Luxury Tree House Life At Pench National Park

Luxury Tree House at Pench National Park
Luxury Tree House at Pench National Park

Who is not fascinated by tree houses? When you look at their pictures surrounded by tall trees with birds flying around, you are bound to go into a dream state. My dream to stay in a tree house came true when Pugdundee safaris invited me to experience them at their luxury tree house resort – Pench Tree Lodge on the edge of Pench National Park. Yes, it is the land of Mowgli and Jungle Book. It can not get better than this to experience a treehouse living.

History of Tree Houses

Luxury Tree House at Pench Earth Lodge, Pench National Park
Tree House as part of Jungle

While I was enjoying my stay at Sarrahirri with Pugdundee Safaris, I wondered who would have first invented tree-houses? Did our houses evolve from some primitive tree-houses? Or, the other way round, were tree-houses born from a fantasy to live among the trees? Well, the answer is really a combination of both. The man has lived in tree houses since ages – when he shared the forests with the animals and needed basic protection from them. A raised tree house is the first form of protection. Tree houses were also used by hunters who would perch themselves on top to keep an eye on the animal movements in the forest. During the hunting expeditions, they lived in tree-houses.

A tree top lounge at Pench Earth Lounge
A treetop lounge at Pench Tree Lodge

Leisure destination – the modern day version of tree-house is a 19-20th CE creation. It started in Europe, difficult to pinpoint where, when rich and famous started commissioning them for leisure. Today, there are professional companies who specialize in building tree-houses and tree house resorts. You can differentiate between various tree-houses by the way they are built, how you climb them etc.

There are primarily two types of tree houses – one sitting on high stilts around a tree and other built around the tree trunk. Former is obviously more popular and reliable.

Living in a Luxury Tree House Resort

window with a jungle view, Pench National Park
All windows come with a jungle view & bird performances

We reached The Pench Tree Lodge – the tree house resort of Pugdundee safaris quite late at night. We were welcomed with a fair bit of instructions like no food in the tree house, no stepping out alone after sunset. As the staff guided us to our tree house through a path surrounded by grasslands, we could hear the jungle all around. We climbed almost two floors on the wooden staircase to reach our tree house. This being a luxury tree house had everything we would need. At night jungle could be felt only through the sounds mostly of crickets.

Luxury Tree House at Pench Tree Lodge by Pugdundee Safaris

Early morning view from the Luxury Tree House balcony
Early morning view from the Luxury Tree House balcony

Luxury Tree House rooms at Pench Tree Lodge are spacious. Each one overlooks the jungles. No two tree houses are in direct line of sight. Yes, that means you can do whatever with blinds open, only birds and animals would be the witness.

Library at Pench Earth Lodge
Library at Pench Tree Lodge

A large bathroom comes with a comfortable chair to sit and admire the surroundings. A large balcony with unbelievably comfortable chairs overlooks the jungle. A Mahua tree was home to many birds. I would remember the golden orioles the most, though. They teased me throughout my stay at the tree house. My favorite corner in this cozy tree house would be the French balcony kind of sit out – jetting out in a corner. Colorful cushions added the color to the primarily dry green exteriors. We could see a small stream with a small bridge over it. It was lovely to sit here and soak in a book or chat with my tree-house mate with some nice tea for company.

Food at Pench Tree Lodge

Jungle Breakfast at Pench National Park
Jungle Breakfast at Pench National Park – Pugdundee Safari Specialty

Food is served in their dining area. This is the biggest building in the Pench Tree Lodge campus. On the ground floor are lovely dining rooms with pictures of flora and fauna all over. On the first floor are lounges with earthy yet colorful décor. An old tree trunk becomes the central table, a room divider serves as a library and the outside seating takes you back to the jungle. What I liked most about this building was that wherever you sit, your eyes are always looking at greenery outside. Birds are never out of your view.

Pench Earth Lodge Dining Area
Pench Tree Lodge Dining Area

Kitchen team at Pugdundee Safaris churns out lovely food that completes your experience. They are good at both the Indian and International cuisine. You should ask them for a bush dinner, which they usually serve in an adjoining bush with lanterns lighting the area. The dim twinkling lights create a very romantic atmosphere, though the mosquitoes can play spoilsport. However, my favorite food part with Pugdundee safaris is the breakfast they serve on Jeep top inside the jungle. Mid-way through the safari, it is such a welcome and much-needed food break.

Birding at Pench Tree Lodge

Viewing Deck like Balconies at Pench Earth Lodge
Viewing Deck like Balconies at Pench Tree Lodge

There were so many birds fluttering around my luxury tree house that they were giving tough competition to the tree house. Two days in a row, I went for an early morning birding walk around the lodge. We passed by the streams and ponds, all of which were dry at the moment. Birds perched themselves on distant trees. It was difficult for the cameras to shoot them, however, eyes could easily enjoy them.

Villages around Pench Tree Lodge

A quintessential Indian village around Pench National Park, MP
A quintessential Indian village around Pench National Park

One evening we went outside to explore the villages around the Pench Tree Lodge. It is lovely to walk amidst fields, with farmers doing their work. In the evening you can see them returning home. A small conversation tells me how far our worlds are despite the basic food connecting us.

Silver jewelers of Sukhtara Village
Silver jewelers of Sukhtara Village

Another evening we visited Sukhtara Village Haat. Most of it was usual village market selling vegetables, fruits, daily needs items. However, two small silver jewelry shops caught our attention with. In turquoise blue trunks and cupboards, the heavy silver jewelry sparkled. Women flocked to these shops as we clicked some pictures of the heavy ethnic designs.

Bangle seller at Sukhtara
Bangle seller at Sukhtara

There were, of course, usual glass bangles. After ages, I saw bangle seller putting bangles on the hands of the women – a practice I thought was long dead.

Colorful street food at Indian Village in MP
Colorful street food – my favorite Jalebis

There were colorful sweet shops with inviting jalebis and fresh pakoras. You consume at your own risk of course.

Things to know when you choose to stay in a tree house

  • You are in the midst of a jungle surrounded by trees. Be prepared to be in the company of monkeys, birds, reptiles & rodents.
  • The tree house standing on fragile stilts sways when you move or when the wind is in its element. It feels like being on a slow-moving train.
  • Keeping food within the tree house is an open invitation to the inhabitants of the jungle.
  • Seal the doors as well as possible.
  • Keep your luggage packed and locked – Though the rodents can open zips and take out what they need. Well trained they are and I am talking from personal experience.

Thank you Pugdundee Safaris for a lovely experience. This being my almost first luxury tree house experience would always be special to me.

Recommend you to read following travel blogs on Indian National Parks.

Collarwali Tigress – Queen of Pench National Park.

Meeting Munna – Rock Star Tiger at Kanha National Park.

Jeep Safari at Satpura National Park.

History, Life inside Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Home of Single Horned Rhino – Kaziranga National Park.


  1. Hi Anuradha. A really good article on tree lodge in Pench National Park. i am tempted to go there and experence it. Thank you

  2. grow more more tree houses.
    also visit the tree houses in jungle bells, araku valley near vizag andhra pradesh.
    heavens indeed. better that many foreign jaunts.


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