Samode Safari, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan

Well known in Rajasthan, the Samode family has recently extended beyond their Rajasthan portfolio to the heart of Madhya Pradesh and established an elegant safari retreat in the rich wilderness of the Bandhavgarh region.

The pretty and secluded retreat consists of 12 private cottages each completed with individual courtyards, sun decks, open and closed bathrooms. The large lavish interiors are finished with the latest technology. Tranquil and spacious they provide a perfect oasis from the ancient forests outside.

At the heart of the camp you will find the lodge. Here two welcoming wood burning fireplaces provide a comfortable lounge and library, opening out onto the deck with sweeping views over the surrounding wild countryside. There is an intimate spa offering a select few treatments to relax after the days excursion out in the wild.

TOFTigers | Tiger face at camera

The main dining room is set on stilts overlooking the swimming pool. Here the menu changes daily and there are several venues to choose from, either alfresco or in the main lodge. The staff are happy to create bespoke picnics in the grounds as well as intimate starlit dining for two. There is fine dining on offer as well as the popular campfire BBQ’s. The hotel has its own organic kitchen garden which is supplemented with local produce from the surrounding farms.

The property is well located near one of the quieter entrances to the park.

Bandhavgarh National Park is over 400 square kilometers of wilderness with one of the world’s highest populations of tigers in the world. Once the private game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa, following independence and rapid deterioration, the forests were declared a National Park in 1965. The terrain consists of wide valleys, savannah grasslands all flanked by Sal Forests. Home to over 25 species of mammals and more then 250 species of birds there is a wealth of wildlife to explore. These include panthers, wolves, cheetals, sloth bear, wild dogs and of course the famous Bengal Tiger.

Jabalpur Airport is the closest to Bandhavgarh approximately 3 hours away. However it also twins very well with the neighboring park of Kanha.

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