I've traveled to 23 countries now, and I think Khem Villas might be my favourite of all of the places I've ever stayed. I could go on for a long time about how great this place was, but I'll try to just get some of the main points out.
Usha and her crew are fantastic hosts, and we quickly became friends with her and some of her staff. They also have a lady who visits from Tiger Watch, who can talk to you about their efforts to save the tigers. If you hook up with those people, they can show you some interesting things. I am not a sentimental person, but I felt really sad to be leaving Khem.
They are safari specialists, and the entire operation, for example the meal times, is set-up around safaris. This was not the case at one other place we stayed at. Also, they provide blankets and hot water bottles for the cold morning safaris. Another place we stayed at did not. This might not sound special, but how about this? They even took care of people who were not staying with them. When a truck loaded with people came to Khem to pick up the last passengers, the staff noticed that some of the other hotels' guests did not have blankets. They immediately brought some for them, and collected them back at the end of the drive. Khem really seems to care.
They have an excellent location, too. Khem guests are often the last to be picked up and the first to be dropped off from safaris. That means more sleep, less time driving around in the cold morning to pick up other guests, and more time off between morning and afternoon safaris.
The rooms are excellent, especially the cottages. The private outdoor bathtubs are very luxurious and romantic.
I rarely visit a country twice, but Khem is the kind of place that makes me want to return to a place. My highest recommendation!
- 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