My Abodes in Parsili, Rewa, Panna and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh
Few weeks back I was on a week long trip across the north-eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh. In the quest of exploring the lesser known gems of Madhya Pradesh I traversed across various cities in the span of one week. I saw six sunsets, all at different locations ranging from the backdrop of majestic temples of Khajuraho to the dense forest of Panna National Park to the never ending roads. While moving from one city to another (almost everyday) was exciting to another level but the same was tiring as well. The good and comfortable accommodations at all the cities helped in keeping our spirits high. Like they say (below is my tweaked version)
“If you have food in your
fridge(plate), clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer(happier) than 75% of the world.”
I was happy to settle every single day by retiring on a comfortable bed. Let us have a quick recap of all the places that I stayed in that week long trip.
Parsuli Resort ( MP Tourism Property), Parsuli
The journey started with the lesser known safari destination Sanjay Dubri National Park in Parsuli. The road journey to Parsuli from Varanasi airport took way longer that I had estimated. By the time I reached the resort I was dead tired and would have given anything on this earth for a cozy and comfortable bed. Parsuli Resort came as an answer to all my prayers. Parusli Resort which is run by MP Tourism department is the only accommodation option if you wish to venture for a safari in the newly opened jungles of Sanjay National Park. The resort is conveniently located at a distance of just 11 kilometers from the national park.
Parsuli Resort is located by Banas riverside and if you manage to get the deluxe room you can sleep listening to the sound of the river. The view from the room is to die for. I had a basic room all to myself and it was equipped with all essentials. The bed was comfortable and had clean sheets on. The bathroom was clean with constant supply of hot water (it was pretty cold there). The food was made by the staff and it was delicious.
Hotel Safari Regency, Rewa
Rewa is a small town in Madhya Pradesh and it didn’t appeal to me at first. Slowly things got interesting and I had the most amazing time walking into the ruins of Govindgarh Fort and listening to hunting stories of kings of Baghel dynasty. Coming back the stay options in Rewa, Hotel Safari Regency is a decent option.
Hotel Safari Regency is located close to the attractions in the city. The rooms of the hotel are clean. Though there was a certain smell in the room all the time. The bathroom smelled even more. I even spotted cockroaches in my room so not sure about the hygiene quotient as well. The staff was prompt and quick. Wi-Fi didn’t work in the room, it only worked at the reception area. Had a good experience with all the meals.
Hotel Safari Regency seemed to be a budget hotel and if you are checking in here then don’t have high hopes. The prices are affordable and in a town as small as Rewa one has to make do with whatever options are available.
Prices– INR 700 – 2000
Click here to book – http://www.safariregency.com/
Madla Jungle Camp, Panna
If you are planning for a safari in Panna National Park then Madla Jungle Camp is the most apt option. Located just few meters away from the safari gate, this jungle camp ensures less hassles for the early morning safaris. Just get up few minutes before the safari and save yourself from morning blues. Madla Jungle Camp is run by MP Tourism, this is where you know you are in right hands.
Madla Jungle Camp very well imitates jungle camp style.
The cottages have close similarities to the conventional camps/tents in the jungle. Being located right in the middle of the jungle you can actually listen to the sound of various nocturnal birds and animals. The tents of Madla Jungle Camps are comfortable. It has double beds and can be easily shared between two people. Equipped with an air conditioner, heater, mini bar, table fan, cable connections the camp offers more than what you might need in the middle of the jungle.
The staff of Madla Jungle Camp is humble and courteous. I remember calling them for few queries and they were very prompt. The food was delicious and was served always on time. The WiFi only worked at the reception and the dining hall, considering the remote location it was acceptable. If I ever go back for a safari in Panna National Park then Madla Jungle Camp will be my first pick.
Syna Heritage Hotel, Khajuraho
As we entered in the premises of Syna Heritage Hotel, one of my fellow travelers said “what have I done to deserve this?”, yes it looked that grand. The hotel screams all things royal and heritage. With vintage cars at the entrance, a grand reception and quintessential windows the hotel looks promising. The hotel is close to the Western Group of temples in Khajuraho as a result it becomes an apt choice. Also it is located at a quaint corner of the city and hence saves you from the maddening crowd of Khajuraho city.
As I opened my room I was disappointed as it didn’t live up to its grandeur.
The rooms are average with nothing royal or heritage. Equipped with a queen sized bed, cable TV, mini fridge and toiletries, they do offer everything that you will need inside the room. The exteriors, the corridors and the dining hall is nicely done but the rooms are deprived of all the royalty. WiFi only worked at the reception which was again a let down. The food was average, I had better meals at other hotels.
I had a super deluxe room all to myself and I had a comfortable stay. A very important point to note here is that the walls are super thin and you can very well hear all the excitement happening in the room next to yours. I have had a terrible time, I slept hearing weird voices and woke up to the same. Probably the result of too much inspiration from not too much of erotic idols of Khajuraho. The staff is amicable and friendly. Having said all this Syna Heritage is still one of the good places to stay in Khajuraho.