Named after the Hindi for tiger - "bagh" and forest - "van", Baghvan is an enchanting lodge hidden in the forested buffer zone of Pench National Park, a short drive from the entrance to the park. The twelve suites are each housed in individual cottages, each with a bedroom, spacious bathroom, terrace and a "macham" or viewing platform. The rooms are decorated with an eclectic mixture of local crafts, giving a charmingly rustic character without sacrificing on comfort. The lodge has a swimming pool and library for relaxing. Breakfast and lunch are served on a covered platform overlooking a "nullah" or dry river valley, with dinners served indoors.
With staff trained by Taj Safaris and safari experts from &Beyond, the service and standard of guiding at Baghvan is first rate. Meals are freshly cooked from local ingredients, and include a mixture of local and international dishes. In addition to the morning and afternoon game drives, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Madhya Pradesh with a walk around a local village and experience walking safaris in the nullah.
Baghvan has been named as India's Leading Wildlife Resort in the World Travel Awards 2012.
Open: Baghvan is open from 16 October to 30 June.
Location: The lodge is located a 10 minute drive from the entrance to Pench National Park. The nearest major airport is Nagpur, 92 kms away.
Rooms: There are 12 bungalow suites, each with its own machan (covered jungle rooftop platform), which has a bed, mosquito net and can be used for sleep outs. The bathrooms have twin hand basins, toilet, indoor and outdoor showers. The suites are situated by a dry riverbed.
Activities: The lodge organises twice daily jungle safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles conducted by their own natuaralists, guided nature walks, elephant safari, visits to an elephant camp and cultural walks. Bird watching is popular. Other activities include massage and cookery classes.
Facilities: The main guest areas have high ceilings, comfy sofas and ebony and woven hyacinth furniture. They include a library with a good range of books. There is a shaded deck where breakfast and lunch is served. Dinners can be enjoyed in a variety of locations around the lodge, as guests wish. The lodge has an outdoor swimming pool. The safari shop sells a range of goods.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables. In-suite dining can also be arranged.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, but young children are not allowed on safaris.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is WiFi internet access in the main lodge.
If you love the jungle then you'll love Baghvan! The lodge trained naturalists are always accompanied by knowledgeable local guides to ensure you don't miss the opportunity to spot some of Pench National Parks fascinating wildlife. They'll even pick Neem leaves for you to prevent bites from the jungle's insects. The lodge was built with thought to not damaging the environment, & the owners continue this thoughtfulness in how it's run.
"Outstanding. An &Beyond hotel and although expensive it lived up to expectations. Great food, all inclusive, interesting cooking lesson. Wonderful outsid showe - all facilities one could want and more. Could have stayed longer."