Bandhavgarh National Park takes its name from a fort located on the highest hill in the region, and was once the private game reserve of a local Maharaja. Today, it is home to 25 species of mammal, including the regal Bengal tiger and is an excellent place for bird-watching with some 250 avian species recorded. The Relais & Chateaux Samode Safari Lodge is an oasis of luxury located at the edge of this scenic wilderness, a necklace of charming tiled-roof buildings surrounded by indigenous vegetation.
Accommodation comprises of elegant private villas with romantic four-poster beds, personal verandas with a view and unique open-air courtyards containing a bathing area. At the heart of Samode Safari Lodge is a communal lounge heated with wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked library, pool room, gym, swimming pool and day spa. A gourmet restaurant rounds out the offering, with a different menu for every day and a wide range of atmospheric settings on offer where you can sit and savour your meal.
A typical day at Samode Safari Lodge involves twice daily Jeep safaris into Bandhavgarh National Park, led by knowledgeable a professional guide and local tracker. Search for tiger, cheetal, barking deer, hyena and hornbill in the lovely woodlands, before enjoying a picnic lunch or a barbecue under the stars.