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Wildstyle Boutique Accommodations of India

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India is one of those places where the accommodation adds so much to the experience of the trip. Travel in India can be hectic and hot, dusty and tiring, so where you kick back at the end of the day is important to refresh and reflect on your experience. It's worth it to seek out that hotel that is unique to your interests or to the surroundings and we can help you do that! Here are a couple of my favorites from my recent adventures in north and central India. Any of these can be added to one of our customizable India tours for a truly unique adventure!

City Life


Sujan Raj Mahal Palace – Traditional palace property in Jaipur bursting with flair and color. This décor is not for the faint of heart but it creates an atmosphere unlike any hotel or palace I visited in India. It has a chic, modern feel without losing the heritage that is so important to this hotel and the family where this palace originates. 


The Raas – Probably one of the best-located hotels in Jodhpur just steps from the Clocktower Market, for all your souvenir shopping needs, and below Mehrangarh Fort for some of the best sunset views in the city. A comfortable modern style that maintains the Rajput architecture that is so unique to this region. 



The Imperial – Take a step back into the colonial past with a stay in Dehli at this iconic 1930s hotel. The hotel itself feels like a museum. I got a bit lost strolling through the hallways to see one of Delhi's largest collection of Colonial and post-Colonial art. Despite the curatorial atmosphere, the hotel does not lose the comforts and high-level of service expected at one of the top rated hotels in Delhi. 


A Little Out There

 


Lakshman Sagar – Top of my list for unique remote properties! Its unlike any place I have seen in India! This hotel rises on a hillside overlooking a lake, like an oasis of color and luxury, on the edges of the "Badlands of India" near Raipur. Originating as a hunting property for Indian nobility, it still maintains itself as the place to disconnect, as is reflective in the zero kilometer concept (sourcing all materials from the vicinity). Open spaces and vibrant colors reflect the surrounding open plains and vivid clothing worn by the locals. 


Rawla Narlai - Take a break from the frenzied city for a stay in slow luxury in the countryside between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Still owned by members of Jodhpur's royal family this heritage resort is full of character, comfort, and luxury. Enjoy a meal on the rooftop or by the 16th Century old Baori (Step-well) for a uniquely Indian experience and fabulous food too! 


Raas Devigarh - Its mere presence atop a hill in the village of Delwara exudes royalty. Built in the 1700s, Devigarh commands presence in the valley for its history, its size, and its luxury. The modern amenities perfectly blend with the old world royalty. Despite its size, Devigarh still has a boutique feel with hidden lounges full of colorful, comfy couches and tucked away courtyards. 

Safari Style


Jamtara Wilderness Camp - One of my favorite properties because of the pool! Yes, its in an amazing setting, in a great location to Pench National Park, and spectacular service, but its one of the few safari camps in the area with a pool. It's set directly below a massive banyan tree which everyday I was there a troop of langur monkeys would come by in the afternoon to lounge in the shade as the young one's practiced their climbing skills on the low vines. Even in the afternoon break between safaris at Pench National Park one can experience wildlife at Jamtara in the luxury of the infinite pool. The camp itself is immensely comfortable, the food is delish, and the guides friendly, eager, and knowledgeable. 


Tree House Hideaway - A fun and comfortable property of actual treehouses just outside of the popular Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. These aren't your childhood treehouses, these have all the comforts one would expect from a 4-star property (A/C, modern bath, balcony overlooking the forest below). Comfy central lodge area is perfect for swapping safari stories with guides and other guests. 


Kanha Jungle Lodge - More of a traditional lodge style, with small bungalows surrounding a centralized, but open air lounge area. Tons of books to read up on that mysterious blue bird you kept seeing. Welcoming staff, managed by a lovely family for decades, are ready to help with any need or story about the nearby Kanha National Park. It was immensely comfortable and felt like I could have stayed here a lot longer.  

 Want to stay at one or ALL of these amazing places? We can do that! Check out our trips in India or contact me, Laura Cahill, to customize an adventure for you!

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