We arrived at beautiful Khem villas in the midst of a media frenzy, as a celebrity couple were getting married at a neighbouring hotel. Despite this, and the fact that many hotel guests were staying at Khem, they seemed completely unruffled. Knowing we were on our honeymoon they upgraded us to a stunning cottage. Set in grassland, with various areas for sitting and lounging around, rocking chairs and a 'back yard' with a huge outdoor bath and shower, the cottage was the nicest place we stayed during our time in India. It was so atmospheric and peaceful. There are walking trails all around Khem, and lakes where you can see crocodiles and other birds. There are also comfy seats and a bar around one lake, where people sit in the evening having drinks and the staff tell you about the various creatures in the park. In the morning, staff wake you up with tea or coffee before your morning game drive. With these, it is worth booking far in advance so you get a jeep. We were in a canter, which is too big to really be as good of an experience - but was still a lot of fun, despite the fact that we saw no tigers! At Khem, all the food is included - and is very good (vegetarian). Additionally the founder of Khem and his family are heaving involved in preserving the park (project Tiger was started by them) and in helping the local community, so much of the money you spend goes into these projects. Also it's extremely romantic, I think the website doesn't do it justice! This is a fantastic place to stay in Ranthambore, and a wonderful experience.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Khem Villas Hotel Sawai Madhopur
- Khem Villas Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India