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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Taj Safaris - Elephant back safaris in India


Taj Safaris, India's first luxury wildlife circuit, in collaboration with &Beyond, has introduced the unique wilderness experience of Elephant Back Safaris for their guests. Guests are offered the rare opportunity to explore the Indian Jungle on the back of these lumbering gentle giants, while taking in all the sights, smells and sounds of India. Elephant-back safaris also offer a unique way to see the Bengal Tiger and experience the incredible Indian Wildlife. Guests can experience the Elephant Back Safaris at Mahua Kothi - Bandhavgarh, Baghvan - Pench National Park and Banjaar Tola - Kanha National Park.

Baghvan Lodge

Baghvan Lodge is located by a stream, surrounded by forest, on the edge of the sprawling Pench National Park. Its spacious, rustic standalone suites and airy guest areas make a wondrous starting point for guest's journey into the wild. The lodge is named after the king of India's jungles, the regal Bengal tiger ("bagh" = tiger, "van" = garden), Pench National Park provided Rudyard Kipling with the perfect backdrop for his classic tale "The Jungle Book".

Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi is nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park and is the first of the Taj Safari Lodges. The lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, around the renowned former tented camp, Churhat Kothi, the accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings.

Banjaar Tola

Banjaar Tola is located on the edge of the Banjaar River, peacefully overlooking Kanha National Park. Kanha is one of the best maintained National Parks in India, the Banjaar Tola lodge and suites epitomize the design mastery of Sanjay Prakash, a renowned environmental architect who is deeply committed to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design and community participation in planning.

Taj Safaris provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. & Beyond's collaboration with Taj Hotels rests on decades of expertise in operating luxury jungle safari lodges offering unique wildlife experiences, coupled with legendary service in hospitality.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 97 hotels in 56 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.  From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth.  Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house. For further information please log on to www.tajhotels.com

About Taj Safaris

Breaking new ground in India, a joint venture between Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and &Beyond offers India's first and only wildlife circuit. This partnership, known as Taj Safaris, provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. & Beyond's collaboration with Taj Hotels rests on decades of expertise in operating luxury jungle safari lodges offering unique wildlife experiences, coupled with legendary service in hospitality. The first lodge in this circuit, Mahua Kothi, opened for guests on 1st Nov 2006; after which 3 more lodges were added to the portfolio, Baghvan—Pench National Park, Pashan Garh – Panna National Park and last was, Banjaar Tola – Kanha National Park completing the tiger circuit on 18th Feb 2009

&Beyond

&Beyond is Africa's leading Ecotourism Company and one of the most comprehensive safari operators with exceptional lodges and safaris in Africa's most breathtaking wilderness locations. The company is well known for its success in creating a business that has reaped viable financial returns through long-term investment in commercial wildlife conservation and community development. With over 30 years of tour operating and safari planning in Africa, and a strong focus on guided and walking safaris, &Beyond's portfolio consists of 35 high-end private game lodges and camps across South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana. Some of their internationally acclaimed lodges include Phinda, and Ngala in South Africa and Mnemba Island and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania.

 

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