Pashan Garh in Panna National Park
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.