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MAHUA KOTHI

Rates are quoted per person per night sharing

WINTER SEASON SUMMER SEASON WINTER SEASON
1 January 2014 - 15 April 2014 16 April 2014 - 30 June 2014 16 October 2014 - 31 December 2014
INR 41 800 INR 25 300 INR 43 600


Includes

Our all inclusive rates for this unique wilderness experience include:

  • Accommodation in charming kutiyas
  • Three delicious meals daily including all teas and coffees
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Refreshments on game-drives
  • 2 scheduled safari activities daily
  • Forest Guide Fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Applicable taxes
  • Laundry

Please note:

  • Rates are per person per night sharing
  • Rates are quoted in INR (Indian Rupees)
  • Rates are seasonal
  • A 50% single supplement is applicable per room
  • Tiger viewing from elephants may be available from the Park authorities. This excursion takes no longer than 20 minutes and is offered in the mornings only

Accommodation

Guest Accommodation
Each of the twelve charming suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) are built in the vernacular style of Central India. Each is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating and traditional mud floors. Interiors include wooden shutters, tapered mud coloured walls in lime and earth washes, open rafters with roughly hewn wooden beams, and handmade pottery roof tiles. Each ensuite bathroom features twin hand basins, indoor shower, bath, and separate w.c. Each kutiya features roll-down mats to keep out the early morning sun, as well as overhead fans and air conditioning. Guests can also make use of yoga amenities in a basket (complete with instructions), traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad. Kettles of boiling water on chulhas (charcoal burners) are brought out with early morning tea to the kutiyas. Bicycles, parked in the kutiya courtyards, are an invitation to explore.
Guest Areas
Guest areas boast high ceilings, terracotta floor tiles, overhead fans, inviting fireplace, and traditional sitting areas with window seats. The enormous 600 sq ft veranda runs the length of the building with generous built-in seats for star gazing. The open kitchen welcomes guests upon arrival – watch butter being churned, Masala being grounded by hand, garden fresh vegetables being chopped using traditional sickles, and Rotis being prepared on a Chulha. Browse peacefully in the lodge’s Safari Shop, idle away the hours in the library, or beat the midday heat in the swimming pool. Guests arriving early or departing late can freshen up in the Goings & Comings room.

A Day At Mahua Kothi

Upon arrival at either Katni or Umaria train station or Jabalpur Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your chauffeur and whisked away on an air conditioned journey by road to Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh National Park.

The Mahua Kothi team will greet you at the Lodge entrance with a refreshing, ice-cold sweet and salty lime soda. A butler will then escort you to your kutiya – a charming jungle suite built in the vernacular style of Central India, affectionately known as ‘MP Chic’ (MP being the state of Madhya Pradesh). Deliciously inviting lunch platters are served on the guest veranda overlooking the Lodge’s beautiful Mahua Tree, or perhaps in the lush baghiya (traditional garden). If you prefer to eat in the privacy of your own kutiya, platters will be discreetly delivered to your private courtyard. Then indulge in an afternoon siesta, relax with a good book in your shaded courtyard seating, or amble down to the pool for a cool dip.

Later, afternoon tea will be served on the guest veranda. Here, you will be introduced to your expert &Beyond trained naturalist, who will give you a full orientation of what to expect on your safari drives into the jungle. You will then depart on your afternoon drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle through Bandhavgarh’s dramatic landscape, from tropical forests and woodlands, to steep rocky hills with flat grasslands. Witness the region’s rich wildlife, including tiger, sloth bear, leopard, jungle cat, wild dog and try your luck at spotting Mahua Kothi’s ten Star Birds, from the gorgeous Indian peafowl (peacock) to the shaheen falcon. Stop to take in the Indian sunset with a mouthwatering sundowner – perhaps some jungle punch or a simple gin and tonic.

As you arrive back at the Lodge after sunset, ice-cold signature cocktails are savoured on the guest veranda or at the lakeside clearing. Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Delectable dinner platters are served in the dining area or under the magnificent Mahua tree. Or perhaps you will join the other guests for a chapal – India’s version of an outdoor boma dinner where expert chefs cook traditional tandoori meals on charcoal. Treat your palate to an array of Indian flavours, from traditional curries and tandoori, to roasted vegetables and chili infused dishes, all served with an assortment of fresh naan breads and fruity chutneys. After dinner, indulge in decadent desserts, served with tea, coffee or cognac. You will then be escorted back to your kutiya for a peaceful night’s sleep.

The next morning, your personal wake-up call will include the delivery of early morning tea, coffee and homemade spice biscuits, left quietly in the courtyard among aromatic burning incense for you to enjoy prior to departing on your morning jungle safari. After a morning filled with adventure – which could include viewing tigers from atop an elephant – you will return to the Lodge for a hearty breakfast. Delectable breakfast platters are served on the veranda or in the baghiya in the morning sun. Enjoy freshly squeezed fruit and/or vegetable juice, or get hooked on the traditional Indian lassis! The various platters are laden with toast, jams and marmalades, chutneys, homemade muesli, fresh fruits, and assorted cheeses. Hot breakfasts are also prepared according to guest’s preferences, with eggs and fresh breads. Or sample some traditional Indian fare: parathas (homemade salted pancakes with potatoes, paneer and cauliflower), poha (flat saffron rice with fresh vegetables), kathi rolls (Indian style wraps stuffed with chicken, lamb or vegetables) or pao bhaji (fresh bread rolls served with tomato and onion).

We hope you will leave Mahua Kothi, well rested and already planning your return visit!

Food At Mahua Kothi

The Mahua Kothi culinary experience
You won’t have to worry about meal timings; we serve three breakfasts, lunches on demand and evening tea that flows into cocktail time and dinner.

Every morning, we celebrate the unhurried pace of rural living with our special Baghiya breakfast. Guests are surprised with the unconventional breakfasts laid out in the backyard of the village house, surrounded by mahua trees & a vegetable garden under the gentle rays of rising sun. Food is displayed on the traditional bullock cart where Idlis & dosas are served with sambhar and chutneys, and paranthas is served with homemade churned white butter, pickles & yoghurt. Varieties of fresh fruit & fruit juices are also served. The food laden cart also features healthy juices, yoghurt cheese and fresh fruits. Enjoy your hot selection of eggs with freshly plucked accompaniments and freshly made home baked bread. And yes, your well deserved tea and coffee is offered throughout the day.

A light, well-balanced lunch is planned with a choice of salads, soups, kathi rolls, fish or pastas. Enjoy your lunch by the cool shade of the swimming pool, by the watering hole, or in your own private courtyard. Olive oil is used as the main cooking media along with other exotic ingredients sourced from different parts of the country, as well as from abroad.

Cocktails and Dinners are the highlights of the day served on our open terraces. Imagine dinner with a live spit roasting, customary khud cooking, thali dinners & traditional folk dancers in the background. Post dinner we offer exclusive desserts and surprise treats in your room.


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