LUXURY , A VILLAGE AND THE TROPIC OF CANCER

Umaria is a tiny sleepy village  town in the state of Madhya Pradesh,India.  Its claim to fame  ; it’s the nearest railway station to the famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

An overnight train from New Delhi takes you directly to Umaria. The train stops only  for a few minutes only so be sure to get off.

(do keep a watch out for write ups at http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com on Bandavgarh Forests)

sleepy UMARIA ( i love it)
sleepy UMARIA ( very calming for a city dweller)

Our destination is the SAMODE SAFARI LODGE which is a gorgeous  stand alone property in the buffer zone of the forest.

morning sun rays filter through the trees
morning sun rays filter through the trees in the forest

Do tell the driver to drive slowly as  a forest can give you glimpses of its treasures anytime anywhere.

keep the windows down  though its nippy in Decmeber
keep the windows down though its nippy in Decmeber

I would recommend a romantic  getaway to this ultra luxurious quiet and peaceful lodge in the midst of a jungle even if you are not a  wildlife enthusiast..

Sanode safari Lodge
Samode Safari Lodge

The entire premises are beautifully merged into the surroundings and the construction is inspired in large measure by the neighboring village. No manicured gardens, all are permitted to wander without restraint. There is total Freedom.

The large metal containers are used to store grains.

the first glimpse of the dining area
the first glimpse of the dining area

A short walk  and we see glimpses of  the charming  mud  cottages ( suites) assigned to us.

charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs

Each cottage ( suite) has a unique private entrance modeled after a home in the village next door.

Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome
Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome

The cottages are the ultimate in Luxury. The artifacts and furniture are very carefully selected and i shall write on them in chapter two of this article.So follow my blogs to be updated.

For now i stick to three topics: Luxury: Village & the Tropic of Cancer.

The musical view from the bed
The musical view from the bed

Utter bliss: what can be better than a sun-downer, a book and the fabulous forest that  envelopes you.

the verandah attatched to every bedroom
the verandah attatched to every bedroom

As i dream of the lovely Samode safari Lodge while i write ,I do realize I will be compelled to add a Chapter two as well .

So lets get out of these luxurious rooms and go for a walk to the neighbouring village to see the life of  an Indian village on the fringes of a Tiger Reserve.

Do compare the pictures to those posted above.

Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge
Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge

A  terracotta tiled roof cottage in the village.

similar to our room?
similar to our room?

The verandah of this cottage is so similar to the luxury resort.

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Verandah of a home in the viilage

Edible roof ? Hansel and Gretel

Organic homes for cattle
Organic homes for cattle

Do keep a watch out for more stories on this amazing destination  in the days to follow.

Umaria is also known for an important key geographical feature.

The TROPIC OF CANCER, passes through the  eco-friendly  village ,Samode Safari Lodge and the sleepy town UMARIA.

Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.
Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.

The  black line on the maps in geography classes  in school had suddenly sprung to life.

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3 thoughts on “LUXURY , A VILLAGE AND THE TROPIC OF CANCER

  1. Pingback: LUXURY , A VILLAGE AND THE TROPIC OF CANCER | enchantedforests

  2. Hi,
    I got a chance to go over your site and I enjoy the content and images. One suggestion: it seems as though most of your images are taken from the same vantage point and distace. Try shaking this up a bit – get in close, get low, high, etc. I think this will be an improvement.

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