The Golden Triangle
Khem Villas, Ranthambore National Park

This luxury jungle camp sitting on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, has been thoughtfully designed to provide peace and tranquillity for its guests, as well as a natural habitat for an abundance of wildlife. Surrounded by a thick covering of trees and small lakes, it is a bird watcher’s paradise and sightings of jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox and crocodiles are not uncommon.

Accommodation options include cottages, luxury tents or rooms within the main building, and there is a small plunge pool and spa. Meals are served in the airy dining room, with most of the ingredients being sourced for the hotels own organic farm.  Evenings can be spent relaxing in the cosy library and bar, or hearing stories from the legendary host, Goverdhan Singh Rathore, around the campfire.

Facilities & Activities

Most come to Ranthambore for a sightseeing of the elusive tiger, and daily morning and evening safaris can be arranged, as can trips to Ranthambore Fort with wonderful panoramic views. Other excursions that can be arranged include camel rides, village walks and river safaris on the nearby River Chambal.

Back at camp, join the resident naturalist for a walk through the 12 acres of surrounding forest, with nearly 3kms of trails. Bird lovers will be delighted by the sighting opportunities, and we’d highly recommend spending some time relaxing in the grounds, taking in the views and enjoying the tranquillity, interrupted only by the call of a peacock or a noisy monkey.

There is a small plunge pool, good for a quick dip to cool off, and to fully rejuvenate, the Age Veda Spa offers a range of Ayurvedic treatments.

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Dining

The hotel restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, all vegetarian with much of the produce coming from the hotel’s own organic farm. Tables can be set up on request next to the lake.

Drinks can be enjoyed around the campfire whilst sharing stories with other guests on the day’s sightings, or listening to the stories of owner Goverdhan Singh Rathore. Alternatively, the cosy bar is a lovely place to unwind.

Rooms

Guests are spoilt for choice at Khem Villas with the option of luxury cottages, private villas or safari-style tents.

The safari-style tents are divided into 3 categories – superior, luxury and deluxe. All are spacious and comfortable with private bathrooms and a rustic charm. The superior tents are the largest and come with a private veranda, indoor and outdoor showers.

Blending seamlessly into their surroundings, the thatched roofed cottages boast a private veranda from which to enjoy the beautiful views over the lake and National Park beyond. The bedrooms are comfortable and stylishly furnished, and feature a private courtyard with a big stone open air tub and overhead shower.

For a real slice of luxury, the elevated private villas are stunning. Uninterrupted views over open grassland and forest can be enjoyed from the jacuzzi on the large private sundeck.

 

Family

Although there are no children’s facilities as such, families are very welcome at Khem Villas and any child with a love of wildlife and nature will be in their element. The unique experience of staying in a luxury tent is particularly popular with families. Extra beds can be provided in the tents and cottages, or there is the spacious family room with 2 bedrooms, a living room and private terrace.

Sustainability

Sustainability, environmental responsibility, and conservation are at the heart of Khem Villas. Owner Goverdhan Singh Rathore is passionate about the conservation of Ranthambore National Park, and its tigers, and works tirelessly with the local community in an effort to engage them in projects that would make them less dependent on the park for their natural resources.

They support a seedling nursery that distributes over 50,000 saplings of indigenous trees species to local farmers to encourage them to grow their own fuel wood and timber; a project that uses the abundance of cow dung available in every village and converts it into methane to be used as an energy source; and a small enterprise providing employment for local women in the hope to reduce tiger poaching.

Khem Villas also supports Tiger Watch, founded by Goverdham’s father Fateh Singh Rathore, which seeks to protect the Tiger and preserve the environment.

Engagement in these projects whilst staying at Khem Villas is very welcome. Goverdhan and his wife Usha would be delighted to talk to you about them or arrange visits to see their work.

Location

Khem Villas is set on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape, and about a 10 minute jeep ride from the entrance to the park. Sawai Madhopur train station is about a 20-minute drive away – a great way to arrive avoiding the long road journey from Agra, and to experience the Indian railways.

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