Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, with an area of 105 sq km. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 sq km. Bandhavgarh has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers. Charger a tiger so named because of his habit of charging at elephants and tourists (whom he nonetheless did not harm), was the first healthy male known to be living in Bandhavgarh since the 1990s. Also equally famous is female known as Sita, who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic and is considered the most photographed tiger in the world. Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for white tigers. White tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harbouring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. At the centre of the park is the Bandhavgarh hill or the fort rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, these valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as bohera. The park is an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These include gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others. There is large variety of species of diverse origin - Bengal tiger and their family is making their home from past few decades in this nature reserve. In the forest of Bandhavgarh you will find tropical green wilderness, lush green meadows and chirping of birds all around.

Samode Safari Lodge

The Samode Safari Lodge at the Bandhavgarh National Park is an extravagant wilderness experience cradled in luxury and unusual sophistication. Located in the heart of Tiger country, adjacent to the 450sq kms Bandhavgarh Tiger reserver in the central indian state of Madhya Pradesh, this divine getaway is designed around a series of individual safari lodges. The inspiration, the décor is indian and the ambience magnificent and hospitable – unmistakably Samode.

Besides wildlife excursions conducted by the highly trained and dedicated naturalists, sightseeing tours to ancient temples and nearby villages, there is much to do at the lodge itself – a well-stocked library, lounges, swimming pool, a gym are all set to welcome you. A fully equipped spa allows you to combine your wildlife experiences with the therapeutic benefits of modern spa. This is quite simply an exclusive and complete rejuvenation getaway that takes you to nature and to yourself.

The Lodge is located 3 hours from Jabalpur and 5 hours from Khajuraho, the 2 closest airports. The 2 closest railheads are Umaria ( 30 kms ) and Katni ( 80 kms ). There are 12 Luxury villas and each villa has a spacious sitting room, a bedroom with modern en suite bathroom, an oversized tub, separate showers and a dressing area, a unique open air bath court, bathrobes, hair dryer, luxurious toiletries, air-conditioning & heating. In room safe, mini bar, lavazza coffee machine, ipod docks. Internet access at the library.

The lodge is situated in open grassland and 2 main lodges with spacious lounges at the top floor open onto wooden decks and offer an almost spiritual relaxation in a tree – top setting machans provide opportunities for bird and wildlife sightings.

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