Aman-i-Khas (Ranthambore National Park)
Given the lack of surrounding walls, you feel as if you’re truly out in the open in this luxury tented compound. Tastefully spaced out, the tents have white drapes and traditionally woven beds. Each guest has a butler to serve their needs and the pool is the perfect spot to unwind after a safari.
This chic resort, neighbouring Ranthambore National Park, home to wildlife including tigers, leopards and jackals, is 11 miles (17 km) from Ranthambore Fort.
The 10 elegant, Mughal-inspired tents have 18 ft (6-m) high canopies and air-conditioning. All feature sitting areas, bedrooms and bathrooms separated by cotton drapes, and seated sundecks. Wi-Fi is available.
Amenities include a dining tent with a communal round table, and a nightly campfire. There’s also a spa with Ayurvedic treatments and outdoor yoga.
The most populous areas for India’s tigers are the national parks of Bandhavgarh and Kanha, and with the right guide, it’s very likely that you will see one of these magnificent animals in the wild. The easiest way to see them up close is to ride with the elephant drivers – mahouts – who can get closer thanks to the unthreatening presence of their mounts.