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Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track
Spectacularly set at the foot of the Aravalli Hills within a walled compound, once the staging area for royal hunts, Amanbagh is a luxurious retreat two hours from Jaipur, offering supreme pampering and a chance to explore deepest rural Rajasthan.
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Evoking the palatial elegance of the Mughal era, Amanbagh is an oasis of greenery in stark contrast to the arid plains and craggy hills around. The resort's style echoes the region’s Mughal architecture and, while accoutred with every modern luxury, still pays homage to the architecture and design of India’s golden age. Staying in this property provides a very unique opportunity to witness first hand the traditions and culture of rural India. There are 16 Pool Pavilions each with their own private pool and garden set around the perimeter of the resort and 24 Havelis set amongst date and mango trees, with their own private courtyard, garden or balcony. All suites have large marble bathtubs and are fitted with Bose sound systems and a personal bar.
As well as a large swimming pool, there is a superb spa, a well-stocked library and a roof terrace elevated above the tree canopy with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. Dining usually takes place in an informal dining area, and the menu of Indian and Western dishes focuses on fresh and seasonal ingredients, with many herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel's own organic kitchen gardens.
The countryside surrounding Amanbagh is incredibly rich in architectural ruins, and there are a number of excursions within a 30km radius, such as seventeenth-century Bhangarh, a mysterious lost city of bazaars, palaces, gardens, temples and bathing pools deserted overnight by its inhabitants. Another great way to experience rural Rajasthan is to head out at sunset in one of Amanbagh’s open jeeps for a tour of the surrounding villages. Pass local neighbours as they herd their goats, cows and buffalo home. Nearby Sariska National Park has leopards, caracals, antelope, langur and macaque monkeys, as well as re-introduced tigers, and early morning or afternoon game drives will allow you an opportunity to see much of the varied forest wildlife.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
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Things to do
Nagaur cattle Fair (Feburary)
Explore Nagaur Cattle Fair and witness the thousands of bulls, camels, goats and cows brought to the fair to trade.
Romantic stepwell dinner at Rawla Narlai
Enjoy an oxcart ride followed by a romantic candlelit dinner in a 6th century stepwell in Rawla Narlai.
Explore the Havelis of Churu
Explore the villages of Churu and discover the beautifully painted Havelis. These Indian mansions offer an insight into the history of the British Raj.
Temples of Khajuraho
A tour to visit the temples of Khajuraho to explore their spectacular sculptures and impressive architectural elements.
Explore Amber Fort
Explore Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, visiting the Palace of Mirrors and The Hall of Public Audience. Discover its cobbled streets, gateways and enormous ramparts and transport yourself to 16th century Jaipur.
Kanha National Park Game Drives
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park, an excellent trip for keen birders. You can also expect to spot tigers and leopards!
Explore Nagaur Fort
Explore Nagaur Fort and its various temples and mosques within its walls.
Game drives in Ranthambore National Park
Heading out in the early morning and late afternoon are the best times to look for the amazing wildlife that Ranthambore has to offer in perfect light. Open jeeps give you an uncluttered view and offer the best chance of sighting the elusive Bengal Tiger.