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This exquisite lodge, one of India’s most luxurious wildlife properties, takes its inspiration – and its name – from the Madhuca indica or, as it is commonly known, the mahua or butter tree.

The property covers a a 16-hectare private estate just 20 minutes drive from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. The beautifully renovated original kothi (homestead) houses the communal areas, while the accommodation is entirely new. The 12 charming rustic kutiyas (luxury jungle village cottages) are built in the vernacular style of Madhya Pradesh state, affectionately known as ‘MP chic’. 

The lodge operates twice daily wildlife safari drives into the Park, seaching out the region’s rich wildlife, including tiger, sloth bear, leopard, jungle cat and wild dog. Bird enthusiasts can try their luck at spotting Mahua Kothi’s ten star birds, from the gorgeous Indian peafowl (peacock) to the shaheen falcon.

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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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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest known density of Bengal tigers in India, and over the years has maintained an excellent record of sightings. Its rocky hills, grassy swamps and forested valleys create a diverse ecosystem that is home to other predators and mammals, as well as 250 bird species.

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh State
  • Ideal for viewing: chital, leopard, sloth bear, tiger, white-breasted kingfisher
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris