Taj Safaris’ new Pashan Garh jungle safari lodge comprises a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with magnificent views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous tiger and resident antelope sightings. The lodge features 12 stone cottages, with a central guest area showcasing fabulous leather furniture, with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes. There are subtle references to the erotic stonework at the nearby temples of Khajuraho. This lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region.
Pashan Garh is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, situated in the Vindhya Hills along the pristine Ken River. The lodge is a mere 50 km (31 miles) from Khajuraho, a famous World Heritage Site renowned for its 85 sandstone temples with erotic sculptures that date back a thousand years. Pashan Garh sits on the border of Panna National Park, a vast plateau dominated by tropical forests, BEYONDdeep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests. The terrain is largely rocky with mixed dry deciduous forests. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands as it links the eastern and western populations of resident wildlife.
Pashan Garh, meaning ‘stone house’, draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of north-central India. The 12 luxury stone cottages, located a mere 12 km from the park entrance, are spread out along a small stream, and are surrounded by 190 acres of private jungle wilderness. The overall design of Pashan Garh is stony and rough hewn, with white marble, leather furniture, and ebony and chocolate highlights. Each suite has private veranda machaans, and luxurious bathrooms with huge central showers, separate w.c. and twin hand basins. Delicious Indian fare, prepared by expert chefs, is discreetly delivered to guests using the unobtrusive butler hatches.
Delicious Indian fare is prepared by expert chefs in the interactive kitchen, where guests can mingle with the chefs and learn how to prepare traditional Indian recipes. Meals are served in the dining room, with terraced veranda, under a giant Mahua tree. Haandi dinners are served in earthenware pots, and guests can also experience palanquin dining (bush dinner on an ox cart).
Guests can relax in the intimate sitting room with cool, shady deck, or browse peacefully in the well-stocked Safari Shop. Idle hours can be spent at the lodge’s infinity swimming pool, nestled between rocky outcrops overlooking a small stream.
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