• Right next to a spectacular national park where tigers roam
  • Daily game drives spotting cheetahs, deer, sloth bears and panthers as well as tigers
  • Fabulous dining, by the pool, on platforms at tree-top level, in the elegant dining room, in villas or in the gardens
  • Relaxing and invigorating spa treatments, gym and early morning treks
  • Visits to the ancient, hilltop Bandhavgarh Fort and local villages.

Bandhavgarh’s national park has the highest density of tigers in the world. Samode Safari Lodge is right next to it. Set in 400 square kilometres of an Indian wilderness straight out of the Jungle Book, this version has luxurious villas to return to after adventures. Small and intimate, there are just 12 beautifully appointed villas here, which border one of India’s most exciting wildlife reserves. Indeed, it's one of the best places in the country to spot the elusive and majestic tiger – an unforgettable experience.

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The villas at Samode Safari Lodge – just a dozen of them – are surrounded by all the romance of India’s wilderness. All are airy, cool and indulgent, with enormous baths and separate showers. The architecture reflects the local styles – lots of wood and traditional art. Rather fabulous and flamboyant motifs of wildlife add excitement to the décor, and private verandahs provide more, with exhilarating views. There are open-air baths designed to make the most of the heavily star-studded skies above after a day of game drives through emerald forests where tigers prowl.

The lovely pool, embedded in lush gardens, is lined with shaded sun-loungers for sunny afternoons, and the small on-site spa offers an extensive array of spoiling treatments. The dining here is just as delicious – campfire barbeques, refined Indian classics in the decadent dining room, or bespoke meals served in your villa. Picnics can be organised too – under shady trees with the sound of bird song and an extensive and excellent wine list. At the end of the day or in-between safaris, swimming and spa, the convivial lodge is the perfect restorative, with a sun-deck to make the most of the sun, open fires to snuggle next to in the cool evenings with a good book from the library or shared tales with fellow travellers about the day’s wildlife encounters.   


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Explore the temples of Jaipur and the white-marble icon of the Taj Mahal. Then, go in search of tigers in three of India's most beautiful national parks, staying in luxury jungle camps and lodges throughout.

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