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Bagh Villas Kanha National Park Hotels


Bagh Villas is a tented camp located on the edge of Kanha National Park. Twelve Shikar tents are laid out along the edge of a small lake created to catch all the rain water that falls on the 14 acres of land that has been transformed into a small oasis. In between jungle drives you can experience Yoga, Meditation and relaxing Spa Treatments.

Kanha National Park covers an area spanning 940sq kms. It is home to over a hundred tigers and is a lowland forest with a mixt of sal (Shorea robusta) and other mixed forest trees, interspersed with meadows. Its misty morning drives shower you with rays of light filtering down from the tall sal canopy that take your breath away. The park also has the rare Hard Ground , Sloth bear, the Indian Wild Dog and Gaur among the 22 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds and 120 species of butterflies, making it one of the most desirable Indian forests to visit. It is no wonder that Kipling was inspired to write the Jungle book from the forests of Kanha .

At Bagh Villas you will be looked after by Akhilesh Nair (Umesh) and his lovely Indonesian wife Muliana Chandra Dewi (Lia). Umesh started his career working for Ministry and Environment and Forests, with Mr. Asokh Kumar. Later on he moved to south of India and worked with Dr. Ullas Karanth, one of India’s most respected wildlife scientists, as research assistant, which took him to almost every nook and corner of protected forests in south India. He then spent 3 years in Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Tiger Tops Tented Camp in Nepal working with conservations legends like Chuck McDougal. His stay in Nepal took him to almost all protected forests in Nepal. In early 2000, he took a break from wildlife and went to Maldives and Seychelles where he managed exclusive boutique resorts. After half a decades of hotel management, he partnered with a friend to start a chain of Spas with his wife in Dubai called Maven Spa. His knowledge of wildlife and Lia’s skills in hospitality offer you a relaxing treat unlike any in Kanha. Lia started her career with Hyatt in Indonesia and Singapore. Later on in her career, she has spent close to thirteen years managing spas for the Spa Chain Mandara Spa. She is an authority on Asian Spa treats. In between Jungle drives you can experience well thought after Spa treatments at one of the finest Spas in Kanha.

Visiting Kanha is not only a wildlife experience but an amazing cultural journey. Here time comes to a standstill. Villages are still magical with their mud walled houses and sloping tiled roofs. Fields are still ploughed using bullocks and paddy is put in by hand. The local art, craft and culture is as colourful and vibrant as the forest itself. Short bicycle rides can be organized to experience rural India in an unobtrusive way, interacting with local people and learning about their ways.

Bagh Villas offers you an experience you will never forget.


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