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Tiger Lodges in India

At Kanha National Park, the Banjaar Tola Luxury Tent camp deck overlooks the river and forest below. 

While there are many places to stay around Kanha and Bandavgarh National Parks, there are only a few that I would recommend. For luxury there are the & Beyond properties where I stayed when I was there in 2008 and they are spectacular lodges and tent camps. Banjar Tola Camp in Kanha features huge canvas tents hoisted high and stretched wide by massive ropes creating a vast open bedroom and double sink bathroom with a wide curving deck overlooking the river and the forest of the park. Mahua Kothi Luxury Camp is equally fabulous with 12 spacious suites designed as luxurious jungle huts connected by sinuous pathways through the forest leading to the spa, pool, and open dining hall looking out to a meadow. 
Amit Sankhala, Managing Director of Kanha and Bandavgarh Jungle Lodges on safari searching for tigers and other wildlife. 
Kanha and Bandavgarh Jungle Lodges where we stay on our Tigers and Travels in India are smaller, eco-friendly, and good value. Both of these lodges were among the first accommodations built in the forests of Madhya Pradesh. And, a distinct advantage over all other lodges in the area is that they are among the closet to the park entrances—and it's important to be located at the right park gates where there are fewer lodges and therefore less vehicles making for a better wildlife experience in the park.
A Wildland group with women in their saris at Kanha Jungle Lodge. 

Kanha and Bandavgarh jungle lodges have been part of the Sankahla family for two generations. The For three generations the Sankhalas have been leading tiger conservation and ecotourism in India. 
Bandavgarh Jungle Lodge bungalow.

Managing Directors, Amit and Jessika Sankahla, have created such a personal, familial feeling at their India tiger lodge accommodations. The simplicity of the architecture is befitting of the natural habitat with nicely decorated rooms, open-air dining, and natural grounds abounding with birds, butterflies and even a flying squirrel that emerges each night at Kanha to give a spectacular flying show as it emerges to feed at dusk. 

Dimple and Tarun with their young son at Kanha Jungle Lodge.

But, best of all are the managers and other staff who treat us like family. Lodge managers, Dimple and Tarun, are Amit's cousins and have been running the Kanha lodge for 18 years, while Pushpinder, the manager of the Bandavgarh lodge was hired By Amit's father 19 years ago.  They prepare luscious home-style Indian meals, give cooking demonstrations, take guests for nature walks and strolls to the village homes of the staff, and one night your there Dimple usually teaches all the ladies how to wear a sari. You'll feel right at home.

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