This is a delightful gracious relic of the (mercifully) bygone days of tiger hunting. The building is full of character and the gardens are beautiful. I was thrilled to see fruit bats the size of small dogs hanging high up in the trees at dusk. The staff were very friendly and helpful though it was unclear who would get the tips I left at reception!
This isnt the place to moan about the crazy organisation (or not) of visits to the tiger reserve, but I dont know where else to do it and the hotels must take some responsibility. There is, it appears, a centrally run system for issuing permits to enter the reserve but it's ludicrously incompetent. You are told to be ready by 6.15 for a pickup at 6.30, but your name may not be called until 7.30 or 7.45. Surely a booking system can be devised that can tell people precisely when their transport will arrive? And with everyone in the hotel going to the reserve, why do most of the transports pick up just a few guests from each of several hotels, wasting precious tiger-watching time by calling in at the different hotels for pickups? Come on Indian tourism, you can do much better!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known for the famous Tiger reserve Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur is the perfect wildlife destination. Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge is only 3 kilometres from the Sawai Madhopur railway station and 20 minutes from the Ranthambore National Park. Built in 1930, the former hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Rajasthan is spread over 12 acres of forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Sawai Madhopur Hotel Sawai Madhopur
- Sawai Madhopur Hotel
- Sawai Madhopur Lodge