Tree House Hideaway has 5 exclusive tree house rooms and is set in 8 hectares of private jungle at the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, The park has a healthy population of tigers, the prime attraction on the twice daily jeep drives, though you can also expect to see sambar and spotted deer, gaur, jackal and wild boar. This is also a good bird spotting destination with over 200 species having been recorded.
The lodge's distinctive rooms are set high above the ground in large trees. Each has been constructed using local craftsmanship and materials to blend into the environment, and they have a deceptively rustic appearance. Once inside you notice the modern facilities including air-conditioning, minibar and bathroom with 24 hour hot running water, which make your stay cosy and comfortable. Every tree house has a private balcony complete with loungers where you can unwind and enjoy views of the grounds.
At the heart of the lodge there's a large, two-storey building with the dining hall downstairs and bar-cum lounge upstairs. The whole structure is built around a massive Mahua tree. There is also a raised deck or machaan set up near a waterhole, ideal for watching animals as they come to drink.
As well as safaris in the national park, you can go for nature walks, explore by bike, visit the local village and see local artisans at work. Lodge staff can also arrange hikes up to the historic Bandhavgarh Fort
Open: Tree House Hideaway is open from 15th October to 30th June, to match the opening dates of Bandhavgarh National Park.
Location: Tree House Hideaway borders Bandhavgarh National Park and is set in over 8 hectares of jungle. The nearest airports are Jabalpur (4 hour drive) and Khajuraho (5-6 hour drive).
Rooms: There are 5 air conditioned tree houses built of wood and thatch by local craftspeople. Each treehouse is self-contained and offers spacious accommodation including a living area with sofa and coffee table, modern attached bathroom with 24 hour hot and cold water and balcony with loungers and views over the tiger reserve and Bandhavgarh Fort. Rooms also have minibar, a writing table and chair and mosquito nets. The treehouses are spaced well apart which guarantees privacy. The treehouses are named after the trees in which they are built: banyan, mahua, tendu, peepal and palash.
Activities: Morning (approximately 4 hours) and evening (3 hours) jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park. Full day photography permits can be arranged if requested in advance, subject to availability. The national park is closed on Wednesday afternoons and evenings when a nature walk is offered as an alternative. The lodge also organises visits to Bandhavgarh Fort, to local villages and to see craft workshops and bamboo weavers. At the hideaway guests can watch animals around the waterhole, enjoy bird watching, take guided nature walks and go cycling.
Facilities: The main communal area is built around a large Mahua tree and has 2 floors. The dining hall is on the ground floor, where Indian, continental and barbecued food is served, with 'The Watering Hole' bar and terrace upstairs. There is a machaan (elevatd deck) beside the waterhole which is frequented by wild animals. Tree House Hideaway has a trained naturalist team.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables. Private dining can be arranged at various locations.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access at reception, though this can be unreliable.
"Fantastic rooms, quiet private balconies. Food OK. Service was so so."