Taking cues from the reviews here I was prepared to handle some bad roads but found them to be just what should be expected from a wildlife destination. Located right next to the core zone of Bandhavgarh NP is this fantastic jungle resort. A dirt road passing through the jungle leading to this perfect hideaway is how our experience started. No tarmac or shops or houses around to ruin the scenery, we were surrounded by absolute calm of the jungle! Although the place was not tents or thatched roofs (Had it been that way I would have rated it 6 out of 5) but the concrete cottages had tiled roofs and blended well with the surroundings. I was here during summers and the surrounding jungles were not my favorite shade of green but it didn't really need much imagination to picture what would this place feel like during the rains or the winters.
We were booked for a deluxe room by our travel agent but got a complimentary upgrade to a suite which spiced up our experience. Having been to most of the wildlife destinations in India, I understand how difficult it is to run the show in a jungle and do not really look forward to very pompous lodgings or extravagant buffets but indulging in some unexpected privileges was vantage. For me the ancillaries like cozy spring beds or a large TV or nice bathroom or savory food was not what I desired but for those who are looking out for these, wildflower will make you very happy.
What I enjoyed most were the evenings spent on the "Machan", where we sat gazing out to the plains and the jungle with a pair of binoculars and a drink. One evening, at around 10, a cacophony of alarm calls indicating the presence of a predator lurking somewhere near in the dark caused a spine-chilling thrill. Although the excitement died down later but spotting a herd of wild hogs, made us happy with contentment.
We made our booking for the safaris beforehand as availability of safaris is very difficult at Bandhavagarh these days, especially for Tala (Premium Zone). We had booked safaris at Zone 2 and 3 as Tala was not available but asked the hotel to arrange the Jeep and guide for us. To our surprise, a safari for tala zone was arranged by the hotel to fulfill our desire for visiting the Vishnu Statue. Kudos.
We really appreciate the sincere hospitality extended by all of you at wildflower. We would trouble you again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Wildflower" is a luxury jungle resort at the edge of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Umaria, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA. The resort setting is picture-perfect with hills clad in greens skirting the property, adorned with extensively landscaped gardens. The resort is just a few minutes’ drive (3 km) away from the Tala gate (main park entrance), but is secluded enough to ensure that the guests can enjoy the serenity and sounds of the jungle. The luxury suites with hand-crafted Queen Anne design furniture, luxurious bathrooms and private gardens are in perfect contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle. The Suites have a sitting room with cozy sofas and a large window overlooking the hills and gardens. The bedrooms have king sized beds with 10 inch thick pillow-top spring mattress along with all accenting amenities such as air-conditioning, telephone (EPBAX and Direct dialing facilities), bedside alarm clock, coffee maker, and LCD television with DTH Satellite TV. The washrooms are spacious with premium quality sanitary ware and bath fittings, bath tub, Hi-flo shower, bath robe, slippers and all bathroom supplies. We endeavor to make dining experience a delight for our esteemed guests not only with a versatile multi cuisine menu but also catering to the orders with authentic flavours and up-to-the-mark service.Come...Experience Luxury in Wilderness. ... more less
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