Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge
The dramatic slate roofs of Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge rise out of private jungle in the Panna National Park.
Inspired by the dry-packed stone architecture of the region, Pashan Garh is stony and rough hewn, with white marble and leather furniture to soften its stark lines.
A spacious central courtyard celebrates local Haveli design, with its sense of sanctuary and coolness.
The dramatic lines of the lodge create a theatre of jungle discovery and adventure, with constant reminders of the wildlife haven outside, like the massive black and white nature photo canvases that decorate the walls or the crocodile motifs that echo the inhabitants of the Ken River nearby.
- Surrounded by 190 acres (70 hectares) of private jungle
- Magnificent views over the forest and a watering hole
Why Stay At Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge?
- Situated near Panna National Park
- The World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, with its intricately carved ancient Indian temples, is an easy day trip from Pashan Garh
The rocky escarpments and lowland forests of Panna are the ideal habitat for the sloth bear. With its shaggy, black fur and the white V on its chest, the sloth bear's cuddly appearance is belied only by its curved claws, used for breaking into termite mounds. Ants and termites form the bulk of the bear's diet, although it also enjoys honey, flowers, tubers, fruits, grains, and even meat and eggs. Sloth bear cubs are born in caves or among large boulders and remain with their mothers for up to two years. Cubs jostle with each other for a secure position on their mother's back, where they remain even when she is running or climbing.
The Ken River is home to the mugger crocodile, a freshwater species found in India's lakes, rivers and marshes. Better adapted for movement on land than most other crocodiles, the mugger has been known to migrate overland when necessary and may even chase prey on land for a short distance. In the dry season, mugger dig burrows on the river banks for shelter from the sun. Like most crocodiles, the mugger is not a fussy eater, consuming fish, other reptiles and any small mammals it is able to ambush drinking from the river.
The national bird of India, the peacock, is often spotted displaying its spectacular colours among the dense forests of Panna. The male is famous for its iridescent blue-green plumage and extravagant tail, which it displays as part of its courtship ritual. The female, or peahen, is far less flashy, with her dull green and grey feathers. During mating season, the loud, high pitched cries of the peacock echo hauntingly through the jungle. Peacocks are ravenous eaters and will feed on anything from insects and plants to mice and scorpions, or even small reptiles and amphibians. The peacock is an important symbol in Indian folklore and mythology.
A passion for creating extraordinary experiences for our guests runs in the veins of all &Beyond staff in India. The innate courtesy and warm hospitality of the people of India shines through at all our lodges and camps.
For the staff members at Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge, there is no better way to spend the day than in making our guests' dreams come true. Our chefs, butlers, housekeepers, security and workshop staff are carefully trained by &Beyond hospitality managers, but their pleasure in sharing your special moments is something that cannot be taught. They are the magic ingredient at Pashan Garh and their commitment to creating moments that take our guests' breath away is genuine.
&Beyond is renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable naturalists on the Subcontinent. They have a passion for people and wildlife, ensuring unbeatable interpretive jungle experiences.
Our naturalists at Pashan Garh impart a wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about the habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects of Panna National Park. Many of our naturalists belong to the surrounding communities and can share cultural information with our guests.
The Very Best Training
&Beyond runs a full-time naturalist training school managed by our head naturalist at Kanha National Park. Each naturalist at Pashan Garh undergoes a rigorous training course, incorporating skills in game driving and tracking, as well as wildlife knowledge, at this school before joining our team. They then receive further on-site training in all aspects of running the lodge, even laundry and housekeeping, at Pashan Garh. New naturalists benefit immensely from their colleagues' ongoing mentorship, and their desire to develop and learn is constantly nurtured.
At every &Beyond lodge we seek out small (and sometimes not so small) but meaningful ways of putting our values into action every day. Each lodge supports the conservation of wildlife and contributes to its neighbouring communities in one way or another. In addition, we seek to limit our impact in terms of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy, water and waste management, and recycling.
Crocodiles & Conservation
Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge hosted 15 children from the Amjhiriya community. The children were picked up at the crack of dawn, and the whole village was up early to see them off! The group enjoyed an informative Conservation Lesson in Panna National Park – a definite highlight was the boat ride along the Ken River in search of crocodiles. Thanks to the Pashan Garh family for organising such a memorable day for these children.
Pashan Garh Reaches Out
Situated in Panna, Asha Bhavan is a centre that cares for underprivileged children and is committed to protecting the rights of physically challenged and disabled children. The Pashan Garh family recently invited 40 of these children to spend a day at the Lodge. For many of them, it was their first outing, and they were delighted when a high tea was served in their honour. After filling up on biscuits and vegetable pakoras (assorted vegetable dumplings in chick pea batter), the children gave a heart warming singing performance to the staff and guests. Several guests were so impressed that they generously made contributions to help the lodge support of Asha Bhavan. The Pashan Garh family aims to continue making a difference in the lives of these special children.
Pashan Garh’s Naturalists Get Down & Dirty
The naturalist team at Pashan Garh played a crucial role during the building of the lodge. From taking charge of 20 donkeys and labourers, to operating a tractor and trailer with a team of builders. The naturalists worked hard at clearing rubble from the site and replanting any trees damaged by the building process. Ratna (India’s first trained female naturalist – and &Beyond's’s first female head naturalist) took on the management of ‘Bombay’, the temporary builder’s village, which was home to 500 stone masons and builders. Ratna and her team ensured that Bombay had sufficient clean water, and removed litter and installed rubbish bins. The Naturalists also created a water recycling system to recycle the grey water from the staff village and use it to water the vegetable garden. Nothing like team work!
The Nutritious Pashan Garh’den
The team at Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge has transformed the staff village area into a flourishing vegetable garden. The entire team pitched in to create a garbage segregation area, complete with a compost heap that provides rich organic nutrients for the garden. The lodge’s water recycling system passes ‘grey’ water from the showers in the staff village through a sand filter, producing 3 000 L of water a day that is used to water the plants. Labourers and children from the local community created the colourful fish tank which stores the recycled water. Inspired by &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Pashan Garh also has a garbage incinerator, which provides ash that is combined with the compost to produce organic fertiliser for the vegetable garden. This well-oiled ‘machine’ has enabled the lodge to grow fresh lettuce, chilli, garlic, spinach and zucchini. Now that’s truly making a difference!
A Day At Pashan Garh
At Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge, the days are designed to thrill you with unexpected jungle encounters and the fragrant Indian nights to spoil and indulge your senses.
- Morning Game Drive - Your personal wake-up call will deliver fresh fruit juice, tea and coffee to your cottage before your morning game drive. Enjoy a morning full of adventure in Panna National Park, in the company of an expert, &Beyond trained naturalist.
- Breakfast - While out on game drive, enjoy a delicious picnic breakfast, complete with freshly brewed coffee.
- Lunch - Take a dip in the lodge's infinity swimming pool or relax in your suite before lunch, served on the veranda or delivered to the privacy of your cottage through an unobtrusive butler hatch.
- Afternoon Tea - Admire the views from the intimate sitting room, try your hand at traditional Indian recipes in the interactive kitchen or enjoy a guided birding walk in the extensive grounds before afternoon tea.
- Afternoon Game Drive - Enter the rich diversity of Panna once again on your afternoon game drive. Explore the tropical forests, deep ravines and thick teak forests of the reserve, looking out for sloth bear, leopard, sambar, chital, wild boar and more.
- Dinner - Back at the lodge, dinner will be waiting in the dining room or you may enjoy a surprise palanquin dining experience with a jungle dinner in a traditional ox cart. Savour delicious Indian cooking, including Haandi dishes served in earthenware pots. After dinner, retire to the shelter of your stone cottage as you drift off to sleep.