Does anything say social distancing better than being out in the wild with more animals than humans in sight? At a stone’s throw from Pench National Park, Khawasa, Madhya Pradesh, is a luxurious safari lodge where you can launch into the wild. Set within a dense forest, Vannraj by Ayana offers the best of both worlds — a luxurious escape and a space that immerses you into the surrounding wilderness. Ayana is a colossal resort — the kind where some guests might not leave until check-out time. It is situated at a close distance from Turia, the entry gate of Pench National Park. You can go by road from Jabalpur or Nagpur and reach Pench in three to four hours.
The property has three sets of accommodations: the Vannraj Villas, the Machan Rooms and the Traditional Cottage. While the villas come with two bedrooms, a large living area, a luxurious bath and open showers, the machans are comfortable, eco-friendly rooms. The showstopper, though, in the Machan room is the private bonfire area. What’s more, the lodge gives you easy accessibility to the magnificent central Indian forest.
To help you make the most of Pench’s wildlife without burning a hole in your pocket and without skimping on luxury, we have an exclusive offer. Book one of these packages and can avail up to 40% discount. Cannot Decide your dates? No problem. You can book your stay by buying a travel voucher and choosing to travel anytime between 1st Feb’21 till 20th Dec’21. However, please note that the park remains shut between 1st July to 30th Aug.
Traditional Villa (Save Up To 30%)
2 Nights/3 Days: ₹17999 (Original price ₹25960)
3 Nights/4 Days: ₹26998 (Original Price ₹38940)
Machan Cottage (Save Up To 40%)
2 Nights/3 Days: ₹22999 (Original price ₹37760)
3 Nights/4 Days: ₹34498 (Original price ₹56640)
Safari & Jungle Walk
The whole thing feels a bit like Disneyland for Eat, Pray, Love fans, complete with waterfalls and spillways. So where would Julia Roberts go? She would go on a jungle walk to explore the nearby forests and so should you. Also, do not miss out on the safari where you can witness everything from chital, sambar, wild boar, jackal, Indian leopard, jungle cat and Indian bison. Meticulously trained guides, who understand local flora and fauna, take you through the park. If you simply cannot get enough of safaris during the day, go for a Night Safari. There have been sightings of wolves, spotted deer, jackal and sambar.
Another unique experience to soak yourself in is Star Gazing. Since the lodge is a secluded area away from the city, the sky has an unmatched, clear visibility. Oh, and that’s not it. There will be an expert indicating stars, constellations and planets, whilst delighting you with local folktales and stories.
Wellness & Spa
After the exploration, soothe your sore feet with a massage in the spa. The rejuvenating massage will stimulate your lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins, and you will instantly feel good. The spa services at Vannraj include massages, facials, body treatments like exfoliation, wraps and packs and aromatherapy. You can also hit the pool when you crave some downtime.
Spend a memorable afternoon in the potter’s village, Pacchhdhaar just half an hour from Vannraj. This small village is home to only a few families involved in pottery, offering a fascinating glimpse into this traditional craft. This experience is truly immersive.
Enjoy breakfast in the wilderness while reading your favourite book or bird watching. From a lantern-lit bush dinner under the charm of a tree, to a cosy seating arrangement above the lake on the suspended deck, you can take in all of the beauty that is nature. The meals are crafted from fresh ingredients, cooked perfectly, and are presented with safari flair. And before you call it a day, you can enjoy a drink in the swim-up bar.
What are you waiting for? Book yourself this experience now.
Where: Jamun Tola, Khawasa, Madhya Pradesh