Rathambore National Park, India
Khem Villas is a ten-acre wilderness camp located just a ten-minute drive from the gates of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. It is a small family-owned, boutique property and, as such has a very friendly, authentic and welcoming atmosphere.
At a Glance
Lovely cottage accommodation as well as the more traditional tents
A pure vegetarian property with some delicious home cooking
The Spa offers ayurvedic treatments and there is even a resident ayurevedic doctor on site
Food is from a set daily menu and not a la carte
The rooms in the main building are a little on the dark side
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Khem Villas or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan
Bordering Ranthambore Park, and only 15 minutes by jeep from the small town Sawai Madhopur and just far enough from the main cluster of camps.
Khem Villas has several accommodation options, all of which are tastefully simple in design but, of course, equipped with all the necessary modern amenities. Guests can stay in rooms in the main building, in traditional style tents or in one of 6 luxury cottages. The cottages in particular, are to be recommended as they have an amazing setting overlooking the fields and distant hills where it is possible to see lots of wildlife.
The camp also has a small spa that offers the perfect relaxation in between game drives. It has a similarly spectacular outlook to the cottages but is located at a higher point in the camp and has the addition of a plunge pool to enjoy after treatments.
Food at the camp is freshly cooked using home grown organic vegetables, an endeavour overseen by Usha, the hospitable camp host and joint proprietor. Khem Villas is therefore not a destination for the carnivore but a great place to experience authentic Indian cooking and the charm of warm Indian hospitality.
Khem Villas whole emphasis is on sustainable tourism and to that end not only is the food vegetarian but also the energy sources are eco-friendly and the camp only employs local staff. A most admirable endeavour.
Khem Villas offers eight Luxury Cottages and five traditional tents. The cottages are spacious and feature comfortable air conditioned bedroom with fabulous views of the jungle, bathroom, veranda, private plunge pool with an outdoor shower and large private courtyard. Tents are constructed of bamboo and wood to give a rustic charm and offer simple accommodation yet comfortable.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Khem Villas. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
Facilities at the camp include an Ayurveda spa, small plunge pool to cool off in the heat of the day and a fully stocked bar.
Complimentary activities at Khem Villas, Village Trips, Camp Fire, Stories. Activities at an additional cost include safaris, use of the Ayurveda spa, nature walks, camel rides and trips to the Ranthambhore Fort built in 900 AD by the Rajput Rulers and day trips to the river Chambal.
Location & Directions
Rathambore National Park, India
Khem Villas is set on the outskirts of Ranthambhore National Park, 10-minutes from the main gates, 13km from Sawai Madhopur. It's 200km (4 hours by car) from Jaipur and 300km (6 hours by car) from Agra.
When to go
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.