Worth getting out of bed for
The open-top jeep safaris are the reason folk flock to Ranthambore. As well as being home to 50 or so tigers, there are crocodile-filled lakes, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, and more than 300 species of birds among the dhok trees and bushy scrub.
Immerse yourself in local culture, history and legend with a heart-racing climb to the top of the 1000-year-old Ranthambore Fort, one of the oldest in India. This formidable fortress still houses the remains of barracks used by defending garrisons, and there's even a small armoury complete with swords, rifles and gunpowder.
Brush up on your flora and fauna with a guided walk through the low hills, or bring out your binoculars on a trip to Surwal Lake where indigenous and migratory birds fill the skies. Get ready to tick raptors, waders, kingfishers, parquets and more off your birding list.
Take a tour of the Old City and indulge in some out-of-the-ordinary retail therapy as exquisite 100-year-old silver and gold tribal jewellery is pulled from a tiny safe and displayed on the shop floor. Or stock up on the local khus (grass) perfume, packaged in a unique camel-hide bottle.
The streets of Sawai Madhopur aren't known for their gourmet restaurants or late-night watering holes, so most of your eating and drinking will take place within the luxury confines of the hotel. If you're really craving a change of scene, then the Dining Room at the Oberoi Vanyavilas (+91 (0)7462 22 3999) offers Western, Thai and Indian cuisine in an airy dining room lined with hand-painted frescoes.