Hot List All-Stars 2012

Mahua Kothi

Bandhavgarh National Park, India

For several years now, I’ve reviewed Hot List properties in India, and could compose a multitude of love letters to places that linger in my memory—especially those in the national parks. The refinement of the game lodges since my first visit is remarkable. Previously, if you wanted to see wildlife in India, you had to do so under rugged circumstances that would likely daunt many travelers. Now, you can stay in cosseted luxury. In particular, the Mahua Kothi, in Bandhavgarh National Park, is a lodge that revives most compellingly in my memory: the return from seeing tigers on the evening game drive to find my bath just poured and a gin and tonic set out next to it, the tang of delectable mahua kothi blossoms fried in ghee for dessert; and next morning, the exhilarating climb up to a 2,000-year-old fort with plunging jungle views of the Vindhya and Satpura hills, and suddenly coming upon a tenth-century statue of Lord Vishnu recumbent in a glade.—L., Hot List reviewer since 2007

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