Wildlife safaris in India are not just about spotting the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers or spotting the majestic Lion or coming across elephants and other beats of the jungle, it is about basking in the mesmerizing wild. To make the most of a jungle safari, there is an extensive range of wildlife resorts in India that make the adventure worth cherishing. Taj Safaris offers the golden opportunity to experience the unparalleled beauty of the jungles. With the charming hospitality of the Taj, each of the resorts creates a magical experience unlike any other for guests in the enchanting forest and national parks in India.
Check out the top five Taj safari lodges in India:
Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari Lodge - Bandhavgarh National Park
Owned by the Taj Group, the Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari Lodge - Bandhavgarh National Park offers the ultimate in luxury. In fact, it offers the best of lodge accommodation in Bandhavgarh. The twelve charming suites or Kutiyas (jungle village huts) are newly built in the 40-acre grounds of the renowned tented camp formerly known as Churhat Kothi. The original Kothi (homestead) comprising the guest areas remains and has been extensively renovated, but the guest accommodation is all brand new.
The Taj Group has offers the best accommodation, top-class services, gourmet cuisine and the best naturalists for wildlife holidays in India and especially at Bandhavgarh.
Banjaar Tola, A Taj Safari-Kanha National Park
One of the most premier wildlife resorts in India, Banjaar Tola is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River close to the Kanha National Park. The Taj safari resort is settled on 90 acres of private Sal forest intermixed with grasslands and a seasonal lake. Accommodation comprise of the two intimate camps of nine tents each. While retaining the charm of its natural environs, the jungle lodge does not lack any of the modern amenities.
In the property is swimming pool with outdoor as well as indoor lounge options and interactive dining areas. The rich cultural heritage of the region is also proudly displayed. The cuisine at the camp also celebrates tribal flavours in the mouth-watering food. Stay at the Kanha luxury resort assures memorable experiences of wildlife viewing.
Baghvan, A Taj Safari - Pench National Park
Owned by the Taj Group, the Baghvan offers the ultimate in luxury, as far as lodge accommodation in Pench is concerned. The name Baghvan draws its inspiration from one of India's iconic symbols, the Bengal tiger. Even the name (bagh - tiger and van - forest) is inspired by the same. Pronounced baagh-vun, this charming lodge is located on the edge of Pench National Park. The Baghvan has 12 stand-alone suites, each charming individual suite has a contemporary bungalow feel with a cheeky 50's ambience.
All suites have a spacious air-conditioned bedroom with private shaded sit-outs. Bedrooms all have a Jharokha (wooden latticed bay window) that filters the soft early morning light and covered inter-leading link takes guests to generously proportioned bathrooms with double vanity, separate w.c, indoor and outdoor showers. Leisure facilities at the Baghvan include a large swimming pool, and large common guest areas, where talks and film shows on wildlife are held almost daily.
Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari - Panna National Park
Pashan Garh or ‘stone fortress’ is one of the luxury jungle lodges in India. Owned by the Taj Group, the lodge in the Panna National Park offers a comfortable stay and the thrill of the wild. Set in 200 acres of private wilderness, Pashan Garh has 12 stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with a widespread view of dense foliage. The luxury jungle lodge draws inspiration from the stone houses of the Panna region and Khajuraho.
The jungle lodge has large and airy guest areas. Soak in the natural beauty all around while strolling through the open courtyards and a stone deck overlooking the expanse of the forest. A lookout tower in the premises offers the setup for bird watching by day and stargazing after sundown. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the rectangular pool under shady trees. Delicious Indian fare treating your taste buds are served. The venue is all the more amazing arranged at the most beautiful nooks and corners of the lodge beside the in-house dining. Discover the lavish comforts of the stone cottages at the Taj luxury jungle lodge.
Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa
A part of history and a unique experience, the Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa is among the best places to stay in the backwater town of Kumarakom. With only 28 exclusive villas or cottages, the Taj resort is set amidst almost 15 acres of natural greenery.
Dating back to 1881 when the Baker’s family, the founders of modern Kumarakom set up their residence here, the original bungalow still stands gracefully on the shore of the beautiful lagoon. The sprawling grounds are dotted with century-old trees, water bodies and the Kumarakom bird sanctuary-home to millions of birds and multitude of species.
The colonial charms are retained in the resort, in its layout, artefacts, and décor. The cuisine is a generous mix of Taj signature dishes, comfort food and location inspired farm and backwaters cuisine. Adhering to the traditions of Kerala- the origin of Ayurveda and the class of the Taj, the Jiva Spa pampers with secrets of wellness. Houseboat cruises, bird-watching excursions and more add to the memorable experience of stay the luxury Kumarakom Resort.