Baghvan is aptly named after one of India's iconic symbols, the Bengal tiger (bagh - tiger and van - forest). Pronounced 'baaghvun', this enchanting lodge is located on the edge of Pench National Park, a dry deciduous forest of predominantly teak trees and meandering jungle streams. A mere five-minute drive to the park's entrance takes our guests deep into the heart of the Indian jungle.
Breakfasts and lunches are served on a sweeping shaded deck surrounding the beautiful swimming pool and overlooking the nullah, a favoured route of the Pench tigers. Sunset is celebrated with cocktails under a huge Banyan tree whilst watching a giant flying squirrel perform breathtaking aerobatics.
The twelve charming stand alone suites have a contemporary bungalow feel with a cheeky 50's ambience, with contrasting hues of copper and pale turquoise. The spacious suites comprise two inter-linked buildings. A covered inter-leading link takes guests to generously proportioned bathrooms with twin hand basins, separate WC and indoor and outdoor showers. Stairs lead guests up to a Machan (a covered rooftop platform) which is perfect for romantic Sleepouts, complete with mosquito net, overhead fan and hookah pipes.
Food is an integral part of Indian culture, with each region and religion lending its own unique influences. At Baghvan, guests delight in the delicious flavours of Central India. Different dishes are introduced at each meal, offering a range of mouthwatering dining experiences.
Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Snack on a light salad with pappadums and limes. Then delve into the traditional main dishes, including lentil soup, soft vegetables with peppers, chickpeas with tea leaves, paneer in mint and coriander, tandoori, roasted brinjal with green chili, red chilis stuffed with achar masala in jaggery curry, chicken korma - all served with an assortment of naan breads and fresh chutneys. Guests are invited to mingle with our expert Indian chefs in Baghvan's interactive kitchen and learn how to prepare traditional dishes - recipes and spices provided! After dinner, guests indulge in decadent desserts or cheese platters, served with tea, coffee or cognac.
Baghvan, Pench National Park.