SUJÁN Reimagines Exceptional Wilderness Experiences in Rajasthan
February 21, 2022 by Perrie Hartz
Horseback riding at SUJÁN JAWAI
A collection of three luxurious tented wilderness camps in Rajasthan, India, SUJÁN offers guests an incredibly immersive safari experience with unparalleled natural surroundings, sumptuous accommodations and unforgettable cultural explorations. The family-owned company recently celebrated its 21st anniversary in Fall of 2021 with the reopening of its award-wining properties after an impressive multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Honoring family legacy and drawing inspiration from the incredibly rich history of Rajasthan, India, each SUJÁN camp offers unforgettable safari experiences in truly unique, exotic settings.
Evoking all the romance and glamour of a bygone era, SUJÁN Sher Bagh is a luxurious tented safari camp that transports guests to the glamorous 1920’s in India’s most celebrated tiger reserve.
Ranthambhore is perhaps the world’s finest place to observe tigers in their natural habitat, and SUJÁN Sher Bagh is the perfect home base from which to see these incredibly majestic creatures. Located in a lush jungle and surrounded by the ruins of grand ancient palaces and the majestic citadel of Sher Bagh, the camp is a spectacular wildlife haven. It pays tributes to their core values of giving back to nature by remaining small and intimate whilst encompassing the surrounding wilderness.
Designed in campaign-style decor with furnishings reminiscent of King Edward VIII’s celebrated tour of India in 1921, Sher Bagh has seven recently refurbished luxury tents, all kitted out with custom-made textiles and furniture. There are now also three new large suites: one (1) Family ‘Machhli’ Suite, one (1) Royal ‘Sher’ Suite, and one (1) Imperial ‘Raj Bagh’ Suite. Inspired by the classic charm of India’s old-world safari camps, each jungle tent celebrates the beauty of the Indian wilderness, with en-suite bathrooms that feature a brass bathtub and stone shower, and glass and canvas walls that open onto a stunning private veranda overlooking the incredibly lush jungle terrain. The three new specialty suites offer exclusivity and seclusion, being sheltered by ancient trees and built within private walled gardens. Perfect for families or groups looking for a bit more privacy, these luxury accommodations have double bedrooms that are set away from the main tents and come with private heated jacuzzi pools, outdoor fireplaces, and decks with open-air showers and stand-alone tubs.
Sher Bagh’s recent renovation also includes an inviting new cocktail bar, chic library tent, and dining tent with a sprawling deck that looks out over the rolling Ranthambhore hills. There is also a gorgeous swimming pool overlooking the tiger reserve, an in-house lifestyle boutique, a newly renovated SUJÁN spa and treatment rooms, and a gourmet organic kitchen and garden.
SUJÁN Sher Bagh offers a plethora of unforgettable safari excursions in 4×4 jeeps, exploring a habitat that plays host to tigers, leopards, crocodiles, hyenas, wild boar, antelope, and more. The camp also offers excursions to nearby Ranthambhore Fort, traditional jungle cooking courses, wilderness walks, and more.
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan
SUJÁN JAWAI luxury safari camp is a private wilderness estate set against a dramatic backdrop of agrarian fields, sand rivers, forests and billion-year-old granite formations. Located between the medieval cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur, JAWAI is accessible yet still remote enough to feel like an exotic escape. In this unique habitat where leopards roam free, SUJÁN JAWAI offers exceptional safari excursions along with a truly elevated luxury camp experience. There is no better place to spend unforgettable days in the wildness discovering one of India’s most enchanting landscapes.
An intimate and über-luxurious property, JAWAI offers seven freshly renovated tented “rock” suites and three new specialty suites perfectly suited to larger families and groups looking for more privacy and seclusion. The new “Eden at JAWAI” is a private encampment within the main JAWAI property, and consists of three double bed tented suites, along with a private entrance, exclusive lounge and dining tents, a heated jacuzzi pool, campfire, and large deck with stunning views of the wilderness.
Using a chic and calming palette of muted gray, black, and white, JAWAI lets its natural surroundings shine, yet the bright splash of scarlet red (inspired by the color of the Rabari turban) provides a lovely contrast when set against the monochrome furnishings.
JAWAI prides itself on focusing on environmental conservation without compromising comforts, and indeed the property offer every luxury imaginable, including a lounge tent, a bar and dining tent, a library, a gorgeous swimming pool overlooking the wild terrain, and a SUJÁN spa with treatment rooms.
A stay at JAWAI includes two wilderness game drives per day, during which guests are sure to spot the spectacular leopards roaming the wilds, along with many other species. Other activities include cycling excursions, walks with Rabari herdsmen, and the new “Ride in the Wild” equestrian adventure. This unforgettable experience is a thrilling way to explore the stunning landscape on horseback and get the chance to truly connect with nature.
This stunning camp fit for royalty is a true haven of peace and tranquility. Set on a 100-acre private estate in the Thar desert just far enough removed from the buzz of urban life, SUJÁN The Serai is the perfect home base from which to explore mystical Jaisalmer and its famed 12th century “Golden Fortress,” which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Serai’s immaculate white tents stand in stunning contrast to the gold-hued desert surroundings, providing an elegant sanctuary of rest and relaxation and encapsulating the true spirit of exotic Jaisalmer. With a simple, contemporary-chic design and walls carved in sandstone by local craftsmen, The Serai’s main focal point is the sleek and minimalist pool, whose cool, placid waters provide a perfect respite from the desert heat. The property boasts 21 sumptuous accommodations made up of four tented suites, six luxury tented suites (each with private gardens and sunken jacuzzi pools), and one truly exceptional Royal Tented Suite with its own spa, outdoor pool, and dining and lounge tents, all walled into a private enclosure.
Amenities at SUJÁN The Serai include a world-renown treatment spa, an in-house boutique which sources unique handcrafted goods from local artisans, an exclusive yoga tent, and gourmet dining offerings. Using ethically sourced products from local farmers and produce from SUJÁN’s own herb and vegetable gardens, the cuisine combines unique local delicacies with traditional dishes. Guests can choose to have meals in the exclusive dining tent or venture out to spend the evening enjoying dinner and night caps under the vast expanse of starry desert sky.
SUJÁN truly excels at offering incredible wilderness and outdoor experiences, and The Serai is no exception. From camel and 4×4 desert excursions to cultural visits of Jaisalmer and other nearby villages, pottery and craft classes with local artisans, cooking classes, national park tours, wilderness photography lessons, and more.
*Both Jawai and Sher Bagh have been redesigned to stay open year-round, while The Serai is a seasonal luxury camp, open from September 15th to March 31st.*
1, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016