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“Ranthambhore Experience at Khem Villas”
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Khem Villas
Ranked #1 of 48 Sawai Madhopur B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 May 2012

We travelled to Ranthambhore in October 2011 and stayed at the Khem Villas. Mrs. Usha Rathore and her staff are excellent hosts and I am writing this review especially to mention their invaluable help extended during an emergency situation. One of our family members back home took ill and we had to rush back to Jaipur to catch a flight. Within a span of half an hour (at around 10.30pm) they arranged for us to be driven to Jaipur airport (at midnight) and did the billing and packed us a breakfast snack too!!
Many many thanks to the team at Khem Villas for their hospitality.

The resort is very luxurious and the safari experience was good (we spotted one tiger). As vegetarians, we loved the food served here. The food served here is made from organic produce home grown at the resort. The resort is spread over a vast area with three lakes and spreads of farming land in between. We spotted a crocodile in 2 of the lakes.The bonfire in the evening around the lake was good to meet other people staying at the resort.The resort is spread over a vast area with three lakes and spreads of farming land in between. We spotted a crocodile in 2 of the lakes.

Definitely a great place to stay in Ranthambhore. We definitely plan on going back sometime soon.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

In April 2012, whilst on a 10 day tour in Central India, I had a fascinating and memorable 2 night experience staying in this Luxury Jungle Camp and Hotel. Khem Villas is ideally situated to explore and enjoy the wildlife of Ranthambhore National Park and the Tiger reserve.

The private escorted tour of Central India and the hotels were organised by Mr Arvind of Castle and King of New Delhi .After a few interesting but hectic days in Delhi and Agra I was relieved to arrive in Ranthambhore peacefully by train. I was met at the station by the local Castle and King representative who drove me to the exotic, private 20 acre estate that houses Khem Villas.

Thinking it was (just) another Luxury hotel but nothing in the brochures could have prepared me for the beautiful and peaceful settings of this fabulous Hotel and luxury Jungle Camp. I was greeted on arrival not just with a welcome cold drink but also with a genuine authentic Rajasthan custom involving a tilak mark on the foreheard.Soon I was I was being escorted by torchlight to my very own detached cottage with thatched roof. It had 2 rocking chairs on the private veranda and a view to die for and I was very soon ensconced in the peace and delights of my cottage. Every Luxury I could hope for and a private inside and outside bathroom!

Dinner, served in the open pan covered dining area by the library was own grown, organic, homemade traditional country vegetarian cuisine. Every part of the 3 course feast was well presented and tasty and served by local people in authentic local costumes.

Preparation for early morning Safari arrives in the form of fresh tea and warm cookies delivered to the cottage and enjoyed on the Veranda. We were then swept away in an open jeep to enjoy the wild Tigers and many more animals in Ranthambhore Park. Back for a hearty breakfast at 10.30 am and a few hours to walk round and enjoy the delights of gardens and countryside in the Khem Villas estate before the late afternoon Safari.

The proprietor and Director of Khem Villas,Usha Rathore personally greets all guests. It was a pleasure to rest and relax at Khem Villas for 2 days and nights and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone when visiting Ranthambhore National Park or this area of India. Thanks also to Castle and King, Tour operators of New Delhi for including this gem of a place to rest over on the tour.

Tony Gornall

Room Tip: khem Villas has 16 individual cottages and I stayed one of these.It was idea with AC ,peace and priv...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

We stayed in a cottage during the cold January month and we really enjoyed it. We loved our room and enjoyed the private courtyard but we didn’t use the outside bath tub.
The vegetarian food surprised us: great quality and variety. Only the breakfast was a bit poor.
Staff (local people) seemed a bit rude sometimes but probably it had something to do with their poor English.
We did 2 safaris and didn’t see any tigers but we saw a slot bear and lots of other animals. We were really happy with the blankets and hot water bottle supplied by the staff.
We liked the drinks around the camp fire where we could talk to other guests and we loved the little slide show of Usha about the running projects.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

I have been meaning to write this for 1 1/2 years now. Anyway, we had the most awesome experience of a lifetime at Khem Villas. During out 11 day journey Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, we stayed at 5 different top 5 start properties and this was the whole family's favorite spot! My kids still talk about it after over 1 1/2 years. This is their fondest memory of India and will stay that way for a lifetime. The tents are very luxurious. People are extremely friendly. The food is great. The scenery is beautiful!! We had 3 chances to go see the tiger and we saw it on our first ride. We saw lots of other animals but of course tiger was the highlight. Just to be clear, we would have loved this property even if we hadn't seen the tiger. The hummus sandwiches they packed for us and the hot thermal packs came in very handy for our early morning safari. We had hot chocolate (for kids) and hot tea waiting when we got back. The camp fire area they have is gorgeous too. They provided hot pakoras in the evening w/tea. There are little trails along the property and so we walked around there. We actually wanted to extend our stay here for a day but that would have ruined our other hotel reservations further down so we couldn't do it. But we really wish we had more time here.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

I loved thos hotel, especially the rooms. They had nice beds, and a very "safari-ish" feel to them. Sadly we didn't see any tigers, but that's OK, because the hotel was great! One big problem was the wifi, and the reasoning for the 4 star rating. The wifi was never reliable, and it would even cut out sometimes.

Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Usha R, Owner at Khem Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2012

Many thanks for your kind review. We appreciate your concern about the Wi Fi. Khem Villas has an unlimited internet access fully paid for with Wi Fi facility in the common area. This facility is provided free of cost to all our guests. The only company providing this broad band connection is BSNL a government owned company. Being 13kms away from the nearest town this service is provided by their rural exchange in Sherpur village. While we at Khem Villas are able to maintain 24hours electrical back up this is not true in the village and though the BSNL exchange does try to maintain uninterrupted power supply to its exchange power cuts can be long and the exchange keeps failing every now and again which is why the connection gets disconnected. We try our best to urge the service providers to provide uninterrupted service but when they are unable to do so it becomes beyond our control. However we will try to put greater effort to try to make this better. We are very sorry that this issue spoiled your stay with us but would like to humbly state that if the internet was uninterrupted it was not intentional but due to circumstances out of our control. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

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Additional Information about Khem Villas

Address: VPO Sherpur Khiljipur, Sawai Madhopur 322001, India
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Region: India > Rajasthan > Sawai Madhopur District > Sawai Madhopur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Sawai Madhopur
Price Range: ₹ 9,689 - ₹ 19,377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Khem Villas is a small wilderness camp located on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park created on 25 Acres of reclaimed barren land that offers small lakes, open grassland and thick forest areas. All of which combines to offer an unparalleled wilderness experience that is tranquil with nature trails and sit outs from where visitors can view a wide variety of birds and animals. The camp is run by Dr. Goverdhan and Usha Rathore. Goverdhan is the son of Fateh who is India's leading Tiger experts and he himself is an internationally acclaimed environmental activist providing health care, education, alternate energy projects to the local community. ... more   less 
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