This place is already rated as high as it an be, and I'm adding to that!
We stayed here for 2 nights end of March 2021. Our original dates were for March 2020, but something happened, and we had to reschedule... ;-)
Since this was our first Safari / Jungle experience, we wanted to make the most of it, so I was in touch with the hotel before Booking. Gagan, the proprietor, was always available for my messages, and he made the decision easy.
Tiger Garh did not disappoint - the place is well maintained. The fixtures and fittings in the room are of good quality, and the experience was very authentic. A lot of attention to detail made the place feel like a Luxury Jungle Lodge.
As is the norm the stay included all meals. The food is fresh, flavorful, and healthy feeling. We enjoyed all our meals here and they were open to suggestions as well. One of the nights (that happened to be our Anniversary) they made it special with a candle lit dinner and a special chinese sizzler. Food overall is excellent.
The Host - Gagan, is doing this as a passion project and as such is really involved. Specially if you share his passion for wild life. He was ever present, and always came in when we were coming back from our Safaris, and during meal time. Big ups to him and his team for keeping it real.
One major point - Airtel and possible some other services don't catch signal here, and when we went there was no WiFi. Jio and BSNL were working so if you come prepared you dont need to be disconnected. We were, and we didnt mind it too much.
There is also a cute little pool which we enjoyed one afternoon.
All in all - if you are looking for a clean, authentic, yet luxurious jungle experience - Gagan's TigerGarh is the way to go.
I like to give a fair and balanced review and give both positives and negatives alike.
The ethos of the place being an eco lodge is great and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
The rooms however could do with an update especially the bathrooms.
The rooms are cleaned every other day but the bins and toilets should be daily in my opinion.
There were no safety deposit boxes in the room which I felt uncomfortable about but my biggest concern was the lack of Wi-fi. If you need Wi-fi then the staff will take you a 10 minute drive up the road so you can obtain the same but this is not ideal especially during our stay with the Coronavirus situation gaining momentum.
Bottled water is available but there is a charge for it however filtered water is available for free.
They do stock spirits and beers however there is no wine.
The food is ok however there are no menus so it’s a bit random.
Would I stay here again? No but maybe my standards too high.
My friend and I, and my 7 year old daughter visited TigerGarh and Bhandavgarh NP in Dec/Jan 2019/20. We were extremely impressed with the place. Gagan runs an efficient business whilst being meaningfully environmentally conscious and socially responsible. The food was delicious and all staff were kind and attentive. The safari schedule is punishing but delivers well! To be fair, we had been on the go since arriving from a long haul flight a day ago so we probably should have had chill time before arriving at TigerGarh (the lack of it was our planning not that of Chinkara Journeys who organised the safari part of our trip). We were rewarded (for Anurag, Gagans' and Forestry department guides' efforts!) by seeing two tigers on two separate occasions. Moreover, we saw around 100 species of birds and a number of other mammals and butterflies. The plant and tree life is amazing and Anurag is knowledgeable on all. My daughter loved the jeep safaris and being Anurag's co pilot. He also attended to her monophagus diet and bought her some crisps from the shop himself- which was very sweet. The room was well furnished and there is a hot shower, comfortable beds and it's nice and quiet. It was exceptionally cold when we were there so if you go in Dec/Jan make sure to bring really warm clothes and ask for hot water bottles. We would have liked to stay longer just to pootle around the beautiful grounds and bird/ treewatch. In spring and autumn/fall the pool must be really nice too - we stuck a toe in then decided against it! All in all it was a really rewarding visit and a memorable trip that we will remember forever. Thanks Gagan, Anurag, Subha, and all the other staff I don't know the names of. I really hope we will be back. Top marks.
My tryst with Bandhavgarh started in early 90s when I was a young lad stepping into the fascinating world of advertising. With MP Tourism as my client I got the unmatched opportunity to study MP as a tourist destination with renewed understanding and awe! Though I got the opportunity to explore MP as I travelled, Bandhavgarh stayed elusive like the Tigers of Bandhavgarh!
Bandhavgarh welcomed me after almost 27 years of having heard about it, the first time ever. It was a family trip steeped in excitement right from the Platform of Nizamuddin Station at New Delhi. Be it the night train journey seeing us monkeying around the 2AC berths or the scenic drive to Bandhavgarh from Katni Junction in a Tempo traveller (with the MUST HAVE early morning halt at a local tea point at Katni - Haji Munnabhai MBBS Tea Stall).
Post a 2 hours ride we arrived at our base camp at Bandhavgarh, the amazing resort called TIGERGARH. Built in the heart of nature bordering the Tiger reserve, this place gives you the thrill of spotting maybe an unexpected visitor (beyond the fence of course at a safe distance).
The resort has been done up in a natural habitat with very well designed cottages with sit out areas and great foliage.
One step into the well thought through cottages brought you face to face with history. Age old electrical switches from our Dada-Dadi times and from some of our childhood provide the nostalgic touch (they are absolutely safe and in good working condition).
Food was a concern before reaching, a relief on tasting and a delight throughout the stay. We savoured each and every experience, whether it is eating out in the sit out area, or in the room, or the dining hall or having your own barbecue under a gazebo.
There is always excitement in the air in a resort located so close to the reserve. Your look out patrol are the birds and barking deer. Almost every night we heard animal calls, announcing the arrival of a predator in the area. While you were safe in the confines of the resort, its exciting to observe keenly how nature behaves when the king of the Bandhavgarh strolls a little distance away! Was it the barbecue that attracted him! Thankfully we will never know :)
We booked the Tiger safari from the resort before we had arrived. Absolutely professional set up with jeeps and guides and breakfast all packed in for a great early morning or evening trip to the heartland of the Tigers of Bandhavgarh!
The resort has been conceptualised and created by Mr. Gagan Gehlot. A hotelier at heart, a wild life enthusiast, a great guy to hang around with and a magnificent photographer. Do check out his personal collection of the tigers he shot (with the camera!).
One evening we went for a stroll through the village nearby and along the Tiger reserve fencing (which is a mere barbed wire to make you feel safe and in no way adequate to keep the Tiger away!). The walk was quite an experience where we witnessed first hand how the villagers live and also listened in awe to their experiences with Tigers who apparently stray into their village quite regularly for easy prey (cattle, chicken). You tend to feel that many stories might be made up, until the time when you yourself hear the animal calls announcing the arrival of the King in the vicinity! Thanks Gagan for that wonderful experience as well.
We were of course careful to be back in the guarded boundaries of the resort before it got dark, with the feeling that while we scanned the thick foliage in the reserve from the fence, there seemed to be a set of eyes following our every move.....quietly!
Hats off to the Forest Department at Bandhavgarh, MP, the guides, forest guards and the dedicated silent army of people like Gagan who are working in their own way to help preserve the Tiger's legacy by educating all the tourists that come and see them off far more educated. Tigers need to be saved. Not from anything else, but we humans!
Getting back to life as we know it was such a (I don't want to do it!) task. As we started for Katni to catch the night train back to Delhi, we crossed many signboard on the highway stating 'Beware of Tigers', 'Beware of Wild animals crossing'. It is then we realised how much we as humans have encroached into their lives and territories.
Bidding adieu to the stripped wonders, we all made a promise that we will be back to enjoy nature at its fullest and appreciate what a great job is being done at reserves like Bandhavgarh to preserve their natural habitat as much as possible!
I came to Tiger Garh for a quick visit in February and liked it so much that I returned for a longer visit in June. Tiger sightings were excellent and, once again, Tiger Garh was the perfect spot to stay in - cooling off in the plunge pool after a hot morning safari was sublime, made even better by birds flying down to drink from the pool. The room was extremely comfortable and the hospitality warm and professional, with delicious food. This place is highly recommended for those who are interested in environmental sustainability and want a relaxing place to stay away from the town but close by the National Park. Gagan is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife of the area and is an excellent host.