Kings Lodge, Bandhavgarh
Kings Lodge is nestled between forested hills just ten minutes' drive from the Tala Gate of Bandhavgarh National Park. Guests benefit from the excellent location, outstanding hospitality and a top team of naturalists commited to conservation and local communities.
Kings Lodge (operated by Pugdundee Safaris) has 10 cottage rooms (below) and 8 stilt cottage rooms with ensuite modern bathrooms spread accross a natural forest offering great ambience and privacy. All rooms are air-conditioned, have large a verandah with views of the forest, a writing table and chair. They are well appointed with wooden furniture in honey-coloured hues and crisp cotton linen. There is 24 hours Power Backup in all rooms. All bathrooms have 24 hour hot and cold water, with all modern facilities.
The lodge has a multi-cuisine dining hall with a fireplace. There is also an outdoor barbeque and bush dinner area. Other facilities include a small nature library, a watch tower, an in-house spa with a variety of Indian massages, and a swimming pool with sundeck (below).
Game drives are taken in 4 x 4 Open Suzuki Jeeps with front-facing elevated seats. The morning safari is usually from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the afternoon/evening safari is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Park permits entry only after sunrise and exit before sunset, so the timing tends to change with the season. To minimize the ever-increasing vehicular pressure on the park Kings Lodge also offers cycling and walking in the wilderness with trained guides. Village visits, bird walks and picnics are regularly organised.