This independent, family-run hotel in Shimla, at the heart of India's mountainous north, offers boutique, heritage accommodation with a homely welcome. The scant handful of suites are full of character and warmth.
The family owners make guests feel like family friends, and the ambiance is truly relaxing. Take heritage walks around the local area, and return to the hotel for multi-dish feasts of delicious, home-cooked regional cuisine.
Leisure: gardens, library, lounges, heritage walks
Rooms: 5 suites
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.