Tigers Den Resort is a good base for exploring Bandhavgarh National Park in search of tigers, and learning about life in the local village. Between activities you can rest and enjoy the creature comforts and facilities of the resort which include beautifully maintained gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa offering soothing and re-energising massages.
There are superior rooms and cottages. Both offer spacious, air-conditioned accommodation decorated with artworks and colourful throws and cushions, have an en-suite bathroom with 24-hour running water and a range of toiletries. There is also a balcony or veranda where you unwind in seclusion.
The undisputed star of Bandhavgarh is the tiger and you'll have plenty of opportunities to go looking for these beautiful large cats as well as leopard, sloth bear and several species of deer during your stay at Tigers Den Resort. There are daily safaris in open jeeps led by local naturalist guides who have an extensive knowledge of the park, its flora and fauna. You can also take an elephant-back ride into areas the jeeps can't reach, which is a good way to get sightings of tigers and other wildlife.
It's not all about wildlife. You can trek to Bandhavgarh Fort, one of the oldest in India. It remains in private hands so you cannot enter the building but there are plenty of statues and temples to be seen in the environs, and the fort makes a striking photographic subject. Visits can also be arranged to Tala village for an insight into rural life.
Back at the lodge you can take a stroll around the gardens, where labels help you identify different tree and plant species. The pool is especially welcome on a hot day providing relief from the heat as well as beneficial exercise. Meals are sociable affairs eaten in the open-sided restaurant with a choice of tempting buffet dishes. You can also dine outdoors in the gardens, and afternoon tea is usually taken on the terrace, shaded from the sun.
Open: Tigers Den Resort is open from mid-October to the end of June each year.
Location: The resort borders Tala village near the main entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. The nearest airports at Jabalpur 200 kms away (4-5 hour drive) and Khajuraho 280 kms distant (6-hour drive).
Rooms: There are 22 cottages and superior rooms, all air-conditioned. The cottages are self-contained and the rooms are located in a separate wing. All have en-suite bathrooms with running hot and cold water and a supply of toiletries, and private verandas. There are charging points, but the electricity supply cannot always be relied upon.
Activities: Join jeep safaris and elephant-back safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park, participate in walks near the resort with a naturalist guide, attend nature slide shows presented by the guide, visit Tala village and school, see Bandhavgarh Fort, enjoy star gazing after dark.
Facilities: The resort has a restaurant, bar, library, and campfire which is lit each evening and where drinks are served and dance performances sometimes take place. There is an outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing area with loungers, gardens with labelled plants, and hammocks for relaxing. Spa services are available. The resort provides a laundry service.
Dining: The Sita Madhi Restaurant serves Indian (northern and southern), Chinese, Italian and continental cuisines. Most meals are served as buffets.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Age restrictions apply to certain activities. Children can take part in wildlife-themed quizzes, watch natural history films and take nature walks with a guide in the gardens.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: The resort has complimentary internet access and there is a phone for international calls in reception.