Our luxury India with Aman tour introduces you to many different facets of India whilst staying in some of her finest properties. This sophisticatedjourney kicks off with a two-night stay at the Lodhi, in the capital city of Delhi. The Lodhi is no longer an Aman property though has retained its low-key luxury and Aman vibe, pairing perfectly with Aman-i-Khas and Amanbagh and making it the ideal starting point for our luxury India with Aman experience. Whilst in the capital, your experienced guide will introduce you to the contrasts of both Old and New Delhi; from its souk-like bazaars in Chandni Chowk, to the colonial tree-lined avenues of Lutyens.
We then board the train to Ranthambhore National Park, a former hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now one of the best places in the world to spot wild Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Aman-i-Khas is one of the finest safari lodges in the world, and each luxury tent comes with its own butler. Our experienced and passionate naturalist guides will accompany you into the jungle on the trail of tiger. Between-hand, enjoy your surroundings at Aman-i-Khas.
The journey ends on a relaxed note at the super-sophisticated Amanbagh, in rural Rajasthan. This opulent gem of a resort is located off the beaten track near the small village of Ajabgarh, nestled within the Aravalli hills. Amanbagh is a gorgeous place to relax, surrounded by the Aravalli hills and dotted with lush palm trees. For those who’re feeling active, there are a number of excursions to embark on; from a sunrise yoga session at the abandoned local temple, to meeting the local villagers on Amanbagh’s signature ‘Cow Dust Tour’. Amanbagh is also ideal for those who’re interested to dip their toes into wellness and Ayurveda, offering a number of Ayurvedic treatments and consultations with their resident Ayurvedic doctor.
Luxurious yet understated is the very essence of Aman hotels in India, and the perfect contrast to the whirlwind of experiences you’ll have whilst exploring Delhi, Ranthambhore and Ajabgarh.
Arrive in Delhi (stay at the Lodhi, Delhi)
Your luxury India with Aman tour kicks off upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a member of our team and chauffeured to the Lodhi for a two-night stay. Whilst no longer an Aman hotel, it is arguably the finest in New Delhi and nestled in a busy but green area of the capital, close to the Lodhi Gardens of which it takes its name. The atmosphere here is cool and hushed; the décor is sleek and minimal. Rooms are huge and come with their own private plunge pool.
A guided tour of both Old and New Delhi today will introduce you to the Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb and the Sikh temple. The itinerary we’ve prepared in advance is a guideline and is completely flexible to your preferences on the day – you may let your guide know your interests and he will tailor the day to better suit your tastes (we’re known for our flexible approach, allowing you complete control over the pace of your trip). After exploring the bustling capital, you’ll return to the Lodhi in the evening where we’d recommend dining at their award-winning Indian Accent restaurant, though your chauffeur is always on hand should you prefer a meal out.
Delhi to Ranthambhore (stay at Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambhore)
Today, accompanied by an Aman Batman, you’ll board the train to Ranthambhore in Rajasthan, for a three-night stay beside the jungle. Or, the journey is driveable should you prefer (similarly, helicopter travel or a private charter can be arranged). Either way, upon arriving into Ranthambhore this evening you’ll be assisted with checking in to Aman-i-Khas for a three-night stay. This super chic camp is nestled on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park, surrounded by the Aravalli hills. Each of the ten luxury tents offers generous space (over 1100 sq ft), luxe Mughal-inspired interiors, and your very own private butler. The central fire-pit is ideal for congregating with other guests in the evenings, to discuss sightings in the park and enjoy sundowners. This is luxury camping at its best and affords an authentic Indian safari experience.
Days 4 + 5
Rise early this morning and you’ll be met by your private Jeep, to head off into Ranthambhore National Park on a morning safari. The park’s most famous resident is the majestic Bengal Tiger, though is also home to leopard, peacock, numerous species of deer, crocodiles, sloth bear and much more. After the morning safari, you’ll return to Aman-i-Khas for breakfast and a few hours at leisure where, for one of your two days here, a 60-minute full body massage for two has been arranged with our compliments. Or, if you’re feeling active, explore the 10th century Ranthambhore Fort for a spectacular birds-eye view of the jungle. It’s located within the park itself and its crumbling chhatris and ancient temples provide a magical backdrop to the reserve, evoking a Jungle Book vibe. In the afternoon, you’ll head back into the park for a second Jeep safari, to observe the jungle in a different light.
Ranthambhore to Ajabgarh (stay at Amanbagh, Ajabgarh)
Today you’ll steer off the beaten track to Ajabgarh for a relaxing three-night stay at Amanbagh, stopping en-route for a privately guided tour of the impressive Chand Baori stepwell (one of the largest and oldest in India). Nestled on the outskirts of Jaipur, Amanbagh is a whisper-quiet Aman retreat, whose name translates to peaceful garden.Shaded courtyards, rose-tinted walled and regal cupolas evoke the majesty of the Mughal era and will leave you feeling like a modern day Maharaja and Maharani. The suites at Amanbagh are spacious and extremely comfortable, offering either a private garden or courtyard. Here you’ll be upgraded to the next category with our compliments.
Days 7 + 8
The next two days are at your leisure to enjoy your surroundings at Amanbagh. The central swimming pool is ideal for relaxing and unwinding, as is the spa and library, though if you’re feeling active and would like to explore rural life in Rajasthan we’d recommend Amanbagh’s signature Sunset Cow Dust Tour. This experience whisks you through the village in an open-top Jeep: smiling children play in the streets, and farmers herd their cows, goats and buffalo. In the mornings, the spooky spectacle of Bhangarh makes for a fascinating excursion. To end your luxury India with Aman journey on a special note, we’d recommend a private candelit dinner in the ruins of the nearby old chhatri (elevated domed pavilion).
Depart from Delhi
Today you’ll return to Delhi airport in time for your onward flight. Depending on the time of your departure, an additional last night’s stay in Delhi may be required (the perfect excuse to enjoy a return to the Lodhi…!)
2019/20 Guide price:
₹399,000 (€5105; $5745; £4399) pp
The journey is inclusive of accommodation at The Lodhi, Aman-i-Khas and Amanbagh, breakfasts at the Lodhi and all meals with soft drinks at Aman-i-Khas and Amanbagh, a private car and driver throughout, train tickets to Ranthambhore accompanied by an Aman-i-Khas Batman, experienced guides, entrance tickets and excursions. In other words, we offer a seamless and hassle-free experience where the only thing you need to worry about is soaking up the sights and enjoying your fabulous Aman hotels! This indicative cost is based on a couple travelling between October 2019 and March 2020, sharing a double or twin room. The cost would reduce during the low season months of April to September and increase over Christmas and New Year.
Our luxury India with Aman itinerary is merely a starting point to share a flavour of the possibilities. Whilst this is a route much-loved by our guests, every detail is flexible and would be designed around you. For example, you may like to slot in a night or two in Agra en-route to Aman-i-Khas, to visit the Taj Mahal. Additionally, you may like to head into central Jaipur for a couple of nights after Amanbagh, to soak up the splendid forts and palaces of the Pink City. All our tours are private and tailor-made to complement your tastes and interests – the itinerary described above can be tweaked or completely transformed until we’ve created your ideal holiday.
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