Panna National Park, India
Located in the sleepy recesses of Northern Madhya Pradesh near the Panna National Park, Pashan Garh is a fantastic addition to the &Beyond/Taj Safaris portfolio. Pashan Garh has just twelve luxury stone cottages set in 190 acres of private jungle.
At a Glance
The lookout tower offers expansive views over the nearby watering hole for patient wildlife observers
The infinity pool for a refreshing dip after game drives
River cruise on the Ken river to spot water birds or Mugger crocodiles
Surrounded by 200 acres of private jungle wilderness, wildlife is never far away
Set up a night camera trap with the help of your naturalist to see which creature passes by your cottage at night
When you go into Panna National Park, concentrate not on seeing big cat but on trying to see Crocodile. One can take a small motorboat out onto the river and perhaps see the reptiles swimming or sitting on the small beaches in the early morning.Emma Mark
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Pashan Garh (meaning ‘Stone House’) is located about 7 miles from Panna National Park, in 190 acres of private jungle wilderness. It is close to the breathtaking temple town of Khajuraho and offers easy access to a visitor flying from Delhi.
It is perched on top of a rocky outcrop, offering scintillating views of the Vindhya Hills and beyond. The inspiration behind the luxurious 12 stone cottages originates from the local area, retaining old techniques whilst assimilating modern flair and sophisticated design. The houses are crafted using dry packed stone and ‘jaalis’ which are elegantly carved Indian wooden shutters – giving a superlative summer glow to the room that oozes light and space, like a summer pavilion nestled in the deepest wild jungle. The interiors are remarkable; the overall theme of Pashan Garh is rough hewn, with white marble and leather furniture.
There is a main guest area with a lookout tower from which you can watch the evening wildlife gathering as you enjoy a sundowner. Next to the guest areas lies an inviting infinity swimming pool perched over the rocky outcrop, ideal to enjoy the balmy afternoon Indian sun after a morning game drive in the park. The food, as always with &Beyond/Taj properties is wonderfully crafted and interactive, offering interesting and different takes on traditional Indian classics. The naturalists are, of course, second to none, making sure you get the very most from your game experience.
Panna National Park was originally the hunting ground for the local Maharaja and contains a wealth of wildlife including niglai, chinkara, sambar and chital, as well as the more elusive species such as the sloth bear, wolf, tiger and leopard. There is a multitude of birdlife on offer as well as both species of Indian crocodile. Although Panna does not contain the greatest density of big cat, it is more than made up for by the diversity on offer, the welcoming lodge and the superb naturalists.
Pashan Garh offers 12 air conditioned luxury stone cottages combining local traditional design with a modern approach. Interiors feature rough hewn, with white marble, leather furniture and much of the stone work has been inspired by the nearby temples of Khajuraho. All have stunning views over the dense forest and a nearby water hole which is perfect for viewing game.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Pashan Garh. However, the game drives are not suitable for younger kids.
Facilities at Pashan Garh include a guest area with its Haveli design centerd around a spacious central courtyard and set amongst giant banyan trees. There is also a beautiful infinity pool for a refreshing dip and a safari shop.
Game drives are included in room rates. The Pana National Park with its mixed dry deciduous forests, short grasses and open woods is home to the majestic tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile.
Services include safaris, laundry, all meals and drinks (except fine wines an spirits) are included in the price. There is also 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
Panna National Park, India
Pashan Garh is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, situated in the Vindhya Hills along the pristine Ken River. The lodge is a mere 50 km (31 miles) from Khajuraho. Pashan Garh sits on the border of Panna National Park.
When to go
The Camp is closed from 1st July to 30th September.
The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are hot, though this is the time when one has the best chance of encountering the wildlife in this park. Winters are cold and crisp and the temperature generally remains under 25°C. Heavy rain in the monsoon season (July to mid September). The best time to travel is October to March.