Set in a total area of 45-acre private forest region at the edge of the Bandhavgarh National Park, Mahua Kothi stands as a luxurious set of cottages on the periphery of the national park. The property, owned by Taj Group of Hotels, was formerly known as Churhat Kothi. It is synonymous to the luxurious accommodation and a heaven to those who want to stay close to the national park and enjoy luxury at the same time.
The Taj Mahua Kothi has 12 beautifully decorated cottage suites - named as "Kutiyas" meaning hut. These cottages have all the amenities of a luxurious stay. Nestled in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh National Forest in Madhya Pradesh, the Mahua Kothi is the first of the Taj Safari Lodges. The name of the forest lodge is derived from the most beautiful trees of India - the butter tree or the MadhucaIndica which is famous for its luscious off-white flowers. Just like the flowers ornament several of the traditional rituals and festivals celebrated in the country, the Mahua Kothi is the centre-stage surrounded by lush forest of the national park.
Sprawling over a plush green region, former tented camp Churhat Kothi complements the entire complex the best possible way. The quaint and rustic surrounding beautifully balances the accommodation, facilities, look and services.
Mahua Kothi is one of the most treasured lodges in the region. The guest area faces a large grassland which welcomes nature at its best. Animals like monkeys and colorful birds flock in this grassland as regular feature. The cottages are built in local style of architecture though fully-equipped with amenities of a luxurious hotel. The guest rooms have high ceilings, terracotta tiles, fireplaces, fans, private sit out-verandahs, overhead fans and attached restrooms with neatly done interiors and luxurious beddings, furniture and toiletries kept in the room.There is a bean shaped pool in the center which is screened by a bamboo thicket amidst the shades of Mahua trees, which offers a relaxing time to the visitors.
The guest areas are enclosed in a huge building made of bricks. The look of the building is rustic and simple which displays deep verandas overlooking the grassland. The surrounding forest patch makes the entire view exotic, and the stay is extremely thrilling. There is a dining hall with a large fireplace where guests can arrange bonfire during cold winter evenings. There are private organic gardens for salads inside the lodge where visitors can pick fresh vegetables and fruits.
Apart from the regular stay, food and in-house guest services, one can also avail services from a menu of treatments by professional masseurs. Nothing is as relaxing as an Ayurvedic massage to rejuvenate every senses.
The food of Mahua Kothi must need a mention - the foods served are amazingly delicious and cooked with fresh local ingredients, fruits and vegetables grown in the organic garden and homemade accompaniments. The exotic dining experiences are mostly due to the ancestral cooking and traditional customs followed.
Mahua Kothi is the perfect choice as an indulgence to top off a safari holiday. Don't miss out the front grassland in the early mornings.