Our family has played an active part in the conservation effort at Ranthambhore since 1974 and continues to do so more than 40 years on. We have witnessed regeneration; a life cycle of the wild in motion, evolving with the changing narrative of this magical land.
Sher Bagh is a pioneering, tented camp of 12 luxurious tents nestling on the borders of the world–renowned Ranthambhore National Park. Inspired by the safari encampments of the 1920s, preferred by Princes and Grand Seigneurs of the time, each tent is furnished with 19th century 'Campaign Style' furniture and has all the comforts you could wish for on safari. Sher Bagh was among India’s first luxury tented camps. It promotes sustainable tourism, is ecologically friendly, provides high levels of service and a faultless Ranthambhore experience.
An award winning camp and one of the first members of Relais & Châteaux in India, Sher Bagh is globally acknowledged as the most charming and authentic place to stay in Ranthambhore.
We invite you to share our passion for the wild and perhaps help preserve this corner of the planet’s living paradise.
This 1920s classic safari camp is reminiscent of the shikar camps and the bandobast of another age. Pitched under a canopy of indigenous trees, all planted by our family over the last three decades, the camp pays tribute to our core values of giving back to nature by remaining small and compact, encompassing the surrounding wilderness. White cotton canvas tents are furnished with beautifully handcrafted campaign furniture in original rosewood and teak. Bespoke Halcyon Days accessories are the other elements that make Sher Bagh ‘a classic’ within the SUJÁN family portfolio.
The mysteries of the ultimate Big Cat weave their way into the design of the camp, making an appearance in print and thread throughout the tents. The founding vision is clear, Sher Bagh is the soul where stories are told and memories recalled around the campfire, and where every guest is welcomed into a home.
"Photographs won’t do justice to this magical camp, which is managed to perfection"
We invite you to relive life on safari, as it was intended to be experienced. Our 12 hand–stitched canvas tents reflect the style of the 1920s and evoke nostalgic sensibilities of life on safari during the heyday of the Raj. The camp is furnished in Edwardian campaign style furniture, which famously decked the future King of England, Edward VIIIth’s celebrated tour of India’s wild heartlands in 1921. Our bathrooms and showers have been described as ‘a hedonists delight’ while others have called Sher Bagh’s design ‘the most sonorous note in Ranthambhore’s symphony’.
The finest address in Ranthambhore, our ‘Burra Sahib’ suite, is set in a generous, walled in space within a private clearing protected by grassed walls. The interiors lay spoiling emphasis on comfort and the suite is furnished with impeccably designed pieces of colonial style campaign furniture. Relax under the shade of sleepy neem trees or enjoy the sweeping views of grasslands from your verandah. The heated, private swimming pool offers a perfect place to cool off, or warm up, on either side of your game drives, in peaceful and pristine privacy with unobstructed views of the Reserve. Your private butler will attend to your every want, ensuring every need is taken care of. Quite simply, there is no better place than this to indulge yourself.
Underneath the shade of gooseberry and wild guava trees lies the ‘Pukka Sahib’ suite. This patch of luxury comes with its own private walled–in garden, Jacuzzi and open–air tree shower. The feeling here is a rich evocation of Edwardian Raj on safari. As with the ‘Burra Sahib’, the finest campaign style furniture adorns the space. Areas for lounging in between and after game drives, in serene and quiet privacy, are guaranteed and the beds are the most comfortable you will find anywhere. Natural, hand–built mud walls enclose the suite and the Sher Bagh campfire is only a short walk away. A netted verandah gives guests the option of being ‘enclosed’ but able to view the birdlife that the camp is teeming with. Your private butler attends to your every need.
Recently refurbished and enlarged, our 10–tented suites are more spacious than ever before. Larger in size, each air–conditioned tent has its own veranda, appointed with campaign furniture, to relax and enjoy the surrounding wilderness. The en–suite stone bathrooms have hot water showers and natural vetiver products. The deliciously comfortable beds are embellished with fine hand embroidered cushions capturing scenes from the jungle. Bespoke room accessories by Halcyon Days UK, adorn the teak wood writing table. The butler bell at the side of your bed will ensure there is always someone to attend you.
"Sher Bagh specialises in unadorned chic and doesn’t miss a beat on service"
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Our carefully designed menus combine Anglo–Indian and European lunches, with traditional Indian dinners cooked on outdoor clay ovens. The nourishing homegrown ingredients, handpicked from our organic herb and vegetable garden and the Sher Bagh Farm, add great value to an entirely fresh gastronomical experience. Live cooking, where guests are invited to participate, is an enduring feature of camp life and one of the most relaxing ways to round off a day tracking wildlife in the jungle.
We welcome you to share these culinary experiences where, surrounded by wild grasses and under the dome of a starlit sky, one eats off traditional thaali’s while sharing the jungle lore of the day. Meals can be served in more secluded areas of the camp for those looking to spend a private evening under the stars.
For those of you who haven’t already booked your wildlife safaris this is an experience not to be missed. Ranthambhore National Park is the finest habitat in the world to watch tigers in the wild. Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs lie in the embrace of ancient hills and forests. Apart from being home to the tiger, other animals commonly seen are the wild boar, deer, antelope and monkey. The jackal, mongoose, sloth bear and leopard also roam this forest. In winter, thousands of birds migrate from Europe and Siberia making Ranthambhore an ornithologist’s paradise. Please get in touch with us for advance safari bookings.
This formidable 8th century fort was strategically located in North India and became especially important during the Mughal period. The Great Mughal emperor, Akbar, wrested control of the fort in 1569. Considered impregnable, this crenellated citadel sits atop a ridge at the very heart of the park. It has Sultanate and Rajput palaces, mosques and temples, including an important temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God. Thousands of people come here from every corner of the country to seek the blessings of the lord for happiness and prosperity. Visitors are allowed access to the fort from the park gates through a beautiful part of the forest in the heart of tiger territory. The views of the reserve from the battlements are breathtaking. Our guide will navigate you through the fort and its rich history. Alternatively, a picnic at the fort can be arranged.
Twitching first. ‘Twitching’ is trying to see as many different species of birds as possible. Those involved in this are known as ‘twitchers’ and each individual sighting is a ‘twitch' or 'tick’. Our guides help you sight over 200 species of birds in Ranthambhore, one of the largest varieties that can be viewed in a region. Our list continues to grow as we discover new bird species.
Dastkar Ranthambhore is a non–profit organization that produces handicrafts created by women from the villages around the Ranthambhore National Park. Founded in 1989, this was an effort to empower and provide income to villagers on the periphery of the tiger reserve. At Sher Bagh we are committed to the idea that craft can be a powerful social, economic, and cultural force that has enormous potential to transform the lives of the poor. We have long been supporting Dastkar. Guests get an opportunity to speak with the women and watch them at work. Their wide range of handmade products, including clothes, toys, quilts, cushion covers, throws, and other furnishings are available at the centre which is a short or a leisurely walk from camp.
SUJÁN offers you a specialized photography safari, accompanied by an expert photographer who knows the area well. This helps capture the treasures of the forest from the finest vantage points. Ranthambhore’s wildlife and its charismatic denizen, the tiger, have been among the most sought after ‘trophies’ for a camera lens. Our expert teams have assisted in the production of several BBC documentaries, as well as given substantive inputs to books published on the subject. Over the years, once in a lifetime film footage has been captured for posterity.
India is a country conducive to walking, and ramblers are guaranteed a field day out, to relax and renew those muscles tired by long hours in trains, airplanes and automobiles. We invite you to take a walk around the area, bird watching and discovering the lives of the people and their history, with our guides.
Explore the old dusty town of Sawai Madhopur. Observe the local trading culture and traditions. At the bazaar you will find women and men who come down from their villages, once a week, to buy their groceries. The market is very colorful and entertaining. This excursion can be followed by a jeep ride to a neighborhood handicraft centre. Head back to the hotel and join an informative talk by our chef on Indian spices and herbs.
Sher Bagh is celebrated for its family recipes and menus, its outdoor kitchen and its team of innovative chefs. Freshly produced salads and ingredients from Sher Bagh’s organic herb and vegetable garden are used to create delicious, sumptuous meals. As always, guests are welcome to participate in cooking sessions with the team, if they so choose, either to learn our recipes or to share their own.
"Crackling fires, great stone showers, fresh roses, saffron turbans and absurdly good massages..."
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The Sher Bagh Jungle Spa lies under the spread of an ancient peepal tree (religiosa indica), ensuring seclusion and privacy amidst a medley of birdsong. We offer a variety of therapies ranging from a full body massage to long practiced reflexology treatments. Whatever your choice, the treatments are a relaxing and healthy interlude. Our therapists have been professionally trained by some of the best–known masters. Popular with guests after a journey on rural roads, the ‘pot hole reviver’ is a huge hit.
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There are few places on earth that combine a profusion of wildlife with valuable historical heritage. The Ranthambhore National Park lies at the junction of two iconic hill ranges, the Aravallis and the Vindhyas. It is one of the finest places in the world to encounter wild tigers that roam the dry deciduous, dry thorn forest. The park takes its name from the formidable fortress of Ranthambhore, which sits at the pinnacle of a hill, surrounded by forest. Ranthambhore Fort is witness to a vast expanse of Indian history. Some historians date its origins to as early as the 5th century AD. Although the fort and its numerous vestiges of history that lie scattered across the forest of Ranthambhore are no longer inhabited by humans, the greatest of the big cats, the tiger, has reclaimed this natural paradise as its domain.
A variety of wildlife thrives across Ranthambhore’s spectacular landscapes and diverse ecosystem, including the leopard, bear and a large number of prey species. Ornithologists flock to the area for the abundant birdlife that resides within, or migrates to, Ranthambhore across the many seasons.
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is the finest habitat in the world to see tigers in the wild. Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs lie in the embrace of ancient hills and forests. Apart from being home to tiger; wild boar, deer, antelope and monkey are commonly seen while sightings of jackal, mongoose, sloth bear and leopard are fairly regular too. In winter, thousands of birds migrate here from Europe and Siberia making Ranthambhore an Ornithologist’s Paradise.
Our Department of Trackers, Game Drives and Excursions includes some of Ranthambhore’s most experienced, passionate and well known drivers and trackers with an accumulated knowledge of over a hundred years between them. Their sense of our wilderness, our wildlife and of course the tiger is unparalleled and you can be assured of ‘the best seats in the house’ for sightings on your game drives with them. Carefully chosen binoculars, in-house cameras and mobile canteens form part of the kit that will accompany you on your game drives into the National Park.
Please get in touch with us with regard to safari bookings well in advance.
This magnificent 8th century fort was one of the most strategically located forts in north India, and became especially important during the Mughal period. The Great Mughal emperor, Akbar, wrested control of the fort in 1569. Considered impregnable, this crenellated citadel sits atop a ridge at the very heart of the park.
It has Sultanate and Rajput palaces, mosques and temples including an important one dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God. Thousands of people come here from every corner of the country, and seek blessings from the Lord for happiness and prosperity. Visitors are allowed to access the fort from the park gates through a beautiful part of the forest, in the heart of tiger-territory. The views over Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve from the battlements are breath taking. Our guide will walk you through the Fort narrating its rich past.
The birdlife around Sher Bagh is rich and varied. At certain times of year migrant species make their home in and around Ranthambhore and the Park has often been described as ‘a Twitchers Paradise’; no exaggeration given the more than 300 species inhabiting our wilderness. Join us for bird-walks led by an experienced ornithologist and rediscover the pleasures of this patient, calming and rewarding pursuit.
Dastkar Ranthambhore is a non-profit organization that produces handicrafts created by local women, from an area around the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The organization was founded in 1989 in an effort to provide much-needed income to villagers who had been displaced by the creation of the tiger reserve. At Sher Bagh we are committed to the idea that craft can be a powerful social, economic, and cultural force that has enormous potential to transform the lives of the poor; we have long been supporting Dastkar. Guests can have a chance to talk to the women and watch them at work, whilst also shop for their range of hand made products, including apparels, toys, quilts, pillows, throws, and other items for the home. The centre is only a short walk or quick drive
Take a walk through the forest area surrounding camp with one of the Sher Bagh team to visit the Farm & Dairy. Start with off at Organic gardens and see first hand all the delicious home grown produce that is available at camp. From here you will walk across to the adjacent farm and see where your fresh eggs are collected from daily! Enjoy seeing where the animals are kept and learning about the different fruit tress growing on the farm. This beautiful forest area has all been planted by the Singh family over the years, be sure to keep you eyes peeled as plenty of wildlife wonders through this area!