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A Weekend Getaway: V Resorts’ Utsav Camp Sariska at a glance
- V Resorts Utsav Camp makes for a perfect weekend getaway from New Delhi. It is a comfortable 4.5 hour drive away from New Delhi, India.
- It is a short drive away from both Jaipur and Agra. This makes it easy to combine it with your trip to the Golden Triangle if you are in India for a short time.
- Comfortable canvas tents are well-equipped with amenities such as hot showers, electric sockets, proper beds and wooden wardrobes, and large patios.
- The resort is ideal for a short weekend getaway with a group of friends or family. We would suggest staying for 2-3 nights.
- There is an infinity pool and restaurant that serves scrumptious Indian food on site.
- Mobile connectivity is limited.
- The campsite is a stone’s throw away from Sariska National Park and Tiger Reserve. Don’t forget to go for a safari – you’ll spot spotted deer, antelopes, peacocks, partridges, monkeys, leopards, and even tigers (if you’re lucky)
- The hotel offers some amazing excursions. We would highly recommend off-roading to visit a couple of offbeat cultural sites in the area (details below)
- Carry your own toiletries as in-house toiletries can be a bit lacklustre
- Prices start from £100/INR 9,000. This includes accommodation and all meals. More information and booking details on www.vresorts.in
V Resorts’ Utsav Camp, Sariska – Tents and Resort
I wrap the flannel throw tighter around myself – there’s a nip in the air, heralding the onset of winter in North India. I stumble out of our comfortably-appointed tent. To my surprise, Vid’s already up clicking the sunrise. We can’t help chuckling. 5 months in the US, followed by a long flight across multiple time zones has left us terribly jet-lagged. We’re wide-eyed, awake, and hungry at an unearthly hour! It might be 5 am in India but it is dinner time in the US.
As if by magic, an attendant appears out of nowhere to ask us if we’d like some tea or coffee. Vid jokes about hunger pangs and he insists on taking us to the in-house restaurant. Within minutes, we’re facing a table full of steaming hot food and beverages. Aah Indian hospitality – you’ve been missed!
I’ve said this on multiple occasions in the past but Asian hospitality is truly outstanding. V Resorts Sariska is no exception – elaborate Indian thalis (sampling platters) are prepared from scratch at mealtimes, meals are tailored to visitors’ requirements, and tea and coffee is plentiful. The scrumptious food pays homage to local cuisine and the ambience of the restaurant amplifies the experience. It is dotted with bright cushions, cheery furnishings, and kitschy lamps. This is the kind of outdoorsy camping where you won’t have to lift a finger – instead you can concentrate on being pampered and relishing the wilderness 🙂
The Aravallis, one of India’s oldest mountain ranges, is in close proximity. But it’s easy to be be lulled into forgetting you’re camping in the great outdoors. A roomy lounge, strewn with cushions is flanked by a mini infinity pool. We spent our evenings here, munching on hot pakoras (vegetable fritters) and spiced Indian chai (tea) as we watched the sun go down.
As for the bohemian canvas tents, they are spacious and well-equipped with amenities such as hot showers, air-conditioners, electric sockets, and wooden beds and traditional wardrobes. Sturdy wooden doors full of character welcome guests to the tents and bright stained-glass lanterns adorn each room. Cane stools and cots line every tent’s private patio. It isn’t lavish or opulent like Chamba Camp Thiksey. Instead it provides a glamping option at a much lower price point. V Resorts Sariska is an affordable yet sumptuous option to escape the hustle bustle of New Delhi. Visit for 2-3 nights with a group of friends or your family for an off-the-grid break you will remember for a long time.
Things to do around V Resorts Sariska
This is Rajasthan, one of the most colourful states of India. Naturally there is no shortage of things to do in the area but here are a couple of our favourites:
Safari at Sariska Tiger Reserve
Less than 20 minutes away from V Resorts Sariska lies the Sariska National Park. It’s a popular tourist attraction and tourists throng to the park every year in search of its elusive residents – the tigers! We didn’t spot a tiger (spotted the ever-elusive Indian leopard though :-)) but we weren’t disappointed at all! We loved the entire experience of driving through the park at sunrise and staring at flared sunbeams making their way through trees where dozens of spotted deer and nimble antelopes congregate. These animals sightings coupled with the early-morning air disperse magic in the air. Can not complain!
Know before you go – Private vehicles aren’t allowed at Sariska National Park. However guided safaris are extremely affordable and start at £50 (INR 5000) for a group of 4 if you book at the resort itself.
Go Off-roading: Kankwadi Fort and Neelkanth Temple
Most tourists turn back once they’ve spotted their fair share of animals. But we’d suggest opting for a longer safari that allows visitors to explore the multi-faceted wilderness of the area. Soon enough, dense foliage will give way to barren areas populated with palm trees. A short bout of off-roading over gravel, shallow water bodies, and rubble will lead you to the magnificent ruins of the Kankwadi Fort. Now there’s only one thing better than a sprawling ornate Rajasthani fort! Getting it all to oneself!!
Yes that’s right – Kankwadi Fort is a bit of an offbeat gem. This might explain why we had the fort all to ourselves on the day we visited. As always curiosity got the better of us and we ended up spending the better part of an hour exploring its nooks and crannies. Next up – Neelkanth Temple. A steep winding road leads to this ancient temple, located on an isolated hilltop near Sariska National Park. The temple site is steeped in local history and is a sight to behold.
Know before you go – It’s possible to combine this off-roading experience with tea at a local villagers’ house. This offers a culturally immersive experience second to none. Just make sure you request for this while booking the safari to Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Indulge in a spot of yoga (or relaxation) atop pre-historical boulders
Animals and forts apart, Sariska is home to a series of boulders older than The Himalayas. They are revered by locals and are perfect for a spot of yoga. They’re also ideal for catching sunrise and sunset. You can request the camp staff to pack you a small picnic – sip on spiced Indian tea and nibble on appetisers as you watch the sun go down.
Visit the colourful markets of Alwar and devour some milk cake!
No weekend getaway is complete without a spot of shopping is it? The state of Rajasthan is famous for its fondness for eye-searingly bright clothes and tribal jewellery (No wonder we love it so! ). Consequently local markets offer an array of photographic and shopping opportunities – try to stop at a local market on your way back to New Delhi. The main market of Alwar is the perfect place to sample this kaleidoscope of colours – from brightly-coloured scarves and glass bangles to sweetmeats and jewellery, there’s nothing you won’t find here!
Know before you go – Alwar makes for the perfect pit stop between New Delhi and Sariska. Don’t forget to sample the local speciality – milk cake, a calorie-laden sweetmeat made from condensed milk and sugar. This also makes for the perfect present for friends and family.
Give back (in whatever way you deem fit)
I feel the need to add this to all our articles on India.
We get a lot of questions about the tipping culture in India and truth be told, most daily wage earners such as naturalist guides or drivers on the safari earn meagre sums of money, sometimes less than £100 a month. Consequently, tips go a long way.
In addition to this, try to give back in some way while travelling in India. If you read this post on Ladakh, you’d know we love carrying lots of stationery- notebooks, crayons, paints, pens – to donate it to the local schools that could use a helping hand or two!! We’d love it if you could give back in some way while travelling in India. It DOES NOT have to be an earth-shattering endeavour because every little helps. You could teach less-priveleged kids while travelling, take 1 child under your wing, volunteer at a local orphanage, or donate wherever you deem fit. It’s so rewarding and SO much fun.
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We visited this glamping site in Sariska as part of an ongoing project with V Resorts. We are 2 extremely opinionated ninjas, so all opinions (good, bad, and hyperbolic) are our own. Read our Disclosure Policy for further information.