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September 9, 2008

Temples And Tigers: Taj Safaris’ Newest Lodge Offers Day Trip To Thousand-Year-Old Hindu Temples

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York – Pashan Garh, opening November 2008, will be the third lodge in the Taj Safaris’ tiger circuit. In addition to amazing wildlife, luxurious stone cottages and scrumptious food, guests of Pashan Garh will be offered the unique opportunity to combine a safari Taj CC Africa with a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pashan Garh is located just 25 miles from the bustling city of Khajuraho, home to the 1,000-year-old Temples, recognized by UNESCO in 1986 and famous for their carved, erotic, sandstone sculptures based on the Kama Sutra.

“Combining safari and ancient temples is a first for us, and we are thrilled to be able to show our guests these amazing and slightly naughty temples,” says CC Africa Marketing Director Nicky Fitzgerald.

Also, just over 20 miles from Pashan Garh lies the sleepy hamlet of Dubela – another perfect day trip from the lodge. Once ruled by Chatrisal Maharaj, Dubela is now home to the ruins of the beautiful ‘chatri’ (tomb) of the Queen on one side of the Dubela lake, and the King’s on the other. A monument marking the King’s former court now houses a state museum full of sculptures, paintings, weapons and armory.

Kajurahu Pashan Garh, meaning “stone house”, is comprised of a main lodge and 12 stone cottages that are spread out along a small stream, surrounded by 190 acres of private jungle wilderness. The lodge’s exterior lends its design to the traditional dry-packed stone houses of north-central India. The interiors are decked out with all theluxury one would expect from CC Africa Design Director, Chris Browne: white marble, leather furniture and ebony and chocolate highlights. Coffee or Masala tea is discreetly delivered each morning using the unobtrusive butler hatches.

About Taj Safaris: created in a joint venture between Taj Resorts Hotels and Palaces and Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa), Taj Safaris will have a total of four wilderness lodges by the end of 2009. Existing lodges include Mahua Kothi neighboring the Bandhavgarh National Park, featuring 12 kutiyas constructed in the local Madhya Pradesh style. And, adjacent Pench Tiger Reserve, Baghvan comprises 12 suites with rooftop terraces for outdoor sleep outs under starry Indian skies. Banjaar Tola, opening in December ’09, will consist of 12 tented suites near Kanha National Park.

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