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Vanyavilas Resort

Vanyavilas responds to the call of the wild with India's first luxury "jungle resort". 

The tigers are everywhere at Vanyavilas. They blink down from photographs, swim through murals in the dining room and stand guard as statues along the grounds. Why all the pre-occupation? Because the real thing is just next door, prowling the Ranthambore National Park, one of the worlds leading tiger reserves. 

Each of the 25 guest tents is evenly spaced throughout the properties' 20 acres to offer a maximum of privacy. Colonial style comfort is the key to the interiors' design with a massive teak four-poster bed heaped high with silk pillows. A private garden terrace is replete with matching mahogany scroll back divans aimed towards a perfect view of the Aravalli hills.

 Perhaps the biggest surprise of one's day might not be spotting a mama tiger and her cubs, but discovering roasted quail stuffed with foie gras and a '93 Pomerol on the menu. Vanyavilas remains an experience unto itself, proving that now, just as in the time of the maharajas, elegance and adventure make a perfect match.