District- Umaria, Pin- 484661, Madhya Pradesh, India
There are many things to watch in the forest of Bandhavgarh, but the most charismatic of all of them is the king of this jungle, the tigers. The Government of India along with many private organizations has taken several steps to protect this ‘king of the jungle’. Their efforts have also turned to be fruitful as the number of Indian tiger is gradually increasing. Today, Bandhavgarh is one of the best tiger reserves in the world and is attracting millions of wild lovers from all around the world every year. To give a sophisticated treatment to the global voyagers, a number of resorts have sprouted in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh. One of the well known and most preferred resorts in this area is the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. Replicating the theme of Indian villages in its setting, this resort is stretched in a wide grassy area. All the rooms and cottages are built without disturbing the mood of nature. The interplay of green nature with the manmade architecture can well be witnessed in this lodge. Fruit trees and bushes have been deliberately planted to attract colorful butterflies and birds. Spending your vacation days amid such charismatic beauty of nature is a real retreat to you and your family.
The entire Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge has been conceptualized to build an eco-friendly village for the visitors. The 13 luxurious cottages are built of low energy materials so that a natural balance can be sustained. Apart from these 13 cottages, there are 8 individual rooms also that provide a luxury stay in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh. As we enter the cottage premise, colorful flowers and trees welcome us with full enthusiasm. All the plants and trees are planted with a view to give shelter to the local inhabitants of the land- butterflies and birds. The cottages are architecturally sound and reflect the local lifestyle in each of their detailing. The interior is a fine juxtaposition of traditional living style with modern amenities. Beautiful warli folk paintings and placement of cane furniture make your every stay a serene experience. The walls are colored in light shades so that you enjoy a soothing stay there. There are wide windows in every room that warmly invite the outside world inside the rooms.
An open dining area serves Indian and continental food varieties to the guests and is also offers a chance to discuss over issues with others. There is a wide verandah just next to the dining room; an ideal place for enjoying hot cups of tea in the winter morning. The lodge authorities give special emphasis on maintaining and upgrading the natural setting and thus organize discussions and lectures on environmental issues every night. It gives a mental feed to the guests as they are the potent participants in such discussions. In the dining premise, the highly experienced chefs cook food before your eyes which is a real excitement to your jaunt. Most of the vegetables used for preparing the food come from the organic firm of the resort only. This ensures a high standard of nutritious foods for everyone.
Apart from having an interaction with the valorous tigers of the wild and watching different species of birds, the resort offers you a list of recreational activities. The Courtyard, Gol Ghar and Maidan are the different places where discussions are held every evening. Amid the campfire, such discussions give every guest a different look of the natural world. At night, sit in the open space of the lodge and gaze at the starry sky. There are guides also who will give you information about different stars, their position and their impact on the worldly life. Moreover, the experienced naturalists of the resort give you an insight view of the Bandhavgarh National Park. There is also a medical plant garden inside the resort premise only. If you want, you can have a tour to this garden and the naturalist will help you out to understand about different herbs and plants.