(in South Asia) a platform erected in a tree, used originally for hunting large animals and now for watching animals in wildlife reserves.‘The estate forest has numerous waterholes, which have observation machans overlooking them, providing the guest undisturbed wildlife viewing.’
- ‘In a wildlife park near the scenic town of Albany, New Hampshire, the police pulled out a 45-year-old man from the septic tank under a public toilet in a park, his chosen machan for peering at women's backsides.’
- ‘The place has been refurbished for the festival and the dhaba atmosphere has been created with a puncture shop, country liquor outlet, sweet shop, machan and all other trappings of a dhaba.’
Via Hindi from Sanskrit mañcaka.
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