Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambore Park)
Getting back to nature in the lap of luxury never looked so good. Somewhere between a tent and a luxury suite, you’re enclosed in a vast garden, itself within a huge mud brick wall. Peak out from under your canvas roofs and take in the lush foliage and lily ponds. Teak floors and colonial décor complete the picture.
Set amid 8 hectares of gardens, this refined hotel featuring luxury tents is just over a mile from the Shilpgram museum and 5.5 miles (9 km) from Ranthambore Fort, and is perfectly positioned for your tiger safari.
The elegant rooms in luxe tents with wood floors offer free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning (no TVs). All rooms have 4-poster beds, sitting areas and terraces, plus en suite bathrooms with free-standing baths.
Breakfast is served in a colonial-style restaurant. There’s a bar, along with an outdoor pool, a spa and an exercise room. Other amenities include an observation tower and an amphitheatre. Jeep safaris in search of tigers and leopards, spice talks and Rajasthani folk music evenings are also on offer.
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.