With the Holi weekend approaching, here is your reminder to plan a quick getaway- escape the concrete jungles and immerse yourself into actual wilderness. With the promise of a tranquil stay, India’s lush forests are hosts to some of the most exciting safari experiences and luxurious jungle lodges to unwind.
Give yourself a reason to dust off your camouflage co-ords and bucket hats with our list of must-experience safaris and jungle lodges in India. Happy Sighting!
Suján Jawai Camp, Rajasthan
Become one with the outdoors and experience luxury camping amongst breathtaking landscapes. Suján Jawai consists of ten tented suites that redefine responsible luxury in the wilderness. The Suján experience also includes an immersive experience in the local culture of the region with excursions through the villages and fields. The Jawai Bandh Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden gem of Rajasthan that is home to more than 60 leopards and cubs that are a sight to behold at the camp.
Know more about the Suján experience here.
Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar, Gujarat
Velavadar National Park is a safe haven for the dwindling numbers of blackbucks with a unique grassland ecosystem. Situated amidst the national park, the Blackbuck Lodge spells rustic luxury. Each of the 14 cottages is equipped with a private patio looking out to the changing colors of the grasslands and the wealth of wildlife. While at the lodge, opt for their ‘Bush Dinner’- an at-request romantic experience with scores of lanterns, a bonfire and an open barbecue under the star-lit skies.
Find more info about the Blackbuck lodge here.
Diphlu River Lodge, Assam
Home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-have on the bucket lists of wildlife enthusiasts. The Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga features traditional Mishing tribal homes with thatched roofs and bamboo exteriors. Immerse in a cultural joyride at the Diphlu, which once hosted the current Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. If it’s good enough for the royals, it’s good enough for us!
Book yourself an experience fit for royalty here.
Pench Tree Lodge, Maharashtra
Pench is the jungle mentioned in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, making it the perfect adventure to embark on with kids. While exploring Pench, experience local crafts and architecture at the Pench Tree Lodge. Savour local cuisine-inspired meals with ingredients sourced from their organic gardens or curl up with a book on the private verandah of your cottage.
The Jungle Book adventure awaits you here.
One of the biggest sanctuaries in North India, Ranthambore formerly served as the private hunting grounds for Maharajas of Jaipur. With Ranthambore National Park as its backdrop, the luxurious wilderness camp of Aman-I-Khás houses 10 expansive tents, and is even equipped with a tent spa that offers body scrubs, facials and Reiki healings.
To know more about Aman-I-Khás, click here.
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Madhya Pradesh
Satpura Tiger Reserve boasts a rich range of biodiversity along with being home to about 14 endangered species and over 300 species of rare birds. A conservational lodge, this luxury accommodation takes on the aesthetics of the wildlife around. Choose from a mix of cozy cottages and tents- this jungle lodge offers a deep soak in the lap of nature. With a personal butler to tend to your needs, experience absolute luxury at this safari lodge.
This Holi long weekend, plan a luxurious holiday at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge here.
Mahua Kothi by Taj, Madhya Pradesh
With the highest known tiger population in India, Bandhavgarh is an absolute favorite amongst wildlife enthusiasts. 12 traditional mud cottages with attached patios make up the homestead that is Mahua Kothi. After a day of spotting in the wilderness, unwind in their hideaway pool or indulge yourself in therapy with one of their professional in-house masseurs.
Head to this homestead here.