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“Not exactly "rustic luxury"”
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Bagh Sarai Resorts
Reviewed January 12, 2014

I write on behalf of a group of 16 well travelled, good humoured, positive minded individuals from Scotland who recently enjoyed a truly amazing trip to India and spent 2 nights at this resort. Our stay there left a great deal to be desired and certainly could not be described as "luxurious" far less "rustic luxury at its best"
Our basic need for decent meals and good toilet facilities were not met.
The plumbing system was totally inadequate with no hot water, leaking toilets and pipes, toilets which wouldn't flush, dangerous wiring beside leaking pipes, dirty baths and showers which didn't work even if we had been blessed with hot water. At the end of dusty drives, with grey haired people now sporting clay coloured red hair, our only desire was to have HOT WATER.
However not only did the hot water never materialise nor did the "homely sumptious" food!! On the first evening in spite of giving a time for the group to eat, we waited for well over 2 hours for a meal which lacked in both quality and quantity. The timing and standard of food did improve slightly but this was due to the hard work of our Indian guide behind the scenes.
The packed breakfasts were also totally inadequate with 'inedible sandwiches'. Even the people who didn't go on the final early morning drive were presented with only cold hard boiled eggs.
Early morning tea and coffee before the drives was like hen's teeth with not nearly enough and when re-ordered took ages to come.
The bungalows themselves (apart from the toilets) were adequate although some were more sparsely furnished than others and an open cesspit very close to another gave cause for concern. The "luxury tent" and its facilities also did not live up to expectation.
The staff themselves were very friendly and eager to please but overall there seemed to be a total lack of organisation and an eye to detail.
The concept of this form of accommodation is good with a lovely open eating and socialising area but updating of toilets and showers, a considerable amount of maintenance work and a considerable improvement in catering is required to attract and satisfy the needs of foreign tourists.
(We have photographic evidence to justify our claims which we have already sent to our tour company.)

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Ecolux Bag Sarai resorts, is all one would expect from a resort in a wildlife sanctuary location. It might not have the luxuries offered by some of the starred resorts (you pay a price for it too), but what one would expect from a resort, specially for a family of 4 like ours was all there i.e. right from friendly, attentive and very helpful staff. We felt as if we were staying at someone's home rather than a resort/hotel..
Another very important plus point which we experienced was that the resort management organised our safari in the busy season, which although was not their core service deliverable. We are very thankful to them for organizing it for us, because we ended spotting two tigers in which one was Bamera the current alpha male of of Bandhavegarh.. :))
Another very big plus was the food quality, though it was not the exotic category (for which one would get opportunity to visit such places in any of metros) but it was off the land and local taste, homely, hygienic, children friendly (not very spicy, unless requested for) and extremely tasty. I ended up gaining 1.5kgs in our 5 days stay...
On the whole a great place for wildlife enthusiasts and also family experience...thank you, Ecolux Bag Sarai

Room Tip: no specific tip here, currently there are 9 cottages in a 12 acres property...so any cottage is good...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

City dwellers like us realize what we are missing in life when you visit places like this. Bandhavgarh National Park while being quite famous had not been in the travel list, but thanks to my friends who are wildlife enthusiasts we had a clean, green and healthy earth experience. And also thanks to them that they decided to stay at this resort as their friend referred them to this place. After having stayed at Ecolux, I can understand why there are such loyal followers of this property. The resort seems enveloped by the jungle. The vast place looks REAL devoid of artificiality which you find in other places with manicured lawns and the likes. Majority of the property is left to the natural elements and therefore plays its part as an eco sensitive hospitality space that works with nature rather than against it. Bandhavgarh, has been one of the most exciting places I have visited. The Score for me was 2 safari’s and 3 sightings- 2 Tigers, 1 Leopard (people say I am extremely lucky as Leopard sighting is rare).
The sheer thrill of driving through the forest in itself is exciting. We also spotted Wild Boars, Cheetal, Barking Deer…
The resort has been a home away from home - food and stay to vouch for the same. Hope to be back soon…Thanks EcoLux for a memorable experience

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were looking forward to this trip to Bandhavgarh for a long time and wow what an experience it has been. We arrived at Ecolux Baghsarai Resort early evening 27th Nov to a typical Indian welcome of Tilak in the forehead. Followed by a welcome drink (coffee) and a hot towel to wipe off the travel fatigue. It was already dark by then and we decided to go to the room for a quick change and come back to Central Hub (as they call it...) for a quick drink and 9pm dinner as we had an early morning safari. The Bungalow rooms were fantastic and designed to give the feel of a high-end African tent accommodation. Wood flooring and the enormous space of the bungalows add to the feel of luxury. The entire construction of the resort does not impinge the surrounding. Food was homely and sumptuous.
Safari was too good but the roads leading upto the Tala gate was a shame. We did spot 2 cubs and glimpse of a tigress on the second safari and with this our main objective of visiting Bandhavgarh was met.
Overall it has been a fantastic experience- Wilderness without compromising on the Luxury component. Will surely comeback to stay with Ecolux Baghsarai at Bandhavgarh and refer friends and family.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Homely yet luxurious place, pretty much in the middle of nowhere at bandhavgarh! A few (6-8) luxury tents interspersed among the wilderness makes for a great setting among the wilderness. We had monkeys and other Animals at our door/window for company! The walk to and fro the reception and dining area can be quite spooky amid the silence and darkness, ESP when you hear tales of the wild beasts having been spotted en route. The accommodation was semi luxurious with good sized tents and open bathrooms. Open bathrooms not a great idea if you're not part of a family. I remember getting hot bathing water was quite a challenge. The highlight of the stay was the unassuming common/dining area, where one can just lounge around and read and be served delicious home-like food. Quality and variety of food was super!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Bandhavgarh, Land of Tigers -- Three wildlife enthusiasts.
Started early morning in our car from New Delhi having no idea how much time would it take us to reach the destination. Arrived at Bagh Sarai around 10:30 pm with a friendly welcome by staff. We were the only guests at the resort and were thrilled to be surrounded by reserve's wildlife.
The Eco friendliness of the resort is the best part. You have to experience the wild if you plan a wildlife trip. Excellent stay in private cottages with a peaceful environment gets you feel like a perfect escape to relax, meditate, read and discuss wildlife amidst it. Neeraj helped us with all arrangements, from reaching the place to safari bookings, and assigned generous staff for our pleasant stay. Service was exceptional. The food offered was delightful and homely.
We had booked 4 safaris, and got a commendable team for it. Spotted lot of wildlife but initially had hard luck looking for the Bagh (Tiger). Our team worked effectively and we spotted 6 Tigers. Shared great knowledge about wildlife, specifically Tigers, with guides.
Bagh Sarai is the place to be if you visit Bandhavgarh. You can experience some wildlife in the resort as well. Rabbits, Mongoose, Jackal and pug marks of a Leopard are what we saw.
If we visit a jungle trip we should stay in jungle, is what we had in mind while booking. And it undoubtedly was a true wildlife experience with super comfort, peace and hospitality.
Thank you Neeraj and team for generosity and making it a memorable encounter with nature.
It was LEGENDARY!! Cheers!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The team at Bagh Sarai contributed to one of the most memorable trips of our lives. We arrived at the beginning of the dry season (late November 2011). The staff of the hotel went over and beyond to take care of us. The driver and guide for our safari drives were excellent - our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the wildlife, plants, area, culture, religion and every other random question we threw their way. We saw a ton of animals, including three tiger "cubs" (at a year old they were already bigger than me). The nature in Bandhavgarh is an experience. A must see.

The food was delicious - even my meat and potatoes boyfriend was satisfied with the mostly vegetarian fare. The manager even offered to introduce me to the kitchen to learn some indian cooking techniques. He also helped us set up drivers and guides for other parts of our trip, which was immensely helpful.

Accommodations were perfect for our needs - it had the feel of a luxury camp at a serious value (and the cars for the drive are more adaptable than the cushier jeeps from the higher priced resort). The only complaint - hot water was a bit limited in the shower -- otherwise, our tent was perfectly comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Village Parasi, Post Dhamokhar, Bandhavgarh National Park 484661, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Umaria District > Bandhavgarh National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Bandhavgarh National Park
Price Range: $65 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bagh Sarai Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bagh Sarai Resort is a truly Eco-conscious wildlife project, uniting conservation, communities and sustainable tourism in a peaceful retreat surrounded by abundant forest and wildlife. Bandhavgarh is the best place in the world for seeing wild tigers. Bagh Sarai Resort is very well located surrounded by forest on 3 sides. This property merges with the surrounding and if you are lucky- some of the wildlife like Jackal, Blue Bull, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Black face langur monkey can be seen within the premises. ... more   less 
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