Pashan Garh, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Pashan Garh extends the tiger reserve circuit created by &Beyond (formerly CC Africa) and Taj Safaris, joining the two supremely comfortable lodges in the parks at Bhandavgar and Pench. The stone walls and tiled roofs of the 12 scrub junglesurrounded cottages evoke the local architecture, and the rugged interior decor features coarse-weave hemp and cotton furnishings, saddle-stitched leather accessories, and wildlife photographs; the aesthetic is slightly marred by incongruous African design touches. On the terrace, a maachan (a raised platform on which you can recline under a tiled roof) is embellished with a racy pottery frieze inspired by the temples of nearby Khajuraho. The camp takes on a romantic cast in the evening, when candles are lit and lamps illuminate the pathways leading to the lounge, where you can join the naturalists for dinner (your personal butler will escort you there).2009 Hot List
When to go: October through March for comparatively cool and dry weather.
Which room to book: Nos. 10 through 12 have the most privacy and a view of the man-made lake that, when completed, will lure migratory waterfowl.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›