Top ChoiceLodging in MaharashtraThe Machan
This astonishing choice hidden away in forested mountains 16km south of Lonavla buries the competition for the state's best hotel. The 28 pine and red meranti wood tree houses rising 10 to 13m above the forest come in all shapes and sizes, but every one is a postcard-perfect getaway from which you will probably need to be dragged at checkout. The two-bedroom Starlight Villas are the stuff dreams are made of, with a fully retractable roof for stargazing, Victorian deep soaking bathtubs and hammocks on the patio with mountain views – not to mention a sizeable private pool in the forest and two bedrooms connected by a spiral staircase that's perfect for two couples (recycled woods and solar power where possible). Wonderful, home-style meals are taken outdoors and there's yoga, nature walks, bonfires and a spa. You are in the thick of it here with the scorpions, snakes and adorable Malabar giant squirrels. Book well in advance.