Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha Tiger Reserve

At a glance

  • Just 18 tented suites
  • On the banks of Banjaar River
  • Luxurious retreat in the wild

Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha Tiger Reserve

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A rustic-chic safari lodge at the edge of the Kahna National Park, the inspiration for The Jungle Book.

An exquisite mix of rustic charm and understated luxury, the Banjaar Tola is a hidden gem on the edge of Kanha National Park. The lodge is made up of two camps, each consisting of just nine tented suites which feature a private deck with beautiful views out over the Banjar River towards the national park which is located just across the water. All of the 18 suites are raised just above the jungle floor creating the lightest ‘footprint’ possible so as not to affect the local environment. Lounge on your terrace after the sun sets and listen to the sounds of the jungle, or even spot wildlife at the riverside.

Each morning you’re woken with a delivery of freshly-squeezed orange juice, tea or coffee and some home-made biscuits by your butler. Then head out on your morning safari, during which your guide shares their extensive knowledge of the park and behaviour of animals to provide you with the best opportunity possible to spot the park’s large cats, as well as other wildlife. On your return to Banjaar Tola there’ll be time to enjoy the serenity of your suite and a light lunch on your private deck before returning to the park for your second safari of the day (excluding Wednesdays). 

We love the dining experiences here, as well as the concept of enjoying dinner ‘anytime, anywhere’. More sociable evenings can be spent at the lodge’s main dining area which features a river-side terrace; there are often traditional singers and dancers providing some authentic local entertainment. If you are looking for a more intimate experience you can opt for a private candle-lit dinner in a variety of secluded settings.

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Key information

Set in a 90-acre private concession close to the heart of Kanha National Park; approx. 5 hours from Taj Mahua Kothi.

Airport transfer time: Approx. 5½ hours from Nagpar airport and 4 hours from Jabalpur airport
Rooms: 18

Good to know

The national park and lodge are closed 01 July-15 Oct. The park is closed on Wednesday afternoons. Children under 5 are not able to participate in game drives; children between the ages of 6 and 12 can be accommodated on game drives at the manager’s discretion. Game drives are on a shared basis. The lodge does not have a license to sell alcohol, guests can bring their own or staff can go to the local off license for a small charge staff.

Accommodation information

2 camps, each with 9 tented suites

Dining

Café, dining deck, anywhere, anytime dining

*Denotes local charge