Taj Safaris' jungle safari lodge comprises a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with magnificent views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous tiger and resident antelope sightings.
This lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region. These houses differ from other Madhya Pradesh styles, with dramatic roofs constructed from massive slabs of irregularly shaped slate. The guest areas celebrate Haveli design, with a spacious central courtyard. The interiors are a contemporary mix of chocolate linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and cotton lace chandeliers. A strong motif throughout the lodge is the motif of the crocodile, which inhabits the nearby Ken River. Although the structures are rough, chunky and stony, the interiors are sleek and sexy.
The lodge features 12 stone cottages, with a central guest area showcasing fabulous leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes. There are subtle references to the erotic stonework at the nearby temples of Khajuraho.
Living in a luxurious sandstone cottage is a very earthy yet utterly luxurious experience. The cottages evoke an era gone by, as they have been built using dry packed Panna stone masonry - a technology that doesn't use cement. All across the lodge, against the rough Panna stone, sit rich furnishings, cotton chandeliers and few eccentric touches. The Gazebo's or salas on your private deck, inspired from the nearby erotic Khajuraho temples, are ideal hang out spaces with your loved one.
A feeling of space - 200 acres of private wilderness, with just 12 cottages dotting the property. The large windows allow uninterrupted views of the surrounding wilderness. Guests also have the option of taking leisurely nature walks accompanied by our trained naturalist to track birds and animals found on the property.
River cruise on the Ken river - The boat ride by the park in the Ken river is a must do. The river is very picturesque with steep rocky banks. There are several species of water birds that one can look out for, and to catch large Mugger crocodiles basking in the sun is such a thrill.
Breakfast in the park overlooking a gorge - Panna national park offers a variety of scenic spots to enjoy your breakfast. Take a break during your morning safari and soak in the view of the river valley below as you sip freshly brewed coffee or watch different species of vultures roosting and taking flight at the deep gorge.
Night camera traps activity - The property has a number of night time prowlers. Keen to know which creature passed by your cottage at night? Set up a camera trap with the help of your naturalist before turning in for the night. Check out the pictures taken by the camera the next morning and prepare to be amazed.
Enjoy a cozy palanquin dinner with your loved one, under the starry skies and a 100 lanterns all around - Revel in the camaraderie with other guests as you swap stories by the bon fire under a starry sky and flickering lanterns. Then proceed to dinner in a cozy palanquin meant for two, reminiscent of bullock caravans of earlier times.
Destination : New Delhi - Khajuraho - Panna - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Pench Tiger Reserve - Nagpur - New Delhi