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White Tiger Forest Lodge
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

I was travelling with my parents and stayed for 3 nights. The room in which stayed was very clean, staff was very helpful since we reached around 12am, they served us food after reaching so late....and provided us a room heater since i was travelling during winters.....food was excellent. we would actually look forward the meals. the best part we could hear the tigers roaring and they are perfectly situated in bandhavgarh because the entry gates are also close enough. And was the firs time that i did a reservation with Madhya pradesh tourism property and was up to the mark.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

I visit Bandhavgarh in winter child season. As i am a fan of MP Tourism I booked White Tiger Lodge for my stay in Bandhavgarh . The hotel premises is spread in a very large area. Room are apart from each other. Hotel is located in a lush green area. You can get a feeling of staying in a jungle. Night time you can clearly hear sound of wild animals ( But don't scare, the forest is surrounded by the Boundary so no animal can come out side :))

The hotel has it's own bar. The hotel also guides you for the jungle safari and they book your tickets for it.
I loved the jungle safari , we saw many tigers in Bandhavgarh and the stay was really comfortable in this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank raj20982
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

White Tiger Forest Lodge is located closest to the Tala zone (which is the premium zone in Bandhavgarh). In fact you can see the hotel while returning from the tiger safari. The hotel is run by MP Tourism. The rooms in the hotel are clean and spacious. There were a few big ants running around in the room, but you are in the middle of the jungle, so that is par for the course. There were also some monkeys (langurs) runnings around the hotel property in the morning.
I went in Dec 2011 and so ended up paying the peak tariff of Rs 4,200 per night (which seemed a bit expensive). The tariff however includes tax and all meals (the menu is set but the food was decent).
The main drawback of this hotel is that the lighting in the night is pretty poor and in some places I could hardly see where I was walking (My room was a good 100m from the reception area and eating area). The hotel could have lit a small bonfire in the sitting area which would have allowed guests to enjoy the night sky (but none of this happened). Some of the nearby private hotels have some folk dances and other entertainment in the evening which is not available in White Tiger Forest Lodge (personally I prefer to have it quiet in a jungle :)).
The hotel guys however provide you with some hot tea and biscuits at 5.30am before you set off on your safari (which was very nice of them).
The cost for the jeep + guide is Rs 2,000 if booked from the hotel. I did not explore outside but heard the rates are about Rs 500 less if you hire a jeep from outside. The chances of seeing a tiger in Bandhavgarh must be around 10% (the tiger is an elusive animal). Apparently mornings are better than afternoons for spotting tigers in winter. But summer is the best season for spotting tigers. I managed to see a tiger at pretty close quarters which made the experience worthwhile. But the jeep following us (some 1 min behind) missed the tiger. So it is a matter of chance. You have the option of using a elephant in the second half of the tiger safari (which increases your chances of spotting a tiger but it costs Rs 200 per person additional).
The landscape in the forest is pretty good with trees, grasslands, water bodies and some mountains nearby. You will surely see some spotted deer, sambar deer, wild boars, monkeys, peacocks and a number of birds in the forest.

Booking taxis from the hotel is expensive. MP Tourism charges about Rs 10/km for non-ac indica which is a lot. You can go to the market area nearby and book an Innova for much lower rates. You can get an Innova to Khajurao for about Rs 3000-3500 whereas the hotel charges about Rs 5000 for an Indica.

Overall, if you prefer the safety of a govt. run hotel then it is a pretty decent bet is you are going with your family.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

Getting there - Took the Utkal exp from Delhi to Umaria. It reached on time at 5.45 am. Umaria to the hotel is 34 kms and cost 450 by auto.

Stay - We had the air cooled room. It was a properly built room (see photos). Very comfortable. Booked it online using the MP tourism site. The room seemed fairly new. Bathroom was decent and clean. Only issue I felt was that in Dec end the temperature is about 5 degrees at night but the resort provides only a light blanket, which is not enough. Food was good and staff was friendly.

Getting back - Took a cab - cost 1300 - from the resort to Katni station (100 kms) to catch the Gondwana Exp back to Delhi.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I visited Bandhavgarh, onwards from Khajuraho, along with some friends in mid 2011, for some wildlife adventure - basically to see the Royal Bengal. Bandhavgarh is THE place to be in, if one wants to spot the Royal Bengal tiger, amongst many other exotic wild animals and birds.

We were actually booked to stay in another hotel, however upon not liking that place, we decided to scout around to see for other options. And man! Were we lucky we found the White Tiger Forest Lodge, an MP tourism property? It's right next to the Tala gate of the Bandhavgarh National Park, on the outskirts of the park. Being a government owned and run property, we didn't expect any frills; only to be pleasantly surprised! We were offered two villas, overlooking the park. The rooms were super clean, with all basic amenities like hot water, TV, AC, etc. The food is simple, yet amazing to taste. We had a lovely 'machaan' right in front of our villas, where we'd spend the evening lighting a bonfire, cooking chicken, and simply making merry. One hears sounds of wild animals like elephants, hyenas, cheetal, and the tiger, ofcourse, right from the hotel itself.

The hotel also offers space for people who love to camp out in the night for just 100 bucks a night... We had a group fo 50-60 campers who had landed from Delhi, and all of 'em had pitched up their tents in the hotel premises. It was an awesome experience. The hotel is exactly amidst the wilderness, and it gives you a truly wildlife experience.

Do stay ONLY at the White Tiger Forest Lodge, when you visit Bandhavgarh. You'll simply remember the experience, just like we do.

Room Tip: Please make prior bookings, esp. if you're visiting in a large group. Do remember to carry light...
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about White Tiger Forest Lodge

Address: Main Road | Tala, Bandhavgarh National Park 484664, India
Region: India > Madhya Pradesh > Umaria District > Bandhavgarh National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Bandhavgarh National Park
Number of rooms: 38
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