Set in the midst of a private jungle wilderness, Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge lines the banks of a small stream. The 12 chic stone suites are magnificently proportioned, stylish and private.
Set in the midst of 190 acres of private jungle wilderness, 12 chic stone suites lines the banks of a small stream at Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge. Emerging from the forest, the stone buildings blend into a rocky outcrop with views of the Vindhya Hills. Large stone flagstones lead to each private and intimate suite. Dry packed stone walls and clean lines create the impression of a summer pavilion. Beautiful en suite bathrooms boast dramatic central showers. In the heat of the day, comfortable day beds on private stone verandas capture the jungle breeze. The simplicity of stone and a structure that is light and airy mingle with accents of ebony, chocolate and white.
Guest areas centre around a courtyard set amongst giant banyan trees. Guest decks flow freely between the simple spaces of the dining and guest areas, with their stone walls and exposed roof rafters. Guests are invited to take a cooling dip in an infinity pool nestled between rocky outcrops or investigate the aromas flowing from the bustling, interactive kitchen.
One of the most pristine, quiet and beautiful of India’s wilderness areas, Panna National Park is the ideal place to escape to for serene appreciation of the country’s sheer natural beauty. With its diverse landscape of gorges, plateaus, forests and the majestic Ken River, Panna is home to a wide diversity of wildlife.
Although the tiger population of the park is sparse, Panna is home to no less than five other species of cat – leopard, jungle cat, leopard cat, rusty spotted cat and caracal. Hyenas, wild dogs, jackals, wolves and foxes are also found here, together with India’s ‘Big Four’ snakes, the spectacled cobra, Russel’s viper, saw scaled viper and common krait. The spotted chital deer, sambar and nilgai can be seen among the grasslands, while the denser thickets shelter wild boar, troops of langur monkeys with their long tails and bushy eyebrows, striped squirrels and ruddy mongoose.
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.
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.