A Tale of Two Amans
If ever there was an ultimate luxury holiday experience in northern India than this is it. An envelope of chic Aman perfection awaits. Luxury, service, gastronomy are just the start of a holiday that will linger in the mind for a very, very long time…
This is not a Rajasthan holiday experience for the many but for the few. And it is an experience that we at Yonder can’t get enough of. As if jetting in to Delhi knowing that you’ll be whisked away from the airport like a superstar isn’t enough, when you settle into your gilded home-from-home you’ll be literally waited on hand and foot.
*Every Yonder itinerary is uniquely created to suit our individual clients. Destinations, hotels, lengths of stay and even modes of transport are all decided by you, with the help of our local knowledge and expert guidance.
But what is it that makes this Yonder journey so special? Well for a start: Aman… obviously. But that’s only part of the answer. Combine the Aman experience with the thrill of India’s bustling capital city, Delhi, the tranquility of the Rajasthani countryside in Ajabgarh and the overwhelming excitement of eyeballing a Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National park and luxurious adventure is complete!
To the uninitiated, Delhi can be a foreboding prospect. For Yonderers, it is a the first, exciting taste of the utter brilliance of India and Rajasthan in particular. You’ll be seamlessly taken to your uber elegant digs at The Lodhi. If you really want to splash out, opt for a suite with its own private plunge pool looking towards Humayun’s Tomb. And when you’ve towelled yourself off, your driver and guide will be waiting to show you mesmerising scenes in the narrow streets of Old Delhi, complete with spice markets, perfume sellers and silk weavers, Gandhi’s eternal flame and Lutyens’ architectural masterpieces.
If you don’t fancy getting up early to beat the notorious Delhi rush hour, why not take the train to Ranthambore National Park? Either by car or locomotive, the constantly evolving scenes along the way will astonish you. Upon arrival at Aman-i-Khas, you’ll be personally greeted by your batman – you’ll soon come to think of him as your personal superhero – and will be taken to your Mughal inspired residence. You’ll sense the magic from the moment you step out of your car, to a glass of bubbles of course, and with the national park boundary within sight you’ll be itching to set out. With a two early morning and two afternoon game drives your chances of witnessing one of nature’s most spine tingling moments: a rustle in the undergrowth and a wild tiger padding out.
Your next stop, after winding through spectacular rural Rajasthan for a few hours, is Amanbagh . Nestled in the Aravelli mountains, Amanbagh is stationed in the grounds of a forming hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Even today, leopards and other wild animals roam free. But it is the brilliant combination of stunning accommodation, jaw dropping scenery and mouthwatering food that make a stay so blissfully relaxing. An evening Cow Dust tour around the village and beyond is part of the experience as well the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside either on a tantalising private dining experience or on a cultural expedition. Believe us, you will think after a few days at Amanbagh that you’ve been swept away by your fairy godmother.
The four hours or so in the car on the way back to Delhi will quickly disappear as you take in the never ending changes of scenery. Upon your arrival in Delhi, the familiarity of the Lodhi luxury will make for a welcome feeling. Depending on your flight time, you’ll have the chance for some last-minute shopping, take in any sights that you’ve read about along the journey or have a final immersion in a city that symbolises so vibrantly the spirit of India.
What you get for your money
This itinerary would typically cost from £3,800 pp per person staying in the specified hotels and having the services of a private chauffeur and guide, excluding international flights. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.