Tree house Restaurant at Ken River Lodge (Village Madla, District Panna, Madhya Pradesh)

In a nutshell:

Super loved the look, feel, detailing & the overall experience at ‘tree House’ just besides the huge Ken River & liked the food that was more like ‘home cooked’ than at a Restaurant.

Entrance to the campus of Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Address & other details: Ken River Lodge

Meal for 2: Rs. 800 onwards (without alcohol)

Buffet @ Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian (Not available always)

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Located 35 kms away from Khajuraho & very near to Panna Forest Reserve, this restaurant is quite an experience – Taxis & autorickshaws are available in abundance to take u there. The roads from Khajuraho to Panna are narrow but not bad . To go to this lodge, one has to get into a village road & the as the road ends, one has to enter a dirt track. The scenery is beautiful & the experience awesome.

Scenery as u approach Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Post u park the car, u have to walk to the Ken river lodge – starting with a rustic wooden footbridge.

wooden foot bridge @ Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

As u enter the clearing where the ‘Tree house’ is situated, u realize that it is not a tree house in the true sense. It is a large hall with a large balcony (facing the river) made with wood but placed on a strong cement structure.

‘Tree House’ Dining Hall @ Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Branches of real trees protrude from the floor of the dining hall.

Trees protruding out @ Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

The wooden balcony with the river flowing by, has seating arrangements & it is amazing – It is great for some romantic moments & also for a group of 5-6 friends.

Balcony seating @ Ken River lodge, Panna, Madhya Pradesh

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Yagya Restaurant (Utsav Mangal Karyalaya, Usmanpura, Aurangabad)


In a nutshell:Simple spartan interiors, warm & fast service, excellent enjoyable Maharashtrian vegetarian thali.

the home like tasty & good veggie thali

Address & other details: ‘Yagya’ restaurant, Utsav Mangal Karyalaya, Usmanpura, Aurangabad

How to get there: Hop into any auto rickshaw & ask him to take u to ‘Yagya’ restaurant in Utsav Mangal Karyalaya.

Meal for 2: Rs. 260

menu card cum price list - on the wall

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Aurangabad is the base town for Shirdi, Ajanta, Ellora & Daulatabad. So in case u r travelling to any of these places u need to stop over at Aurangabad.

Strangely, if u ask people / search the net, there r not too many convincing answers that u get. Autowallahs & taxi rivers tend to take u to expensive multi cuisine restaurants who r generalists – do not specialize in any ocal cuisine.
I was lucky to have a foodie friend who knew well about Aurangabad & hence it was easier. Be it vegetarian food or the Mughal inspired Nonvegetarian food, I was able to have some very good meals.

Yagya is a small simple spartan eatery that serves only vegetarian unlimited thali @ Rs. 130 per person.

the simple interiors

This restaurant has been around for 25 years now. The staff members speak Marathi & little bit broken Hindi. They are very warm though & treated us as if we were guests at their home.

A signboard outside the restaurant proclaimed – Traditionally moderate, Moderately traditional!!!!! I did not understand that part though.

the strange signboard

Some locals say that their ‘aunt’ or ‘grandma’ can cook better – I am sure they can. But for a tourist looking for good vegetarian food, this is an excellent place to drop by for some ‘home like’ tasty & good food.

The thali was outstanding – None of the Food courts in Delhi NCR serve such a good thali at even double the price of this. As compared to Haldiram’s / Bikanervala etc , this one is much simpler & closer to very good cooked home food & hence less oily & less heavy but very tasty.

Detailed Description – In case u have the time to enjoy reading:

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