For a local experience
Set in 200 acres of wilderness, Pashan Garh at Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh has 12 stone cottages where you can enjoy your breakfast in the company of birds or watch deer roaming freely outside your home. What makes Pashan Garh unique is the experience, ‘Walk with the Pardhis’. The Pardhis are a local hunter tribe who now use their rare tracking skills to offer an immersive and interactive desert experience to the visitors. Also, since Pashan Garh is away from the city lights, the night sky is perfect for stargazing. Own physicists help you discover planets and constellations.
Book at: www.tajhotels.com
The Lion King
While most of us like to hunt tigers, it is the lion that is the king of the jungle. Sasan Gir National Park in Gujarat is home to the Asiatic lion and there is nothing like seeing a pride of lions in their natural habitat. In addition to offering safaris at the park, Aramness (which means a peaceful village) also enables you to interact with the nomadic Maldhari tribe, who are traditionally shepherds. There is also an option to connect with wildlife on foot. The resort offers the best vegetarian as well as little-known non-vegetarian Gujarati fare. Go to the spa after the safari. There is an offer until March 2023 for a minimum stay of two nights.
Book at: www.aramness.com
Suján Jawai, (a Relais & Chateaux member) in northern Rajasthan, offers spectacular views of dramatic desert. This is the place to be if it’s the elusive leopard you want to follow. In addition to tracking leopards, enjoy breakfast in the bush, outdoor yoga, and delicious dinners under an endless starry sky. A trip to a nearby village offers immersive experiences of local culture as well as insight into some of the camp’s community projects. Jawai offers sustainable luxury in the wilderness with just 10 tents. Walk through the landscape with a Rabari tribe to better understand the region.
Book at: www.relaischateaux.com
Located on the banks of the Kabini River adjacent to the Nagerhole National Park near Mysuru is the Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge and offers luxurious cabins with expansive verandas, temperature-controlled private pools and marble baths. And while you might not want to leave the resort that has one of the most striking infinity pools, Nagerhole’s ecosystem supports the highest density of herbivores anywhere in Asia, making a trip to the national park unforgettable.
Book at: www.evolveback.com
If youare visiting the Ranthambhore National Park, The Oberoi Vanyavilas should be your go-to choice. Set in 20 hectares of landscaped gardens, lakes and fountains, the resort is the perfect space to relax and unwind after an exciting safari. Inspired by the royal tents in traveling caravans from a bygone era, these spacious Swiss tents are equipped with a covered king-size bed and plush armchairs. Soak in the freestanding clawfoot tub with a glass of wine or have a cup of tea in the private garden. The resort offers a large restaurant, bar and spa.
Book at: www.oberoihotels.com