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Taj Safaris bags the Virtuoso® Best of the Best Hotel Award 2013

Banjaar Tola has been recognized for Excellence in the category of the Most Innovative Guest Experience

August 19, 2013

19th August 2013: Virtuoso®, the luxury travel agency network renowned for creating exceptional experiences, at its seventh annual Best of the Best Hotel Awards has conferred Banjaar Tola, a Taj Safari lodge in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh with the prestigious award of the Most Innovative Guest Experience. Winners were revealed at the Hotels & Resorts dinner on August 14th, which took place during the 25th annual Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

While the editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine, the network’s award-winning publication, combed through hundreds of options to determine the nominees, it is Virtuoso’s travel advisors who ultimately decide the winners in each category.


Rightly earning its place amongst the four other renowned world hotel nominees, Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris is the only Indian nomination to have been recognized as a hotel that continually raises the bar by featuring clever and meaningful guest experiences that move the industry forward.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Taj Group of Hotels said, “The Most Innovative Guest Experience Award is a true honor because it has resonated with some of the most valued professionals in the industry – Virtuoso’s travel advisors, which shows us that we are clearly on the right path to serve and delight our guests. It’s an acknowledgement that we hold high, with this award, Taj Safaris has reaffirmed its reputation for excellence in providing its guests with innovative and memorable experiences.”

Banjaar Tola, the third jungle safari lodge from Taj Safaris, India’s first luxury wildlife circuit is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style, with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic.

The lodge boasts two elegant camps of nine suites, each with its own intimate tented sitting area. Banjaar Tola has its own unique identity, celebrating the Bastar and Dogra art that hails from nearby Chattisgarh.

About Virtuoso
Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 330 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,250 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $9.6 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit . To view Virtuoso’s latest videos, go to .

About Taj Safaris
Breaking new ground in India, a joint venture between Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and &Beyond offers India’s first and only wildlife circuit. This partnership, known as Taj Safaris, provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. & Beyond's collaboration with Taj Hotels rests on decades of expertise in operating luxury jungle safari lodges offering unique wildlife experiences, coupled with legendary service in hospitality. The first lodge in this circuit, Mahua Kothi, opened for guests on 1st Nov 2006; after which 3 more lodges were added to the portfolio, Baghvan—Pench National Park, Pashan Garh – Panna National Park and last was, Banjaar Tola – Kanha National Park completing the tiger circuit on 18th Feb 2009

&Beyond is the continent's leading Ecotourism company and one of the most comprehensive safari operators with exceptional lodges and safaris in Africa's most breathtaking wilderness locations. The company is well known for its success in creating a business that has reaped viable financial returns through long-term investment in commercial wildlife conservation and community development. With over 30 years of tour operating and safari planning in Africa, and a strong focus on guided and walking safaris, &Beyond’s portfolio consists of 35 high-end private game lodges and camps across South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana. Some of their internationally acclaimed lodges include Phinda, and Ngala in South Africa and Mnemba Isand and Ngorongoro Crater lodge in Tanzania.

For more information, please contact:
Vaishali Sudan Sharma; Rediffusion/Edelman: +91 8800133299
Shona Dias; Rediffusion/Edelman: +91-9819441898

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