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Last updated: 27 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Built in around 1930 for the Maharaja of Jaipur, in the days when he paused here for a bit of R & R – usually involving hunting – with an entourage, this splendid hotel still bears traces of that heritage.

A few trophies glare down from the walls of public areas yet it’s the faint Art Deco feel, especially the main lodge’s curving facade (enclosing the original dining hall, lounge and bar) and the classy retro atmosphere, that lends a particular appeal to guests.

In the place of the entourage’s tents now stand low-rise modern wings with rooms and suites featuring subtle Indian décor and accents. Two suites in the main lodge were the private royal quarters.

The gates to the park are just fifteen minutes’ drive, giving easy access to the Ranthambore Park for tiger-spotting safaris.

Surrounding area

The lodge stands on the eastern outskirts of workaday Sawai Madhopur, not quite urban in feel but falling short of rural, and around 10km from the park’s entrance.

It’s very close to the town’s railway station which might be convenient for rail journeys (particularly to/from Delhi) but little else.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India[11.9 miles]

Experience the thrill of spotting one of the world’s last remaining wild tigers on a game drive in the Ranthambore National Park, one of India’s most picturesque and easily-visited reserves.

Best for ages: 8+ | £25 | 3 hours

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