This is the third in the series on Bandavgarh: LUXURY, VILLAGE & THE TROPIC OF CANCER .AS is human have not set off to the village from the lap of luxury.
Digressed a bit into Paintings & Artifacts. Though i think now , I shall make it a part of each place I visit as I loved the diversion.
However they were are so fascinating as they reveal stories ( fact and mythical) of the past. While you carry memories of the forest with you in the form of pictures or thoughts, artifacts on the other hand can be placed in our homes.
The Artifacts are but a few of the treasures you can see at this resort. Most of them bring to the fore the rich heritage of the region and the arts and crafts practiced by the skilled craftsmen who reside in Central India.
The Samode Safari Lodge is one of the very few and rare places which merges beautifully in its sylvan surroundings.
I relive the moments as i take you for a tour.
The stone wall, quaint windows and terracotta roof of the GUARD ROOM at the entrance to the sprawling property.
Do check the features which draw entirely from the neighboring Village”Mardari “( feature follows in subsequent blog).
I call him Snoopy ( from the comics of Tintin) as he bears a striking resemblance ( do you agree?) . For reasons best known to him, his preferred watch was the Dining Room
The principal or main building has two levels with the lobby, reception , bar ( watering hole) , fireplace on the first floor.
Striking similarity to my office table. This is the reception. Mark the high techie typewriter and other nick knacks.The red books ( “Bahi”) are the traditional accounting books of the local businessman.
Not a trophy, its made of brass by the Tribal craftsmen of Chattisgarh. Bulk of the artifacts relate to the forest.
Most homes in the village have an auspicious drawing/ saying on the exterior front walls. This one reads SITA RAM and is inscribed on the walls of the cottages.
Inside view from the rooms keeps you connected to the forest outside .
Tastefully done bedroom. Do note the bedside lamps.Do see the earlier article/blog where there are additional pictures of the cottages.
This lovely elephant walks on the traditional dinner plate, the Thaali.( in brass)
These wooden peg coat hangers can be found in every home in the village. The wooden bell adorns the necks of cows so they remain within hearing range.
The wash rooms are delightful with an option of bathing indoors or under the open skies.
They have traditional heaters powered by logs.
Food and drink are essential to a fun trip and can make or break properties.
The painted wooden statues showcases the customs, society and fashionable attire of the people.
The featured image of Lakshman with the bow is from the epic Ramayan.
The name Bandhavgarh comes from him. “Bandhav” meaning brother of Ram ( the perfect God Hero of the epic Ramayan) and “garh” meaning fort. : bandhavgarh.
Walkway from the Main building to the Dining Room.
Best is to eat outdoors as the weather in December is divine.
Menus in the spotlight.
For those who do not wish to share with the inhabitants of the forest, the indoors is an option.
The wooden beams are from a ship in Alang ( a port where old ships are broken up) in Gujarat.
The interiors are aesthetically done incorporating many articles used in Indian homes to date.
The table top is an Indian Thaali ( a large plate made of metal). The food is then served in small bowls of metal placed on the plate. Each region in India has its own unique Thaali and food.
Breakfast with the birds.
Lions ( or are they tigers) adorn the walls of the swimming pool. The walls made of stone are so much as in the village.
The bar at the pool . The metal figures are tribal craft at its best .
View of property from the Spa. The sails cover large beds near the pool.
Many flowers bloom at this time of the year.Walking to the spa.
The spa is made like Indian homes of the past, with a large open courtyard forming the centre.
The spa has a central water body, a lily pond
Villager carry water in such utensils. Lovely shapes and sizes.
Care to detail is so important to the impression it leaves on the human mind. A fire extinguisher has a coat as well.
As the sun sets, the lamps are being primed to find their place . It’s also time for me to say ” good bye”
Suitcase packed and transport ready.