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“A must stopover on the trip from Agra to Jaipur”
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Amanbagh
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ajabgarh
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Nashville, Tn
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“A must stopover on the trip from Agra to Jaipur”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

When we turned off the road from Agra to Jaipur and began the hour drive on the narrow bumpy road to Ajabgarh I had second thoughts about our visit to Amanbagh. Once we got to the compound all our concerns vanished. From the opening welcome ceremony until we drove off the staff made us feel like guests at a private country retreat. Everything about this hotel is first rate. Although the property is ten years old it is immaculately maintained. We ate all our meals outside on the covered veranda overlooking the pool and the center of the compound. The food was as good as we had in India. Several times the chef came over to discuss our meal and our stay. We visited Bhangarh which was interesting but not as impressive as Fatehpur Sikri. Our favorite activity was the cow dust hour tour. Driving through the countryside in late afternoon seeing women in colorful sarees harvesting crops with scythes and stopping in several small villages gave us our first exposure to rural India. Our stay at Amanbagh was one of the best times of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We arrived to Amanbagh for a 4-night stay from Agra with an Aman car (comfortable Mahindra SUV), cost was about 285 Eur. It is roughly a 3-hour journey but the driver proposed to make it more enjoyable by stopping over at Fatehpur Sikri and it was an excellent idea. He was able to arrange a last minute tour with a guide and it was really worth it, better actually than going from and back to Agra as you will save some time otherwise spent in traffic jams on your way back.

We were offered cold towels, nuts and cookies during the journey and overall the road is not so bad, only a little bumpy as you approach the hotel. At first it seems it is lost in the middle of nowhere, and without a driver I guess we would have stopped before reaching it. But then you see the Amanbagh sign and you enter a green oasis. We were greeted by the hotel staff and we were very pleased to see the General Manager we had initially met in Amanzoe at a different position.

We had booked our stay through Amex FHR program (Fine Hotels & Resorts) with breakfast included and a complimentary 1-hour massage.

Welcome ceremony was very touching, and you understand right from the beginning that your stay will be very special. Amanbagh is actually quite small: 39 suites & pavilions spread around the beautiful 33m swimming pool. The main building includes the lobby, bar, library, all day venue restaurant and boutique (selling nice jewellery from Jaipur and various silk fabrics, cashmere, etc.). On the other side is the 12m wading pool and two small buildings: gym and spa.

We were staying in pool pavilion #3 and we loved it as there was a lot of shadow around the pool. If you want more sun pavilion #2 will meet your expectation, I have not seen the other ones to tell. Pavilion is divided into shared living and bedroom area on one side and bathroom on the other side. It is the most beautiful bathroom we ever saw, yet very convenient and 'user-friendly'. Green marble bathtub in the centre with the high cupola ceiling is a masterpiece. 2 vanities, separate shower and loo, 2 walk-in closet, everything is nice and well thought about. The outside area is great. The 9m swimming pool was a bit cold (weather was good with some rain twice and temperatures ranging from 30 to 35°C) but we enjoyed spending time there in full privacy with only parrots and peacocks.

We had all meals at the restaurant (a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner) but even after four days we were not bored, and the chef was delighted to prepare anything which was not on the menu. We had Western, Indian and Asian dishes. Products are high quality and service is perfect (warm, attentive and professional). Price-wise light lunch ranged from 50 to 75 Eur for 2 people, and 3-course dinner including 2 glasses of wine from 140 to 150 Eur.

Everyday was a surprise with a nice touch from the staff. On the first evening we were said that we shall follow them and not seat at the restaurant table. Actually they had prepared a private dinner setting on the library terrace with candles and floral artwork on the floor. It was magical and so unexpected. On the second evening when we came back to our pavilion after dinner we were surprised by nearly 10 people including the General Manager for a traditional welcome ceremony. I have no words to express how every new day was an amazement. I know I may sound a bit over enthusiastic but it is really very special and so different from the usual hotel stay (it is only our third Aman).

Spa is reasonably priced (about 120 Eur for a 100-minute treatment). I had planned to go to the gym but the cardio equipment is limited and I preferred to try the 1-hour yoga morning class at 11am by the pool.

Wifi is free of charge but speed is extremely low and hopefully they will improve the situation.

We had 3 excursions. On the first day we had a 1h30 'morning walk' starting at 7:30am which allows you to discover the hotel surroundings and the nearby village (200 inhabitants). It is a great way to understand how the hotel interacts with its environment. On the second day we went to Somsagar lake starting again at 7:30am with a very skilled guide who helped us to spot many birds and explain the use of various plants. He even showed us the footprint of a leopard who passed by probably a few hours before. It takes 2 hours and it was a very nice walk suitable for all levels (still anticipate walking or at least sports shoes). Third excursion was to Bhanghar, this site is beautiful (especially the view from the royal palace at sunset) and very peaceful.

On our last evening we had the special Chhatri dinner. Depending on the season it faces a lake (end of the monsoon) or fields cultivated by the local farmers. This dinner was roughly 280 Eur for 2 excluding beverages. Out of this world and so private.

Tipping is not very easy in some countries where you go for the first time. I asked to charge 50kINR to my credit card, I hope it was appropriate as we really enjoyed our stay, probably one of the very best hotel experience we had. We left with an Aman car to Jaipur airport. It is a 1h30 journey but it is safer to plan 2 hours. Cost was less than 115 Eur.

Overall we had a terrific stay, and we can't wait for our next Aman!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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england
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We spent 3 days in Amanbagh at the end of a 10 days trip to India visiting the Golden triangle. Finishing here was a great decision, for a peaceful and pampered end to an hectic schedule. From the moment you walk in - greeted by the local team/family with songs and garlands you feel yourself relaxing. The setting is peaceful and luxurious. The family of Amanbagh ( how they call the team) is attentive beyond anything we experienced before. It all feels cosy and personal in a very beautiful setting. Our teenage boys very much enjoyed playing croquet and within minutes of asking for a cricket bat and a set of stumps they found themselves playing with a team from the hotel. Makes wonderful memories. Little to add on food or the rooms that has not been said before - all is simply done very well with great focus on making your time as wonderful as can be. Beyond relaxing, there is plenty to do if you want to. From excursions and walks at the beginning or the end of the day, or even day trip to jaipur. We found the balance of doing very little all day, and going out around 4pm for a village trip or the ruin palace just perfect. Being in a rural environment was also eye opening - the minute you drive out of the hotel, all is different and just another adventure from what we had seen in the cities. The resort is quite a big detour on the way back from Jaipur to Delhi - it took us 6 hours to get back to the airport - but most definitely a wonderful place and very much worth it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

The drive from Agra to Ajabgarh is quite long, however, well worth it.
Amanbagh is located in a valley within the Aravalli Range in Rajasthan and tucked out of sight from the road behind high walls and lush vegetation so it is not visible when driving past, except for the stone coloured roof which can be occassionally spied through the trees.
To welcome you, three sari clad ladies await and ask you to stand while one sings a traditional Indian welcome and blessing before another ties a traditional thread on your wrist and the third anoints your forehead with vermilion. It is a touching ritual.

Amanbagh is a large resort which surrounds a central pool. The resort is quiet and serene with bird calls and the occasional noise from a passing vehicle or motor bike.

Rooms are large, comfortable and beautifully appointed. The huge bathroom houses a central green marble bathtub and his and hers vanities as well as wardrobes.

The grounds are vast and include an expansive vegetable and flower garden all which are used at the resort for decoration or in the kitchen.

Staff are non intrusive and very polite and offer impeccable service.

Amanbagh offers every facility an Aman Resort is renown for.
A very special resort that shouldn't be missed when visiting Rajasthan. Unfortunately we weren't able to visit the sister property of Aman - i-khas - we had to leave something for next time.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

I stayed at Amanbagh last year as part of a 4-week solo trip to India.

I began in New Delhi, then to Agra, then took a private car to Amanbagh. It was a peaceful haven in the middle of the most gorgeous valley. A must needed quiet stop in a long journey for me.

The architecture is breathtaking, and the rooms are luxurious. I stayed in the least expensive room, but it still had a huge outdoor patio and a bathroom the size of most studio apartments.

As with other Aman Hotels, the food was top notch. I ordered the India menu the entire trip and it was fantastic.

I would wake up and do Yoga, followed by breakfast and various activities throughout the valley. My favorite was a camel ride through the rural landscape, followed by an open top jeep tour through charming villages. I even got to stop and have tea inside a local home!

As with all other Aman Resorts, I highly recommend the Amanbagh experience!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

On your way to or from Jaipur spend a couple of days in this exquisite resort. It lives up to any expectations, and raises the bar in luxury accommodations. The chef, BJ, is world class, and tailors the menu to your liking. His ingredients come from a private vegetable garden. The staff is attentive to your every need, and excels in every way. The setting is wonderful. Make sure you take the morning walk, the Yoga session, and the Spa. The rooms are luxuriously appointed, the grounds immaculately maintained, and the library is well stocked in good books. You will not find a TV on the property, but you will not miss one either.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

After a few days in Jaipur and before going to Agra we spent 3 very special nights at Amanbagh.
The moment I arrived I was welcomed by our Aman family. The team was warm and very attentive to details. I started my day with a guided walk and a yoga session followed by a beautiful breakfast prepared specially for me at my convenience. Don't miss the chef's tour of his organic garden then you will know why the food is so good. Allow the chefs to prepare off-site dining for you because it is magic. I was surprised by how moved I was by the cow dust tour. I fell in love with the people of the town, especially the children. Being in this small town gave me a real glimpse into the souls of these beautiful people. Please don't miss this out of the way place. Namaste!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Amanbagh
Address: Ajabgarh 301027, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Alwar District > Ajabgarh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ajabgarh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanbagh 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amanbagh is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound, once the staging area for royal hunts. Evoking the palatial elegance of the Moghul era, Amanbagh's Haveli suites and pool pavilions provide a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan, India's dramatic frontier region. Amanbagh's award-winning design features domed cupolas and private courtyards. ... more   less 
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Amanbagh Hotel Ajabgarh
Amanbagh Hotel Alwar
Amanbagh Resort Alwar
Amanbagh India/Ajabgarh, Rajasthan

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