There are a host of ways to explore the countryside, from camel cart, camel and elephant to bicycle or jeep. Amanbagh organises a variety of safaris with different forms of transport including local camels, or even Amanbagh’s very own pet camel, Babu. Venture out by bicycle and discover the rural charm of the local villages and farming hamlets. Amanbagh also offers many walking trails ranging from easy valley excursions through rural villages to more challenging hikes high into the dramatic Aravalli Hills. These walks can be combined with our cultural trails and picnic lunches in spectacular locations.
the sunset cow dust tour
Godhuli is a Hindi word that describes the late afternoon when cows are led home along dusty village roads, and the last sunlight of the day refracts through the dust they leave in their wake. A great way to experience rural Rajasthan is to head out at sunset anytime of the year in one of Amanbagh’s open jeeps for a tour of the surrounding villages during this peak hour. Pass local neighbours as they herd their goats, cows and buffalo towards home, watch the children playing village cricket and observe the village elders gathered around their hookahs for an evening communal smoke and gossip. You may even be invited for chai in a local village home, a form of interaction that for many can be a moving experience.
As the inscription on the stone next to Somsagar Lake suggests, it was built in 1598 AD at the time of Emperor Akbar’s visit to Ajabgarh. Its purpose was to provide a watering hole for the surrounding wildlife and birds. Accessed through a marble ravine, the walk up through the valley to Somsagar makes for an interesting trek. Huge blocks of marble have been polished over the centuries by villagers and cattle accessing the lake above.
A shrine, believed to have been established at the time of the lake’s creation, still stands today. Sagar ki Bahu, meaning ‘the Lake’s Bride’, was established as a reminder of the Hindu belief of life in all forms and its emphasis on sensitivity towards the link between man and nature.
Guided excursions can be organised from Amanbagh on foot which can culminate in meditation, yoga and/or breakfast next to the lake. The walk up to the lake takes approximately 40 minutes. One can continue on from the lake to the traditional Meena village of Kala Para where a jeep will collect you for the return journey.
sariska national park
Sariska National Park covers an area of 765sq km. The nearest entrance to Sariska is located close to the turn off to Neelkanth, 35 minutes from Amanbagh. Sariska was once the personal hunting ground of His Highness the Maharajah of Alwar and is accessible year round. Previously famous for its tigers, it is also home to wildlife such as leopards, panthers, wildcats, caracals, neelgai (blue bull) antelope, chital, sambar deer, wild boar, jackals, as well as langur and macaque monkeys. Recently, tigers have been reintroduced with a number brought from Ranthambore Reserve and released in Sariska. Early morning or afternoon excursions from Amanbagh via open jeep are ideal to see the varied wildlife in the forest.