by juliebaxter13 on Apr 25, 2013
I loved this place. If you are looking for peace and tranquility you couldn't wish for better. The bungalows comprising of two rooms with a shared verandah are attractive, cosy, clean and have all you need for a 'jungle' stay. When you are doing two game drives a day you don't have much time to get bored. In between game drives you can sit out on your verandah or in one of the many hammocks around the gardens. There are lots of different birds around the resort and I got some fantastic pictures of kingfishers and bee eaters around the two large ponds. The staff were always considerate, polite and helpful and the food was excellent. Don't come here if you are looking for 5 star luxury and all mod cons.
by Arnie120 on Apr 16, 2013
Good food, decent accommodation and lovely staff make for a relaxing place when not out on safari. Take the time to explore the large wild garden at the back and to walk on the back road back from Tala in the evening. Lovely place to watch the friendly locals making bricks etc and to enjoy the bird life. I got my best tiger sighting in Bhandavgarh but there were a couple of drives where we saw nothing of interest. Overall liked Kanha Park better for the beauty and the variety of wildlife.
by EisBaer on Jan 30, 2012
A series of nice bungalows, each with two rooms, surround a central dining hall and are all set in a very nice garden/forest setting. Rooms are spacious, with a small sitting area, storage spaces (for bags/clothing) and an attached bathroom. Everything was very clean and comfortable, although the beds were a bit sunken in. The fireplace in the room is, unfortunately, not functional, which would have helped on cold January nights. Instead, they provide hot water bottles each night and provide free hot tea in the morning. Hot water takes a few minutes to get to the tap and the generator occasionally goes out, so it is best to always carry a flashlight in the room. The resort sits about 2.5kms from the town of Tala (gateway to Bandhavgarh National Park) along a rough dirt road. The distance from town means you hear all the sounds of the jungle (birds, jackals, etc), but no street noise. However, this also means you are bit captive to the property and will have to opt for their jungle plan (all meals included). A cold breakfast is usually served roadside in the park, since the morning safari does not return to the lodge until around 11:00am. Lunch is generally served at 1:00pm, before you leave at 2:00pm for the afternoon game drive. You return to the lodge around 6:00pm after which dinner is usually served at 7:00pm. Lunches and dinners (mostly Indian food) generally include a choice of 3 main dishes, as well as 2 side dishes, but the menu varies from night to night, there is plenty to eat and the meals are very good. Beverages (other than tea) are not included in the rates. On site laundry service is available. No on site internet or phone service. No TV or other amenities so bring a book for any downtime between game drives. Staff is friendly and provide good service, but have very limited English capability. The resort has their own jeeps and guides for the game drives in the park, and seem to be at least as good as any other I saw in the park from other lodges. Overall a good mid-range choice for visiting the park. Pro: nice ambiance and surroundings, good room, good food, comfortable stay, payment by credit card or Paypal. Con: distance from town, booking process through IAWR (see notes below).
Here is my one big issue with this resort: in order to make a booking at Tiger Trails, you have to do it through Indian Adventures Wildlife Resorts (www.indianadventures.com) based in Mumbai. The problem is that they are slow to respond and every e-mail I got from them seemed to from a different person. I had a lot of trouble getting them to confirm my bookings and transfers from Khajuraho. They never did send me a formal booking confirmation, and of course, when I arrived at the lodge, I was asked for my voucher! Luckily, I had printed out the e-mails from IAWR and my Paypal receipt, which was accepted. Other guests at the hotel told me they had a similar experience.
by pulutdurian on Jan 17, 2011
The hotel is located in the park’s buffer zone, about 15 mins drive along a dirt track from the main village road. Note that shops and restaurants are located only on the main village road, although the hotel does have its own restaurant. Entrance to the park is via two gates and the hotel is about 10 mins drive on the main road from the first gate and 30 mins from the second gate.
The chalet (all rooms are chalet style) was clean and spacious, with good rattan furniture, fan, electrical mosquito repellent (mat) and well lit. Some chalets also have A/C. There was no TV, fridge or tea-making facility. The en-suite bathroom was clean. After checking in, call reception to remind them to start the boiler for the hot water as each chalet has an individual boiler. The shower wasn’t very strong but was sufficient.
The grounds was green and peaceful. There is a small pond where you can watch the birdlife.
The hotel’s restaurant served all meals, however, the food served during my stay was average in quality and variety.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Note re the park – according to the guides, the best time for tiger sightings are during the summer months of April and May.
by Flybuys on Nov 25, 2011
Please dont let this review put you off but we were very dissapointed with this stay but believe it was because we were too early for the season and the first and only guests for the winter opening. The linen in rooms was terrible, smelling of moth balls and very old, stained and ragged. The manager needs to take his hand out of pockets and give a hand to the wonderful helpful staff. The resort (?) is in a lovely location, but the park was closed (again we were too early in season) but our jeep driver did every thing in his power to try and make our stay enjoyable. The food, which is included in package, was very good, and the service staff lovely. Such a shame they weren't ready for us and the park was closed, just hope they can cope with the crowds in peak season. The road leading to resort is terrible., hold onto your hats !!
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