Set amidst bucolic Rajasthani countryside, the small rural hamlet of Ramathra is a gem. This is village India at its best, farmers carefully tend to their crops, shrines dot the fields and the pace of life is calm and leisurely. Ramathra surrounds a fort of the same name, a vast citadel originally granted to the ancestors of the current inhabitants nearly 400 years ago. Sympathetically converted to a lovely heritage hotel of only twelve rooms, there are lovely gardens and the views are fabulous. Ramathra’s setting is enchanting and the region offers some of the state’s best walking with numerous trails and paths taking in neighbouring villages and farms. For the more adventurous visit Kailadevi National Park which adjoins Ranthambore and supports a wide range of mammals, reptiles and birds or simply remain at the hotel and explore the fort.