Eye on the Tiger: Staying on Safari
India is difficult to negotiate, and travel between destinations can be arduous and time-consuming. It is therefore wise to plan your trip through a well-established tour company such as Micato Safaris (800.642.2861, www.micato.com), which can provide suitable transportation and guides to ensure a smooth journey. Micato can arrange stays and safaris at each of these new wilderness resorts in India.
Set within the Rajasthani wilds near Ranthambhore National Park, Aman-i-Khás features 10 air-conditioned tent accommodations with "rooms" separated by cotton drapes. (The bathing areas offer showers and soaking tubs.) In addition to game drives, highlights at the resort include the nightly cocktail hour around a massive campfire and organic treatments at the spa. Amanresorts offers a package that includes three nights at Aman-i-Khás and three nights at its equally stunning sister property, Amanbagh, near Arwal in northern India.
+91.7462.252.052, www.amanresorts.com (from $750)
No one travels all the way to Mahua Kothi, outside Bandhavgarh National Park, for the food, but you would not be disappointed if you did. Bullock-cart breakfasts in the baghiya (traditional garden) and campfire dinners of curries and tandoori are essential to the experience at this new Taj/CC Africa safari camp. The camp includes 12 guest rooms built in the mud-hut style common to central India, with modern accents of wood shutters, tapered walls, and open rafters. Large verandas look out over mahua trees and open grassland. In February, Taj/CC Africa opened a second safari camp, Baghvan, near Madhya Pradesh’s Pench National Park, and the partners plan to open three more wilderness lodges by the end of this year. +91.11.2680.7750, www.indiasafaris.com (from $600 per person)
Vanyavilas has more of a typical resort ambience than the other bush camps in India. The 25 accommodations have solid wood and glass walls and canvas tops, and the interiors are richly decorated with colonial-style furnishings and embroidered canopies. A tiled pool sits at the center of the 20-acre, lushly landscaped property.
+91.11.2389.0505, www.oberoihotels.com (from $700)