What a way to start the year 2013! To journey to India to experience a kaleidoscope of colours, culture, cuisine and contrast. It was my great pleasure to experience this and of so much more as a fellow Relais family member on a recent visit to India where I had the privilege to journey to Sher Bagh in Ranthambhore. It was an exciting and exhilarating trip which opened my eyes to the wonders of all that there is Relais and Chateaux globally.
The values that underpin this global family were exemplified here at Sher Bagh the passport of friendship wrapped in the history and like-minded ness of the Singh family lead by Jaisel and Anjali spans a friendship that started as an exchange programme some 15 years ago. This friendship is indicative of the warmth and hospitality shown by fellow Relais members when you venture to unknown shores. A passport that fast tracks you into a circle and a life lived by those who represent their place of passion.
To journey by train from Delhi to Ranthambhore gives you a 1 hour train window summary of life in rural India. To then alight at the station to be greeted with iced white cloths and a glass of champagne by Yusef and Rakesh goes to underpin the value of the soul of the innkeepers.
The luxury tented camp is the perfect retreat to fulfill your expectation of the classic Indian safari experience a celebration of the 1920’s “Raj style luxury” where the simplicity of the land is juxtaposed with the excellence of the service.
The driving force and energy to ensure your hospitality and activity itinerary to arrive and see the proud emblem of the Relais & Chateaux plaque gives you a sense and comfort in knowing that you will be experiencing in the next few days the best representation of the local terroir a real taste of the land.
And if this was not enough, to venture into the jungle and have the great privilege to view a wild tiger, sloth bears, a fishing owl and an array of flora and fauna to awaken the Art de Vivre.
Sher Bagh is a member of the Sujan Luxury Group and they run an interesting blog about all things Tiger, Ranthambore and Indian luxury, so be sure to Read their Blog Here, LIKE their Facebook Page Here, and Follow their Twitter Feed Here.
Written and Photographed by: Shan Varty