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The Oberoi Vanyavilas

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India

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By combining different Oberoi properties throughout India for 6 nights or more you can make considerable savings with our very special Oberoi offer. September is a particularly good time to take advantage of this as the rates are fantastic and the monsoon has come to an end. Talk to our India specialists for more information on how to take advantage of the savings.

At a Glance

  • Extremely comfortable hotel-room style tents which do not compromise on luxury or style

  • A very well laid-out property, the tents are very private and spread out from one another

  • The property has a tower where it is possible to have a dinner or drinks set-up or simply climb for stunning views of the surrounds

  • Less of an outdoor experience than some other tented camps in the area but very comfortable indeed

  • A la carte dining is available here so no need to stick to set menus which are ubiquitous in the surrounding tented camps

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Best time to Visit

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Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more color to the landscape.

October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. 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 normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.

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Insider's View

If you have the energy, consider climbing to the top of a purpose-built viewing tower in the camp. It is stunning to look out over the national park. You could even get the camp to arrange sunset drinks for you up there!

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Description

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers a luxurious introduction to India's wildlife in the easily accessible Ranthambore National Park. The Oberoi Vanyavilas's stunning tented accommodation has salubrious surroundings, incredible service and a great atmosphere.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers twenty five air-conditioned luxury tents with impeccable en suite facilities. The twenty five luxury tents, each 790sqft. all have private gardens and an outside deck for sunbathing. The tents feature king size four-poster beds, freestanding roll top baths and separate showers. All the tents have wooden floors and embroidered interior canopies and are furnished in regal style.

In the dining room and inner courtyard, the team of chefs at The Oberoi Vanyavilas provide an exquisite and versatile multi-cuisine menu. Much of the fresh produce and salad comes straight from the kitchen garden at Vanyavilas. The Oberoi Vanyavilas has a restaurant, and also offers the chance to experience al fresco dining in the grounds of the property. The library bar, with an excellent selection of fine spirit, cigars and books on wildlife, is just the place to relax and exchange jungle stories.

Many guests come to The Oberoi Vanyavilas simply to relax. The Oberoi Spa and fitness tent are the ideal places to do just that. The spa is set over the lake, past turquoise and lapis blue tiled pools, in a fountained courtyard. Here you will find steam rooms, showers and private therapy suites. There is also a chance to partake in yoga classes or visit the fitness center.

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Accommodation

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers twenty five luxury tents. The tents feature king size four-poster beds, freestanding roll top baths and separate showers. All the tents have wooden floors and embroidered interior canopies and are furnished in regal style and private patios.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas but there are no specific facilities available for them. Babysitting can also be arranged upon request.

Facilities

Facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, spa set in a beautiful location overlooking the lake, fitness center, The Dining Room and The Library Bar.

The wonderfully decorated The Dining Room and the Inner Courtyard serves a delicious menu of Western, Thai and Indian cuisine. Many of the ingredients are fresh from the hotel's own garden creating sumptuous fresh meals for you to enjoy.

Activities

Onsite activities include complimentary use of the swimming pool and spa treatments which come at an additional cost. Explore the national park and visit famous sites like the historic Ranthambhore Fort, the Gilai Sagar for some great birdwatching opportunities, Sultanpur Ki Kui where you can catch glimpses of sloth bears during the fruiting season, the Fort of Khandar and the Rajbagh Lake, carpeted with lotus flowers and is filled with lotus-eaters, sambar deer, chital and marsh crocodile.

Reviews

5

Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved the tents at Vanyavilas they were exquisite. There was so much attention to detail in the rooms - including the embroidery of tigers on the tent fabric. The main dining room is also stunning with impressive murals painted in a miniature style - I could have stared at the detail of them for a long time.

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Location & directions

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India

The Oberoi Vanyavilas is located in Ranthambhore - Sawai Madhopur, in Rajasthan province in northwest India. The resort is 180km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and is situated adjacent to the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

How to get there

Fly into Delhi's Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Jaipur. It's a 3-hour 30-minute drive from Jaipur airport to The Oberoi Vanyavilas. Alternatively, the train from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur is 5-hours.

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