Amanbagh

Location: Rajasthan | India

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Amanbagh is a luxurious resort hotel in Rajasthan, in the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range. Constructed like the palace of a Maharajah from pink sandstone and marble, this desert fort is impossibly atmospheric and a beautiful place to feast on Rajasthani cuisine, explore haunted cities and tribal villages, and be pampered in the beautiful spa.
Perfect forExperiencing princely luxury in the Rajasthani desert.
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  • Within easy reach of the abandoned ruins of Bangarh
  • Beautiful views of the Aravalli mountains
  • Delicious Rajasthani, Indian and international cuisine

Recommended for...

  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic
  • Seriously special

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Surrounded by eucalyptus trees against the backdrop of the rugged peaks of the Aravalli mountain range, Amanbagh enjoys a beautiful setting. Despite being deep in the Rajasthani desert, the area immediately surrounding Amanbagh is one of verdant foothills.

Rooms at Amanbagh

Amanbagh’s 40 beautiful rooms and suites are carved in a palatial style from pink sandstone and marble, with dramatic domes and vaulted arches inside and shaded courtyards outside your window. Pool Pavilions are standalone properties featuring private plunge pools, which are heated during the winter months. Terrace Haveli Suites feature large outdoor terraces and dining areas with views of the mountains or the hotel pool, and Garden Haveli suites overlook the beautiful gardens. The opulent Courtyard Haveli Suites, meanwhile, have great access to the hotel’s swimming pool and private outdoor courtyards.

Food and drink

At Amanbagh’s regal restaurant, traditional Rajasthani cuisine is served up alongside dishes from across India, accompanied by musicians performing traditional Indian folk songs. Specialities include the famed Rajasthani thali, which typically include a range of breads, meat and vegetarian curries, and dhals; and Hyderabadi lamb biryani. Three quarters of the produce used in Amanbagh’s kitchens is grown on site.

Facilities

Amanbagh’s luxurious spa provides a range of holistic wellness treatments based on ancient Indian traditions, encompassing massages, facials and scrubs using organic ingredients. An early morning trip to the ghost city of Bhangarh, for guided hatha yoga and meditation amidst the ruins followed by a vegetarian breakfast, is well worth getting up for. The spa also provides body decoration in the form of henna painting, an ancient Indian tradition associated with good luck and vitality.

Activities at Amanbagh

Nearby sits the deserted ghost town of Bhangarh, mysteriously abandoned in the 17th century just a generation after it was built, apparently after a famine. This is considered one of the most haunted spots in India; spookily, the government has legally banned entry into the ruins between sunset and sunrise. Other ruins in the area include those of Ajabgarh Fort, which are reachable from the hotel on foot or by camel. In nearby Sariska National Park, you can spot tigers, jaguar and sambar deer among many other creatures. Trips to the villages which dot the Aravalli Hills are available to meet the Meena people, who are famous for their colourful clothing and handicrafts; there is also a mosque nearby dedicated to the memory of the 17th-century Sufi mystic, Baba Kapoor Shah.

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Hotel location

Amanbagh is located around 2 hours’ drive from Jaipur International Airport, which flies regularly to and from Delhi (50m) and Mumbai (1h50m) along with several other Indian cities.

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