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New Delhi, India

Professionally managed by Amit and Sadhvi with superb Naturalist,Raj Kishore.

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 Jun 2019
I recently visited Mahua Kothi with a family group.It is very professionally managed by Amit Singhvi, the Lodge Manager and Sadhvi Singh, the Operations Manager.Sadhvi,infact was initially a Naturalist.Both have been with the Taj Safaris Group for many years.The tented rooms were well serviced and the meals were excellent.All meals were specially catered to our specific needs.The packed breakfast was ample, the wake up call always on time and the early morning coffee and biscuits well laid out.Our special requests for extra bottles of Nimbu Pani and wet cloth for our drives met without any hesitation.

I was allotted a very seasoned Naturalist in Raj Kishore Upadhayay, who turned out to be excellent with a 25 year track record as a Naturalist at Bandhavgarh.He was a wonderful narrator of Bandhavgarh stories in the wild.It was an experience to learn from him about the famous tigers of Bandhavgarh, especially the most famous "Charger" and we even visited Charger Point and his memorial.He also introduced us on the first day to a great film on tigers and their characteristics, like marking territory, mating, fighting and smelling.

Not many know but Taj Safaris have done some excellent work for wildlife with the Forest Department and the &Beyond Group on the translocation of the Indian Bison(Gaur) from Kanha to Bandhavgarh,where they had become extinct.Now Bandhavgarh has a population of at least 120, all because of the pioneering work done by Taj Safaris with others.Also,atleast 50% of their staff are from the local village of Tala.
Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this review
Responded 14 Jun 2019
Dear Mr. Mahindra

Greetings...

Thanks a lot for all your appreciation and praise for the lodge and Team. It feels proud while I read this to team.

We all wait to welcome you again to your extended family here at Bandhavgarh.

Regards...Nagendra
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Reviewed 3 June 2019

As jungle resorts go in India, Mahua Kothi of Taj Safari is outstanding.
Bamboo clumps and the haphazard crop of bushes and trees with the ground cover of thick undisturbed sun-baked fallen leaves you could be anywhere inside the Bandhavgarh forest. That is what makes Mahua Kothi blend totally with its surroundings and does not for a moment strike a jarring note. No manicured lawns or landscaped grounds studded with ornamental shrubs here.

Yet there is no compromise with their impeccable hospitality delivered with panache by the Mahua Kothi team headed by the Camp Host Sadhvi Singh and her prescient mind reading butlers who serve with remarkable alacrity anticipating your every need. No amount of praise would be enough for the naturist Karun and the Chef Ajit - maestros of their domain.

Date of stay: June 2019
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2019

Dear Mr. Kumar

Greetings from Mahua Kothi

Thanks a ton for all appreciation, you have mentioned for lodge and team. This is what help us to work with same Zeal and serve and ensure the same memorable vacation for all our guests here at our Home in wilderness.

Accept our gratitude and regards from the entire team.

We all wait to welcome you again to your Extended family here at Bandhavgarh.

Regards...Nagendra

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Reviewed 30 May 2019 via mobile

Me and my husband have planned to cover all the Taj Safaris properties in MP each vacation and this was our third one after Pench and Panna. The high standard of hospitality, service and commitment to quality is something Taj Safaris never compromise on. Mahua Kothi has 12 beautiful cottages and we stayed in cottage no 3. The whole property spreads in 45 acres and being situated on the perimeters of the Bandhavgarh forests, you get the feeling of actually living inside a jungle. Which you'll get in all their properties, which I believe is one of the unique things which you won't get on any other property I believe. Ms. Sadhvi is there to help you to plan your perfect holiday. Munshi ji took care of our smallest needs. Thanks to Mr. Ajay for arrangements. And every person of Mahua Kothi. We will never forget the small gestures you did for us to make our holiday perfect. Overall, it is a perfect jungle getaway.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2019

Its an immense pleasure to read your appreciation for lodge and team. And I feel proud to read it to the team.

Its was our pleasure to host you too, at our home in wilderness. Kindly accept regards from the entire team.

We all wait to welcome you again to your extended family here at Bandhavgarh.

Regards...Nagendra

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Reviewed 5 May 2019

Stayed 4 nights. Rooms are a very different vibe from most lodges - sort of an "old tribal" or "old colonial" look. Rooms are large and quite comfortable. Air conditioning works fine. Rooms do not have TV or wi-fi. The common areas are peaceful and relaxing. Sometimes the monkeys provide entertainment. Wi-fi in the common areas is intermittent and limited bandwidth; cell phone reception was often available only on the roof top - this is a place for relaxing and enjoying nature, rather than staying plugged in to the grid. A butler is assigned to respond to your every need. The lodge has no liquor license, but if you desire alcoholic beverages, your butler will take your cash, shop for you in town, and serve you at the lodge. The chef frequently met with us personally to discuss our dining needs - both menu and dining times are quite flexible.My wife was never totally happy with the food, but I thought it was great. Overall, the staff is extremely friendly and eager to please.

Date of stay: April 2019
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2019

Dear Arthur

Greetings...

Thanks for all your appreciation for team and service.

Will share the same with team and we all wait to welcome you again to our peaceful garden in the land of Tigers.

Regards...Nagendra

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Reviewed 5 May 2019

If you want a life time experience with beautiful rooms, excellent service and ambiance, food to die for, a naturalist that is passionate about nature and sparks the fire in your kids, this is your address for Safari's in India.

Date of stay: April 2019
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2019

It was a pleasure to serve you at our lodge, Thanks you so much for you appreciation.

Will surely share your word with the team and Hope to welcome you again here at your extended family in Bandhavgarh.

Regards...Nagendra

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Reviewed 29 April 2019

This was our third stay at Taj Safari lodges after our stays at Kanha and Pench a few years back. We had an excellent experience at that time and decided to opt for Mahua Kothi for this trip when I took all my nephew and nieces along with me for the Safari Experience.
Service quality as usual was exceptional and extremely personalized. Safari Experience was superb with well trained Naturalists. Since it was full board we could eat anything at any time and the Chef and food was simply superb and personalized to each guest.
Anything I say will be less. You want to go to Bandhavgarh and want a 5 star experience with superb safari experience its a no brainer, stay with Taj Safaris.

Date of stay: April 2019
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NSHada, Area Director, Taj Safaris at Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari - Bandhavgarh National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2019

Dear Sandip

Greetings from Mahua Kothi.

It was pleasure to read your appreciation for the team. Team conveys their regards to Seema, you and all the kids.

We all wait to welcome you again to your extended family here at Bandhavgarh.

Regards...Nagendra

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