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!!
- 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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- Bandhavgarh Jungle Hotel Bandhavgarh National Park