I am a fan of Taj Safaris ever since my first trip to Banjar Tola in 2009. I have visited their Baghvan and Mahua Kothi Lodges too. And I can happily recommend them all if you are looking for luxury. But this post is specifically about Mahua Kothi at Bandhavgarh National Park.
The Mahua Kothi Lodge has just 12 suites and one main building which serves as the dining area and lounge. Then there is jungle literally at your footsteps. Each room is decorated with the local theme. The huts are designed such that you have complete privacy. The bath amenities are Forest Essentials. There is a bath tub in the bathroom in the middle of the jungle.
There is a small swimming pool within the property under huge banyan trees. I spotted a paradise flycatcher right by the pool. Indeed a lot of bird watching happens within the property premises itself.
The food is good at the lodge; the chefs can cook a delightful even in that remote jungle. I enjoyed both the Indian and Chinese food for lunch and dinner. However, I love their breakfast spread which they serve in the middle of the morning safari. I doubly love their surprise high tea in middle of nowhere!
Being in a jungle means early mornings. Getting at 4.30 am becomes a little more bearable because of the Masala Chai that comes with the wake up call!
Their bush dinner arrangements are a sight to behold! It is just so damn difficult to photograph in the low light though!
For me, what sets Taj Safaris apart is their dedicated team of naturalists. They happily engage with you, irrespective of your level of knowledge about the forest and all the things that live within. These young men and women are at home in jungle away from a decent restaurant (other than their own hotel’s food) or a movie theater. And this is the life they chose out of their own free will! When we press them they say they know no other life, cities bore them after a few days!
At Mahua Kothi they talked a lot about successful Gaur migration from Kanha to Bandhavgarh during my stay. But it was only when I watched the documentary that the enormity of the task dawned on me!
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The park yielded a few tiger sightings to me the second trip! On my first trip in 2013 it refused to give me even a glimpse of the tail of that elusive cat!
On our very first morning safari, we had a partial glimpse of a cub sitting in a nala. We all were waiting that he may decide to get out of his sleepy mood and move! While we were waiting, suddenly the mother decided to make an appearance and went out for a walk. She must have been around all the time and yet before she decided to reveal herself no one managed to get a glimpse, such are they at camouflage!
As much as I enjoy watching tigers, I do like the small things of the mighty jungle, a bird here, a reptile there with wild boars, deer and dogs, all moving along, going about their business. I enjoy the jungle more because I don’t have a tiger fixation.
Within the Bandhavgarh National Park there is an ancient water tank and statue of Shesh Shaiya. It is a must visit place after your safari.
Taj Safaris is one place that I can afford only as a blogger. However if you are looking for understated luxury you need to look no further.
PS. If you are going on your first Tiger Safaris you may like to read this.
PPS. I was invited by Taj Safaris on this trip!
24 thoughts on “Taj Safari’s Mahua Kothi at Bandhavgarh National Park”
Wow! Amazing pictures.
wow, amazing Kothi and the park, this post has made me interested about this place with beautiful pics.
I hope you will go one day!
Loved loved the Pics ❤️ The Tiger wale Captures are Bang on and Not to forget Such an Amazing Kothi!
Thank you Pooja!
I loved their property Baghavan and the safari experience at Pench. Need to visit this one soon.
I love Bhagvan too, particularly the machans attached to the kothis.
I have made several programs to visit this place but unfortunately could not go . Can we see Tigers in any season or some particular time , you will suggest ?
Yogi the parks close in monsoon. And I have seen more tigers in summer than in winter!
Beautiful place and pictures. Nice blog you have.
Thank you Jayashree.
Nice sightings and experience.
Thank you Niranjan!
Thank you Rupam!
Wonderful pics as usual!
Thank you Rajeev!
I never see the big cat on safaris. I guess I have no luck there.
Lovely room, there. And the water tank with the statue looks great!
Divya it took me a lot of time to spot my first one too! You will see it one day!
Seems like a lovely place to stay while doing the safari. Glad you found spotty.
Thank you Ami!
Want to do this someday! Looks like so much fun..Its my dream to do a safari..your indeed lucky to have done so many 🙂 Kudos Mridula! And lovely photos:)
Thank you so much!