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Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India|www.kiplinglodge.in|
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Something of an outlier in Ranthambore’s hotels, Kipling Lodge stands amidst quiet farmland around 10km from the reserve’s heart.
Ranged around a simple garden, its rooms and suites occupy a clutch of simple ‘cottages’, some with rooftop pavilions and all with verandahs or patios.
It’s pleasant enough and there’s a modest swimming pool but the most appealing aspect is the C-shaped reception lobby and dining hall partially enclosing a tree-dotted terrace with tables.
It’s comfortable and extremely good value rather than luxurious and polished, and is just ten minutes’ drive from the gates of the Ranthambore Park.
Even if travelling on a budget – and this might be one reason to stay here – you’ll need transport to, at the very least, reach Ranthambore tiger reserve and/or town.
The rural surroundings mean that other than hamlets and villages there are precious few distractions nearby.
Alongside Kipling are two other fairly similar garden-lodges so you could venture to either for a drink or change of scene.
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