Mahua Kothi is the first luxury safari lodge resulting from a collaboration between Taj Hotels and &Beyond (formerly CC Africa), and it has successfully married the African safari concept with the service of the finest Indian hotels. Located just 20 minutes from
the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, the lodge’s buildings are sprinkled over 40 acres of private land. There are only 12 suites (called kutiyas), each with a private courtyard, and they are decorated in a rustic, earthy style that feels authentic but does not sacrifice luxury. Daily game drives take place in 4×4 vehicles and guests are accompanied by a trained naturalist that will point out spot sloth bears, leopards, jungle cats, and, of course, tigers. Dining is an experience in itself, featuring carefully prepared traditional Indian fare showcasing the freshest fruits, vegetables and meats.