Pench National Park, India

Baghvan is the second &Beyond/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.

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

  • &Beyond trained naturalists

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

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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!

Emma Mark

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Pench National Park is only a 2-hour drive from Nagpur which has direct flights from Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta, making Bagh Van highly accessible for a short visit, or a good starting point for a circuit of the National Parks in Madhya Pradesh.

The Lodge is only minutes from the main entrance of the 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 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 Bagh Van 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 &Beyond/Taj lodge far above the rest is the game experience. The naturalists are trained by &Beyond’s 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 has an abundance of wildlife from the tiger, leopard, dhol (Indian wild dog), wolf, hyena, jackal and jungle cat. The prey species comprise of chital, sambhar, muntjac, gaur, wild boar, langur and rhesus macaques. There are over 300 varieties of birds in the park. The park is one of the more overlooked destinations, which means that your game drive will be largely uninterrupted.


The Baghvan offers 12 suites 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.


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


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


Complimentary activities include game drives, foot safaris in the Nullah, birdwatching from the pool deck, village visits and elephant safaris. Roam the Pench National Park in 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.


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.

Location & Directions

Pench National Park, India

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.

When to go

Baghvan is closed from 1 July to 30 September.

Tropical climate- hot during the day. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). Night time winter temperatures vary between 02-20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant (October-March). Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season (mid June to September) and average rainfall is 1400 mm. The best time to travel is October to May when game viewing is at its best.

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