The Baagh Resort is a rural, forest retreat in the heart of central
India where tigers roam in the jungle and fields of yellow mustard sway
in the sunlight. The Baagh is nestled in the heart of the rolling Maikal
hills, a picturesque belt of villages that are set around the great
Kanha National Park which is one of the largest sal forests to be
inhabited by such a diversity of large and small animal and bird life.
Here the austere yet austere walls of mud homes curve with the
undulation of the human hands that made them. Latticed fields give way
to rivers and streams and an ancient forest filled flora and fauna so
rich as to have inspired the Mughals to come in search of diamonds and
Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. Colourful markets and
provincial towns are dotted with people who are some of the oldest
indigenous inhabitants of South Asia. Even remote corners have shrines
to the various communities who live here.
Arriving at the retreat you first cross the threshold of an old
traditional mud farm home and then move into the expanse of the Baagh
Retreat. The slightly elevated restaurant dining terraces are tranquil
and open perch from which to gaze at the gardens. The Baagh's landscape
has hundreds of fruiting trees and many vegetables, which are used in
the restaurant's kitchen.
Each of the 24 rooms, 16 Deluxe Suites and 8 Junior Suites are
well-appointed with open terraces facing towards the garden and the
lake. Marble clad bathrooms and sumptuous beds are welcome comforts that
soothe the guest after a day of exploring nature.
Each pathway around in the Baagh holds new delights whether in the form
of a pavilion, a contemplative seat under a large, shady tree or an
intimate space for outdoor dining or barbecues.
Conveniently located towards Mukki Gate, which is the quieter side of
the Park, the Baagh is a brief fifteen minute jeep ride to the famous
Kanha National Park for tiger safaris. Along with tigers, there are
wonderful cheetal, sambar deer, nilgai and birds such as the crested
hawk eagle, vultures and painted francolin. Phen Sanctuary, known for
leopard sightings, is also nearby and is an annexe of Kanha National
Park featuring luscious vegetation and rugged terrain.