Location: Nestled into the grounds of Kanha National Park, one of the best maintained parks in all of India, and on the edge of the Banjaar River, this hotel truly immerses its guests into the heart of India’s jungle.
History: Kanha became a national park in 1955, and since then has also taken on the exotic title of a tiger reserve, while it continues to be inhabited by members of the park’s original indigenous tribes.
Service: The Taj brand is famous for blending the warmth of local hospitality with its signature anything-you-like service.
Located on the banks of the Banjaar River, the Taj Banjaar Tola sits within the confines of Kanha National Park. The resort comprises 18 tented suites with private decks, glass doors, elegant, understated furniture, locally-produced fabrics, and plush beds. Dining options at the Banjaar Tola center mainly around fresh, locally-sourced foods prepared in a variety of Indian regional cuisines, from cheese, mint, and onion-stuffed kathi rolls to thalis, assorted, small dishes. Like other safari lodges, the Banjaar Tola offers guests the option to eat while on safari, or to dine outdoors, by the pool, or in the privacy of their own rooms. Amenities at Banjaar Tola include a spa, performances by tribal dancers, a private viewing deck, and a swimming pool. The lodge lies a scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Nagpur Airport, four hours from both Jabalpur Airport and Rajpur Airport.
The Taj Banjaar Tola has two well-appointed camps, each containing nine luxury tented suites, for a total of 18 in all. Bamboo floors and canvas walls make up the tent’s interior lining, with luxe touches like glass doors leading to picturesque river views.
The tented suites have been designed with a theme of rustic luxury in mind. The interiors are decorated with luscious textiles native to the area, and blanket the room in rich, earthy tones. Modern touches like air-conditioning, indoor showers, in-room safe, and even a private swimming pool add to the allure of this chic camping abode.
Guests can enjoy centuries-old Ayurvedic massage techniques from the comfort of their rooms, with treatments that make use of all-natural ingredients.
The hotel's pool is the ideal place to while away an afternoon, either taking a leisurely dip, or enjoying an exotic cocktail from one of the many sun loungers that line the poolside.
For breakfast, guests can choose from either take-away hot boxes to be eaten during the morning game drive, or they may have their breakfast served on their luxury tent's verandah should they choose to skip the morning safari.
Dinner may take many forms. Adventurous guests may choose to help cook their own meal, cooking in the Angithi style. Another option is that guests may take their dinner poolside, enjoying wok-cooked specialties. A riverside dinner is also possible, taking place on specially-made decks. Jungle Banquets are thrilling, exotic meals that take place amongst nature, where guests are served with bullock carts full of traditional Indian specialties. Finally, couple seeking a romantic adventure may try an intimate Bush dinner.
Lunch takes place on the resort's picturesque lounge deck, or diners may choose to enjoy a more intimate setting on a private deck that overlooks the babbling river, topped off with butler service.