Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
My resume of each park and the accommodation provided:
Pench Jungle Camp had the best facilities (including a pool) and the park offers the best game viewing. It has a huge variety of animals and birds which are easy to see through the teak forest. But none of our group saw a tiger (Hemal had warned us that a tiger sighting here would be unlikely).
Wild Chalet at Kanha had the best location (overlooking a river) although it was extremely cold evenings and mornings and game drives away from the premium zones were practically a waste of time - dense sal forest making game viewing very difficult. But I had my first tiger sighting at Kanha - our jeep spent some time watching a female on the edge of the forest a hundred yards from the road stalking a spotted deer.
Nature Heritage Resort at Bandhavgarh is close to Tala gate and this is the park where, across the group, we saw several tigers. However, most sightings were "manufactured" - the park authorities use elephants to find tigers and shepherd them to where jeeps are waiting. Bandhavgarh is the most beautiful of the parks we visited with spectacular landscapes.
The staff at the lodges made us most welcome, service was excellent and the food was always good - plentiful and tasty, mostly vegetable curries of all sorts but with one meat option and all the usual Indian meal extras.
The park roads are all extremely dusty and everything gets covered with a reddish film. The evening shower back at the lodge was always a highlight of the day for me!