The Bori Safari Lodge is designed keeping in mind the modern comforts for a contemporary traveller, and being in sync with the natural surrounds. Very different from other lodges of the same group or esewhere in the Indian forests, Bori Safari Lodge is an intriguing mix of art and desgin that celebrates the space it is on.
Even at first glance you can see the elemental quality of the design – the spaces, open to large expanses of farm and nature, sky overhead, a water body and the sense of light everywhere. The eight rooms are in four clusters of two room cottages elevated to accomodate the monsoons which is known to cause flooding of this region. The luxury is in the simplicity and the gentle colours, and interesting pieces of art that surrounds you in eveny room, and that nature is just outside the large high doors that can be stacked to the side, which you have an uninturupted view straight into the farms and wake up to dawn chorus from your bed.
Each suite is a generous space with infinite detail. The aesthetics are simple and elegant, and if it is raining….. it is a heavenly moment to sit in your room and sip your coffee. Enjoy the serene ambience of the farmlands from the deck of your private dwelling!
The public areas of the lodge also allow a seamless sync with the outdoors at all times. Plenty of open spaces, large windows in the dining area and an uncluttered feel is what makes Bori Safari Lodge special. As you ascend the steps into the lodge to a welcome for the first time or everytime you return from your safaris – a cold or hot towel and a minty tea is offered. Almost immediately you are in the large courtyard where a healthy Palash tree is being urged to take centre stage. This courtyard that in good weather promises to be a beautiful outdoor dining is the defining space of the lodge and sets the tone for everything around it, as well as links the key Jehanuma details. The Tea Cart to one side is an invitation to ‘Chai’ whenever you want. The lounge and bar to one side which is also where the Naturalist or Lodge Manager will update, regale and share with you their knowledge of the forests of Satpura. The dining is simple and open almost contrasting to what comes to your table. Different cuisines served as multiple courses, fresh ingredients sourced from their own kitchen gardens and grown around. Decks and courtyards and large open windows spell ‘outdoors, under-the-sky’ again and again.
On the other side of the Courtyard are the bridge-like trails that take you to your cottages, as you walk through thriving farms and dottted with young trees that will soon add to a healthy canopy of indegenous trees, an invitation for birds, civets, shrews and other creatures of the wild.