Banjaar Tola is a gifted luxurious accommodation by Taj Group of Hotels that sits close to Kanha National Park. Lying on the banks of Banjaar River close to the Mukki entrance gate of the national park, BanjaarTola is spread across a total area of 90 acres land. It is one of the most striking places to halt while visiting Kanha National Park, both for the proximity to the reserve as well as for the ultimate luxurious experience with the right touch of tribal region.
The Banjaar Tola derives its name from the lifeline river Banjaar flowing by Kanha Tiger Reserve and Tola which means cluster of houses in local language. The luxurious tents at Banjaar Tola are a visual treat - designed in an exclusive style with pressed bamboo wall panels, comfortably gorgeous bamboo floors and furniture that speaks of local craftsmanship. Tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green are reflected in the textiles along with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks.
There are two elegant camps with nine suites each and each camp has its own intimate tented sitting area which faces the river overlooking the vast jungle ahead. There are separate pools for each camp along with separate lounge and interactive dining areas. Each tented suite features bamboo floors, canvas roof and glass doors leading to a floating verandah. The split and separate sections make it look beautiful and at the same time provides privacy enabling quiet lunches on the balcony by the riverside.
Get treated with mouth-watering dishes under the stars and bonfires while facing towards the adventurous backdrop of forest which inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen down The Jungle Book. Bastar bell metal work, Gond artwork and elaborate stone carvings at the lounge area and the interiors of the rooms beautifully reflect the heritage of the region.
There are provisions for pool-deck dining and jungle dinning for the ultimate exotic experience. One may also hire a bicycle or a car to take a close watch of the surroundings. A dip into the swimming pools guarantees refreshment and relaxation.
Kanha National Park is popular for its fauna and avifauna. So don't be surprised if you spot a barking deep grazing its way leisurely through the vegetation while you are sipping tea in the comfort of your bed. Gear up and be lucky if you can spot dholes, sloth bears, leopards and, who knows, even the Royal Bengal Tigers.
Enjoy your stay at BanjaarTola, and keep your eyes glued not just to the forest floor but also to the skies to catch glimpses of the amazing avifauna that includes racquet-tailed drongo, the jungle owlet, eagles, and vultures.