Artifacts and Luxury in Bandavgarh Tiger Reserve

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).

Loved the guard room at the entrance
Loved the guard room at the entrance

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

Vigilant Guard Snoopy
The ever Vigilant Guard Snoopy

The principal or main building has two levels with the lobby, reception , bar ( watering hole)  , fireplace on the first floor.

The Main Building in the resort
The Main Building in the resort
A gorgeous  TIGER lobby in the principal building
A gorgeous TIGER lobby in the principal building

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.

The Reception table in the lobby
The Reception table in the lobby

Not a trophy, its made of brass by the Tribal craftsmen  of Chattisgarh. Bulk of the artifacts relate to the forest.

brass wild boar
brass wild boar

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.

SITA RAM
SITA RAM

Inside view from the rooms keeps you connected  to the forest outside .

wooden birds and costumes
wooden birds and costumes

Tastefully done bedroom. Do note the bedside lamps.Do see the earlier article/blog where there are additional pictures of the cottages.

patchwork quilts to keep you warm
patchwork quilts to keep you warm

This lovely elephant walks on the traditional dinner plate, the Thaali.( in brass) 

an elephant in marble
an elephant in marble

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.

cow bells and  wooden coat hangers
cow bells and wooden coat hangers

The wash rooms are delightful with an option of bathing  indoors or under the open skies.

They have traditional heaters powered by logs.

Bathe in the open
Bathe in the open

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.

staircase to food
staircase to food

Walkway from the Main building to the Dining Room.

Walk through the trees
Walk through the trees

Best is to eat outdoors as the weather in December is divine.

Dining in the trees
Dining in the trees

Menus in the spotlight.

Lunch Menu
Lunch Menu

For those who do not wish to share with the inhabitants of the forest, the indoors is an option.

will you share your plate with me ?
will you share your plate with me ?

The wooden beams are from a ship in Alang ( a port where old ships are broken up) in Gujarat.

Indoor dining area
Indoor dining area

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.

the tradiotal indian thaali converted into a table
the traditional  indian thaali converted into a table
Birds on a leaf
Birds on a leaf

Breakfast with the  birds.

lord Ganesha mask
lord Ganesha mask

Lions ( or are they tigers) adorn the walls of the swimming pool. The walls made of stone are so much as in the village.

Swimming pool and lions to watch
Swimming pool and lions to watch

The bar at the pool . The metal figures are  tribal craft at its best .

bar and changing area
bar and changing area

View of property from the Spa. The sails cover large beds near the pool.

view of pool from spa
view of pool from spa

Many flowers bloom at this time of the year.Walking to the spa.

full bloom
full bloom
trees in bloom
trees in bloom

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

welcome to the pool
welcome to the spa
Tribal metal craft
Tribal metal craft

Villager carry water in such utensils. Lovely shapes and sizes.

brass water utensils
brass water utensils

Care to detail is so important to the impression it leaves on the human mind. A fire extinguisher has a coat as well.

fire extinguishers
fire extinguishers

As the sun sets, the lamps are being primed to find their place . It’s also time for me to say ” good  bye”

tradional lamps
traditional lamps

Suitcase packed and transport ready.

time to go
time to go
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