Banjaar Tola

Comprised of two intimate camps with 9 elegant guest suites each, Banjaar Tola offers its guests privileged access to 90 exclusive acres of wilderness plus easy access to the stunning natural landscape of Kanha National Park. One of the original tiger reserves established to protect India’s most famous feline, Kanha encompasses open meadows, bamboo thickets and enormous sal forests. Aside for Bengal tigers, these pristine habitats sustain a wealth of species including the rare barasingha, barking deer, jungle cat, leopard, sloth bear and elephant.   

Like the lavish safari camps of Africa, guest suites at Banjaar Tola are shaded by high quality canvas and elevated on timber plinths for sweeping views of the Banjaar River and surrounding woodlands. Earthy tones are used throughout the interiors, with natural materials such as sisal featuring heavily. Large glass doors lead out onto a floating veranda furnished with sun loungers.

At the centre of Banjaar Tola is a magnificent swimming pool, a library, small boutique and numerous al fresco dining areas. Breakfast is commonly enjoyed on the go, while exploring Kanha National Park on naturalist-guided 4WD safaris. Children can also come along, or spend their time doing more hands-on activities such as tracking, cooking or picking their own fresh vegetables in the lodge’s organic farm. At night, savour a memorable lamp-lit bush dinner, accompanied by a tribal song and dance performance.

Location

How to get to Banjaar Tola

Guests can fly from Delhi to Jabalpur, which is 175km or approximately 5 hours from Banjaar Tola. Alternatively, they can fly to Nagpur from Mumbai and transfer by road to the lodge (also 5 hours).

Activities at Banjaar Tola

  • Tiger safaris in Kanha National Park
  • Bird-watching
  • Bush dining
  • Kids’ club

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Banjaar Tola Highlights

  • An elegant African-style luxury safari camp just outside Kanha National Park
  • Spread across two wings on 90 exclusive acres of wilderness
  • With a magnificent central pool and inviting dining areas
  • Naturalist-guided open vehicle safaris in search of tigers and barasinghas
  • A comprehensive kids’ program to keep children entertained

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Accommodation

Below are a selection of our preferred lodges in some of India’s premier wildlife reserves. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Bandhavgarh – Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi offers luxury accommodation minutes from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the best places in India to view the majestic Bengal tiger.

Banjaar Tola

Banjaar Tola offers the style and atmosphere of an African luxury safari camp, at the edge of Kanha National Park, one of India's finest tiger reserves.

Diphlu River Lodge

Eco-friendly Diphlu River Lodge is just outside Kaziranga National Park, renowned for rare one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a lovely tented camp at the edge of Pench National Park, the evocative setting for Rudyard Kipling's classic novel, The Jungle Book.

Jawai Bandh

Jawai Bandh is a splendid Relais & Châteaux luxury tented camp set in untrammelled wilderness where leopards still roam free.

Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Jim's Jungle Retreat lies in lush Himalayan foothills within India's scenic Corbett National Park, best known for its magnificent Bengal tigers.

The Birder’s Inn

The Birder's Inn is the perfect base for bird-watching in India's wonderful Keoladeo Ghana National Park which boasts over 350 avian species.

The Gateway Hotel

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest offers smart, modern accommodation at the edge of a dense wilderness inhabited by the planet's last remaining Asiatic lions.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers absolute luxury at the edge of Ranthambore National Park, India's most famous Bengal tiger reserve.

Vivanta by Taj

Set within a charming art deco lodge formerly used by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Vivanta by Taj, Ranthambore is an ideal base for exploring India's finest tiger reserve.

India Wildlife Safaris and Tours Overview

Why India Wildlife Reserves Safaris & Tours: India’s wildlife reserves are a haven for many remarkable and endangered creatures like tiger, rhino, leopard and sloth bear. A wildlife safari combines beautifully with India’s cultural highlights.

When to Go:
Bandhavgarh National Park:
Feb – May is the best time for gameviewing; the park is closed from early Jul to end Oct.
Corbett National Park: The best time for tiger viewing is the dry months of Apr – mid Jun, when wildlife come out in search of water. The best birdwatching is between Dec – Feb.
Ranthambhore National Park: The best time to go is in winter (Dec – Feb) and Mar/Apr. The park is closed during the monsoon; it reopens on 1 Oct.
Kanha National Park: Best time to visit is Mar – Jun. Park closed during monsoon from beginning Jul – Oct. Also closed midday to give respite to wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park: Best visited from mid-November to early April. The low-lying grasslands are flooded during the monsoon. During the floods, the animals migrate to higher, drier ground.
Periyar and Nagarhole National Parks: The best time to go is in the cool dry months (Oct- Feb) and during the hotter months of Mar/Apr for elephant viewing. The park is open during the monsoon period (June – Sep); but it is not the best season for spotting game.

Combine With: Safaris to India’s wildlife reserves are usually part of a general sightseeing itinerary which include India’s many cultural and historic attractions. They can also be combined with the wildlife parks of neighouring Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.

Getting There: The national parks of northern India can be accessed from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur and Guwahati (Kaziranga). In South India, Periyar and Nagarhole/Kabini can be reached from Kochi, usually as part of an overland itinerary.

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