Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan
An authentic, luxurious tented jungle camp, perfect for game viewing and spotting the lucky tiger
It’s pretty hard to call it camping when you’re
cocooned in a rather luxurious white linen tent that’s
modelled after 1920’s safari quarters preferred by Princes of
the time. Unlike the colonial days, you won’t be shooting
tigers - except with a camera - but everything else about Sher Bagh
is designed to make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in
time, and the camp’s location next to Ranthambhore National
Park means you may well glimpse one of these glorious creatures
during your stay.
The camp’s tents are set in an arc around an immaculately clipped green lawn. Inside, they’re filled with character: old-style lanterns by the wooden beds, a writing desk complete with a ticklist of animals to spot, and bathrooms with rainwater showers and elegant copper fittings. Saunter over to the main lodge and you’ll find a host of fabulous tiger photos (all taken by owner Jaisal Singh or his wife Anjali), clusters of khaki safari hats and wooden walking sticks, and an open-air bar serving Bloody Marys before lunch and cigars afterwards. It’s slightly tongue-in-cheek but genuinely fabulous. A must-visit.
Reviewed by Liz Simpson
- The camp managers are utterly charming and there's a wonderful atmosphere at night: a starry sky, the pathways lit by fire torches and everyone sitting around the campfire
- The Pukka Sahib and Royal Suites are decadently romantic (choose from a Jacuzzi or private pool!)
- Spectacular wildlife: the camp borders the national park and even tigers have been spotted nearby (no guarantees though!)
- A lovely swimming pool, great for families with older kids
- Lots of excellent food! And spoiling extras like hot water bottles and blankets for early morning drives
- It's a bit off the beaten track - the journey may be a bit stressful, but the destination is worth it
- It's expensive and the extras can really add up - we spent a small fortune on G&Ts
- Tiger safaris need to be booked at least 6-8 weeks in advance...
- ... And there's always the risk you won't see tigers, but the odds are better than they've been in years
If you're looking for a safari experience in India, this intimate camp is a great choice...Frommer’s