Seriously perfect trip! Every detail was covered, pacing of places was ideal.
Panna National Park
Some 12 miles (27 kilometers) from the ancient temple city of Khajuraho, Panna National Park is a series of teak, ebony, and gum forests punctuated by a series of grasslands. Like many other tiger reserves and national parks in India, Panna was once a hunting ground for the local aristocracy. Panna, however, gained notoriety in 2009 after government authorities learned that poachers had colluded with park authorities and wiped out the entire tiger population. Thankfully, these majestic cats were re-introduced in 2011, and roam the grounds of the park once more.
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From atop an elephant, take in the surroundings of Panna. See sambar or Indian barking deer, sloth bears, antelope, gazelle-like nilgai, and of course, tigers. Perhaps because elephants are less noisy and disruptive than Jeeps and four-wheel-drive vehicles, elephant safaris often lead to more wildlife sightings.
Escape into the wilds of India’s safaris on an exciting 12-day adventure through Panna, Bandhavgarh, and Kanha National Parks, where you’ll search for the mighty, elusive Bengal Tiger. You’ll explore ancient forts, hike to majestic viewpoints, and interact with exotic animals while staying in luxury hotels.
Travel for 10 luxurious days through North India, taking in the region’s incredible sights and landmarks. You’ll visit New Delhi’s Qutub Minar, India’s tallest minaret, catch the sunrise over Taj Mahal in Agra, and go on safari rides in Panna National Park, while staying in some of India’s most luxury hotels.
Taj Pashan Garh consists of twelve stone cottages clustered around a hilltop with fantastic views over Panna National Park and a nearby watering hole frequented by antelope, and surrounded by 200 acres of jungle wilderness. The luxury stone cottages are situated along a picturesque stream, each offering a private verandah with stunning views of the lush tropical forest and nearby waterhole. Each individual cottage showcases leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes. The guest areas celebrate traditional Haveli, or private mansion design, with a spacious central courtyard. The interiors are a contemporary mix of chocolate linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and cotton lace chandeliers. The resort also offers a spa, infinity pool, library, safari shop, and of course the superb Indian fine dining one would expect from a Taj property, and served on an outdoor deck, on a lakeside bullock cart, or in the privacy of guests’ rooms.
Sarai at Toria
Run by a conservation biologist and his wife, a wildlife photographer, Sarai at Toria is a beautiful, small eco-lodge located in the unspoiled countryside above the River Ken, a tributary of the famous Yamuna River. Consisting of six lodges built from and insulated with local materials, and using sustainable energy, the Saraiâ€™s rooms feature a rustic elegance, with locally-sourced wooden furniture, tasteful interior design, and plush, comfortable beds. Meals are cooked by the owner himself and served in a communal, open-air dining room with views of the nearby River Ken. Access is via the airport and railroad station at Khajuraho or Panna Town, both of which are half an hour away.