Hundreds of kilometres of wilderness interject fertile plains and glinting rivers in the heart of India – a constantly changing landscape which is intensely green by the double-barrelled monsoon. Except, when you’re in Madhya Pradesh. Here, the forests take dominance, covering more than 60% of the state in natural forested lands, where a pantheon of animals walk free, including the fascinating Bengal Tiger. No wonder, this is one of the top wildlife destinations in India. What is the best way to experience this? Book yourself in one of the top wildlife lodges in Madhya Pradesh, and get a quick orientation to wildlife, birds, plants and trees of the heart of India. Here are some of our suggestions.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench Wildlife Sanctuary
A high-end luxury camping facility at the edge of Pench Wildlife Sanctuary, Jamtara re-defines luxury and wildlife experiences. In tune with the pulse of the luxury but mindful traveller, Jamtara has curated some of the best wildlife experiences in Madhya Pradesh. This includes a star-bed in the open that allows you to gaze at the inky sky studded with stars and hear wild calls through the night. Bush dinners, swimming pool, visiting the village close by and talking to seasoned naturalists are the highlights of staying here.
Tree House Hideaway, Bandhavgarh National Park
21 acres of forested land and 5 tree houses – it cannot get more exclusive than this. The Tree House Hideaway by Pugdundee Safaris in Bandhavgarh is one of the best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh for several reasons. Top amongst them is the eye for detail for the facilities for the comfort of the guests. And second is the authentic relationship with the forest. Tree House Hideaway is the best place to stay in Bandhavgarh if you want to learn about the forest and its habitants with the help of extremely knowledgeable naturalists. Besides, staying in a tree house overlooking the trees and having regular avian visitors in your balcony is a luxury in itself.
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park
Located at the fringes of the relatively lesser-known Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is a luxury forest accommodation which has been made in sync with the natural surroundings. It is a well-designed conservation and wildlife-focused lodge, which has an eye on luxury as well as the wildlife of the jungle and the keepers of the same in the surrounding villages. Reni Pani helps to create sustainable livelihoods around the forest and keep the landscape of Satpura well-preserved. The interiors are rich in design and comfort, and guests are offered exquisite dining experiences, but for many, the best experience lies in sitting by the perennial waterhole which allows one to observe wildlife right from your doorstep.
Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari, Panna National Park
Translated to a ‘stone fortress’, Pashan Garh comprises 12 stone cottages propped on a small hill, with an excellent view of the dense foliage of Panna National Park. The property is set in 200 acres of private wilderness. The inspiring architecture and luxurious interiors are created in a manner that amalgamates immediately with the wild surroundings. The best part of Pashan Garh is the large and spacious guest areas with open courtyards and stone decks overlooking the expanse of the forest. There is a lookout tower on the property from where one can spot birds and wildlife. When fatigued by safari rides, a swimming pool is a perfect antidote to weary legs.
Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park
Plush tented suites with exquisite facilities and glamorous interiors sit perfectly in sync with the wilderness of Kanha National Park, at Banjaar Tola. The jungle lodge is one of the best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh, to enjoy the wildlife from close quarters, supporting the forest ecosystem and livelihoods around the jungle. The resort is designed to have a light travel footprint with only 18 tented suites, with private decks that overlook a river and forested lands in front. Gondi artwork adorns different areas giving you a quick orientation into the art and culture of the local people. It’s a trip into the forest with knowledgeable naturalists that really seals the deal for travellers. After all, who doesn’t want to hear stories of the jungle with exciting first-hand experiences?
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