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Named after one of India’s icons, the Bengal tiger (bagh means tiger, and van means forest), this relatively new and exciting property – one of India’s best – is located at the edge of Pench National Park, just ten minutes drive from the gate.

12 stand-alone bungalows have a contemporary feel mixed with a 50s touch. Each spacious suite is linked to a generous bathroom with twin basins, separate toilet, and indoor and outdoor showers, while stairs lead up to a machan (covered rooftop platform) that is perfect for romantic sleepouts, and is equipped with a mosquito net and ceiling fan.

The cool and airy communal areas with high ceilings and deep welcoming sofas are elegantly finished with handmade Parsi tiles, woven hyacinth furniture and giant ebony chests. The interactive kitchen spills out into the dining area, where you are encouraged to learn how to prepare traditional Indian dishes – recipes and spices provided! Breakfast and lunch is served on a sweeping shaded deck around the lovely swimming pool and overlooking the nullah, a favourite route of Pench’s tigers. You can enjoy sunset with a cocktail under a huge banyan tree while watching a giant flying squirrel perform breathtaking aerobatics. Activities consist of twice-daily jungle safaris with trained naturalists guides: game drives, elephant safaris, nature walks and cultural walks. Hospitality staff are trained by the Taj Hotels group.

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Tigers in Luxury

Experience India’s natural jewels of Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench. These prolific parks and tiger reserves have the most exquisite properties, offering a personal and exclusive service, and vehicle safaris provide you with exciting encounters with some of the finest wildlife to be found in the country.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Pench National Park

Pench National Park, is renowned for the richness of its flora and fauna. Nestling in the Satpura Hills, it takes its name from the nearby river, which winds through the park. Its most famous residents are tigers, but is also home to large herds of Indian bison and four endangered species of vulture.

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh
  • Ideal for viewing: chital, nilgai, sambar, tiger, gaur
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris