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Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park Promising Tiger Safari in India with a stay at Luxurious Taj Lodge

Once the private hunting reserve of the royals of the former state of Rewa, the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is the place which boy-wolf Mowgli of The Jungle Book (written by Rudyard Kipling) called his home. Offering you the highest probability of seeing the predators during your jungle safaris, Bandhavgarh is highlight of many India tours that revolve around wildlife and adventure. It is true that African wildlife safaris offer more flora and exotic fauna on display but India is the only place, where you can see the masculine, agile, tenacious, and ferocious Tiger.

Bandhavgarh houses as many as 23 Tigers within the area of 40 square miles accessible to visitors. Tiger viewing becomes easier in forests that are not too dense to hide the big cats, and gentle elephants make ideal mounts for visitors to venture into the Indian jungles. A stay at Mahua Kothi, first of the five Taj Safari Lodges, is the center of the unique wildlife experience at Bandhavgarh. Set harmoniously in old-world pastoral surroundings, Mahua Kothi provides exemplary services, lush luxury, and safari experiences that transcend Indian wildlife tourism.

Innovative and unconventional, experience at Mahua Kothi has been rated excellent by some of the most knowledgeable, sophisticated, and discerning international travelers. Not surprisingly, Mahua Kothi has been included in its Hot List by famous Conde Nast Traveller and in the It List by the well-known Travel+Leisure magazine. The lodge is a joint venture between Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and Conservation Corporation Africa. Taj group is known for its legendary properties, authentic experiences, and unparalleled hospitality while CC Africa has made a mark in interpretive wildlife experience across the continents.

In true vernacular style, Mahua Kothi sports 12 charming bamboo cottages called Kutiyas with wooden shutters, handmade pottery roof tiles, local textile furnishings, roughly hewn beams, and hand-finished walls. However, you do enjoy latest amenities such as an en-suite bathroom and may ask for an in-room Ayurvedic massage. It’s the local touches that make Mahua Kothi so special.

Dining areas at Mahua are wonderlands too, as you sample traditional age-old recipes and eat in village ambience, following local dining customs. Homegrown fruits and vegetable, fresh ingredients, and homemade accompaniments add to the flavour and dining experience. The meal served on a bullock cart in the garden is sumptuous and the steaming packed breakfast for the early jungle drive is just as delicious. Cocktails made from the sap of the Mahua tree (after which Mahua Kothi is named), and the dinner on the star-lit terrace come alive with spit-roasting varieties of meat and folk dances of Rajasthan.

The naturalists and rangers at Mahua Kothi are all trained by CC Africa and have the rare trait of studying subtle human responses and customize your game drives in the reserve into a more holistic, more magical jungle trip for you. Whether you are on elephant’s back tracing the recesses of the forests or traveling comfortably in a specially designed 4x4 open Tata Safari, your naturalist will help you point out some of the most interesting sights and sounds of Indian forests that our primitive hearts yearn for. The unique Star Birds program and a walk around a traditional village of Madhya Pradesh are some of the other unique Taj programs you can opt here.


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