SUJAN Sher BaghRanthambore, Rajasthan / India
The luxurious SUJAN Sher Bagh camp is the perfect base from which to go exploring the sweeping grasslands and ancient forests of Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places on earth for spotting the stripes of Bengal tigers in the wild. Dedicated to protecting this culturally-rich wildlife haven, the family-owned resort has supported conservation efforts in the area since the seventies, which today includes work with anti-poaching teams and rebuilding local farmland.
What to love
- SUJAN Sher Bagh supports numerous conservation projects, which help support local communities and preserve wildlife habitats.
- The eighth-century Ranthambore Fort, a Unesco world heritage site, is a short distance from the resort. Taking a guided tour to see its historic palaces and mosques is a must.
- Come dinnertime, Sujan Sher Bagh’s expert kitchen staff create traditional Indian fare on outdoor clay ovens to be enjoyed under the stars.
What to know
- The resort was built using local materials and low-impact construction to minimise its carbon footprint. It also prioritises green energy resources.
- With Ranthambore on its doorstep, the camp provides unforgettable safari. Tigers, antelopes, wild boar, monkeys and thousands of migrating birds are all local residents.
- Accommodation options include the larger Royal ‘Burra Sahib’ and ‘Pukka Sahib’ suites, which both have a private-walled garden, sitting room, private butler service, and private heated pool or jacuzzi.
Not only do guests staying at the SUJAN Sher Bagh have incredible access to Ranthambore National Park, a safari hotspot filled with dense forests and historic ruins, but they also know that they’re directly supporting conservation in this unique part of India. The family that runs the resort has a 50-year history enriching the area’s local communities, and the foundations that they have established help nearby villages by providing medical care, rebuilding farmland and sponsoring schools. Meanwhile, its work with essential anti-poaching teams has helped to protect the endangered native wildlife.
The camp itself draws upon the history of the region in subtle ways. The hand-stitched canvas tents that billow above the resort’s sublime suites are reminiscent of safari camps from a century ago, while the rooms themselves are filled with crafted colonial-style furniture. From the en-suite stone bathroom to the secluded veranda shaded by guava trees, these private spaces are perfect for loosening up following an afternoon exploring the Ranthambore hills. The Royal Burra Sahib suite and Pukka Sahib suite are also available to guests seeking some extra room; the former has a private heated swimming pool while the latter features a jacuzzi and open-air tree shower.
SUJAN Sher Bagh promotes sustainability throughout its grounds, with solar energy and waste-fed fuel used for heating and electricity. The resort’s kitchen, which plates up traditional Indian dinners in front of guests in an enchanting outdoor setting, is also run on a farm-to-table policy. This ensures that all of its daily menus are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, with all produce homegrown or sourced from local markets. Guests keen to learn more about the chefs’ methods can get hands-on with a jungle cookery class. Meanwhile, those seeking a calmer way to unwind might consider a trip to the resort’s own spa, which offers a full menu of massages and reflexology treatments.
When To Travel
SUJAN Sher Bagh is a seasonable camp that is open each year from 1st October - 31st May, the summer months being closed.
SUJAN Sher Bagh is located on the outskirts of Ranthambhore National Park. Many visitors will be on a road tour of Rajasthan, coming via closest major cities of Jaipur (180 km) or Agra (360 Km). The closest major airport is 3H30 away at Jaipur. Private air charters can be arranged into Sawai Madhopur airstrip, 30 minutes from camp.
Children are most welcome at the camp and up to two children under 8 years of age can stay with their parents on a complimentary basis.
Ranthambore is quite some distance for families to travel with very young children unless taking a private charter. The train options, although in theory idyllic, can be rather tiresome and not recommended.