India's Wilderness

J.L. Erickson Taj Hotels will open a new wilderness lodge next month on 40 acres in the rolling Satpura hills of Madhya Pradesh, offering luxury safaris in one of central India’s most scenic national parks. The Mahua Kothi will feature 12 suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) newly built on the grou

By: J.L. Erickson

Taj Hotels will open a new wilderness lodge next month on 40 acres in the rolling Satpura hills of Madhya Pradesh, offering luxury safaris in one of central India’s most scenic national parks.

The Mahua Kothi will feature 12 suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) newly built on the grounds of the tented camp formerly known as Churhat Kothi. Each suite accessed through private courtyards that offer shaded seating, traditional swings and traditional mud floors - includes wooden shutters, open rafters with rough-hewn wooden beams, handmade pottery roof tiles, and katni stone floors set in lime mortar.

All suites also include the comforts of home including an air-conditioned bedroom and in-suite bath, hand-blended bath amenities and house robes. Traditional regional fare includes morning tea delivered on a charcoal burner, picnic lunches and rooftop dinners

The original Kothi (homestead) remains as the guest common areas and has been extensively renovated to include a veranda, library, Safari Shop, open kitchen and swimming pool.

Lodge-stayers also can enjoy a wilderness safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park on twice-daily excursions with naturalists. The park is known for its tigers, leopards, jackals and jungle cats and features tropical forests as well as woodlands, rocky hills, and flat valley grasslands. Excursions are offered from the comfort of a specially designed 4x4 safari vehicle or on elephant back.

Introductory rates of $600 per person/per night include accommodations, all scheduled safaris, all meals and beverages including house wine and spirits, laundry and park fees and taxes. Rates apply Nov. 1 through April 15.

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