Khem Villas, Ranthambhore National Park
Tel: 91 07462 252099
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
At the entrance to Ranthambhore National Park—famous for its tigers and tenth-century fort—this all-inclusive 15-unit camp on ten acres delivers a truly authentic safari experience. You'll meet an interesting international crowd, as well as Delhi's movers and shakers, over evening cocktails by the private lake or at organic vegetarian meals taken family style in classic game lodge fashion (ask for an Indian menu—the Western dishes aren't always successful). The experience is sybaritic too, as the main lodge is furnished in stunning Rajasthani style, with Anokhi hand-block printed quilts and cushions adding gorgeous colors. There are rooms within the lodge as well as tents, and six luxe thatched-roof cottages come with a massive stone tub in a private courtyard, illuminated by candles in rose petal–strewn bowls. Evening game drives, jolting about on pitted roads, bring you close to wild boar, sloth bears, and alligators as well as the park's famed leopards and tigers.2007 Hot List
When to go: April through June is the best time for game viewing.
Which room to book: Either of the two cottages with open views of farmland, ponds, and Ranthambhore's rocky escarpment.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Pool