Khem Villas is a charming jungle camp established by Usha and Goverdhan Singh Rathore, along with Pritam Singh, on the outskirts of Ranthambhore. Goverdhan is the son of Fateh Singh Rathore one of India''s leading Tiger experts. Khem Villas is a quiet, tranquil camp designed to balance simplicity with sophistications and at Tribes we feel they have got the balance just right.
The camp is spread over 10 acres and it is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox, hares etc. within the camp. As it is close to the park you can sometimes see pugmarks of leopards, tigers and bears that have passed by and, if you are lucky, you may even see them near the camp. This is also a bird watchers paradise.
There are three different types of accommodation. Each of the thatched, air conditioned cottages has a spacious bedroom, large bathroom, an open to sky private plunge pool with an outdoor shower. They also have a private courtyard and veranda. The tents are set on wooden platforms and have en-suite bathrooms. The rooms at Khem Villas are in the main building. They are air conditioned, spacious and have en-suite bathrooms. Upstairs rooms have large bay windows looking out over the fields.
Food is freshly cooked using mainly home grown vegetables. You will be offered a mix of Indian, Western and Oriental cuisines providing rich flavours to suite every taste.
Open: Khem Villas is open all year.
Location: Khem Villas is located on the boundary of Ranthambore National Park, set in extensive private grasslands. It is 13kms from Sawai Madhopur railway station. The closest airport is Jaipur, about 200kms away (a 4 hour drive).
Rooms: There are cottages, luxury tents and standard rooms. The cottages are spacious with an en-suite bathroom open to sky with a bathtub and separate shower. They have private courtyards and a veranda. The large luxury tents are set on wooden decks and each has a private shower room. They look out to the tiger reserve and mountains beyond. There are 4 guest bedrooms in the main building, with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.
Activities: Twice daily jungle ride in Ranthambore National Park, guided jungle walks in the campâ€™s grounds, bird watching, visits to Ranthambore Fort, day trips to the Chambal River.
Facilities: Khem Villas offers Indian, Western and Oriental cuisine served in the airy dining room. All the food is vegetarian. Most ingredients come from local organic farms. There is a bar. Guests can relax in the lounge and library or round the camp fire in winter. The plunge pool is ideal for cooling off on a hot day. The campâ€™s 12 acres of grasslands and forests are home to a variety of wildlife including all kinds of birds, many of which can be seen at the waterhole. The Age Veda Spa offers body therapies, massage, facials and detox treatments. There are early morning yoga sessions which guests can attend.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children are welcome, though Khem Villas may not be suitable for young children.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free high speed internet access, though it is not always reliable.
Notes: There is no disabled access.
A rich mix of the north's highlights - from the Taj to the ghats and from tigers to palaces.
The owners run a charity that has provided education, health care, alternative energy, afforestation, anti-poaching & other environmental projects over the past 20 years.
"We loved the experience here and wished we had longer as it was so tranquil. The staff were lovely and their naturalist was very interesting to chat to. They also offered our 8 yr old a complementary massage as the adults were all having one - he loved it."