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March 29, 2009

AndBeyond Opens Fourth Lodge In India: Banjaar Tola

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Taj Safaris’ fourth jungle lodge, Banjaar Tola, is now open, marking the completion of India’s first tiger circuit. Situated on the edge of the Banjaar River overlooking Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola was designed with a light footprint and the charm and luxury for which all andBEYOND safari lodges are known.


Banjaar Tola is a collection of two camps (each with nine tented suites), spacious guest areas, swimming pool, comprehensive library and plenty of places for al fresco dining. Locally crafted furniture and textiles designed in tones of saffron and muted green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks, adorn the guest areas. Each suite has a contemporary feel with sweeping canvas roof and walls, pressed bamboo floors, and glass doors leading out onto a veranda overlooking the river. 


Daily safari excursions include interpretive morning and evening drives in the jungle with expert andBEYOND-trained naturalists and tiger viewing by elephant. Kanha is one of India’s largest national parks, covering 750 square miles, located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hill range in the southeastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of nine reserves selected for the project. It is prime tiger viewing country and is the project’s star success story.


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