In the mood for some adventure? Why not stay in a forest? Here are the properties that know how to curate the ultimate wilderness experience. By Harsini Sriram

1. Kanha Earth Lodge:


Sprawled over 16 acres of natural forest, this lodge with 12 bungalows is as luxurious as it is eco-friendly, offering a wilderness experience that few others can match. The little things really do add up—like the use of local stone, traditional Gond architecture, the open verandahs and the property’s unique location (right outside the Kanha National Park yet cut off from the busy tourist circuit). With a string of awards to its credit, the lodge is a great pick if your idea of a holiday involves a lot of downtime surrounded by lush greenery with nature walks, birding and safaris thrown in.

2. Namah:


Nothing spells luxury like a room with a view, and this upscale resort overlooking Kosi River might be just the kind of break you need. For starters, there’s Jim Corbett National Park in the vicinity, so spotting that elusive tiger is very much on the cards. But, if you’d rather stay within the premises of the resort, you’re still in for a treat. The nearly 50-room property has a whole range of activities you can choose from, be it a relaxing yoga routine, a fun cookery class or a video game session.

3. Mary Budden Estate:

This charming homestay, nestled at 8,000 feet in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, is sprawled across five acres of pristine forest land. The estate blends understated elegance with unmatched comfort to provide an immersive wilderness experience. It runs on solar power, has a rain water harvesting system in place and a garden that brims over with fresh organic produce. The Mary Budden Cottage can accommodate up to six people and two children and comes with a fireplace, a stunning front porch and lots of interesting nooks. In the vicinity is Rhododendron Cottage with its inviting courtyards, a library and huge windows that offer breathtaking views of the valley. Go birdwatching, take long leisurely walks, or sign up for a yoga retreat here.

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