Toby Sinclair: Bengal tiger and vehicle, Black faced langurs, peacock, Bengal tiger in water, Bengal tiger lying in grass, barasingha, Ranthambore National Park
Aditya Singh: Bengal tiger in yellow grasses
A distinguished address in India's capital, this 5-star hotel is a New Delhi landmark, with graceful architecture and artistic features reflecting Mughal heritage in an atmosphere of refined ambience.
Taj Mahal Hotel
New Delhi, India
One of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital, the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel is a city landmark, located in the exclusive residential area of Lutyens’ Delhi close to the seat of government and foreign embassies. The hotel’s graceful architecture reflects the heritage of Mughal Delhi, with intricate motifs, golden inlay work, marble fountains and a veritable showcase of historic artifacts. The 294 rooms have distinctive views and offer refined ambience through classical decor and superior amenities. The health and fitness center feature steam baths, sauna, Jacuzzi and traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage and Sirodhara treatments.
Blending with the tranquil surroundings, these cottages’ luxurious touches include spacious bedrooms, soft linens, teak floors, open-air bath and private patios with a view of the tiger reserve.
Ranthambore National Park, India
Khem Villas is ideally located on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, one of India’s largest and most renowned nature reserves known especially for its tigers. From this tranquil setting, surrounded by forest, grasslands and a few small lakes, visitors will search for tigers on 4x4 vehicle safaris and may also spot foxes, crocodiles, jungle cats, jackals and a variety of birds nearby, among a host of wildlife.
Built in harmony with its surroundings and using locally sourced materials, the property is defined by a simple but sophisticated style, with an airy quality and design features like large windows and roofed verandas that keep guests connected to nature. Secluded cottages offer plenty of luxury touches, including a spacious bedroom appointed with soft linens and teak floors and an open-air bath that boasts an outdoor shower and a large tub. Guests can enjoy tea in the morning from their private patios with a view of the tiger reserve and the surrounding landscape. Indoors, a comfortable library offers relevant local reading material, while an air-conditioned bar serves refreshing cocktails in a casual atmosphere. The Age Veda Spa, situated on a 30-acre plot of natural habitat, offers a unique opportunity for guests to reconnect with nature. Walk, run, practice yoga or watch the sunset in one of the furnished patios nestled in this forested sanctuary. Alternatively, you can pamper yourself at the spa with a massage, facial, scrub or other soothing treatment. An outdoor plunge pool also provides refreshment.
Meals are served in the elegant covered outdoor terrace, and the fire pit offers a relaxing place to wind down under the stars later on. Food at Khem Villas includes a satisfying selection of Indian and Western cuisine. The diverse vegetarian menu relies heavily on fresh ingredients sourced directly from organic farms on the premises.
Set among landscaped gardens, walkways, reflection pools and fountains, this award-winning property features 135 rooms with sleek contemporary decor, plus a magnificent outdoor swimming pool.
Voted "Asia's Leading Hotel" at the World Travel Awards, the Trident Gurgaon is located in the central business district of Gurgaon, part of the New Delhi national capital region. The hotel is set among seven acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. Within its resort-like ambience, guests are accommodated in 135 rooms defined by sleek and stylish contemporary decor. Three restaurants feature world, Indian and Japanese cuisine, and an elegant bar offers drinks in a sophisticated setting. A separate pool bar serves drinks and casual fare alongside the magnificent outdoor swimming pool, while a spa and fitness center complete the hotel’s recreation facilities.