Experience the true Rajasthan, with a three-night stay at Aman-i-Khás, a luxury tented camp on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, and a three-night stay at Amanbagh, set on an historic garden estate which was once part of the Maharajah of Alwar’s hunting grounds.
With rose- and violet-hued cities, ancient forts and tiger-inhabited wilds, this desolate region is something of an oasis for the discerning traveller. Rajasthan is one of the largest states in India and is endowed with exceptional natural beauty and a fascinating history. Literally the ‘Land of Kings’, Rajasthan only became part of India in 1949. Before that, it was a collection of 23 warring princedoms ruled by Rajputs – fierce warrior families, rich in elephants, camels, jewels and land. Tourism has flourished in Rajasthan in recent years. Visitors flock to the cities and their surrounds to capture on their cameras the exotic colours of elegant sari-clad women, the nonchalance of cows in the middle of traffic, the concentration of roadside barbers and the magnificent architectural relics of days gone by, from Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of Winds’ to Udaipur’s hilltop Monsoon Palace.
However, it is in the countryside around the cities that the true Rajasthan experience of luxury and relaxation is to be found. Amanresorts offers access to traditional villages and more remote historical attractions such as Ajabgarh Fort, the deserted city of Bhangarh and the 11th-century Narayani Mata Temple. And then of course there is the realm of tigers, leopards and other exotic wildlife: Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park offers guests the ultimate Indian safari.
The tented camp of Aman-i-Khás is located in the heart of Rajasthan’s starkly beautiful wilds, on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park. Spend your early mornings and late afternoons exploring the park in open-top vehicles in search of India’s elusive tigers and other wildlife such as chital deer and marsh crocodiles. Pass the rest of your day relaxing by the traditional step-well pool, within the spa tent, dining tent or lounge tent, or exploring the region farther afield. As dusk falls, savour a rustic Rajasthani thali featuring fresh produce from the resort’s organic gardens, then toast the stars with your nightcap around the bonfire before retiring to your tent.
A desert oasis, Amanbagh lies in a verdant garden of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees. The resort provides a tranquil refuge from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan’s dramatic frontier region. Featuring two pools and a spa within the grounds, Amanbagh also offers excursions into the surrounding Aravalli Hills. These include private picnics in historic chatris, camel and horse safaris, visits to splendid forts and ruins, and cultural experiences in picturesque rural villages.
aman rajasthan journey
The journey is based on double occupancy for six nights and includes:
Amanbagh – three nights' accommodation, full board, laundry, one transfer to/from Delhi, one transfer to/from Aman-i-Khás and either a camel ride, tour of Bhangarh or sunset "cow dust" excursion.
Aman-i-Khás – three nights in a tent, full board, laundry, one transfer to/from Delhi and one safari tour.