Sher Bagh, Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Sher Bagh by SUJÁN really is the perfect jungle camp and is a hugely justified member of Relais & Chateaux. One of the first ever Relais & Chateaux's in the country, it was among India’s first luxury tented camps and is globally acknowledged as the most charming and authentic place to stay in Ranthambore. The SUJÁN family has played an active part in the conservation effort at Ranthambore since 1974 and continues to do so more than 40 years on today.

The deliciously comfortable tents are arranged in a semi-circle and each has its own verandah and a beautifully spacious bathroom. The interiors are stunningly decorated with elegant ‘campaign’ furniture in rosewood and teak, bespoke accessorises from Halcyon Days, and are entirely in keeping with their jungle surroundings – they manage to retain the authenticity of original ‘shikar’ tents, yet they ooze style and can be rated up there with some of the greatest African safari camps. The Royal Tent with its four poster bed, large sitting room and private garden and heated pool looking out over the hills, is truly exceptional, and the Luxury Tent with its outdoor Jacuzzi and tree shower is equally special – both come with butlers a beck and call and camera equipment at your disposal.

Woodland paths lead to the camp fire - the heart and soul of Sher Bagh - which is lit at night, along with flickering candles and lanterns – all hugely romantic. This is where friends are made and evenings of merrymaking and tiger talk take place, whilst sipping delicious, perfectly chilled cocktails. These pretty paths also lead to a secluded swimming pool which looks out over grassy fields; to hidden daybeds in pretty, isolated spots; and to a delightfully private and inviting jungle SUJÁN Spa tents. The spacious main lodge has a library bar which is warm and welcoming on chilly winter nights, whilst the elegant lounge tent exudes calm is the perfect spot for afternoon tea – again it is replete with beautiful ‘campaign’ items. The dining tent is cosy yet airy and here one feasts on glorious cuisine, much of it sourced from their own, organic vegetable garden.

SUJÁN, is all about service, style and sophistication and these elements are perfectly showcased at Sher Bagh - spectacular and unparalleled in Ranthambore. It’s the little touches and surprises that make it such a special place to stay at. Being all about nature, wildlife and the hunt for the elusive tiger, many hours are spent out in the park with some of the best naturalists in the state. Game drive options vary in length of time, for the real wildlife enthusiasts half day and full day game drives are now available. Sher Bagh’s drivers and guides are the best in the business and proudly hold over 150 years’ experience between them. With the environment and conservation, at the core of SUJÁN you will learn everything you want to know about Ranthambore in their care.

The SUJÁN team, all hugely passionate about the environment and conservation, have even adapted the jeeps’ undercarriage to make them more comfortable; and where else do you get your own binoculars, blankets and even ‘dust glasses’ – they think of everything here! When not out game viewing, explore Ranthambore Fort, relax by the pool, drink fine wine, feast on delectable food, enjoy a pampering massage, go on camel rides or bird walks; or lie back on a daybed, looking across the fields and woodland. The perfect place for dedicated wildlife lovers who are looking for a truly genuine but elegantly luxurious jungle camp, where the family connection with Ranthambore, service and cuisine are unsurpassed.

Eco / environmental / responsible tourism policy

SUJÁN Luxury Hotels (Sher Bagh and The Serai) pride themselves in providing luxurious and authentic experiences to their guests. The highest levels of luxury and personalized service are their mantras, but so too is respect for the environment, local communities and the underprivileged. They do not believe their guests should have to worry about how much water they use or how many towels and clothes they give for laundry. That is, in their eyes, for them to worry about, and they take the necessary steps to minimize their guests' and their impact on the environment.

They believe that they should give back to the environment, and not necessarily within the hotel. At Sher Bagh, they send all the waste-water into a reed-bed, which soaks in toxins and releases the water back into the table. They are looking into rainwater harvesting projects and working to use as much solar energy as possible. They already have re-forestation projects around Ranthambore and also actively assist park management. In 2008 Sher Bagh donated a troop carrier for patrolling the park, and funded the construction of a well and water trough for animals in an area of the park facing huge water shortages.

They believe they should give back to the community and constantly endeavour to work with the villages around them by donating blackboards to schools or books, and other teaching apparatus. They have a state-of-the-art filtration system for their swimming pool which allows them to recycle, and therefore conserve precious ground water.

At each of their hotels, they predominantly employ locals, whom they train for each of the departments. At Sher Bagh, they employ about 30 locals of a total staff of 36. Each one of them is the 'bread-winner' of their family unit, which comprises 8 people on average. They also practice organic gardening and encourage neighboring farmers to do the same.

Party Moments

One of the best tented camps in Rajasthan, this gem of a place would be fabulous to take over for an exquisite private party. Due to its jungle location and park restrictions, very loud parties here would be more difficult to arrange but a group of nature and wildlife lovers, fine wine and food lovers would be in their element and in awe of the service. Varied but possibly restricted (i.e. fireworks) entertainment possible.

reservations

For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,
or the hotel.

must do

Walk up to glorious Ranthambore Fort for spectacular views of the park, and take time out by the pool.

Access

By air to Jaipur from Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bombay and Calcutta, followed by a 4 hour road journey.

By train travel to Sawai Madhopur, from Delhi or Bharatur, followed by a 30 minute road journey.

By road from Jaipur, Samode, Kota, Bundi or by a longer road journey from Agra and Bharatpur.

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