Ranthambhore Kothi has spacious rooms, pleasant grounds, an outdoor pool and spa, all within a short drive of Ranthambore National Park. The large rooms have attractive slate floors and walls decorated with animal photographs, and are kept crisply cool with air conditioning. Each room has its own bathroom, contemporary in style, with a walk-in shower and dual hand basins, supplemented by a large open-air shower, ideal for cooling off on a hot day.
The property covers well over a hectare and includes lawned areas, gardens and one of the largest swimming pools in the area, making this an easy place to relax between excursions into the national park and other activities. There's a spa on site, too, for indulgent massages and therapeutic treatments. Most meals are eaten outdoors, and there are buffet and a la carte options. The poolside bar is a good place to unwind and chat to other guests.
While here you can take morning and afternoon open jeep rides in Ranthambore National Park. Though best known for tigers, the park also has healthy populations of deer, sloth bear, leopard and langur monkeys, plus crocodiles in and around the lakes. You can balance wildlife viewings with trips to the impressive Ranthambore Fort, temples and the local village where you can get a feel for day to day life in rural Rajasthan.
Open: Ranthambhore Kothi is open from the beginning of October to the end of June each year.
Location: The hotel is in 1.5 hectares of grounds on the outskirts of Khilchipur village near the town of Sawai Madhopur, where there is a railway station. It is about 6kms from Ranthambore National Park. The closest airport is in Jaipur about 4 hours’ drive away.
Rooms: There are 28 rooms made up of deluxe and regal rooms (suites), arranged across a number of 2 storey buildings. They are large and have stone floors, high ceilings and picture windows. All are air conditioned, have a tea and coffee maker, minibar, safe and en-suite bathroom plus an open-air shower, and a balcony or terrace.
Activities: Jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park are the main activity. You can also take boat rides in Chambal Sanctuary where gharial can be seen, and see black buck in Devpura Sanctuary. In terms of culture you can visit Ranthambore Fort and several nearby temples, and tour Ranthambore village.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant and a bar. There is a spa offering massages and other treatments at the spa. The lodge has a large outdoor swimming pool and lush gardens with a lotus pond and fountains. Reception is staffed 24 hours a day, and there is a spacious lobby. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Most meals are served outdoors in the main courtyard which can seat up to 200 people, and there’s a poolside bar offering food as well as drinks.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are age limits on certain activities.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the lobby.
"This modern hotel set in beautiful gardens was a delight and we had a spacious and well-designed room with an outdoor shower. The staff were all helpful and friendly, well-accustomed to the workings of the safari drive system and to ensuring their guests were not left behind. The provision of light refreshments before and after safari trips and the video showings about Ranthambore Park were most welcome .. and the laundry service was amazingly professional and quick and reasonably priced."