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BAGHVAN

PENCH NATIONAL PARK


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Food at Baghvan - Pench National Park


Food is an integral part of Indian culture, with each region and religion lending its own unique influences. At Baghvan, guests delight in the delicious flavours of Central India. Different dishes are introduced at each meal, offering a range of mouthwatering dining experiences.

As guests arrive at Baghvan, they are welcomed with a refreshing ice-cold sweet and salty lime soda. Light, healthy lunches are served on a sweeping shaded deck surrounding the swimming pool and overlooking the nullah (dry riverbed), a favoured route of the Pench tigers. Alternately, lunch platters are delivered to the suite should guests opt for a leisurely meal in the privacy of their own bungalow. Lunches include a choice of flavoursome local dishes, from chicken with onion and tomato, to potato cooked every which way. Enjoy stuffed rotis and steamed rice, followed by fresh fruit with syrup.

Before guests venture off on their afternoon game drive, afternoon tea is served. Sip on masala spiced iced coffee or tea, with biscuits freshly baked in the interactive kitchen, and be sure to try the assorted fruit with rock salt, chaat masala and lime. After an exciting drive in the jungle, guests return to the lodge and whet their appetites with Baghvan's signature pre-dinner cocktail. Celebrate the sunset under a huge Banyan tree whilst watching a giant flying squirrel perform breathtaking aerobatics.

Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Snack on a light salad with pappadums and limes. Then delve into the traditional main dishes, including lentil soup, soft vegetables with peppers, chickpeas with tea leaves, paneer in mint and coriander, tandoori, roasted brinjal with green chili, red chilis stuffed with achar masala in jaggery curry, chicken korma – all served with an assortment of naan breads and fresh chutneys. Guests are invited to mingle with our expert Indian chefs in Baghvan's interactive kitchen and learn how to prepare traditional dishes – recipes and spices provided! After dinner, guests indulge in decadent desserts or cheese platters, served with tea, coffee or cognac.

Each morning, personal wake-up calls include the delivery of basil-infused water to the suite. It is left quietly in the courtyard for the guests to enjoy along with tea, coffee and a morning snack, prior to departing on their safari. After a morning filled with adventures, guests return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Delectable breakfast platters are served on the veranda or in the lush vegetable garden in the morning sun. Enjoy freshly squeezed fruit and/or vegetable juice, or get hooked on the traditional Indian lassis! The various platters are laden with toast, jams and marmalades, chutneys, homemade muesli, fresh fruits, and assorted cheeses. Hot breakfasts are also prepared according to guest's preferences, with eggs and fresh breads.

Sharing good food and stories is a revered tradition at Baghvan.

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