Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan
The ultimate in authentic, genuine, tented jungle camps, 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 decorative copper in the bathroom. 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
- Although we haven't viewed them yet, the Luxury and Royal Suites look decadently romantic (choose from a Jacuzzi or private pool!)
- The food is excellent in every way - as good when we revisited in 2013 as when we first stayed - and there's lots of it!
- The wildlife is spectacular: as the camp borders the national park, the site itself is frequented by over 350 species of birds, antelope and wild boar. Even leopards and tigers have been spotted or heard near the camp
- There's a lovely swimming pool; families with older kids will love it here
- It's a bit off the beaten track - although you can arrive by train and get collected from the station, the journey is a bit stressful. Most people use a driver from Jaipur/Delhi
- Tiger safaris need to be booked at least 6-8 weeks in advance
- It's expensive, but well worth the splurge for an unforgettable experience
Soak up the crackling fires, the great stone showers, the fresh roses, the saffron turbans, the absurdly good massages...Tatler Travel Guide