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Khem Villas, is a jungle camp established by Usha and Goverdhan Singh Rathore along with Pritam Singh on the outskirts of Ranthambhore. Goverdhan is the son of Fateh Singh Rathore one of India 's leading Tiger experts who is also aptly referred to as the founding father of Ranthambhore helping put the park on the Tiger Map of the World.
Goverdhan grew up living inside Ranthambhore learning about the Tiger and its natural life first hand under the guidance of his father. His love for the Park and its Tigers was so powerful that after he graduated from medical school he started a project around the park with the local people to help save the Tiger. As a result of this program today there is a comprehensive Tiger conservation program unlike any in India. It has won him the Green Oscar in 2004 given to him by Sir David Attenborough at the Royal Geographic Society in London for his work in the field of alternative energy using cow dung in biogas digesters.
Pritam runs Anokhi a company that helped revive the tradition of hand block printing in Rajasthan. The company employ's over 3000 people mainly women all over Rajasthan as full time and part time workers. His commitment to Ranthambhore and Tiger conservation lead to the establishment of a state of the art tailoring unit in Ranthambhore in 2006 which will finally employ nearly 150 people in an effort to generate local employment and thus contribute towards making people less dependant on the park and its resources for a livelihood, ultimately helping the Tiger. His shop in Ranthambhore donates 5% of turnover to the conservation projects around Ranthambhore.
Usha ran a successful tented camp in Ranthambhore called Sherbagh for six years and will be a natural hostess at the camp ensuring a truly amazing experience, which includes delightful food, made from home grown organic vegetables making your experience a memorable one.
The camp was established in 1989 and then developed. Spread over an area of 10 acres it has become a habitat in itself. It is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox, hares etc. within the camp itself. As it is close to the park one can sometimes see pugmarks of leopards, tigers and bears that have passed by and sometimes if one is lucky one may even get to see them near the camp. Because of the different habitats in the property it has contributed to creating a bird watchers paradise. All kinds of birds from the millions of White Throats among the grasslands to the Sparrow hawks hovering in the sky, the Black Winged Kites in the trees and the Moore Hen near the water can be seen on the property itself. The peace and tranquillity at the camp is unlike any other place in Ranthambhore.
The accommodation is divided into three categories and is designed to provide an authentic experience that is unfussy yet functional.
These are stand-alone cottages with a total private area of 40 X 40 feet. This includes a spacious and comfortable bedroom, a large bathroom, an open to sky private plunge pool with an outdoor shower. Also included in this space is a large private courtyard and veranda. The bedroom is air-conditioned with a large glass doors overlooking beautiful undisturbed vistas that could be a water body or a dense jungle.
These are erected on a wooden platform on a steel frame with all the modern amenities. The bathrooms are minimalist using simple natural materials like bamboo and wood to give a rustic charm without compromising on functionality that one expects.
The main building provides four bedrooms that are self contained and can be used as individual rooms or can provide the option for a small group to hire the entire portion as a private space to be enjoyed together. All the rooms are air-conditioned spacious with en suite bathrooms. The upstairs rooms have large bay windows that can be used to sit in and over look onto the agricultural fields, which are a golden hue in winters due to the flowers of the mustard crop.
The food in the camp is all freshly cooked using mainly home grown vegetables. Even the milk is from the local farm where the cows are fed organic feed. Guests will be provided a nice mix of Indian, Western and Oriental Cuisine providing rich flavours to suite every taste.
Cottages: US$300 incl. all taxes and meals
Tents: US$250 incl. all taxes and meals
Rooms: US$150 incl. all taxes and meals.
The above rates do not incl. Jungle rides or alcoholic and aerated beverages. These are charged extra as per the prevailing rates.
Contact Person: Mrs. Usha Rathore, General Manager and CEO
Address: Khem Villas, VPO Sherpur Khiljipur, Dist. Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, INDIA
Telephones: 09414030262, 07462 252099, 07462252219
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