Kanha National Park is also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve. Kanha is one of the largest parks in India which is home to species like tigers, gaurs, barasinghas, deers, etc. It is located in the Mandla district near Jabalpur, a place which has an airport & a major railway station. Most of the tourists visit this place to enjoy the wilderness at its best. It is one thing to watch animals in a cage & totally different to watch them hunting, eating & roaming. So, national parks have a special place among nature enthusiasts. Visiting places like these is half the story the other part of the story is staying. Usually, it is difficult to find a decent stay at such places. However, to solve this lack of luxury in the wilderness; Club Mahindra has come to your rescue. Club Mahindra is one of the most popular resort chains in India. It is known for its services, property & luxury. I stayed at this resort only & will share my thoughts later in this post. Further, Club Mahindra is exclusive to the members only. So, is it worthy of a membership? I will try to explain the same with my thoughts & if after reading you think you should enroll in, feel free to do so. As experiences hold much more weight than the monetary things you own.
How To Reach:Kanha is easily accessible by road & the nearest station is Jabalpur which also a domestic airport. So, it is best to book flights to Jabalpur & then book a vehicle from Jabalpur to Kanha. One can check flights from the below link.
Train:One can find trains to Jabalpur which can be booked from IRCTC website. Further, book the trains at the earliest as in India finding last moment tickets are nearly impossible due number of people traveling in trains in India.
The best way to reach Kanha is through car the route is scenic & you will enjoy driving here. If you have enough time & patience of a road trip I will recommend it. But, don't do a road trip during summers & it will be very hot. The best time for a road trip is after the monsoon in that way you can witness greenery & unpolluted air.
Club Mahindra Kanha:Located near Khatia Gate of national park spread across in acres this property is completely different from its surroundings. The lush green garden, swimming pool, lots & lots of trees. The rooms are modern & fully equipped with the latest technologies. Hot & cold showers & great mattresses, fantastic furniture & calm environment. These are few of the amenities that are offered by Club Mahindra. The resort is far from the crowd & is one step closure to nature. There are many activities both for adults & kids. During evenings, kids can enjoy funfair which offers board games as well as throwing balls. Adults can indulge in sitting area doing chit chats over a cup of ginger tea.
Club Mahindra offers a great place for community building, as there is hardly anything to do apart from visiting national park also the village doesn't offer much of the relief. In a place like this, families can mend & enjoy some peaceful time together. This was my first experience of staying in any Club Mahindra resort & I really enjoyed my stay. There are few things that you expect from the place & this was a nearly perfect place for it.
Club Mahindra membership charges can be check in this link. If after reading this you loved the experience & want to enroll in the program, you can fill your details here & enroll in this fantastic experience.
Kanha National Park:The park is crowded & it is recommended to book tickets well in advance. Although there are some last-minute cancellations however for that you need to be super lucky. I would recommend to not take risk of booking tickets at the window. It is better to book in advance & enjoy your stay. I was not able to visit the park due to the unavailability of the tickets. But, the road trip through the forest area was one of the high points of the trip.
Apart from Club Mahindra, there are hardly any restaurants where one can enjoy food. But, if you are looking for some alternatives then you should visit Maratha restaurant which delivers good food at an affordable price.
Handy Resources:Below are the few resources you should check before making travel plans.
Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.
Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.
Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.
Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.
Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.
Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.
Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.
Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.
Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.