Mahua Kothi Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge exudes the essence of an authentic Indian jungle experience. The 12 eclectic suites, scattered around an original homestead, seemingly disappear into the surrounding bamboo fronds. Humorous touches and original homestead furniture contribute to the feeling of a personal home.
Just 10 minutes from the Park entrance, Mahua Kothi sprawls invitingly over vast, park-like grounds. Inspired by the local architectural style with low-slung roofs of handmade clay tile and hand plastered walls, Mahua Kothi is at harmony with its setting, reflecting a sense of calm and quiet. Simple sophistication, with earthy tones, wooden shutters, handmade pottery roof tiles and open rafters with rough hewn beams, envelopes guests in a sense of rustic luxury. Hand woven textiles, cool stone and antique brass add sensual textures. Each kutiya is accessed through a private courtyard, where scented incense and fragrant beverages create an olfactory feast every morning.
The original homestead, with its high ceilings and terracotta tiles, houses the guest areas. In the bustle of the open kitchen guests can watch butter being churned, masala being hand ground and rotis being expertly shaped. Guests have the freedom to explore the grounds by bicycle, take refuge from the midday heat in the lodge pool or simply enjoy the jungle breeze on the spacious veranda.
Tucked between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the renowned tiger reserve of Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most beautiful natural sanctuaries on the subcontinent. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, as well as steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2 000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu, and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh an extraordinary place to visit.
Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tiger in India. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox and wild dog. Bandhavgarh also has abundant birdlife, with more than 150 recorded species. Common sightings include paradise flycatchers, golden and black-headed orioles, purple sunbirds and red-vented bulbuls.
Weather & climate
India enjoys a tropical climate and days are frequently hot. In summer (from April to June) temperatures can get as high as 44°C, while early morning and evenings are a pleasant 18 to 24°C. In winter (from October to March) night time temperatures can drop to between 2 and 20°C, while days are sunny and pleasant. The monsoon season is from mid-June to September and heavy rainfall is experienced during this time.
Summer: 13˚C to 38˚C
Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C
The Indian currency is the rupee, which consists of 100 paise. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to exchange throughout India.
The most commonly used cards are Visa and Mastercard, but neither American Express nor Diner’s Club are widely accepted in India. Outside the main cities, it is recommended that travellers carry enough Indian currency for purchases and tips. ATMs linked to international networks are situated in most big cities. Indian ATMs will only work with a four-digit PIN code.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders require a visa to travel to India. Visas are issued free of charge, but must be applied for in South Africa before travel. Visa applications are normally processed within two to three days.