The obsevatory tower, Oberoi Ranthambore

Oberoi Vanyavilas: Glamping in the Land of Tigers

Pitched under the canopy of luxuriant trees, Oberoi Vanyavilas celebrates the great outdoors. The all-tent resort is located just a few kilometers away from Ranthambore National Park, making it a perfect base to explore the famous tiger reserve.

True to its Sanskrit name, the Oberoi Vanyavila is the “charm of the forest”. It spreads over 8 hectares of an attractive garden featuring indigenous flora while backing up to the wild jungle. A collection of lakes, pavilions, and 20-odd spacious tents nestles amidst this verdant landscape. Yet the placement of these structures was delicately done so as not to uproot a single tree and maintain the forest experience.

But don’t think of the Oberoi Vanyavila as a usual sterile hotel because it’s very much a part of the jungle. In fact, the resort is situated right at the western edge of Ranthambore – one of India’s most renowned places to observe the Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Monkeys, squirrels, peacocks, and many other exotic wildlife also make their way onto the premises. And an observatory tower soaring over the forest canopy allows guests to enjoy fantastic views of the endless green scenery.

Oberoi Vanyavilas – The charm of the forest
Leafy pathway

The Tent

Through charming flower beds and leafy pathways, Virender, the receptionist, ushered me to my home for two nights, with the promise of an unforgettable glamping experience. He showed me to the resort’s organic garden and some species of birds and foliage on the property. As we arrived at my secluded tent, an elaborate carpet of marigolds and bougainvillea was laid out at the entrance. It was indeed a memorable welcome.

A place for rejuvenation in the wilderness, the tent at Oberoi Vayavilas is designed to combine opulence with nature. It takes a page from the canopied shelter made for the royals during their caravans from a bygone era, with kitted-out white cotton canvas and a traditional interior in rosewood and teak. Every detail evokes a glorious past but with the added luxury of modern amenities. Each spacious tent has an en-suite bathroom featuring a claw-footed bathtub and walk-in stone shower. A glass floor-to-ceiling door opens onto the verandah overlooking the private walled garden and the surrounding canopy.

As we are in the land of the tigers, it’s no surprise to see the feline silhouettes weaving their way into the design of the tent. They make an appearance in print and thread throughout the abode. For example, the interior ceiling features hand-embroidered tigers in gold thread, or the ultra-soft pajama is imprinted with the ultimate big cat. Chocolates in the shape of tiger paws also added a nice sweet touch.

An unforgettable glamping experience.

The tent

The Main Building

With marble floors, sparkling chandeliers, and hand-painted frescoes throughout, the main building of the Oberoi Vanyavilas resembles a sophisticated hunting lodge for Maharajas. It reflects the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan where legends of adventure and indulgence is much vivid. However, the building remains small and intimate, so as to not overshadow the beauty of the surrounding nature.

The whole structure comprises the lobby, an elegant library, a billiard room, and a swimming pool to relax and unwind after a thrilling day in the neighboring jungle. A restaurant is also attached to the building. Here, guests can savor the simplicity of slow-cooked Indian cuisine or globally inspired dishes. There is a small courtyard (completed with a campfire) where local musicians enthrall diners each evening.

Hallway of the main building
The restaurant of Oberoi Vanyavilas

The Jungle Drive with Oberoi Vanyavilas

Oberoi’s famed attention to detail and impeccable service reaches every aspect, including the jungle drive. From the choice of zone, and the vehicle, to the breakfast, everything is well planned in advance. The staff even prepared a professional camera so that I wouldn’t miss a chance to spot and photograph the wild Bengal tigers.

With knowledge and great enthusiasm, they added a deeper and more interactive dimension to being on safari in Ranthambore. As we returned to the resort, Lakshmi – the mascot elephant was waiting in the front yard. She welcomed us back with a shower of marigolds after an unforgettable day in the jungle tracking tigers and other wildlife.

View of Ranthambore National Park from the Observatory Tower.


This post is written based on my personal experience. It was neither sponsored nor solicited by Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort or any third party. All texts and pictures reflect my own opinions and are provided solely for informational purposes. I will not be liable for any errors or damages by using this information.



6 thoughts on “Oberoi Vanyavilas: Glamping in the Land of Tigers”

  1. leightontravels – Beijing, China. – Freelance travel blogger from London. Former music & film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.
    leightontravels says:

    What an incredible accommodation as well as the location. I long to return to India one of these years, and this place certainly looks like an unmissable experience. The intimate yet luxuriant ‘tent’ seems like the ultimate accommodation indulgence. The bathtub is a lovely touch. Beautiful flower shots!

    1. Many thanks, Leighton! I was there at the end of green season, so the landscape (and the flowers) still looked fresh. But finding tigers was a difficult task 😛

      1. leightontravels – Beijing, China. – Freelance travel blogger from London. Former music & film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.
        leightontravels says:

        That I’m looking forward to hearing more about! We have earmarked this place for when I eventually take Sladja to India.

  2. Monkey's Tale – Two Canadians travelling the word. Join us as we climb, trek, dive, snorkel, sight-see, and eat our way from Singapore to Sri Lanka.
    Monkey's Tale says:

    This takes camping and even glancing to a whole new level! The main building is beautiful and looks like a palace. Maggie

    1. Indeed. I’m glad that they kept the building low. It would be a disaster if they built a multi-story palace here. Thanks for reading, Maggie 🙂

  3. Image Earth Travel – Global – Global travel writer and photographer, capturing the globe with words and lens. Travelling by land, sea, and air to 60-plus countries across 6 continents, join me by reading about unique and independent travel adventures.
    Image Earth Travel says:

    Wow, what amazing glamping! The main building is beautiful and quite swish.

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