India’s vast deserts and National parks are legendary. These expansive areas of wilderness are home to many iconic species and captivating stories, and stepping into these untamed landscapes in search of the extraordinary is one of the biggest reasons travellers are drawn to rural India. These exquisite tented camps allow you to do that in serious style. Channelling an ambiance of regal expeditions and exploration, but with big helpings of comfort and indulgence, these camps take you right to the edge of the adventure.
Although referred to as ‘tents’, the accommodation is often more akin to canopied lodges with wooden terraces, walled pool courtyards, and fully-furnished interiors. A skilled team is always on hand to make sure guests have everything they need, from relaxing post-safari massages to delicious locally-inspired dishes. Head out into the landscape to discover the wildlife and culture of your surroundings, and return to camp to refresh and relax with a dip in the pool and a tipple by the fire.
On the edges of National Parks in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and bordering the Thar Desert, each camp makes the most of its prime position in some of India’s most breathtaking rural locations.
Safari drives and hikes
Private terraces & pools
Lounges and campfires
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This camp is only an hour’s drive from Jaisalmer, but its location in the Thar Desert feels remote and other-worldly; a landscape of shifting sands under a vast expanse of sky which is particularly magical at night. Spacious tents sit slightly raised off the desert sands, some featuring sunken plunge pools in walled courtyards. Explore the surrounding desert by camel or jeep, follow the Serai Temple Trail, or head out bird-watching with an experienced guide. When you return to camp, freshen up with a dip in the infinity pool, relax with a treatment in the four-tent spa, and dine alfresco anywhere within the camp. Don’t leave without experiencing sundowners on the dunes.
Bringing to mind the vintage elegance of old-world expeditions, Sujan Jawai offers high end luxury camping between Jodhpur and Udaipur. The tents are bright and spacious, with wide canopies sheltering terraces encircling them. A sense of bygone expedition glamour is heightened by details such as large Hollywood-style tripod lamps, and leisurely recliners. Jeep safaris are included with your stay, giving you chances to spot leopards, monkeys, deer, and flocks of exotic birds. Take cycle rides through the surrounding landscape, visit nearby temples and immerse yourself in the local rural culture. Start your day with yoga by the lake, and return to camp later to luxuriate on a lounger or unwind with a spa treatment.
RAAS Chhatrasagar celebrates the heritage of this corner of Rajasthan, where local nobles entertained guests in luxurious tented camps and savoured the unspoiled landscape, birdlife and big skies. The tents are soundproofed and have air conditioning and heating, and several have been specially designed to suit families. The organic garden keeps the head chef well supplied with fresh ingredients for the restaurant right next to the lake. Private yoga sessions, an Ayurvedic spa and a heated pool are superb additions, but the emphasis remains firmly on enjoying and respecting the unspoiled landscape, and a bird watching tour or visit to the local village is included in your stay.
Shergarh tented camp is a little oasis on the edge of Kanha National Park. Canvas walls are protected by a solid frame with openings that bring in a fresh breeze. Each room is separate and cosy, with private verandahs where you can sit and soak up the sounds of the surrounding forest. Kanha is famous for its tigers, and you can head into the park on jeep safaris to catch the trail of these magnificent animals as well as a host of other wildlife. Gather with other guests to enjoy traditional Indian dishes, or treat yourself to private dining under the stars. Go rafting or wild swimming, walk along village trails into the forest, and return to camp as the sun sets to curl up with a drink by the fire.
Right on the river bank, Banjaar Tola is a high-end tented camp offering a taste of classic safari luxury surrounded by stunning wilderness. The roofs rise to peaks which spike through the treetops, giving the tent interiors extra height and a sense of space. Expansive patio doors slide open onto private terraces with views over the river and the park. Embark upon safari drives in search of tiger tracks, deer grazing on the grasslands, and colourful birdlife rising from the trees. Enjoy a range of regional Indian dishes on the terrace, by the pool, or wherever you wish, and learn how to create them with a pre-dinner cookery class, before ending the day with a little stargazing.
The name of the game at a tented camp is to get out and experience the surroundings, whether that’s with a jeep safari in search of wildlife or on an expedition to meet communities who make their homes in these wild environments. Begin the day waking up to the sound of the landscape around you, and take time to relax after your adventures with dips in the pool, spa treatments, delicious local dining and stargazing by the fire.
A stay at a tented camp can be a great way for families to have an immersive safari experience, offering a relaxing base to return to after each day's adventures. There are calm spaces where you can refresh and unwind, with pools to cool off in and spas for that bit of extra pampering. Onsite chefs can offer adaptive menu options to cater to a variety of tastes, and once you’ve had your fill of glamorous wilderness living, the contrasting delights of the city are just a short journey away.
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.