The Oberoi Vanyavilas
Founded 40 years ago by Fateh Singh, Ranthambore National Park show cases the tigers of Ranthambore. Nestled in the natural beauty of the wild, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India's leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Spread over 20 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and fountains the Reserve is the home of tigers, deer, leopards, and crocodiles. It is a perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. Tiger sightings are most frequent during the months of May and June. While it is warm during the day, mornings and evenings are pleasant.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Hotel stands at the edge of the park with 25 luxurious tents equipped with all the modern facilities and trappings to transport you into an era lost. The tents feature four poster beds, luxurious bathrooms, a mini bar and a DVD player. All the tents have wooden floors and embroidered interior canopies. As Vanyavilas aims to provide a highly personalised service, guests may choose to dine wherever they wish. Although officially there is no room service here, in practice, as with all Oberoi resorts, the staff do their utmost best to meet the needs of every guest.
Aman-i-khas - The Resort
The topography of the Alwar region consists of sandy plains interspersed with craggy hills, a stark contrast to Aman-i-khas setting which is an oasis of verdant greenery. Deriving its name from aman, meaning 'peace' in Sanskrit and bagh, meaning 'garden' in Hindi, Amanbagh lies within a walled compound once used by the Maharajah of Alwar to site his mobile hunting camps in search of the elusive tigers known to roam the nearby hills. Long since abandoned, the trees and vegetation continued to thrive due to a reliable source of underground water. The resort is very much a modern day 'Mughal Palace', conceived in the present, but paying homage to the architecture and design of India's golden age.
Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambhore National Park is probably the best way to see the wild tigers of India and the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Hotel stands on what used to be Fateh Singh's property. He visits nightly to lecture on the park's ecology and to talk about the day's sightings. Spread over 20 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and fountains the Reserve is the home of tiger, deer, leopard, and crocodile.
The river Chambal forms a natural boundary for the park towards the east and cuts it off from Madhya Pradesh, India's most central state. The Ranthambore National Park lies in Sawai Madhopur district of eastern Rajasthan. It is the only forest reserve in Rajasthan and the entire Aravali Hills, which protect it, where one can see the wild Bengal tigers.
The tiger safaris in the Reserve are open to the public between October and June and it is the dry ecology that attracts over 50,000 tourists to view the tiger in the wild.