Taj Safaris Adds Two New Lodges to Tiger Circuit

Banjaar Tola and Pashan Garh to open this winter

By: By Deanna Ting

Taj Safaris, a division of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, announced it will open two new luxury lodges — Pashan Garh and Banjaar Tola — this winter, following the success of its Mahua Kothi and Baghvan lodges.

Opening in November, the Pashan Garh, located in Panna National Park, will consist of 12 private stone cottages set atop a hill, a private, suspended sala that overlooks the jungle and Haveli-style guest areas that open into a spacious central courtyard. Its dramatic roofs, inspired by the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region, will be made from massive slabs of irregularly shaped slate. Chocolate brown linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and chandeliers will be found in each cottage.

The thick, teak forests, open woods and short-grass plains of Panna National Park are home to tigers, leopards, wolfs, hyenas, jackals, deer, antelopes, sloth bears, wild boars, and mugger crocodiles.

The Banjaar Tola, scheduled to open this December, will comprise two different camps, each one with nine tented suites with their own intimate, private deck and a solar-heated pool overlooking the river. Tented suites are constructed with pressed bamboo wall panels, natural bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture draped in block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The lodge is located near the southern gate of Kanha National Park, one of India’s largest reserves and home to 22 animal species, tigers included, 70 tree species and more than 200 bird species.

The Banjaar Tola lodge is also eco-friendly. To conserve resources, all suites are set on raised structures o that natural growth and drainage can take place. In place of conventional electrical units, tents are designed with double layers of canvas with insulation materials and air gaps to maintain a cool temperature. In winter, hot water for the bathroom will be piped under the insulated bamboo floors and an eco-friendly air-conditioning system uses a reversible cycle to effectively heat and cool year-round.

Together with Conservation Corporation Africa, a leading ecotourism company and safari operator, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces will offer special guided and walking safaris from these two new lodges as well.

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