Su­ján Sher Bagh, In­dia

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One of the few places in the world where you can see Ben­gal tigers in the wild, Ran­tham­bore Na­tional Park could be straight out of a Rud­yard Ki­pling novel. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a pro­tected tiger re­serve, the park in cen­tral In­dia is home to leop­ards, sloth bears, an­telopes and striped hye­nas, not to men­tion a huge va­ri­ety of birds and rep­tiles.

As a guest at Sher Bagh, days are spent wildlife spot­ting on sa­fari, per­haps with a side trip to the eighth-cen­tury fort of Ran­tham­bore, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, as well as a visit to the Mughal ru­ins and palaces.

Ar­riv­ing by car from Jaipur ( 180 kilo­me­tres away), Agra (300 kilo­me­tres) or Delhi (420 kilo­me­tres), you’re greeted at the camp by but­lers who are on call to mix the per­fect post-sa­fari drink, or­gan­ise spa treat­ments un­der a banyan tree, or pre­pare Bri­tish Raj-style lunches and tra­di­tional In­dian din­ners.

The 12 hand-stitched tents are mod­elled on en­camp­ments of the 1920s. The pick of the bunch is the Burra Sahib suite, with a pri­vate pool and ve­ran­dah where you can con­tem­plate your day as the sun sets over the sa­van­nah. www.su­jan­lux­ury.com.

Only here: Soak up In­dian his­tory and sa­fari-style lux­ury while get­ting up close to ma­jes­tic Ben­gal tigers.

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