Baghvan

Pench National Park, Central India, India

At a Glance

  • Located on the edge of the Pench National Park

  • 12 bungalows with Machaans - roof top sleep-outs

  • In-room spa treatments, library, swimming pool

  • Expert naturalists

  • Interactive kitchen - learn how to prepare traditional dishes with Baghvan's expert Indian chefs

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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

The chef at Bagh Van will happily teach guests how to prepare traditional Indian dishes - great for impressing your friends when you arrive back home!

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Baghvan or take a look at our itineraries to Central India

Description

Baghvan is the second Taj lodge to open in Madhya Pradesh putting Pench National Park back on the map. Its 12 sumptuous cottages surround a central bungalow housing the delightful sitting areas, and only a 10-minute drive to the park's entrance.

Baghvan is located in Pench National Park, just a 2-hour drive from Nagpur which has direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. Baghvan is highly accessible for a short visit, and is a good starting point for a circuit of the National Parks in Madhya Pradesh.

Baghvan is only minutes from the main entrance of Pench National Park and has been amazingly constructed. The 12 suites comprise of two buildings interconnected by a private courtyard. The air-conditioned bedrooms features delightful Mughal Miniature paintings with a private sit out terrace complete with a charming swing. Passing through the courtyard, the bathroom features indoor and outdoor showers. Above the bathroom is a Machan, meaning jungle platform, that by day is a glorious shaded sit out area, and by night can be enveloped in a mosquito net and a bedspread for you to enjoy a night under the stars.

The guest areas feature an inviting swimming pool. The main bungalow has a 50s feel, the sitting areas are the perfect place to relax after a game drive and talk with fellow guests whilst being served high tea, or later an assorted collection of drinks as the sun sets. Meals at Baghvan are a delight in themselves, the range and variety of the food is scintillating, and where possible food is sought locally.

The main thing that sets an Taj Safari lodge far above the rest is the game experience. The naturalists are experts and spend hours perfecting the art. Instead of being solely obsessed on seeing big cats, they bring the park to life by showcasing the variety on offer. Pench National Park has an abundance of wildlife from the tiger, leopard, Indian wild dog, wolf, hyena, jackal and jungle cat. There are also over 300 varieties of birds in the park. The park is one of the more overlooked destinations, which means that your game drives will be largely uninterrupted.

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Accommodation

The Baghvan offers twelve bungalows housed in two buildings interconnected by a private courtyard. The air-conditioned bedrooms features delightful Mughal miniature paintings with a private sit out terrace complete with a charming swing. Passing through the courtyard, the bathroom features indoor and outdoor showers.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Baghvan and there is a baby sitting service available on request. However, safaris are not suitable for young children.

Services

Services include safaris, laundry, all meals and drinks (except fine wines an spirits) are included in the price. The hotel provides an exceptional standard of staff service, including some of the best naturalists. One of which is the only serving female naturalist in India.

Facilities

Facilities at Baghvan include a library, safari shop, swimming pool and spa offering treatments based on millennia-old Indian healing and massage techniques, using natural ingredients. Baghvan also operates specialty adapted Tata 4x4 vehicles for game viewing.

Activities

Complimentary activities at Baghvan include game drives, foot safaris in the Nullah, birdwatching from the pool deck and village visits. Roam Pench National Park in a specially adapted 4x4 s to catch a glimpse of the Bengal tiger and other native game such as leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and the abundant birdlife.

Reviews

5

Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved the almost colonial ambience that Bagh Van has and in particular I loved the design of the rooms at this lodge - the bedroom and bathroom are separated by a covered passage and you have the option of either indoor or outdoor showering. A really charming thing about this lodge is that you can choose to sleep outside in the machan- a covered jungle platform. Its the ultimate experience to bring you closer to nature!

Experiences

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Location & directions

Pench National Park, Central India, India

Baghvan is situated in the Seoni District of southern Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park runs in continuation with Pench National Park in neighboring Maharashtra. Dominated by hills, forests and valleys, this national park derives its name from the Pench River, which meanders its way through the entire stretch of the 757 km2 park.

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