We were a group of 13, which included 4 young and 1 older child. We had booked 4 stilt rooms for 3 nights, from 31st Dec to 3rd Jan. We arrived early (4 of us), and we're given a room immediately and also offered breakfast. The others arrived about an hour late, but had to wait till about 1 pm to get the rooms. We were given 5 and not 4 rooms by Mr. Varun, the Manager at the property. He just gave us 1 full room complementary without our even asking him, just for the kids. We were very touched by this gesture.
The property is very near all the 3 gates of the National Park, in a really rustic setting. It has all the basic modern amenities. The rooms are very well placed with exceptional privacy, in forest like settings of trees and bamboo. At night the pathways to the rooms are lit by real lanterns only, and add to the beauty and give a surreal feeling. The ambience of the property is very rustic yet modern. Very tastefully made and comfortable. Very well trained and courteous staff.
I have been to other resorts in many places of the world, including Madikwe in South Africa, but this one has been the best till now in terms of ambience, service and courtesy. Very rustically built vast resort with just 19 rooms. Very tastefully and minimalistcally done. No TVs on the property. Signal problem for most Cell networks. But all this helps add up to a relaxed holiday. Minimal lighting in the rooms too.
The food was simple, but wholesome and service again was very good. They try to accommodate your wishes too. In fact they even made pit roast on an open fire (1st time I was told) for some of our group. There was always lemonade available just outside the dining room. Tea and coffee etc. could be ordered any time in the main area (kettle etc. already there in the rooms).
The Safaris provided by them were extremely good, with one of their driver cum naturalist Gudda, being better than most of the guides in that area. Infact with Gudda, whether you are lucky to spot the Tigers or not, you are given so much other insight about the other variety of fauna and flora of the area that it was amazing.
We were lucky to see the Tiger, 1female, in all it's majestic glory just 10 feet behind our Gypsy, on our very 1st drive, and 1st 15 minutes inside the reserve core area. Our guide that day Ravi Pratap (not Gudda), again very knowledgeable, had taken us directly to that vicinity without waiting for any other photo ops, just on a hunch, as the tiger was seen in that area in the morning, near a water hole in Magadhi (gate2) of the reserve. We were among only 4 vehicles that were present there, and we had the best views. Lucky us.
It is not a cheap resort, but worth every penny, just to be in the resort and enjoy the ambience.
We were taken for a visit to another of their amazing properties, the Treehouse Hideaway, nearby. They also organised a high tea in that property, in a very remote area, near a lake and adjoining the fenced off boundary of the Tiger Reserve. They carried all the tables, chairs and food upto that area and set it up for us. Amazing.
Sure to return again, or go to their other properties. The on at Kanha, Earth Lodge, is supposed to be even more luxurious. They must keep up their standards and the eye to detail, which was visible in this trip. Thanks to all the staff also for the time we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lodge is spread in a sprawling estate of 12 acres in Rancha village (8-10 minutes from the park gate) and is surrounded by Sal forested hills on all sides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Hotel Bandhavgarh National Park