mixed with Indian mastery of inlaid semi-precious stones and white marble. The resort offers plenty of sun, lush green landscapes, comfortable rooms, courteous service and a friendly atmosphere. As a premier wildlife chain resort, Infinity Resorts Bandhavgarh boasts of luxury and quality for you - as a couple, family or individual traveler. Swimming Pool - The swimming pool, refreshingly cool in summer is located adjacent to the BBQ area and restaurant. Guests can enjoy our sparkling drinks and delicious snacks while sunbathing. Wild Spa - the resort also houses a Spa with two treatment rooms providing a serene setting for your much needed rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa menu is created to reflect the ancient Ayurvedic healing methods taught to our therapists. Come and enjoy this treat after a long day in the park.Entertainment – Apart from in-room facilities at our resort, we also provide you with several leisure facilities for your full enjoyment during your stay. Madhya Pradesh has a tremendous variety of traditions and legends. So why not immerse yourself in its fascinating culture with Tribal Folk dances during the evenings, seated beside the warmth of well-lit bon fire followed by Wildlife film show and dinner. After dinner, you may have to be escorted back to your rooms as calls of wild animals can be heard frequently near our guest’s accommodations. What an exciting place to spend your holiday! ACCOMMODATION The resort offers Lakeside Pavilions, Villas and Deluxe Rooms. ... more less
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