PANNA NATIONAL PARK
Once the hunting reserve of its erstwhile rulers of Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states. The area was enlarged and its legal status elevated to a national park during 1981. The protected area was brought under Project Tiger in 1994. Panna is an open, dry land spacewith the topography and water distribution governing the spatial presence of wild animals. There is a significant drop in elevations. These places provide adequate cover for wild animals. Vultures and other raptors roosting on cliffs along the river course are a common sight in Panna.
More than 200 species of birds including Bar-headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture and Eagles are found here.
Taj Safari Lodge Pashan Garh
The Pashan Garh (meaning stone house) lodge features a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, offering magnificent views across the top of the forest and a large nearby watering hole, which has been host to resident antelope sightings.
12 luxury stone cottages inspired by the local stone house of the Panna region nestled high above the jungle fray, each offering a private verandah with stunning views of the lush tropical forest and nearby waterhole. Each individual cottage showcases leather furniture with massive black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes.
The guest areas celebrate Haveli design, with a spacious central courtyard. The interiors are a contemporary mix of choco-late linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and cotton lace chandeliers.
Dining at Pashan Garh is an experience itself and suggested to explore the choices offered by the Chef himself.
Sarai At Toria
A quiet retreat by the River Ken, Sarai offers a getaway towards the jungles of Central India as well as an ideal options for cultural itineraries that include Khajuraho. Accomodation in mud cottages with thatch on their roofs are large and based on the model of a local village home. Within the eleven acres that Sarai is set in there is a lot to explore, besides a large canopy of trees provide shaded places to sit or relax during warm winter afternoons. Sarai offers many outdoor dining choices - breakfast out in the sun, lunch by the spreading Ficus tree and dinner by candle light under a star-lit sky. The open pavilion overlooking the Ken also doubles as a lounge and dining. Boat cruises on the Ken, exploring Khajuraho and Ajaygarh, neighboring village, river walks, learning some of the wonderful recipes served at the Sarai and visits to the Panna National Park are some of the things to do while at Sarai.
Ken River Lodge
Set in a forested estate of 50 acres and has been built with natural materials mostly sourced from neighboring villages and surrounding areas.Started in 1986 by Shyamendra Singh from the royal family of Nagod who is an avid conservationist himself. The lodge has been washed out in the floods twice but has been rebuilt with the same zeal and passion and with better shapes than before.
The lodge feature 12 huts and cottages. Huts are built in the local village style with dressing room and a sit out where as the cottages offer living room and open deck.
The lodge also boasts of a 3000 sqft machan where the meals are served. The machan popularly known as the Tree House overlooking the Ken River. One can spend hours sitting there watching wildlife going around.