Taj Safaris - Pashan Garh, Panna National Park, India
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.
Panna National Park
Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges.
Situated just 31 km from the world famous temples at Khajuraho, Panna National Park is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Lower altitudes are characterised by taller grasses and closed woodlands. Common bamboo also occurs on hilly slopes and gorges.
Home to the majestic tiger, guests may also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile.
Location and Transfers
Situated in the Vindhya Hills along the pristine Ken River in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
From Delhi and Mumbai: fly to Khajuraho followed by a 60 minute chauffeured journey by road to the lodge.
Surrounded by 190 acres of private jungle wilderness, Pashan Garh draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of north-central India. With breathtaking views over the dense forest, as well as a nearby waterhole, the stone cottages are approached by large flagstones. Inside, dry packed stone walls and airy architecture create the impression of a summer pavilion. Accents of ebony, chocolate and white combine with a dramatic central shower in the bathroom to create a clean, strong texture. A vast stone veranda with a comfortable day bed provides shelter from the heat of the day. Delicious Indian fare, prepared by expert chefs, is discreetly delivered using the unobtrusive butler hatches.
At breakfast your personal wake-up call will include the delivery of freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits through the butler hatch for you to enjoy before departing on your morning jungle safari. After a morning filled with adventure, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy freshly squeezed fruit and/or vegetable juice, or get hooked on the traditional Indian lassis! The various platters are laden with toast, jams and marmalades, chutneys, homemade muesli, fresh fruits and assorted cheese. Hot breakfasts are also prepared according to guests’ preferences, with eggs and fresh breads. Or sample some traditional Indian fare: parathas (homemade salted pancakes with potatoes, paneer and cauliflower), poha (flat saffron rice with fresh vegetables), kathi rolls (Indian style wraps stuffed with chicken, lamb or vegetables) or pao bhaji (fresh bread rolls served with tomato and onion).
Mouthwatering lunch platters are served on the terraced veranda of the dining room or delivered to the privacy of your cottage through an unobtrusive butler hatch. Then you have the option to relax in your private veranda machan, try your hand at traditional Indian recipes in the interactive kitchen or enjoy a guided birding walk in the extensive grounds.
Later, at afternoon tea, you will be introduced to your expert &Beyond trained naturalist, who will give you a full orientation of what to expect on your safari drives into the jungle. Stop to take in the Indian sunset with a refreshing sundowner.
As you arrive back at the lodge after sunset, ice-cold signature cocktails are waiting on the guest veranda. Dinner may be served in the dining room or you may enjoy a surprise palanquin dining experience with a jungle dinner in an ox cart. Savour delicious Indian cooking, including Haandi dishes served in earthenware pots. After dinner, indulge in decadent desserts, served with tea, coffee or cognac. You will then be escorted back to your stone cottage for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Facilities and Activities
Infinity Swimming Pool
Lookout Tower – offers expansive views over the nearby watering hole
Dining & Sitting Area
Open Interactive Kitchen
Morning & Afternoon Jungle Safaris
Guided Bird Walks on property