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PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A majestic 250 year old fort with a dramatic setting and spectacular views across the Narmada river.
  • All rooms have either a stunning view of the river, a private balcony or a private garden.
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens and an outdoor swimming pool Ahilya Fort is located off the tourist track, a place to truly relax and experience authentic Indian hospitality and culture.
  • Meals are prepared using fresh vegetables from the organic vegetable garden.
  • The perfect base to explore the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site of Omkareshwar and the medieval ghost-town of Mandu.

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  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

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Ahilya Fort Maheshwar

Ahilya Fort is a delightful 18th century majestic fort & heritage retreat with a dramatic setting and spectacular views across the Narmada river. This historic royal property has been restored into a unique boutique hotel with 13 exceptional rooms set in 6 buildings and is perfect for those wanting an authentic Indian experience. There is one fabulous private tent with its own heated plunge pool and wonderful views of the river and temples below, a truly unique experience. Each room and tent is decorated in a distinctive and traditional Indian style. A stay here allows guests to discover the fabulous, deserted city of Mandu and the famed island temple of Omkareshwar nearby.

There is no formal dining room. Breakfast are a buffett style and are served on the ramparts of the fort, overlooking the river. Lunch is served in a shady, leafy courtyard or on the patio. Candlelit dinners are served in the garden by the pool or on the terrace. Ahilya Fort is an all-inclusive hotel, all meals, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and all snacks are included. Your host (should he be in residence at the time), Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar, has the highest standards and the food here is delicious and the service exceptional.

Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the 18 tented suites at Banjaar Tola are set on raised platforms. Wide glass doors open onto private decks overlooking the river, offering panoramic views of the wilderness beyond. Pressed bamboo floors and wall panels combine with fabrics in delicate tones of saffron, forest green and earthy cinnamon to create a light and airy feel. A king-sized bed with a multitude of pillows and a couple of lounge beds on the deck offer guests indoor and outdoor lounging options. A cleverly located butler hatch allows butlers to place freshly plunged coffee in the mornings without an intrusion on guest privacy. Selected pieces of Gondi artwork and bell metal figurines from the Chattisgarh region nearby, lend the dwelling a local flavour.

A gigantic sink-in ottoman, canvas wardrobes with leather detailing and handcrafted driftwood furniture notch up the glamour quotient of a luxury camping experience. Air-conditioned ensuite bathrooms feature a shower area and a bath, both screened by delicate blinds that can be drawn to view the lush green forest around. Wrought iron chairs, a tall floor lamp and a driftwood tree trunk for a table holding organic bath salts; are all evocative of a safari camp from yesteryears.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Tent Suite Exterior
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Tent Exterior
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Tent Exterior
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Tent Suite
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Tent Suite
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Suite Bathroom

Tented Suite

Revel in chic and glamorously designed tented suites at Banjaar Tola at Kanha National Park. Each of the jungle lodge’s stilted tents features spectacular glass doors that lead out to a floating verandah with a stunning view of the Banjaar river and the core zone of Kanha National Park.

Sample the myriad but distinctive flavours of Bundelkhandi, Baghelkhandi, Chhattisgarhi and Vidarbha cuisines. Choose to dine by the pool, on the deck or in the privacy of a tent. Our Head Chef will ensure that all personal preferences and tastes are taken into account. Skip the traditional method of ordering off a menu, and dive headfirst into a culinary adventure unlike any other. Dine amidst the towering Sal trees, illuminated by the warm, inviting glow of hundreds of lanterns. Entertainment, in the form of traditional dancing and singing, keeps the atmosphere lively and entertaining.

Experience a unique live-cooking demonstration wherein our expert Chefs decode popular recipes. Gain an insight into the therapeutic uses of various herbs and spices. Recognise them on the basis of smell and taste. Learn how to roast, grind and blend, and prepare delightful vegetarian dishes with lentils, fresh paneer cheese and potatoes. Unveiling the secrets of Indian cooking, where guests learn and taste simple dishes is a popular evening activity. The spacious open deck in the common guest area is set up with a small stove and an array of spices, chopped herbs and vegetables in various colours and textures. The personable chef takes the visitors on a culinary journey of traditional Indian delights. Guests taste and inhale the tantalising aroma of various spices as they participate in preparing simple recipes. Understanding the therapeutic properties of traditional herbs and spices makes for an absorbing culinary session. Once the cooking is done, guests get to have their curry and eat it too.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Dining in Forest
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Breakfast

Breakfast in the park or on safari

Start the day in the midst of nature, by having a sumptuous breakfast in the park. Succulent kathi rolls filled with cottage cheese, mint and onions and delicious pao bhaji rolls dipped in beans, carrots and potatoes are a great way to start the day. The well-loved raj kachori—deep fried puff bread stuffed with onion and potato comes with a delicious chutney or dip.

A sumptuous breakfast is set up on the safari vehicle bonnet deep in the jungle. Freshly baked muffins and cookies along with sandwiches, fresh fruit and hot kathi rolls are washed down with freshly plunged coffee and a selection of teas. A perfect refuelling for the rest of the morning safari.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Forest Dining
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Bush Picnic

Bush Picnic

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Dining

Dinner

Dinner at the Banjaar Tola is a grand affair. Dine amidst the thick Sal trees, adorned with hundreds of lanterns, emitting an ambient glow, while traditional Baiga dancers perform unique and graceful routines. Fresh green salads from the lodge garden, chicken roasted in clay and a thali dinner comprising a selection of regional dishes complete the culinary experience. Carefully roasted onions and bell peppers accompany the chicken, which are cooked with spinach, cloves and black cardamom, or prepared with ground spices and sautéed with cinnamon water. Nutritious green lentils and gram flour dumplings as well as appetising spinach dishes make for a mouth-watering, yet healthy meal.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Bush Dining

Bush Dinner

The bush dinners at Banjaar Tola have a fairy tale quality. Multitudes of lanterns light up a clearing in the forest while gentle aromas from clay ovens fill the air. A rustic wooden cart serving refreshing drinks beside a bonfire is a wonderful start to the evening revelry. Dining tables are scattered about and a row of interactive live cooking counters are stationed at one end. Some local delicacies like the ‘Baiga’ chicken and desserts like ‘malpuas and rabdi’ are greatly relished. The Baiga dancers in traditional dress move lithely as the compelling drumbeats make guests want to join in. A sumptuous feast, jungle tales and tribal dancers are ingredients for a most memorable dining experience

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Poolside Dining

Poolside Dinner

Each camp at Banjaar Tola has a pool with a gorgeous location beside a tree grove. A dinner here is a delight through the seasons. An elegant set up with classy dinnerware and lamps provide a stunning contrast of high end luxury dining with the dense rugged jungle as a backdrop. Tables in a neat row are set at a distance to facilitate quiet conversations and appreciation of the soft wilderness sounds.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Private Dining
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Romantic Dining

Private Dinner

Return from a safari to a path of flowers, and follow it to find a drawn bath and some exquisite wine waiting for you. Enjoy these, while a butler prepares an exclusive candle-light dinner on the private deck. The private wooden deck of each tent with the quiet waters of the river below and the surrounding forest is a magical spot for a private dinner. The evening has a fairy tale beginning with a pathway of flower petals leading to a drawn bath and wine chilling in the bucket. Moving out to the deck, guests are greeted by a smart butler beside a beautifully laid table for two. A choice menu showcasing the finest of local flavours is presented in a seamless service. It is an indescribable sublime atmosphere mingling elements of thrill, romance and being one with the wilderness

The largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park, also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, spans two districts covering an area of a staggering 940 square kilometres. The land was originally inhabited by two indigenous tribes known as the Gonds and the Baigas, and descendants of the tribes still occupy a vicinity of the park. The Kanha National Park, in the year 2000, was awarded as the Best National Park for Tourists by the Department of Tourism, India.

There are more than one thousand species of flowering plants in the reserve, and the forest is a mix of sal and other trees scattered with meadows. Most famous for its Bengal Tigers, the Kanha National Park is home to a number of other species as well. Some of these include the Leopard, Wild Dog, wild cat, SwampDeer, the Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Four-horned Antelope, etc., along with around three hundred species of birds. One of the oldest, indigenous tribes of India, the Gond and Baiga villages inside the park are gateways to the ancient culture of the sub-continent. The villagers—descendants of these tribes, bring to life the long-gone era through mesmerising art and captivating dances. The Kanha National Park offers more than just one way to experience the wilderness. Explore the lands on a Jeep, atop an elephant, or simply by foot—all done under the expert supervision of naturalists. Local handicrafts from the Forest Department’s store make for memorable souvenirs or gifts, which can also be bought from the weekly village market that showcases authentic Gond and Baiga art and jewellery.

Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Pool
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Pool
Banjaar Tola Taj Safari Lodge Pool

Pool

Each of the two elegant camps boasts its own pool.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Nearest Airport
Jabalpur Airport, Jabalpur 
Local Currency
Indian Rupee
Time Change
GMT +5:30
Language
Hindi,English
Best time to go
October to March

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