The Kanha collection
Feb15

The Kanha collection

Three distinctively unique lodges that we recommend as real gems in the Indian jungles of Kanha. If you’re travelling to Kanha National Park in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh – the so called ‘Tiger State’ – there are numerous choices of jungle lodge that almost litter the roadside near both Kisli and Mukki entrance gates. In our opinion Kisli gate has now become overcrowded with both lodges and people queuing in...

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The time capsule that’s Fatehpur Sikri
Feb01

The time capsule that’s Fatehpur Sikri

Often missed but very much a part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, India;  this abandoned city encapsulates Murghal life in a way that the tourist-smothered monuments of Agra fall short. Fatehpur Sikri is only an hour’s drive – 40kms – west from Agra but is often by-passed in favour of heading in all haste to Rajasthan. Don’t be tempted to give it a wide berth. For us, this ancient capital, which...

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Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage
Nov16

Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage

If ever there is an argument for visiting a wildlife park and never leaving your hotel then Samode Safari Lodge has to be it! It’s not often that we’re taken aback on entering an hotel room but at Samode Safari Lodge on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park in India we experience a definite double-take! We should have expected a treat as Samode’s other hotels (beautiful heritage properties in Rajasthan) had, on previously visits to...

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Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness
Sep14

Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness

India’s Satpura National Park – the most stunningly natural tiger wilderness in India. Watch Mugger crocodiles slip noiselessly into the reservoir as you approach by boat, the exhilarating flash of a tiger’s markings amidst the foliage as you amble on elephant back, a Barrasingha deer wading at the water’s edge, huge Gaur blocking your way or vultures and eagles soaring overhead as you ride the dusty tracks amidst dense forest...

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Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi
Aug24

Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi

On a road to nowhere, there’s nowhere more pleasant in India than this Queen of the Central Highlands. Set atop a 12sq mile plateau in the heart of India on a road to nowhere, Pachmarhi, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh has to be one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Indian rural life and colonial heritage. First ‘discovered’ in 1857 by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, Pachmarhi, although historically...

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