The name Mahua Kothi is inspired from one of India’s most beautiful trees (Madhuca Indica, commonly known as Mahua). The 12 suites or Kutiyas (jungle village huts) have been recently built on the 40 acre grounds of the tented camp, which was formerly known as Churhat Kothi. The original kothi or homestead that comprised of the guest areas has been retained and renovated. However, the guest accommodation is all brand new. Each kutiya is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating, traditional swings and mud floors. Other features include – Wooden shutters, tapered mud-coloured walls, handmade pottery roof tiles, ensuite bathrooms with twin hand basins mounted on a wooded log, local textiles, roll-down mats to keep the early morning sun out, ceiling fans and air-conditioning.
Mahua Kothi is the first of five Lodges that, in true Taj style, break new ground in the Indian tourism industry. Offering a never-before-experienced Indian wildlife circuit, replete with both adventure and – unlike any safari experience in the country so far – impeccable service and lush luxury. Mahua Kothi promises an experience that is unconventional, focused on guests’ individual needs and emotions, knowledgeable, sophisticated and innovative.
Walk in to the cosily traditional guest area, with high ceilings, terracotta tiles, overhead fans, a fireplace, huge windows with window seats, beaten Bastar metal and hand-blown glassware. Freshen up in the Comings & Goings room. Step into the open kitchen that lets you in on the simple joys of butter being churned, masala being hand-ground, garden-fresh vegetables being chopped with sickles and rotis being expertly made on a chulha. Catch the jungle breeze out on the 600 sq. ft. verandah, browse leisurely through the Safari Shop, idle away the hours at the library or take a dip in the swimming pool.
Dining in Mahua Kothi is an exciting and unexpected Safari in itself, with several deliciously surprising twists and turns. Fresh local ingredients, homemade accompaniments, fruits and veggies grown in backyards, ancestral cooking and dining customs, and quaint village ambiences create never-before dining wonderlands that give you as much of a rush as the game drives to follow. If you want to begin your game drive with the first rays of the sun, you can take along a steaming packed breakfast to enjoy deep in the woods or have a quick bite in the Lounge. In the evening, enjoy cocktails made from the sap of the mahua tree, and dine under the stars, out on the terrace, with live spit-roasting, generations-old khud cooking, thali dinners and folk dances.
When you’re ready to settle in, make your way through a private courtyard, with its shaded seating, to one of the twelve charming cottage suites, called Kutiyas. Built to replicate the vernacular style of Central India, affectionately known as MP chic, each is filled with quaint local touches. Wooden shutters, tapered hand-finished walls, stone floors, open rafters with roughly-hewn beams, handmade pottery roof tiles, rust and burnt orange local textile furnishings. Shower off your journey in the en-suite bathroom, pamper yourself with hand-blended, all-natural, guest amenities from the Taj Spa, relax with a game of marbles or Chaupad or indulge in an in-room Ayurvedic massage.
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