Amanbagh is the second Amanresort to open in Rajasthan and complements the Aman in India experience. Set within a walled oasis, the resort echoes the region's Moghul architecture and provides the opportunity to witness first hand the traditions and culture of rural India. Amanbagh sits in isolation amidst the arid Aravalli Hills near Alwar in northern India. The region is rich in early Hindu history, dating to the dawn of Hindu civilization; awash with legend, the epic Mahabharata tells of the five Pandavas brothers who spent their last years in exile within a few miles of the resort, over two millennia ago. In the more recent past, the area was dominated by a group of warrior clans, the Rajputs, who controlled this region of India for nearly 1000 years. Raided repeatedly over time by Moghul armies, it was finally conquered in the 17th Century by the Emperor Shah Jahan, the famed builder of the Taj Mahal. Amanbagh lies within a walled compound that was 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 continue to thrive due to a reliable water supply drawn from an adjacent lake. The resort is every bit a modern day "palace" conceived in the present, but humbly paying homage to the traditional architecture and design that has prevailed throughout the past. The resort comprises a main building that rises over three levels. On the first level is the arrival area that leads to the reception hall and onto a shaded court, bordered on one side by the Dining Room and on the other, by the Lounge. Rising from the reception area is a sweeping staircase that leads to the Library and an outdoor terrace. Two external staircases lead to the Roof Terrace that is elevated above a canopy of trees and provides sweeping views over the surrounding landscape. Beyond the main building is a swimming pool, informal dining area and wading pool, all set within landscaped grounds. There are four categories of accommodation at Amanbagh. Courtyard Haveli Rooms (8) are located on the ground level of two, two-storey structures on either side of the swimming pool. Each Courtyard Haveli Room features a king bed, separate living area, bathrooms filled with natural light, sound system and personal bar. The internal living space is 85 square metres and the external, private courtyard and terrace area measures 50 square metres. Garden Haveli Rooms (8), located on the ground level, are distinguished by private balconies that overlooks a garden. Terrace Haveli Rooms (8) are located on the upper level and boast private terraced courtyards, each with an outdoor dining area, daybed and two sun loungers. Inside, a sitting area is fitted with a day bed, two armchairs, sound system, personal bar and a writing desk. The bedroom offers a king size bed and a large natural light-filled bathroom with bathtub and separate dressing room. The internal living space is 85 square metres and the external terrace measures 80 square metres. In addition, the resort offers sixteen Pool Pavilions that are located on the perimeter of the resort and offer their own private swimming pool and spacious garden.
Location & Map
Hotel Address:Location Summary
- Ajabgarh Village
- Alwar, Rajasthan
An oasis among the rugged outcrops of the Aravalli mountain range, Amanbagh is a Rajasthani retreat informed by Mughal style. Just 90 minutes from Jaipur, the Bengal tiger sanctuary of Sariska National Park is a short drive away
Directions to Hotel
New Delhi is the primary gateway to Amanresorts' stays in northern India. The international airport is located approximately 35km from the city centre. Car transfers from the Delhi airport to Amanbagh take approximately 4½ hours.The secondary international gateway to Amanbagh is Jaipur, which offers international flights to and from Dubai and Bangkok. Jaipur is a ½ hour flight from Delhi.
Highlights & Reviews
Once a princely state, Alwar now forms part of the larger present-day state of Rajasthan. Today it is rarely travelled, hidden between the more popular destinations of Agra and Jaipur. Alwar and the surrounding Shekhawati region provide the opportunity to witness and experience first hand a traditional Indian lifestyle. The countryside is interspersed with small rural hamlets, narrow streets, simple dwellings, active markets, and subsistence agriculture. At almost every turn lies a ruin or relic from a lost empire and resort activities include visits to rural villages, the Ajabgarh Fort and the town of Alwar. All excursions are within a 30 kilometre radius of Amanbagh and provide an opportunity to travel through breathtaking scenery year-round.
Fine Dining on Site
The Dining Room is positioned on the lower floor of the main building and provides an intimate atmosphere beneath its double-height ceiling. Seating is either banquette-style or at tables which flow onto the outside terrace. The food is simple home-style Indian cuisine with a choice of Western dishes also available. An alternative, informal dining venue is Poolside, located adjacent to the swimming pool. Here, the dining is outdoors beneath a covered colonnade and lunchtime fare includes sandwiches, salads and simple traditional Indian snacks. The Roof Terrace is ideal for informal dining beneath a starlit sky, particularly during the hotter months when there is a cool breeze.
High Speed Internet
Internet access is available via two laptop computers in The Library.
The swimming pool is centred within the resort's gardens and measures 33 metres by 12 metres. Light meals and snacks are available poolside throughout the day. Beyond the swimming pool is the wading pool measuring 12 metres by 12 metres. Both pools remain cool throughout the summer and are heated during the colder months.
A team of highly-skilled therapists provides a range of healing therapies as well as more traditional treatments such as facials, massages and scrubs. These are available in the resort's spa treatment rooms or in guest havelis.
A plethora of outdoor activities are within the immediate vicinity of Amanbagh, including cycling and trekking, horseback, donkey and camelback rides, as well as sunset elephant rides to the nearby Madar Baba Ki Chattri for spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
Rowing or sailing on Ajabgarh Lake during the months of August until February can be arranged.
Also, camel and elephant riding can be arranged.
Alwar and Jaipur are world-famous for their arts and crafts. The two-storey Boutique offers the region's finest selection of silverware, jewellery, textiles and fashion. A variety of convenience items are also available.
Theatre & Museums
There are many cultural sites of interest in the area, including Ajabgarh Fort, dating from the 10th century, and The Bhangarh, a Moghul-Hindu city built in 1631. Of particular interest are tours to traditional Meena villages. Unique to the region, the Meena are a minority race who have settled over the centuries in the nearby hidden valleys. Renowned for their colourful dress, jewellery and crafts, the Meena have retained their traditional lifestyle that embraces few hints of modernity.
Guest Review Highlights
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - High Speed Internet
- - Pool, Outdoor
- - Spa Facility
- - Biking, Mountain
- - Boating
- - Hiking
- - Horseback Riding
- - Sailing
- - Shopping
- - Theatre & Museums