Ranthambore National Park encompasses nearly 400 sq km of dry deciduous forest. The park’s name derives from the fortress of Ranthambhore (built in 944 AD), which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The forests around the fort were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. In 1957 Ranthambhore was declared a wildlife sanctuary; in 1974 it came under the protective umbrella of Project Tiger and in 1981 became a National Park. Today it has some of the finest habitats in the world and is rich with diverse flora and fauna.
Spread across twenty acres of lush, landscaped garden, The Oberoi Vanya vilas is rich with indigenous plants and birds. From the top of the observation tower, you can admire panoramic views of the bordering jungle, spot wildlife at the nearby watering hole while sipping champagne at sundown.
Luxury Tents cradled by lush, fragrant indigenous flora, set within traditional mud walls are designed to reflect the majestic caravans that crossed the deserts carrying noblemen during the times of the Raj. The inner canopy is decorated with gold woven tiger print, rugs lie on polished teak floorboards, while the four-poster, canopied bed is the prize of the room.
Temperature control units, Pillow Menu, fully stocked personal bar enhance the experience of luxury living in the wild.
The restaurant has a daily changing menu, of superb local Rajasthani specialties’, pan-Indian and continental dishes.
Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the only heritage hotel in Ranthambore was built over 80 years ago, and was a hunting stop for the Maharaja of Jaipur. Not much has changed and the original art deco styled lodge still houses the original dining hall, bar and lounge. The veranda added later also remains with all its grand style.
The friendly wave that greets you as you drive in towards the charming reception sets the tone for the many little surprises that are designed to delight. The rooms and suites are spacious and are fully loaded with modern comforts.
Enjoy the Indian and Continental cuisines at the extra long Maharaja's table . Check out the modern spa and pool. Walk through paths across the lush 12 acre gardens and discover campfire spots and amazing outdoor dining options.
In 1989 a barren land was purchased and planted with indigenous trees, grasses and water bodies were created to convert it to a natural habitat for native wildlife. Today its normal to see Jackals, Hyenas and Jungle cats roaming within the campsite. Lots of birds also pay a regular visits to Khem Villas.
The accommodation offer the choice of staying in Luxury tents, Thatched roof Cottages and Rooms.
Probably the best place to try out vegetarian International and Indian cuisine as Khem Villas offer only vegetarian food. All the ingredients are sourced from in house organic kitchen garden.
Age Veda Spa at Khem Villas is where one can connect with nature in spirit and body.
Nestled in the lap of lush green landscape ensures you the comfort in tranquil surroundings. It offers 38 cottages /rooms along with 12 suites having big windows to its lawns and swimming pool.
The entertainment and leisure facilities include a well stocked library, wildlife slide shows and traditional dance performances in the evening. A great value for money place to stay.
The Sher Bagh, a luxury tented camp bordering the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve offering 12 hand-stitched canvas tents. The camp is beautifully furnished with Edwardian campaign style furniture. The showers and bathrooms are exquisitely designed.
The cuisine is perfect combination of western lunches with traditional Indian dinners cooked over clay ovens. The nourishing home-grown ingredients sourced from the in house Organic Herb and Vegetable Garden.
The outdoor dining experience under the dome of a starlit sky is not to be missed.
The Library Bar is a perfect spot to unwind in between Game Drives or at the end of your safari. Wireless facilities in this area ensure you remain connected with your world.