Where to stay in Pench


Situated in Madhya Pradesh, in the heart of India, Pench is so well known for its forests and wildlife that it even made an appearance in Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic The Jungle Book. Much like in the stories, Pench, now a national park, is home to Bengal Tigers, jungle cats, sloth bears and wolves. If you’re planning to visit soon, here’s a roundup of the top lodges and resorts to stay in and around Pench. 

Hotels and safari lodges to book in Pench

Tuli Tiger Corridor

Located in the buffer zone of Pench National Park, Tuli Tiger Corridor is a lush green 22-acre property, perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the jungle experience. Keeping in mind the native culture, the hotel is designed in a pastoral theme, with high, slanting roofs and furniture made of cane and wood. You can choose to stay in one of the 15 cozy cottages or opt for a luxurious tent with a private walled garden. Spend the day on a jungle safari and come back to an outdoor sunset barbecue. What’s more, you can start and end the day with a soothing dip—a refreshing swim in the pool in the morning, and a relaxing soak in your very own private hot tub at night.
Doubles from Rs9,500. Website

Baghvan, A Taj Safari

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Drive two hours from Nagpur and you will find yourself in the colonial-themed Baghvan, or ‘tiger forest’, with 12 charming bungalows by the river bed. This Taj property embraces the design sensibilities of the past, with vintage radios, crystal candelabras, delicate Parsi tiles and metal chandeliers thoughtfully incorporated into the interiors of the hotel. Each bungalow, which can house up to three people,  has its own indoor and outdoor showers, a private sit-out and a rooftop machan so you can take your binoculars and get a bird’s eye view of the forest and its many unique creatures. There’s also another forest-view on offer- from the infinity pool, shaded by trees, that overlooks the jungle.
Entire bungalow from Rs23,999. Website

Pench Jungle Camp

Pench Jungle Camp

This sprawling fifty-acre property just a kilometre away from Pench National Park is replete with foliage and beautiful lawns. You can choose from a whole range of stay options: luxury safari tents, cottages, standard rooms or a family suite. The tastefully designed tents, a favourite among guests, have one bedroom each along with a sit-out verandah where you can enjoy your morning cup of tea. While there, have dinner outdoors with a glass of wine, in the midst of tall Mahua and teak trees or enjoy the sunset at Khoka lake, with the calls of Indian pittas and shrikes as your background score. You can also get a bonfire and barbecue set up on a cold night and book a gazebo for a dinner date.
Doubles from Rs10,000. Website

Pench Tree Lodge 

This eco-sensitive safari lodge consists of 12 tree houses and cottages nestled in forty acres of an undisturbed forested area. The tree houses, made with Sal wood, are perched atop Mahua trees and offer an uninterrupted view of the deciduous forests from large French windows. If you’re lucky, you might spot some jackals and spotted deer from the comfort of your balcony chair. You can spend your days here cycling along nature trails, going on jeep safaris or trying your hand at farming on their organic garden.
Doubles from Rs.17,000. Website 

Regenta Place Aranyaani Resort 

Regenta Place Aranyaani Resort

This resort promises to pamper you  in the wilderness, with luxury rooms and villas within the buffer zone of Pench National Park. Each of the 3 or 4 bedroom luxury villas has a fireplace, terrace and open-air dining table on a private lawn. Go on a guided nature walk or visit the Khoka dam, where you might even catch sight of some langur monkeys, kingfishers and painted storks. You can also learn more about local handicrafts by taking a jeep ride to Pachdhar, a pottery village where almost every verandah is filled with handmade earthen pots and crafts.
Doubles from Rs7,000. Website 

Mahua Vann Resort

Mahua Vann

This idyllic resort, set along the side of a seasonal river, consists of cottages nestled amongst thick trees and foliage so you can be in harmony with nature, with your privacy intact. The cottages have been built using local materials and are designed with refurbished vintage doors and windows. Enjoy the local fare during your daily meals, which are prepared using organic fruits and vegetables, many of which are grown on the property. When in season, Mahua flavoured drinks and dishes are an added attraction. You can start your day with yoga at sunrise followed by an open-sky shower, go cycling on dirt tracks, play some afternoon golf and wind down with an Ayurvedic massage at the spa.
Doubles from Rs9,000. Website 

Jamtara Wilderness Camp 

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

In the heart of the village of Jamtara, this 10 luxury tented property is flanked by tall Arjuna trees, guaranteed to whisk you away from the concrete jungle and into the real, lush green one. The tents, designed to feel light and open, allow you to be one with nature, while still enjoying the comforts of modern amenities. You can even book a Machan on a farmer’s land and spend a night sleeping under the stars, in the midst of nature. 

Doubles from Rs45,675 inclusive of meals and activities. Website



Updated: January 29, 2021 — 5:19 am

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