Banjaar Tola

Kanha National Park, Central India, India

At a Glance

  • Located close to Kahna National Park, Banjaar Tola features nine luxury tents spread across two camps

  • Enjoy swapping stories during lantern-lit jungle dinners in the Sal forest

  • Expect a tasteful contemporary design in natural local materials such as sal and bamboo, which blend into the habitat

  • Floating private verandas with panoramic views across the Banjaar River

  • The camp uses eco-friendly methods to minimize the impact on the local environment, including solar power

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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 up to the plateau - there are occasional sloth bear sightings there and it is also possible that you may also see the rare four-horned deer.

Be sure to make time for a relaxing private massage on your private deck overlooking the stunning river surrounded by the sounds of nature

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

Description

Situated on the Banjaar River bank, Banjaar Tola overlooks the lush forests and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park. The latest addition to Taj's portfolio in Madhya Pradesh, the lodge has 18 contemporary tented suites and impeccable Taj service.

Banjaar Tola located close to Kahna National Park has its own unique identity and is a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts who want to feel close to nature. With only the green ribbon of the Banjaar River separating it from the lush jungles of Kanha, from the moment you arrive at Banjaar Tola you are enveloped in a genuine jungle atmosphere.

With just 18 lightweight tented suites spread over two campsa, each tent has been designed in a contemporary style. Expect pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors, and locally crafted furniture hewn from local timber. The textiles used throughout have been thoughtfully designed, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The huge glass doors, which open up onto your veranda, beckon the Indian sky into your suite; creating an atmosphere that is light and ethereal.

The two intimate camps of just nine tents each sit lightly on the earth, specially constructed for low impact on this sensitive riverine environment. One of the largest and most scenic wildlife sanctuaries in India, Kanha National Park is an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha shelter a significant population of rare species such as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, barasingha and wild dog.

Kanha is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer, or hardwater barasingha, which populate the large open tracks of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha.

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Accommodation

Banjaar Tola features 18 lightweight tented suites spread over two elegant camps. The luxurious tents have been designed in a contemporary style with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors, and locally crafted furniture hewn from local timber. The textiles used throughout have been thoughtfully designed, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. Each camp has an intimate seating area and there is a shared swimming pool.

Childcare

Children are very welcome to come and stay at Banjaar Tola but there are no specific facilities. Older children will love the game drives with all the abundant wildlife the park has to offer.

Services

Banjaar Tola provides expert naturalists and a comprehensive wildlife package, laundry and emergency medical evacuation. The camp offers a full board basis including soft drinks, house wines, house spirits and local beers, all park fees and government taxes.

Facilities

Facilities at Banjaar Tola include an intimate tented sitting area and swimming pool. Dining is a casual affair, with dinner being served in the forest under the light of dozens of pretty lanterns. Guests can also get involved with the cooking, in an impromptu cooking demonstration with the chef before the evening meal.

Activities

All scheduled safari activities are complimentary at Banjaar Tola. Kanha National Park has a large population of tiger, as well as a significant number of leopard, sloth bear and Indian wild dog. The most abundant prey species is the spotted deer, or chital. Other species include the three-striped palm squirrel, jackal, wild pig, black buck, striped hyena, mouse deer, chinkara and ant-eating pangolin.

Reviews

5

Victoria Langmead (Staff)

I was completely blown away by both the location of this stunning safari lodge as well as the decor and facilities. The main areas of the lodge comprise of a large deck with jaw dropping views of the river after which this lodge was named. The large airy tents are reminiscent of African safari tents with large bathrooms with oversized roll toped bath tubs. Everything has been meticulously thought out especially a little hatch for your morning coffee to be delivered to your tent without the need for you to open a door from the butler!

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Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved the tented-style of this camp both their impressive exteriors and their interior design. One of the most appealing things about this camp for me was being able to sit out on our balcony and look down the river - not only did we see birdlife but in the far distance we could also see villagers coming to the waters edge for their daily activities.

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Location & directions

Kanha National Park, Central India, India

Situated on the banks of the Banjaar River, Banjaar Tola overlooks the lush forests and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park.

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