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Just minutes from the gateway into Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is a charming and romantic jungle camp that remains probably our favourite place to stay in the region.
Even better, the entire camp has undergone a complete renovation and emerged more comfortable than ever. The main accommodation is in 12 comfortable tents arranged in a semi-circle around a garden and tented pavilion. Each tent, complete with wrought iron bed, has been expanded, while the famous showers in the en suite bathrooms have been enlarged further and are now even more powerful. Additional luggage racks have been built, and the spacious veranda and features such as the butler's bell remain.
For added luxury, Sher Bagh has now added two more supremely spoiling tents, the Luxury Suite and the Royal Suite. The Luxury Suite sits in the shade of wild guava and gooseberry trees with its own walled garden, Jacuzzi and open air shower. Think the Raj during Edwardian times and you're on the right track, with campaign furniture and fittings throughout and completely private areas - including a veranda - in which to relax between game drives. The Royal Suite ups the ante even further with its own private clearing enclosed by grass walls for extra privacy, and verandas furnished with campaign pieces such as a desk at which to compose Kipling-esque prose. The icing on this regal cake is a private heated swimming pool from which you can often see deer and antelope. Both suites also come complete with private butlers to attend to your every need during your stay, and safari equipment such as binoculars.
The large main lodge has a very comfortable sitting room and a well-stocked bar and restaurant on a raised level, offering excellent views over the surrounding hills, dotted with centuries old watchtowers. The kitchen itself has been enlarged and a new team of chefs added to the existing one to produce delicious meals, more often than not using produce from Sher Bagh's organic herb and vegetable garden. Guests can even enjoy private cooking lessons with the team. In the spirit of improvement, the Sher Bagh spa has also been enlarged, with a wider range of treatments and massages available for guests before or after their game drives.
Away from camp, there are regular game drives in the National Park in Sher Bagh's specially customised 4x4 vehicles kitted out with binos, guidebooks and even bean bags for serious photographers with long lenses. Needless to say the driver/guides are vastly experienced and know the favourite haunts of the park's population of tigers. The good news is that tiger numbers are - finally - on the up, and last season Sher Bagh guests saw, on average, two tigers a day. Guests can also visit the beautiful Ranthambore Fort, or nearby Dastkar, a local women's cooperative selling fabrics, embroidery and handicrafts. Come evening it's time to sit back and relax by the camp fire, drink in hand, to regale stories of tiger sightings or learn more about the wildlife from the camp naturalists.
The camp uses traditional Rajasthani shikar tents to lend a sense of authenticity.
Frances, Original Traveller