The Sarai at Toria, Panna near Khajuraho
Sarai (or Serai) is an ancient Persian term for an inn and Toria is a nearby village; hence the Sarai at Toria. Welcome! The Sarai at Toria’s uniquely designed accommodation is situated on a beautiful riverside site, close to Khajuraho. It can be a destination in itself, as the surrounding area is full of wonderful history and natural beauty, and it is also conveniently located to fit into a number of central Indian itineraries.
Located amidst agricultural land in unspoilt countryside, the Sarai at Toria spreads over nine acres of undulating land. With the river on one side and a small forest patch at the back, we can provide many lovely corners for hideaway reading and relaxation and for private al fresco meals.
The Sarai at Toria has 6 independent cottage rooms, each having attached bathrooms, verandas and private courtyards; they will later add a more 2 rooms. Four of the present six cottages are especially suitable for families, as they have included tucked-away mezzanine bed spaces that are great for children. Keeping environmental concerns in mind, the property has used minimal concrete and steel and sourced most of the materials locally - mud, stone, wood, brick, lime, tile, bamboo and grass. The spacious cottages are fabricated in mud, with thatched roofs; combined traditional methods and modern architectural design to insulate them from the extremes of the outside climate. But the rustic mud exteriors hide elegant and contemporary interiors.
A large dining and lounge area is situated on the highest point of the land commanding magnificent views over the Ken River and towards the plateau of the Panna Tiger Reserve. This stone, wood and tile building, designed in an open style, is the perfect place to view sunrises and sunsets and generally to relax and enjoy the tranquil scenery.
The Sarai at Toria is located only half an hour’s drive from Khajuraho. It lies on the banks of the River Ken, less than 2 kms from the entrance to the Panna Tiger Reserve at Madla. Khajuraho is well connected with major Indian cities by road, rail and air.
Sarai can be made a base for visiting Khajuraho, Panna National park and other interesting sites nearby.