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  • Nestled within the lush green forests of Bandhavgarh National Park, the Mahua Kothi is the ideal destination to experience luxury in the lap of nature. Spread over 40 acres and built on the site of a former tented camp once used by aristocracy and the British colonial elite.
  • The Park has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world, as well as large population of leopards and various species of deer, Indian Bison, and birds. Experience an intimate encounter with nature in all its glory.
  • The lodge features 12 charming luxury suites, or ‘Kutiyas’ with private courtyards and a homely, authentic homestead ‘Kothi’ decorated with Indian handicrafts.
  • Meals are served informally: breakfasts on safari, picnic lunches in the vegetable garden or poolside, and dinners – featuring roasts & assortments of small dishes, are served on the rooftop of the main veranda & enjoyed under the stars with cultural performances.
  • Amenities include in-room Ayurvedic & Western spa treatments, a pool, a library, & yoga lessons.
  • The Park features a dramatic landscape and has a large biodiversity, with 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, & multiple species of reptiles.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • 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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Mahua Kothi Taj Safari Lodge

The Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 sq. km. area renowned tiger reserve. Mahua Kothi or homestead is named after the Mahua tree which is prized and revered in the region. 12 standalone luxury cottages blend into a 45 acre private forest on the periphery of the national park. The guest area overlooks a large grassland where monkeys and birds in vivid colours are a regular feature. The mud cottages or ‘Kutiyas’ are built in the local style of architecture. A bean shaped pool screened by a bamboo thicket and shaded by Mahua trees is perfect for cooling off at midday. The guest areas are housed in a large brick building with deep verandas overlooking a grassland ringed by a forest patch. The dining hall has a large fireplace to keep guests warm during chilly winter evenings.

The food is the highlight of this region, and is prepared and served in a unique manner. Breakfasts during safaris, lunches under the gorgeous Mahua trees and rooftop dinners under the starlit sky, are bound to mesmerise. The extensive menu, comprising live spit-roasts, customary ‘Khudi’ cooking and thali dinners, makes for a gastronomic adventure. Guests delight in picking fresh vegetables and fruit from the lodge’s private organic gardens for a salad. A select menu of treatments offered by professional in-house masseurs is the perfect indulgence to top off a safari holiday. Specially organised jungle safaris explored either on purposefully modified open 4×4 vehicles or on elephant back make up the quintessential Bandhavgarh experience and allow for intimate interaction with the area’s wildlife and biodiversity.

The Mahua Kothi Lodge features 12 cottages, each of which is accessed by a spacious private courtyard with shaded seating and traditional stone floor. Interiors include wooden shutters, hand plastered mud walls washed with lime, roughly hewn wooden rafters and handmade pottery roof tiles. Floors are dressed in the locally sourced ‘Katni’ stone. Large wooden puppets adorn the walls while several small alcoves sport arches with geometric tribal patterns in keeping with local trends. A king-sized bed faces an enormous window overlooking a delightful wooded patch. A wide window seat with mattress covers and bolsters in tones of rust and burnt orange contrast delightfully with the vibrant green outside. Each ensuite bathroom features twin hand basins with vintage brass tap fittings placed in front of a glass window covering most of the wall. Bamboo blinds lined with raw silk can be drawn for a view of trees and bamboo thickets as guests ready for safari. The bath tub is lined beside a wall with beautiful ‘Jaali’ work while the step down shower area is provided with a shiny brass bucket and mug in case guests wish to take a ‘bucket bath’, as most rural Indians do.

Taj Lake Palace Luxury Room Garden Non Lake View

Cottage Suites

These quaint and cozy suites offer twin or double beds, and a safari-chic decor featuring burnt-orange and terracotta colorings that match handmade pottery roof tiles, and local textile furnishings that add an element of rustic charm to these luxurious suites. Guests can observe the wild jungle action from the privacy and comfort of their 600-square-foot verandahs.

Dig into authentic, sumptuous food, in the most panoramic settings ever. Each experience promises to be unique and private. Partake of as many as 3 breakfasts, including one inside the park. Follow it up with a light lunch, served by a personal butler. End the night under the starlit sky, or sit under a Mahua Tree, lit up with lanterns. Dining indoors is a treat as well with the traditional ‘thali’. Never eat two meals in the same location.

Rural accents, like a traditional vegetable garden or baghia, with a bullock cart that doubles as buffet table, and picnic lunches under the mahua tree, enchant and delight. Cocktails and traditional Indian fare are served in the light of the moon on magical evenings on the rooftop of the main veranda and greatly enhance the beauty of fragrant Indian nights.

Taj Lake Palace Neel Kamal


The first meal of the day takes place in the resort’s back garden with dining tables set up amongst lush vegetation. A hearty breakfast meal is laid out for guests upon a bullock cart.

Taj Lake Palace Bhairo


For lunch, guests may choose from a few dining locations, from the poolside, to a picnic under a Mahua tree or watering hole.

Taj Lake Palace Jharokha


Dinner begins with exotic cocktails made from the sap of the Mahua tree, and fine Indian wines and beers. Later on, guests can enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars, dining on the resort’s beautiful terrace, amidst a live spit-roast, while being entertained by traditional folk dances.

Amenities include in-room Ayurvedic & Western spa treatments, a pool, a library, & yoga lessons.

The Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 sq. km. area renowned tiger reserve. Nestled between the awe-inspiring Vindhya and Satpura ranges, the park features a dramatic landscape, with tropical forests and woodlands and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys. Taking its name from the highest hill in the area, Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers in the world. Packed with legends, its rugged jungles of sal trees and thickets of bamboo open out to sunlit grasslands and knolls, and hide the ruins of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.

The Bandhavgarh National Park has a large biodiversity, with over 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, and multiple species of reptiles. Apart from exploring the sunlit grasslands and its jungles of sal trees and thick bamboos, experiences at the Bandhavgarh National Park also include interactions with its indigenous Gond and Baiga tribes. These tribes are known to be among the oldest surviving in India. Exploring the wild forests without disturbing its serenity, is best done atop an elephant. This unique safari gets one closer to nature like no other safari does. To take home memories of this place, stores inside the Bandhavgarh National Park offer souvenirs like key-chains, t-shirts, wooden tribal handicrafts, and paintings from the Bandhavgarh School of Art.

Taj Lake Palace Pool


The hotel’s freeform 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.

Area & Location

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

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