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)
Our destination is the SAMODE SAFARI LODGE which is a gorgeous stand alone property in the buffer zone of the forest.
Do tell the driver to drive slowly as a forest can give you glimpses of its treasures anytime anywhere.
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..
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.
A short walk and we see glimpses of the charming mud cottages ( suites) assigned to us.
Each cottage ( suite) has a unique private entrance modeled after a home in the village next door.
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.
Utter bliss: what can be better than a sun-downer, a book and the fabulous forest that envelopes you.
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.
A terracotta tiled roof cottage in the village.
The verandah of this cottage is so similar to the luxury resort.
Edible roof ? Hansel and Gretel
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.
The black line on the maps in geography classes in school had suddenly sprung to life.