Bandhvagarh Jungle Lodge – Bandhavgarh
The fragrance of lemongrass pierces the air in Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge while tall bamboo branches and fruit trees extend a warm welcome to guests arriving in this charming, 18-room lodge built by the Sankhalas, a celebrated family of conservationists. The lodge is eco-conscious and for that reason, it’s a favourite among travellers who advocate forest conservation. Just off the busy Tala main road, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge allows a wonderful experience of slowing down. The staff, locals who are encouraged to work, are trained as per best global practices. While meals in daily lives are hastily consumed, in Bandhavgarh you enjoy each bite that you consume. Breakfast underneath the saltrees, with birds chirping in perfect harmony, is a memory that you will cherish. The team also organises romantic dinners on a candlelit path in the lodge’s area in the open, underneath the star-lit skies. There’s a rustic charm about Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. With a total of 18 rooms, including 14 cottages along with four rooms in a separate villa, the architecture is inspired by traditional village-style homes. The sloping baked-earth roofs; colourful, indigenous furnishings along with tribal art, are an ode to the rich heritage of this wonderful region of India. Welcome to your ‘home’ where you lose – and subsequently discover – yourself. All rooms face the sun-kissed gardens or the forest area and the architectural adage, ‘bringing the outside, inside’ suits this property perfectly. Comfortable beds with handpicked linen, home décor, makes the stay warm and cosy. There is a writing table, adequate lighting, comfortable furniture in the balcony area for you to enjoy your hot cuppa in the midst of a forest. There is 24×7, hot and cold running water supply in the attached bathrooms, and room service for guests.