Amanbagh Resort Village – Ajabgarh District
Alwar Rajasthan 301027
Date of Creation
23rd December 2004
Hotel General Manager
Ms. Karin van Zyl
History & Story
The topography of the Alwar region consists of sandy plains interspersed with craggy hills, a stark contrast to Amanbagh’s setting which is an oasis of verdant greenery. Deriving its name from aman, meaning ‘peace’ in Sanskrit and bagh, meaning ‘garden’ in Hindi, Amanbagh lies within a walled compound once used by the Maharajah of Alwar to site his mobile hunting camps in search of the elusive tigers known to roam the nearby hills. Long since abandoned, the trees and vegetation continued to thrive due to a reliable source of underground water. The resort is very much a modern day ‘Mughal Palace’, conceived in the present, but paying homage to the architecture and design of India’s golden age.
Nothing has been renewed as of now after opening.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Amanbagh is a contemporary sanctuary paying homage to India’s golden age & historical landscape of Rajasthan. Guest experience that is intimate and discreet while providing the highest level of service. The surroundings of Amanbagh reveals the ruins of ancient empire. Excursions to variety of sites provides an opportunity to witness the breathtaking scenery year- round.
In the countryside surrounding Amanbagh there lies evidence of a lost empire whose historical ambition still echoes in the remains of grand architectural ruins. Excursions on a cultural trail within a 30km radius of Amanbagh include visits to the nearby Ajabgarh Fort and historical Temple.
Key sites/activities in the area
Bhangarh Fort, Cow Dust Tour, Sariska Safari, Trek to Somsagar Lake, Neelkanth Temple Town, Camerl ride, Day trips to Agra & Jaipur, Abhaneri Stepwell, Cookery session, Experience dining etc.
• Babu & Kaalu our pet camels
• Cycling around Amanbagh
• Treks & walks
• Jeep rides
• Treasure hunts
• Lentil art
• Nature walk
• Board games
• Cooking class for budding chefs
• Courtyard Haveli Suite
Located on the ground level of two dwellings on either side of the swimming pool. The entrance to each Suite is via a courtyard with an outdoor dining area. Inside, a living area includes a large daybed, two armchairs and a writing desk. Beyond is a private courtyard.
• Garden Haveli Suite
Also on the ground level are Garden Haveli Suites. Identical in design and furnishings to the Courtyard Haveli Suites, they are differentiated by a private terrace that overlooks a garden.
• Terrace Haveli Suite
Located on the upper level of the two dwellings. Access to each is via a staircase that leads through tall wooden doors to a spacious terrace with an outdoor dining area and two chaise lounge chairs. Inside, a sitting area features a daybed, two armchairs and a writing desk.
• Pool Pavilion
Located around the perimeter of the resort, each with its own private swimming pool and spacious garden. Entry to each Pavilion is via a courtyard that leads to a foyer passageway. The foyer provides access to the shared living area and bedroom on one side, and to the bathroom on the other. The living area features a king-size bed, writing desk, daybed and armchairs.
Restaurants & Bars
• The Restaurant
Positioned on the ground floor of the main building it provides a regal atmosphere beneath its double-height ceiling. Tables and chairs are also set on the outside terrace. The menu’s focus is fresh and seasonal Indian and Western food. Salads, herbs and many vegetables are grown in the Amanbagh organic kitchen gardens.
• The Library Terrace
Located on the second floor of the main building, is ideal for informal Indian dining in the evening, particularly during the hotter months when a cool breeze may be enjoyed under a starlit sky. The Salon Bar is located opposite the Restaurant and offers a cosy place to relax and unwind.
« The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, says an old Hindi proverb and we believe in it very seriously. We at Amanbagh like to create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Choose from a wide range of our very special experience private dining venues, picnic lunches & offsite breakfasts.
• Spa, a team of highly-skilled therapists provide a range of therapies as well as facials, massages, scrubs and traditional henna art. Treatments use Aman Spa products which are made from the purest ingredients.
• Swimming pool is at the centre of the resort’s gardens and measures 33m by 12m. Light meals, snacks and drinks are available poolside throughout the day. Beyond the swimming pool is the wading pool measuring 12m by 12m. Both pools are cool throughout the summer and heated during the colder months.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Exotic wedding venues
• Special birthday celebrations
• Festive celebrations such as Diwali, Holi, Christmas, New Years etc
• Offsite conferences
Extra Notable Features
• Cookery session
Start the experience in our organic vegetable garden with Chef, learning to cook and try out a range of recipes from our Indian menus plus our personal favorites
Start from Amanbagh with your packed breakfast, drive to the personal hunting ground of the Maharajah of Alwar in Sariskawhich is 765 square kilometre sanctuary and home to a wide range of wild animals including tigers and 200 variety of birds.
• Yoga experiences at Amanbagh and its surroundings.
• Camel Polo
In this exceptional adaptation to the age-old game, the camel, the ship of the desert’, replaces the graceful horse. No previous equestrian (or Camel riding) experience is required.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Condé Nast Traveller- The Gold Standard 2014
• Gallivanter’s Guide 2014- Second best hotel in India
• Tripadvisor- 25 Best Resort in India
• Travel & leisure- Top 20 Presidential Suite
• Gallivanter’s Guide award for Excellence: Best Hotel/Resort in India
• International Traveller, Australia-100 Best Hotels & Resorts: Ranked #21
• So Safari, Sweden-Best of the Best 2013: Ranked #5
• Outlook Traveller, India-10 Luxe Retreats in your backyard
• CNTraveler.com, USA-Photos: The Most Beautiful Places in Asia
• CNTraveler.com, USA-50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die
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