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Pronounced ma-hoo-a, this tree with its fleshy off-white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals, as the vitamins, minerals and sugar-rich flowers are used in a number of ways.
Jointly owned by the Taj Group of Hotels, Mahua Kothi's suites or Kutiyas (jungle village huts) have been stylishly designed in keeping with their surroundings in the 40 acre grounds of the renowned tented camp formerly known as Churhat Kothi. The food is authentic, home-style Indian but on request they will prepare continental cuisine, and they utilise the space on the property well by setting up many different dining venues. It is evident that the emphasis is on the guest 'experience', exemplified in the manner in which they handle the safaris into the 448 square kilometre Tiger Reserve and National Park in which the property sits. The safari experience showcases the jungle through its micro and macro ecosystems - refreshingly breaking away from the 'tiger centric' approach.
The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree.
Frances, Original Traveller