Travelling to the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh always fascinates me. When it comes to the wilderness of those gorgeous jungles, my happiness finds new high. I was familiar with the terrain as it was my third visit to the state in last two years. But what I was not familiar with, was the warm hospitality and heartfelt behavior of the staff upon my arrival in their renowned lodge called Taj Safaris Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh. It was overwhelming.
Nestled within the periphery of the Bandhavgarh National Park, the lodge is sprawled over 40 acres of land with 12 rustically designed luxurious mud houses. Hardly 20 minutes drive from one of the core zones, Mahua Kothi gives you the feel of living in a jungle with its well-spread bamboo forest.
I instantly fell in love with the whole set up of those mud houses with private courtyards and the shaded seating arrangement. What drew my attention was the Tulsi plant in the courtyard with earthen lamps (Diya) around it.
I was completely awed by the concept and was left wondering as to how they have designed the mud houses, keeping in mind the Indian tradition, yet curating the most luxurious experiences around it. It was really commendable. As you step inside the Kothi, you will be blown away by the aesthetic sense of designs and the rustic feel of every corner.
From ceiling fans, bath tub, furniture to switchboards, the detailing of everything impressed me to the core. When it comes to luxury, Taj Safaris can spoil you forever. It’s not always about the amenities, but the services provided to the guests, which make a huge difference when it comes to holidaying with Taj Safaris. Taking care of the tiniest requirement is the specialty of Taj Hotels. What I thoroughly loved about Taj Safaris lodges is the small and personalized handwritten notes to their guests.
When it comes to pampering your taste buds, Taj Safaris can take you to another level of the gastronomic tour with their elaborate food spread. I literally relished each meal during my stay at this luxurious jungle lodge.
The best was the dining set up under the trees with the hanging lamps. It was nothing less than a perfect setting for dinner in the forest. Though owing to the unpredicted rains, we could not dine outside on the first day.
But I would always remember the authentic local delicacies prepared by the in-house chef, the next day when I was dining by the pool side amidst those scintillating dining setup.
Don’t be surprised if you see a tea table set up on a hilltop for your evening tea with a variety of pakoras, cookies, cakes and other snacks, just after your village tour. I was baffled by the entire set up as I was wondering about the people in disguise, who had set it up at the right time. This is what makes Taj Safaris as one of the most desired brands to holiday with.
Exploring Bandhavgarh with Taj Safaris
Being a nature admirer, I feel blessed when I am lost in the forest, along with the rustling of the dry leaves, the enchanting chorus of the invisible birds and the sound of wind. It creates magic in the forest. I simply love to submit myself to the forest, without caring much about the wild animals.
The urge to spot a big cat, behind those bushes never crosses my mind when I am inside the forest. If I come across anything, then it’s a bonus, otherwise no regrets.
Exploring wildlife in the national parks with the Taj Safaris is a completely unique experience. What makes them the best in the business, are their exceptional and experienced naturalists. They are well educated and knowledgeable bunch of people who will make you fall in love with the jungle with their fascinating way of introducing the forest to you. One of the commendable things is their brief presentation session about the national park before you enter the forest for the first time. It makes the guests well aware of the terrain, flora, and fauna.
It was my very first time in Bandhavgarh National Park. As scheduled, we all got ready by 5 am to head towards the forest. Travelling in a jeep, taking those winding roads on a hilly terrain was the most exciting part of the safari. The landscape of Bandhavgarh National Park was quite interesting as it features steep rocky hills, flat hill tops and well-spread grassland meadows inside the forest.
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It was quite a dramatic sight for me. While passing those spotted dears, peacocks and a couple of birds, we finally managed to spot the Tigress and the cubs resting behind the bushes.
By the time we reached the spot, it was filled with jeeps with quite a large number of tourists. I somehow managed to capture her into my lens. What a pleasure it was to spot her for the very first time.
I never knew that my luck would bring me closer to the tiger on the next day as well. It was completely unexpected to spot any tiger in those bamboo forests in Khitauli zone. As the speeding jeep stopped with a loud voice from the naturalist Karun, I could not believe the rare sight of the tiger that morning.
It would remain the most cherished wildlife safari of my life for sure.
I was invited by Taj Safaris on a Press Trip. All the thoughts, ideas and opinions are mine.
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