The Wild Wishlist

By Eliza Anjum

Nature in all its beauty is the best therapy you can offer your soul. The thrill of witnessing wildlife in its natural surrounding just adds to the enormity of the experience. But some of the most adventurous people like to repose in luxury after venturing into the heart of a forest. Here are a few of the best luxury safaris in India:

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

No one does luxury better than the Oberoi, and that is definitely true of this magnificent haven in the middle of the Ranthambore’s wilds. After watching the animals go about their daily lives in their natural environs, return to luxury of private decks, patios and walled gardens, kick back at the bar or get rid of all your tiredness at the spa, which are just a few of their many facilities.

Learn more about the resort here.

Evolve Back (formerly Orange County), Kabini, Karnataka

If you’re a true-blue nature enthusiast, with a penchant for sustainable living, this is the ultimate experience for you. The lodges on this property are built in the most sustainable manner without compromising on luxury. Subtle textures adorn the luxurious huts with ethnic and tribal furnishings. Set in the heart of the Nagarhole forest, in Karnataka, Kabini is famed for having the highest density of wildlife in South India. The magnificent eco-lodge also boasts of multi-cuisine restaurants and even offers a candlelight cruise.

Learn more about the resort here.

Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim’s Jingle Retreat is your best bet if you wish to explore the Corbett National Park without compromising on creature comforts. Spread over 15 acres, adjacent to Corbett Tiger Reserve, this property has retained its old world charm. Choose from a variety of residential experiences with many of the lodges being made of thatch with attached washrooms and renewable furniture made by local craftsmen. Indulge in delicious Kumaoni delicacies while enjoying the spa, participate in the recreational activities on offer or simply enjoy the peace.

Learn more about the resort here.

Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Experience the ultimate rustic life at Mahua Kothi while also exploring the majestic Bandhavgarh National Park. Along with a memorable stay, this hotel offers extraordinary safari experiences with curated safaris in collaboration with Palaces & Beyond. After an enriching day in the jungle, lounge on the private decks while being lulled by the sweet serenade of nature. Moreover, you can also choose to enjoy your dinner under the stars, so close to the Park that you might just find an unexpected four-legged visitor stopping by.

Learn more about the resort here.

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Banjaar Tola offers nine luxurious suite options; each of which is built of bamboo floors and canvas roofs. Step out of your lavish suites on to the even private decks overlooking the river. Return from safari into the huge sal forests, lush green meadows and other wildlife habitats, to for a cozy dinner under the stars, in the dining area lit by lanterns with the tranquil sound of the Banjaar River in the background. This chic stay has many other offers for guests, including a luxury spa, private massage decks, fitness centre and a safari shop.

Learn more about the resort here.

All images used are sourced from the original resort sites. Rights over imagery remain with the original proprietors.

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