Location: The Taj Pashan Garh is perched in the Vindhya Hills, in the midst of Panna National Park, which in 2007, was endowed with the Award of Excellence for best maintained national park of India, courtesy of India’s Ministry of Tourism.
History: Once a private hunting grounds for Panna’s royal family, the park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1981. Nearby Khajuraho is one of India’s most popular tourist attractions, best-known for its sandstone structures dating back over a millennium.
Service: With only 12 cottages, the Taj can offer its guests extremely personalized service in this lush, thrilling jungle safari.
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.
The lodge’s 12 stone cottage suites overlook a bubbling stream, and stand amidst a massive 200 acres of their own private jungle.
Inspired by the traditional Panna dry-packed stone houses, these unique suites bear a rustic-yet-luxurious charm, with sleek interiors. Inside features include double or twin beds, air-conditioning, an in-room safe, indoor showers, and a personal bar. The outdoor private swimming pool fringed by a spacious verandah is a lovely touch.
Guests can enjoy centuries-old Ayurvedic massage techniques from the comfort of their rooms, with treatments that make use of all-natural ingredients.
A well-stocked library is available for guests hungry for information not only on their local surroundings, but also on Mother India, and more.
The hotel's infinity 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.
Guests may choose from a tasty wake-up call, with their meals being brought to their bedside before their thrilling morning drive. Those who choose to skip the morning drive can enjoy a leisurely late morning breakfast on their private verandahs.
At dinner time, guests may choose from another variety of dining options. The lakeside bullock cart dinners are a popular option, which is a kind of jungle picnic, though with a proper dinner table setup. Carts are separated by lavish curtains and decorated with dazzling aromatic candles. The main dining deck is another option, with ambiance created by lanterns and sigris. As with all other meals, private in-room dining is also an option, while private picnics can be arranged throughout the resort.
For lunch, guests may choose from a few alfresco dining locations, from their private verandah, to a picnic by the park gate, or they may choose to enjoy a relaxed poolside meal.