This World Wildlife Day and beyond, experience India’s wild side at these 5 safari retreats

These places prove that you don’t have to rough it out while on a wildlife getaway.

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Today is World Wildlife Day—a day dedicated by the United Nations to celebrate the diverse wild animals and plants and their contribution to the ecosystem. Given India’s rich reserves and biodiversity, why must you, an avid traveller, limit your experiences to one day? That said, a vacation in the forest doesn’t mean you have to give up creature comforts—these five hotels situated near national parks in the country promise a wildlife getaway in luxury. 

Sujan Sher Bagh, Ranthambore National Park


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Camping doesn’t get more luxurious than this—think canvas tents that come with their own private heated pools, open-air tree showers, and a sprawling garden. This hotel near Ranthambore National Park also provides personal guides and jeeps for the ultimate safari experience. If the bumpy ride at the park leaves you with sore muscles, make the most of the in-house outdoor spa treatment. 

Samode Safari Lodge & Spa, Bandhavgarh National Park

Located in Madhya Pradesh’s popular Bandhavgarh National Park, the charming lodge features 12 plush villas that come equipped with outdoor showers and decks to enjoy the natural surroundings from. In addition to the usual safari, there is plenty that you can do while you are here—go for a relaxing swim in the pool, unwind at the spa, or have a memorable meal at the campfire barbeque. 

The Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar National Park 

The expansive 70-acre lodge flanked by the Velavadar National Park in Gujarat has 14 sophisticated cottages that come with a private veranda, replete with deck chairs and enviable views. The resort organises nature walks and wildlife viewing where you can get a glimpse of the rare Indian antelope, the animal the lodge takes its name after, along with other local animals and birds. 

The Bison, Nagarhole National Park

Nestled within the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, The Bison is a luxe safari resort that takes glamping to the next level. All the tents on the property come with verdant forest views and, if you are lucky, you might even spot some of the park’s residents from your room. The resort also plans vehicle or boat safaris to introduce you to the local fauna and flora. 

The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, Tadoba National Park 

If a lavish safari is on your mind, then The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, situated near Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra, should be on your list. The nine villas here offer stunning views of the lake, and if you’re travelling with a large crowd, then the three four-room chalets will be an ideal pick. The lodge is enveloped by lush greenery synonymous with the region, and you’ll have plenty of chances to spot the park’s habitants that include tigers, leopards, deer, and more. 

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