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Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
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“The Perfect Ending to our holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We arrived in Bandhavgarh National Park having spent three amazing weeks travelling around north east India and had literally just hot-footed it from the chaos of the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad - so we were in serious need of some peace and tranquility! That’s exactly what we received at Jungle Lodge! It was so good to be able to relax in our wonderful accommodation, which was clean and well maintained with a fantastic hot shower, sit on the verandah and watch birds and langur monkeys cavort in the trees. The area is well laid out with a fire pit for residents to gather around in the early evening before dinner and a roof top for sunbathing and lazing around on during the day. The food was delicious, in fact some of the best we had tasted on this trip and the staff were very attentive and anxious to make our stay happy. It was so nice to sit at a communal table with other people as it meant you got to know the other residents and we had some great conversations.

I had read on the website prior to booking that we would have our own naturalist to take us into the park and on walks outside and had viewed this with some cynicism - but that’s exactly what we had! It was Dushi, our naturalist, who was made our stay so special. He was polite, friendly and above all so knowledgeable that we both learnt loads about the wildlife of this area. He accompanied us on our drives into the park so that as well as Dushi and the driver we also had a Park Guide - with all that knowledge and experience on board we couldn’t fail! The park is beautiful and the landscape and vegetation quite varied depending which sector you go into. We had three separate sightings of tigers - I can’t tell you how exciting they were - and on one a female tiger called Kankati walked straight towards us and then alongside the jeep! Dushi also took us on walks around the village area pointing out interesting features and identifying trees, birds and animals for us.

We had come to Bandhavgarh at the end of our trip hoping for rest, relaxation and with the dream of spotting tigers - Jungle Lodge fulfilled it all!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We arrived Bandhavgarh by train from Agra to Umaria (we are a norwegian family with two children on 10 and 13 years).
We were met by a guide when we arrived. He informed us about the place, and he took care of us all time we were there. The staff made us feel so welcome and safe. Our guide followed us for a walk in the area. it was wounderful. The food was tasty and good. We were so happy when we saw the majestic tiger, and the staff shared our happyness with us, - always there for us. The Lodge was great for both children and grownups. Bring warm clothes if you go there at wintertime. It is cold in the morning and the afternoon. But it is warm nice weather in the middle of the day. The staff put warm water bottles in the bed at night, and bottles to bring on safaris. We kept warm with the bottles and blankets. The booking took care of everything. They took care of us from the booking, the pickup at the trainstation, during the stay and even followed us on the train, making sure we came to the right place.
We will give Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge our best recomandation.
Thank you, to all of you working at the booking office and at the Lodge. You are wounderful, and we will love to come back.
Best regards Trine Lise and Brian Kolseth

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Recently had an amazing stay at Bandhavgarh Lodge. Upon arrival I was met by several staff and a guide. I was immediately brought into the main dining area for a quick orientation while the bags were delivered to the room. The entire staff was very accomodating and friendly as well. There were a couple of nights it was very cool and they were nice enough to serve our soup while sitting by the fire. All the food was excellent as well. Tea/Coffee was served in the morning as well as the evening with cookies and other snacks in the evening around a fire. The main dining area/lodge has Wifi which worked quite well.

The lodge is located within minutes of the gate which is very nice for the early morning game drive. I am not cold natured but I had a fleece jacket, gloved and pants until mod morning. I was quite surprised at the cold mornings. The drivers and naturalists are full of information regarding the history of the park as well as all the wildlife. This made the experience even better.

I stayed in a twin bed cottage with no A/C but toured other rooms that were larger and had A/C, though the A/C was not needed at all. The twin bed cottage had a very larger bathroom and shower. The beds were very comfortable and there was a ceiling fan as well. Overall the accomodations were very nice. However just be aware there are different types of accomodations.

Thanks again for the great time!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Just got back from a fabulous stay at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. It was a great opportunity to visit what is probably the most popular and best wildlife sanctuary in India. The lodge is beautiful and our stay there was amazing. The hospitality of the staff there was superb. A special word of mention and thanks to Mr Amit Sankhala and the entire management and staff present there who were always very courteous, attentive and accommodating. Each one of them was extremely pleasant and helpful. We learned a lot from them about history of the place and jungle from the staff.

We were really impressed with the food- it was excellent! The best part about the food was that it was so homely and the service was excellent too. More importantly, it was consistent throughout all meals. It was definitely one of the many highlights of our stay. They even served snacks and tea / coffee after we use to return from the safaris. It was very nice of them to pack meals for us for the safaris and our drive back to Jabalpur. We felt very pampered throughout.

The Lodge is conveniently located right next to the entrance gate of the Tala zone, which is the premium zone in Bandhavgarh. Its close proximity to the jungle just adds to the whole experience. Perfect place to stay in Bandhavgarh. Obviously, we felt completely safe and secure in the lodge. They also have wifi in the main reception area.

The booking office took care of everything from pick up/drop off at Jabalpur airport; safari tickets etc and we really did not have to do anything.

The safaris turned out to be spectacular too and we couldn’t have hoped for better sightings. We saw Bamera (dominant male tiger) appear out of nowhere and walk past our jeep. Saw the Vanvai female and her cub (amazing sighting again) and even got a very short glimpse of the Mahaman female in the Magdi zone. Sightings are completely on luck but certainly figured out why this place is rated so highly.

Overall, we had a fantastic holiday and couldn’t have asked for a better holiday. Would like to congratulate the management and staff at the lodge for all the hard work and effort that clearly shows is being put into making all your guests' stay such a wonderful and memorable experience. We certainly will recommend this place to our friends and family. Will definitely come back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

After a long drive from Jabalpur airport we arrived at Bandhavgarh to discover that we were the only guests and had the undivided attention of all the staff.We were shown to our cottage,offered a lovely lunch and then our guide Mahinder came and asked if we would like to do the afternoon safari.This was a pleasant surprise as we did not think we would have a safari until the next morning,but we gathered our things and set of for the park which was only a 5 minute drive away.I'm so glad we went as we had only driven into the park when we spotted 3 tiger cubs about 10 months old playing in the long grass.What an amazing sight.We could have stayed there all afternoon watching them,but drove further into the jungle spotting beautiful birds and watching the langur monkeys playing.
We were up at 4.30 the next morning and after coffee and biscuits served in our cottage we were off again and were even luckier to dicover that the mahouts had been out on the elephants and had discovered a young male tiger lying in the leaves very close to the track.Our driver got us there as quickly as possible and we could not believe the sight of this beautiful animal,camouflaged by the leaves,but lying quite content having a wash and a rest in the morning heat.On the afternoon safari we spotted another 3 tigers and their mother,but they were further away and well hidden in the undergrowth.
Back to the lodge for a lovely dinner on the roof under the stars and off to bed for our last safari before leaving for Kanha.
We had only been out for about half an hour when it started to rain and we were soaked through and unable to see anything as we had to put the roof covering onto the jeep.As the rain was getting heavier we decided to abandon the safari and started to make our way back to the lodge for breakfast.Just as we had got back to the place we saw the 3 cubs the first afternoon,the rain eased off and there they were again,this time playing at chases round the trees and trying to stalk the spotted deer.How lucky had we been..............7 tigers in 4 game drives!
The cottage was clean and comfortable with good air conditioning.It had a good sized bathroom with toiletries and plenty of towels.The only problem we had was that the hot water ran orange and as were already covered in red dust from the game drives the towels which had been white to start with finished up stained.Glad I wasn't doing the laundry!!
All the meals were delicious and our guide ate with us so was able to explain what each meal was as we are not used to eating Indian food.Drinks were reasonably priced and the staff were very polite and helpful.
I would definitely stay here again and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

The reservation process was prompt and efficient. Pick up at train station organized, on time and effortless.
I was given an independent cottage, which was very cute. The bedroom simple and very clean, with cheerful bedding and some nature decor.
The bathroom was bright and big... This one could have used some updating and maintenance, or at least a new shower curtain, as the one there was badly stained.
Other than that, everything was fine. The grounds have beautiful flowers and are well maintained.
The meals were in the lovely main lodge, where all the guests sit together. The food is served by the staff who come around with the different courses. I had only specified about not eating spicy, and it worked out that during my stay it was so, with the spicy served on the side.
In the main lodge there is also wi-fi.
The safari drives are booked in advance, and unless you really "know the game", you just have to go with the routes assigned.
Lucky me, my first route did produce Tigers! So I was very happy.
The whole national park is worth a visit, it is simply a beautiful place with plenty of other wildlife,
and it being late spring, lots of babies of all kinds :-)
For my departure by train, they also gave me a box with food to have for dinner, which I think was a very nice gesture.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for three nights in February. The day we arrived was my birthday and the wonderful staff at the Lodge went to great trouble to decorate the room and prepare a special candle lit dinner for two in celebration. This personal touch was indicative of our stay here.
The lodge itself is located close to the Park's entrance. There is a real sense of 'camping' whilst having the luxury of a comfortable and warm bed to sleep in. The food is absolutely fantastic and possibly the best we had in India. I have no doubt what makes this camp so special is the quality of staff employed here. I suspect that this is down to the fact that the camp is extremely well managed. For although the manager was not the most extrovert person in the world, he was always around the camp and interested to hear what success the guests had in their game drives. There is a really good atmosphere throughout the camp and a feeling that the staff not only loved wildlife, but also sharing that love and passion with their guests.
We had by far the best tiger sightings in the park and it was made all the more special by the realisiation that the guide and driver were both as excited as we were. A special thanks goes to Sanjay our driver and adopted son for his fabulous driving and for making sure we will never forget our time here.
My only gripe was that we had to leave.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
Address: Bandhavgarh National Park, | District Umaria, Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park 484661, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Bandhavgarh National Park
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Ranked #9 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Bandhavgarh National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. Access:• Jabalpur Airport (200 Km) • Khajuraho Airport (270 Km) • Umaria Railway Station (32 Km) • Kanha (280 Km)Located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park’s main gate, the lodge has been developed on the theme of an Indian village, with twelve thatched double–bedded cottages around an inner courtyard. There are two separate villas with further accommodations of eight rooms. A spacious thatched dining room serving home cooked Indian food and Continental cuisines, becomes the center point of activities like campfire performances, lectures and star gazing. The estate has meadows that attract deer and fruit trees that are home to birds and butterflies. An occasional alarm call from the jungle close by alerts you to the tiger on the prowl! Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge provides a professional resident naturalist, a library with wildlife books and magazines. Laundry services and recreational activities are also available – Jungle safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, nature or village walks, elephant camps, and visits to the weekly market local fair or village schools. Bar-be-que dinners and campfire nights with tribal dances are some of the surprises in store for you! ... more   less 
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