The Experience

Banjaar Tola – Kanha National Park

Banjaar Tola at a glance

  • 2 elegant camps of 9 suites each
  • Each camp with own intimate tented sitting area
  • Swimming pool
  • Kanha is one of nine reserves in ‘Project Tiger’ (launched to save the species)
  • Home to the highly endangered hardground barasingha
  • Approximately 70 different tree species

About Banjaar Tola

Taj Safaris’ third jungle safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic.  The lodge boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh.

About Kanha National Park

Kanha is one of India’s largest national parks, covering 1 945 km², and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hills range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Park has beautiful areas of sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows.  In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of the nine reserves selected for the project. It is prime tiger country and is the project’s star success story.   Herds of animals are found in the central parklands, where approximately 22 animal species are regularly spotted, including the more unique species such as the three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig and black buck. Striped hyena, leopard, mouse deer and porcupine also reside here, as do the chinkara and ant-eating pangolin. Kanha is home to the highly endangered deer, the hardground barasingha, as well as sambar, chital and gaur. Kanha features approximately 70 tree species and is a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 200 recorded bird species.

Guest Accommodation

The tented guest suites at Banjaar Tola are set along the banks of the Banjaar River, overlooking the core area of Kanha National Park, world renowned for its tiger viewing. Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the 18 tented suites are set on raised platforms supported at only seven points on the ground. Wide glass doors open onto private decks overlooking the river, offering panoramic views of the wilderness beyond. Pressed bamboo floors and wall panels combine with fabrics in delicate tones of bleached saffron, forest green and earthy cinnamon to create a light and airy atmosphere. Raw timber furniture, canvas wardrobes, leather detailing and handcrafted furniture made from fallen trees and driftwood give a glamorous camping feel.

Guest Areas

Bastar metal work, hand-printed cloth and intricate stone carvings scattered throughout the camp represent the work of scores of talented artisans. The comfortable guest sitting area is filled with the handicrafts of nearby Chattisgarh, from bastar bell metal structures to tribal metal work. The guest dining and sitting area also features a small interpretive library, crammed full of fascinating information on the region and its wildlife. Guests can browse peacefully in the well-stocked Safari Shop or idle away the hours by the lodge swimming pool. Delicious Indian fare is served on the spacious dining decks, with dramatic river views or in the heart of the sal forest.

A Day at Banjaar Tola

How to get to Banjaar Tola

Terms & Conditions

Our all inclusive rates for this unique wilderness experience include:

  • Accommodation in charming kutiyas
  • Three delicious meals daily including all teas and coffees
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Refreshments on game-drives
  • 2 scheduled safari activities daily
  • Forest Guide Fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Applicable taxes
  • Laundry

Seasonal Closure:

Our lodges are closed from 01 July til 15 October as the National Parks are also closed during this season.


Children are welcome.  Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives.  Childminders can be arranged at an additional cost.  An extra bed can be arranged for children 12 years and younger sharing with their parents (no more than one triple in camp per night).  Children aged 6 to 12 years are accommodated on game drives at lodge manager’s discretion.

Please note that the Parks are closed every Wednesday afternoon.  Tiger viewing from elephants may be available from the Park authorities.  This excursion takes no longer than 20 minutes and is offered in the mornings only.

Overlooking the Banjaar River and premier Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola proves that you can look smart and be smart at the same time. Built with input from the local community and an eye toward giving back, this bush lodge offers an eco-conscious safari experience with Taj Safaris’ luxurious amenities. The 18 guest tents (divided into two camps) are luxurious, yet lightweight; wall panels and floors are formed from pressed bamboo, while furnishings are beautifully handcrafted from exotic timber. There are twice-daily game drives in Kanha, one of nine Project Tiger preserves that veritably saved the species.
In the Know
Feeling adventurous? Arrange for an intimate bush dinner set in your choice of secluded jungle spots; your butler is ready to assist. Distance from Raipur Airport (RPR): 270 minutes Guests Receive:

  • Full breakfast daily is already included in rates
    • Breakfast is served in the Restaurant or any other part of the lodge and also inside the national park during the morning game drive.
  • A personalized cooking session with our Chef
    • once during stay
  • A private dinner for two in a scenic setting
    • once during stay
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage
    • for up to two people, per room, once during stay
  • Upgrades are not applicable with this participant
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
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