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May 28, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Taj &Beyond Safaris Develop Organic Gardens

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Taj &Beyond has launched new eco-friendly food production programs at Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge and Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge, both located in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. In addition to providing guests with amazing wildlife viewing, the lodges serve delicious traditional food, much of which is grown on the property. This new initiative ensures that the lodge kitchens are stocked with organic produce directly from the lodge’s Baghiya, a traditional vegetable garden found in this region of India.

Under the supervision of Chef Manish Tyagi, the vegetable garden provides potatoes, leeks, two types of tomatoes, celery, coriander, spinach, red and yellow peppers, lemons, oranges, bananas, cabbages and zucchini.

Guests of Baghvan and Pashan Garh can visit the gardens and then learn about the preparation of traditional central Indian cuisine in the lodges’ interactive kitchens. Mouthwatering dishes include stuffed lamb and marinated chicken in sealed banana leaves, and roasted vegetables and chicken tikka, all served with a variety of naan breads, homemade pickles and mint chutneys.

Neighboring Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Mahua Kothi features 12 suites constructed in the charming local Madhya Pradesh style and built by the neighboring community. Adjacent to Pench Tiger Reserve, Baghvan’s 12 suites all have rooftop terraces, perfect for sleep outs under Indian skies. Banjaar Tola boasts 18 tented suites spread out along banks of the Banjaar River, overlooking Kanha Tiger Reserve. Pashan Garh is within easy reach of both Panna Tiger Reserve and the world famous temples of Khajuraho.

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