Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge
What We Love
- The property occupies the maharaja of Rajasthan's former hunting grounds
- It's a 20-minute drive to Ranthambore National Park
- Firepits throughout the 12-acre property provide post-safari respite
- Poolside hammocks are perfect for late afternoon naps
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- Guests can play cricket and badminton on-site
- Be mindful of monsoon season (July through September), when heavy rains can close sections of Ranthambore National Park
- The on-site fitness center closes at 7 p.m.; schedule workouts accordingly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
More than 80 years ago the maharaja of Rajasthan would pitch tents on these grounds before setting off to hunt. Today 24 guestrooms and 12 suites have replaced the royal campground, while the original 1930s lodge contains the Dining Room and the Tiger Bar, a dark wood–paneled watering hole decorated with mounted tiger heads and hunting trophies. The airy guestrooms — outfitted with bold animal print linens and hardwood furnishings — are a minimum of 350 square feet, and some suites include private courtyards with firepits. All come with ayurevedic toiletries by Forest Essentials, fully stocked minibars and cotton robes. Sip sunset cocktails and feast on barbecue on the lantern-lit Neem Terrace, laze away a steamy afternoon in a hammock by the outdoor pool, indulge in a treatment using ancient Indian techniques at the spa, or set up a private hilltop dinner for two beneath the night sky.
In the Area
Crowds line up to spot Bengal tigers at Ranthambore National Park; the former royal hunting grounds contain 61 of the increasingly endangered animals. Ask a concierge to set up a jungle safari to spot the big cats, as well as leopards, striped hyenas and some 272 species of bird. Don’t miss a hike to Ranthambore Fort, a crumbling hilltop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site built in AD 944. On lucky days you can see the big cats from the top of the hill.
How to Get There
We enjoyed outstanding food and service from Narendra Singh. The duty manager Gajendra Singh was very kind. He took my kids on a tour of the grounds on his golf cart. This is an excellent resort and I highly recommend it.
We had stayed in VIVANTA SAWAI MADHOPUR LODGE from 12 to 14 June 2019 ,with a view to enjoy Safari at Ranthobore National Park.I was in touch with Mr Gajindhra Pareek , General manager of Vivanta. He received us and was very helpful to get our bookings done for the Safari and pickup on time..The rooms were located around a vast luxurious lawn and trees which attracted a number of birds and rabbits.The food was tasty and service was very personalised with a smile. .Rooms were very comfortable.After SAFARI on 2 hot days we found the stay at VIVANTA relaxing .A memorable trip to VIVANTA TAJ !
The staff were very nice. The rooms are lovely set around lawns. We enjoyed the birds, rabbits and bats that live in the compound. The food was satisfactory. The stay was a great experience taking us back to the British period. Animal lovers may find the stuffed animals traumatic.