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Camp Out At The Luxurious Mahua Tiger Resort In Bandhavargh


    Bridging the gap between luxury and rustic, this tented accommodation has a rural set-up with modern amenities inside; a win-win for us.

    In The Jungle

    While we love ourselves a proper camping session, we also like our soft beds, fluffy pillows and modern bathrooms. Right from the deer that wander just outside the walls to the manicured lawns that welcome you; this is a little slice of heaven with the best of both the worlds, in an already stunning place. But again, you’re obviously here for tigers.

    It’s great that the camp offers personalised tours for you. From photographers who take ages in the wild to kids who just want a glimpse to those just looking for a hint of adventure; customise your rides according to what you need. It requires obtaining permissions, though, so do talk to them in advance if you want something special.

    Brick And Mortar

    Their Veronica Lodges are meant for those who prefer rustic outdoors with lavish interiors. Like the rest of the camp, these rooms are also inspired by nearby forts {a few in ruins, but others intact}, so expect your temporary home to have turrets, arch doors and dimly-lit interiors {no need for bright lights in the jungle anyway}. Newer ones have sloping roofs, but it’s the little patio in all of them that we love.

    Different Canvas

    For the Betty Coopers, and the likes who want to rough it out a bit, pick the Swiss tents. Set like a typical village hut with a mud base, low walls for a sit-out, and a Swiss style tent over it, all you need is three steps to lead you to their cosy room. Not you dingy tent; this one has large beds, air-conditioning and TV, and we’d pick it over the cottages any day.

    After all, even with the indulgence, it’s fun to hear the wind beating against the canvas at night; a much needed dose of adventure, as far as we are concerned.

    Camp Time

    There’s a main brick building which houses the restaurant, and we’d advise you to stick to their buffet or Indian fare. Again, like a rural hut, it’s got carpets, colourful tribal art and lanterns to set the mood. And then there’s the bar besides the swimming pool.

    When you’re done splashing about, you can just lie under the massive tree dominating the space. They’ve conveniently placed multiple mattresses under it, so no need to trek back to the huts; you can just catnap and connect with nature here. It’s amazing how the otherwise unconnected sounds of the forest will come together to form a lullaby. Also, don’t miss the tribal dance performance at nights.

    Where: Village Tala, Thasil Manpur, Bandhavgarh National Park {bookings at TF-2, Johnsons Tower, Narmada Road, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur}

    Price: INR 7,000 upwards {per night, including meals}

    Contact: +91 7566656456

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