If you've been wanting to make a trip to Ranthambore, plan it now (before it gets too hot)! Also, if you do, check out the Tree of Life Resorts - Kipling Jungle Lodge to make your trip even better.
Built in a style resembling a hunting lodge in the British era and named after the novelist Rudyard Kipling (yes, The Jungle Book author), Kipling Lodge is all things grand and beautiful.
The compound is spread out horizontally (not vertically with multiple floors) with two types of cottage accommodations - Hideaway Garden Cottage and the Junior Suite. We stayed at the Junior Suite that comes with a garden area, a separate living room, tea/coffee maker, flat screen TV, and the best part - a lavish outdoor bathing area (an Instagram dream come true)! The suite itself is extremely spacious, and the beds will help you sleep like a baby. But hey, when in Ranthambore, sleeping is not a priority; Spotting tigers is.
The hotel folks will be happy to hook you up with a jungle safari. They'll be able to book you a safari in the best zones within the park (we're told that Zone 3 is the best, but we managed to spot a tiger in Zone 2 as well!). Even if you don't spot tigers, know that the safari itself is a beautiful experience full of postcard-worthy views, interesting trivia, and lots of fresh air that Delhi folks could use.
Whenever you're back from the safari, pamper yourself at Kipling Lodge's Ekam Spa. We opted for the stress-relieving, full body oil massage (INR 2800 for 60 mins). After the treatment, it's safe to say that we hadn't felt this relaxed and hydrated in the longest time.
The hotel's Pavilion Restaurant deserves another special mention. All their meals are simple, cooked to perfection, and the portions are great too. You have to try their white sauce pasta, the veg cutlet for breakfast, dal makhni, and the Chocolate Brownie made fresh in-house.