Taj Safaris - Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India’s most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. Pronounced ‘ma-hoo-a’, this tree with its fleshy off–white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals. The Lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, just 20 minutes from the park entrance. The original kothi (homestead) comprises the guest areas and has been beautifully renovated and the guest accommodation is all brand new.
Each of the twelve charming guest suites – or kutiyas (jungle village huts) – are built in the vernacular style of Central India, affectionately known as ‘MP Chic’ (MP being the state of Madhya Pradesh). Each is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating and traditional mud floors. Interiors include wooden shutters, tapered mud coloured walls in lime and earth washes (finished by hand), open rafters with roughly hewn wooden beams and handmade pottery roof tiles. Floors are dressed in katni stone strips set in lime mortar. Each ensuite bathroom features twin hand basins, indoor shower, bath and separate w.c. Richly coloured local textiles, used throughout, are in shades of rust and burnt orange. Each kutiya features roll-down mats to keep out the early morning sun, as well as overhead fans and air conditioning.
Guests delight in the yoga amenities provided in a basket (complete with instructions), as well as traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad. Kettles of boiling water on chulhas (charcoal burners) are brought out with early morning tea to the kutiyas. Bicycles, parked in the kutiya courtyards, are an invitation to explore.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 km2 renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India’s most beautiful national parks. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2 000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh one of the most extraordinary parks in India.
Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The density of its big cat population has made Bandhavgarh world famous. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog.
Location and Transfers
Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya hills and lush tropical forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhja Pradesh.
The lodge is approximately 4 hours by road from Jabalpur Airport.
Each of the twelve charming suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) are built in the vernacular style of Central India. Each is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating and traditional mud floors. Interiors include wooden shutters, tapered mud coloured walls in lime and earth washes, open rafters with roughly hewn wooden beams, and handmade pottery roof tiles. Each ensuite bathroom features twin hand basins, indoor shower, bath, and separate w.c. Each kutiya features roll-down mats to keep out the early morning sun, as well as overhead fans and air conditioning. Guests can also make use of yoga amenities in a basket (complete with instructions), traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad. Kettles of boiling water on chulhas (charcoal burners) are brought out with early morning tea to the kutiyas. Bicycles, parked in the kutiya courtyards, are an invitation to explore.
You won’t have to worry about meal timings; three breakfasts are served, lunches on demand and evening tea that flows into cocktail time and dinner.
Every morning, the unhurried pace of rural living is celebrated with a special Baghiya breakfast. Guests are surprised with the unconventional breakfasts laid out in the backyard of the village house, surrounded by mahua trees & a vegetable garden under the gentle rays of rising sun. Food is displayed on the traditional bullock cart where Idlis & dosas are served with sambhar and chutneys, and paranthas is served with homemade churned white butter, pickles & yoghurt. Varieties of fresh fruit & fruit juices are also served. The food laden cart also features healthy juices, yoghurt, cheese and fresh fruits. Enjoy your hot selection of eggs with fresh accompaniments and freshly made home baked bread. Tea and coffee is offered throughout the day.
A light, well-balanced lunch is planned with a choice of salads, soups, kathi rolls, fish or pastas. Enjoy your lunch by the cool shade of the swimming pool, by the watering hole or in your own private courtyard. Olive oil is used as the main cooking media along with other exotic ingredients sourced from different parts of the country, as well as from abroad.
Cocktails and Dinners are the highlights of the day served on the open terraces. Imagine dinner with a live spit roasting, customary khud cooking, thali dinners & traditional folk dancers in the background. Post dinner exclusive desserts and surprise treats are offered in your room.
Facilities and Activities
Veranda with seating
“Goings & Comings” Room – for guests arriving early or departing late
Morning & Afternoon Jungle Safaris
Elephant Back Safari