Surrounded by Sal forest, Kings Lodge is located on a fourteen hectare estate about ten minutes drive from the main entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. This makes it an ideal base for wildlife spotting, with morning and afternoon safaris let by skilled guides. The sal and deciduous forest of Bandhavgarh are home to nilgai, Indian wild dog, leopard, jungle cat and several species of deer as well as tiger, so safaris promise to be exciting. During your stay you also have the chance to visit a local village with a guide from the lodge, go bird watching, walking, cycling and enjoy picnics.
Kings Lodge consists of eighteen light and spacious rooms, of which eight are on stilts. All are equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms with bathtubs and full hot and cold running water. Each room has a large open veranda where you can enjoy views over the grassland and forest.
The central dining area serves both Indian and western meals, and on chilly nights a fire blazes in the hearth giving a cosy feel. There's a small library where you can brush up on natural history, and a tower with views over the estate. The outdoor swimming pool offers exercise and relief from the heat on warm days, and there's a spa where you can enjoy the benefits of Indian massage. The lodge has been designed to reflect local architecture, is decorated with tribal arts, and has wooden furnishings made from recycled wood and driftwood.
Open: Kings Lodge is open from 15th October to 30th June, to coincide with the opening dates of Bandhavgarh National Park.
Location: Kings Lodge is set in 14 hectares of forest near Rancha village and just a 10 minute drive from the Tala gate of Bandhavgarh National Park. The nearest railway stations are Umaria (34kms) and Katni (95kms). The nearest airport is Jabalpur, about a 4 hour drive from the lodge, and Khajuraho airport is about a 5-6 hour drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 10 cottages and 8 stilt cottage, all with en-suite bathrooms with 24 hour hot and cold water, and full electricity. All 18 rooms are air conditioned and have large verandas or balconies with views of the forest.
Activities: These include morning and late afternoon jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park, guided bird watching tours, picnics in scenic locations, walking and cycling excursions. The lodge can arrange visits to local villages and traditional workshops, and full day trips to Sanjay National Park, a good place to observe sloth bears.
Facilities: There is a dining hall with a fireplace overlooking the wild grasslands. Kings Lodge offers multi-cuisine meals. The lodge has a small library and a watch tower. Outdoors there's an informal seating area, a popular place to enjoy a sundowner or an al fresco meal, and a swimming pool and sundeck. The on site spa provides therapeutic Indian massages. There are 14 hectares of sal forest and grounds to be explored.
Dining: Meals are taken communally in the dining hall and outside on the deck and in the barbecue area.
Children: Children are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is no internet access.
This is the best chance you will have to see tigers in their natural environment!
"Interesting accomodation, staff really friendly so helpful with my meals (Coeliac), they had a Dawli celebration for us and staff with priest and fireworks which was quite scary but very enjoyable. Nice group of people there and we saw a tiger so that made it more memorable."