PASHAN GARH - Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Panna
National Park is situated in the Vindhya hills along the tranquil Ken River, one
of the cleanest rivers in the world. The park itself is a vast plateau dominated
by lush tropical forests, deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests.
The Pashan Garh lodge features a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small
hill, offering magnificent views across the top of the forest and a large nearby
watering hole, which has been host to resident antelope sightings. The lodge is
a mere 50 kilometers from Khajuraho, one of the best-known tourist attractions in
India, renowned for its 85 sandstone temples and sculptures that date back a thousand
years. Lodges are not operational from 1st July onwards till 15th October, as the
national parks are closed due to monsoons.
Pashan Garh features 12 luxury stone cottages spread out along a small stream, surrounded
by 200 acres of private jungle wilderness.
Pashan Garh, meaning "stone house", is comprised of 12 luxury stone cottages nestled
high above the jungle fray, each offering a private verandah sala with stunning
views of the lush tropical forest and nearby waterhole. Each individual cottage
showcases leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive black and white photo canvasses
of the dramatic Panna landscapes. If one looks closely enough, subtle references
to the erotic stonework at nearby Khajuraho, based on the Kama Sutra, become apparent.
The lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the local Panna
region. These houses differ from other Madhya Pradesh styles, with dramatic roofs
constructed from massive slabs of irregularly shaped slate. Although the structures
are rough, chunky and stony on the outside, the interiors are sleek and sensual.
The guest areas celebrate Haveli design, with a spacious central courtyard. The
interiors are a contemporary mix of chocolate linens, block-printed black silks,
celadon cottons and cotton lace chandeliers. The crocodile, which inhabits the nearby
Ken River is a delightfully recurring motif.
- Twin beds on request
- Ceiling fans
- Swimming pool
- Indoor showers
- Private bathroom