Safaris’ new jungle safari lodge comprises a cluster of stone
cottages huddled atop a small hill, with magnificent views over the
forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous
tiger and resident antelope sightings.
This lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the
Panna region. These houses differ from other Madhya Pradesh styles,
with dramatic roofs constructed from massive slabs of irregularly
shaped slate. The guest areas celebrate Haveli design, with a
spacious central courtyard. The interiors are a contemporary mix of
chocolate linens, block-printed black silks, celadon cottons and
cotton lace chandeliers. A strong motif throughout the lodge is the
motif of the crocodile, which inhabits the nearby Ken River.
Although the structures are rough, chunky and stony, the interiors
are sleek and sexy.
The lodge features 12 stone cottages, with a central guest area
showcasing fabulous leather furniture made in Delhi, with massive
black and white photo canvasses of the dramatic Panna landscapes.
There are subtle references to the erotic stonework at the nearby
temples of Khajuraho.
Surrounded by 190 acres of private jungle wilderness, Pashan
Garh draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of
north-central India. With breathtaking views over the dense
forest, as well as a nearby waterhole, the stone cottages are
approached by large flagstones. Inside, dry packed stone walls
and airy architecture create the impression of a summer
pavilion. Accents of ebony, chocolate and white combine with a
dramatic central shower in the bathroom to create a clean,
strong texture. A vast stone veranda with a comfortable day bed
provides shelter from the heat of the day. Delicious Indian
fare, prepared by expert chefs, is discreetly delivered using
the unobtrusive butler hatches.
The guest areas celebrate Haveli design and are centred around a
spacious central courtyard, set amongst giant banyan trees.
Panna stone, mined on the outskirts of Panna town itself, and
Jaisalmer stone from Rajasthan, is used for all the stonework.
Large decks flow between the dining area and the guest area,
with their exposed roof rafters and raw stone walls. A lookout
tower offers expansive views over the nearby watering hole. An
infinity pool invites guests for a refreshing dip, while
inviting aromas waft from the open, interactive kitchen. Vintage
kists, rich textiles and an array of other treasures bring
softness and warmth to the chunky stone interiors.
from Delhi to Khajuraho (Jet Airways), followed by a one-hour
chauffeured drive to the lodge.
Ken River Lodge