Mahua Kothi

Bandhavgarh National Park, Central India, India

At a Glance

  • Nature walks with lodge's own naturalist

  • Trek in the park alongside tiger pug marks up to the 2000 year old fort and the reclining Vishnu statue

  • Enjoy unusual cocktails for your sundowner around a bonfire under the Mahua tree, such as the mahua martini made from flowers from the same tree

  • Aromatic hukkahs or hubble-bubbles to accompany stargazing on the homestead terrace

  • Tribal village visit to experience some of the community development initiatives sponsored by the lodge

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The climate of Madhya Pradesh can be labelled tropical and monsoonal. Seasonal variations occur mainly in the form of three distinct seasons - summer, winter and monsoon.

Summer runs from April until June with temperatures reaching over 40°C during the day, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant, around 18-24°C. Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season which lasts from mid-June until September. Winters are pleasant and the best time to travel is from October to March when game viewing in the national parks is at its best.

Please note the national parks in this region are closed during the monsoon season, from July until October.

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Insider's View

Ask your naturalist to take you to see the temple on the rocky outcrop. It is a windy bumpy journey up but a beautiful experience when you reach the top. It’s also a good vantage point from which to see vultures circling!

As well as enjoying the game drives in Bandhavgarh, do make time to sit on the terrace of the main lodge with a drink and admire the view across the grassy plains

To start planning your holiday to Mahua Kothi


Mahua Kothi is the flagship property of the Taj venture into the tiger reserves of Central India and is located in the largely untouched Bandhavgarh National Park. Exclusive Mahua Kothi has twelve charming guest suites with private courtyards.

Built with the environment and conservation in mind, the 12 suites or ‘Kutiyas’ offer unparalleled levels of comfort, yet constructed using the local techniques and tastes of Madya Pradesh. With shaded seating areas and private courtyards, the Kutiyas offer a romantic retreat after a day in search of the wonderful wildlife Bandhavgarh has to offer.

Wooden shutters, hand-finished walls, stone floors, open rafters with roughly-hewn beams, handmade pottery roof tiles and rust and burnt orange local textile furnishings are just some of the stunning features of this luxurious camp. Rooms offer en-suite bathrooms and hand-blended, all-natural, guest amenities from the Taj Spa. After a day exploring the abundant wildlife in the park, why not indulge in an Ayurvedic massage in the spa.

The lodge has a swimming pool, interactive kitchen and offers the highest standard of safari viewing by trained naturalists in a Tata open 4x4 safari vehicle. In short, Mahua Kothi has taken the art of wildlife viewing to new levels, whilst maintaining a dedicated approach to conservation and responsible travel.

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There are twelve kutiyas, jungle village huts, at Mahua Kothi. Each are built in the vernacular style of this region of India. 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 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 and bicycles, an invitation to explore the surrounding area. All rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans and mosquito protection and bathrooms with bath and shower.

Kutiya Cottage The Kutiya Cottage at Mahua Kothi features handmade terracotta roofs, stylish en-suite bathrooms and private courtyards.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Mathua Kothi. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Game drives are recommended for older children and there is a baby sitting service available on request.


Facilities at the camp include a 600 sq ft veranda that runs the length of the building with generous built-in seats. There is also a safari shop, library, swimming pool and restaurant.

Expert Naturalists and a comprehensive wildlife package, laundry, emergency medical evacuation

Full board basis including soft drinks, house wines, house spirits and local beers, all park fees and government taxes


All scheduled safari activities are included in room rates. Two safaris are offered daily and give you the chance to see the abundant wildlife from purpose built vehicles for maximum comfort and safety.



Victoria Langmead (Staff)

For me the friendliness of the manager and his team of staff was the stand-out for me. From the moment I arrived, to the moment I left, I was looked after immaculately and by the time I left I felt like I was leaving new-found family!


Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved the style of this lodge and the charming mud huts built in a similar, although more luxurious style, to the traditional village huts of the area. I also particularly liked how our early mornings began with a wake-up tea of coffee with biscuits delivered to our candle lit courtyard and how charming all of the staff were, many of whom were from the local area.


  • Eating in Mumbai

    When it comes to food, Mumbai offers all cuisine. It is not just Indian food, Mumbai also serves Thai, Chinese, Continental and all international cuisine. The best places to enjoy the International taste will be the high-end restaurants.

  • Game Drives in Bandhavgarh

    Obviously the main highlight will be spotting the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, but the park has an abundance of other wildlife.

  • Hyderabad - Full Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating city of Hyderabad. During this cultural tour you will visit the sights of Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, Mecca Masjid and the Salar Jung Museum.

  • Mumbai by night

    The people of Mumbai continue to amaze us; they work all day and party all night and still wake up to continue the growth of one of the fastest economies in the world. You really feel a part of it when you head out on the town.

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Central India and The Maldives

    Delhi, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Bangalore & North Male Atoll in The Maldives

    from £10000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • A 16-night luxury itinerary taking in Delhi, the central parks of India as well as the Maldives
    • The perfect honeymoon - combining safari adventure with the azure blue waters of the Maldives
    • For the adventurer who loves to get off the beaten track, Madhya Pradesh's National Parks are the ultimate - in the depths of central India
  • Off The Beaten Track India

    Delhi, Varanasi, Kalinjar, Bandjavgarh, Kanha

    from £9400 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Combining central parks with stays in Delhi and Varanasi, this is a great itinerary for second-time visitors to India
    • Expert guiding throughout, your hosts will provide insider knowledge and ensure you have an authentic experience throughout
    • Chance to get off the beaten track and to truly immerse in some of the most exotic and spectacular landscapes in India.
  • Wildlife of India

    Delhi, Bandhavgarh National Park & Kanha National Park

    from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • The best wildlife sightings are at the end of the dry season from March to mid June, although the later you leave it, the hotter it gets!
    • The parks are open from mid October to the end of June
    • For the adventurer who loves to get off the beaten track, Madhya Pradesh's National Parks are the ultimate - in the depths of central India

Location & directions

Bandhavgarh National Park, Central India, India

The Mahua Kothi is located in the largely untouched Bandhavgarh National Park,in central Madhya Pradesh.

How to get there

8-hour flight to Delhi International Airport, followed by a 2-hour domestic flight to Khajuraho airport. Mahua is then a 6-hour transfer by car.

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