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BANJAAR TOLA, KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Dining Experiences

The cuisine served at the Taj Safaris is a sensory delight. Each meal is freshly prepared, with organic home grown ingredients. Meal timings are flexible and no venue needs to be adhered to. Private butlers serve you in the privacy of your room, by the pool side or a table for two under the shade of a tree. Influenced by local cooking styles, each dish is a gourmet’s delight. Featuring the finest of local ingredients, the food at Banjaar Tola is a clever fusion of traditional tribal cooking with an international flair. Taking their inspiration from the Chhattisgarh region, the chefs are constantly reinventing their repertoire of traditional dishes to suit all palates.

In view of the recent judgement by The Supreme Court of India directing the Centre and State Governments to ban sale of liquor along national and state highways, alcohol will not be served at any of the restaurants or outlets at the hotel.

Breakfast in the Wild at Banjaar Tola
Bonnet Breakfast

A sumptuous breakfast is set up on the safari vehicle bonnet deep in the jungle. Freshly baked muffins and cookies along with sandwiches, fresh fruit and hot kathi rolls are washed down with freshly plunged coffee and a selection of teas. A perfect refuelling for the rest of the morning safari.

Dining Under the Stars - Banjaar Tola
Bush Dinner

The bush dinners at Banjaar Tola have a fairy tale quality. Multitudes of lanterns light up a clearing in the forest while gentle aromas from clay ovens fill the air. A rustic wooden cart serving refreshing drinks beside a bonfire is a wonderful start to the evening revelry. Dining tables are scattered about and a row of interactive live cooking counters are stationed at one end. Some local delicacies like the ‘Baiga’ chicken and desserts like ‘malpuas and rabdi’ are greatly relished. The Baiga dancers in traditional dress move lithely as the compelling drumbeats make guests want to join in. A sumptuous feast, jungle tales and tribal dancers are ingredients for a most memorable dining experience.

Private Dining at Banjaar Tola
Private Dinner

The private wooden deck of each tent with the quiet waters of the river below and the surrounding forest is a magical spot for a private dinner. The evening has a fairy tale beginning with a pathway of flower petals leading to a drawn bath and wine chilling in the bucket. Moving out to the deck, guests are greeted by a smart butler beside a beautifully laid table for two. A choice menu showcasing the finest of local flavours is presented in a seamless service. It is an indescribable sublime atmosphere mingling elements of thrill, romance and being one with the wilderness.

Interactive Culinary Sessions at Banjaar Tola
Interactive Culinary Sessions

Unveiling the secrets of Indian cooking, where guests learn and taste simple dishes is a popular evening activity. The spacious open deck in the common guest area is set up with a small stove and an array of spices, chopped herbs and vegetables in various colours and textures. The personable chef takes the visitors on a culinary journey of traditional Indian delights. Guests taste and inhale the tantalising aroma of various spices as they participate in preparing simple recipes. Understanding the therapeutic properties of traditional herbs and spices makes for an absorbing culinary session. Once the cooking is done, guests get to have their curry and eat it too.

 Banjaar Tola Swimming Pools
Poolside Dinner

Each camp at Banjaar Tola has a pool with a gorgeous location beside a tree grove. A dinner here is a delight through the seasons. An elegant set up with classy dinnerware and lamps provide a stunning contrast of high end luxury dining with the dense rugged jungle as a backdrop. Tables in a neat row are set at a distance to facilitate quiet conversations and appreciation of the soft wilderness sounds.