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Last updated: 23 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Situated deep in the Rajasthan countryside, this sumptuous haven of a hotel combines romance, style and sheer luxury. Although built on a former royal hunting ground, it’s not strictly a heritage property but rather a modern retro-styled palace embracing Mughal and Rajput motifs. It’s a sublimely restful place with a large swimming pool and lovely gardens – an idyllic retreat from the general clamour of urban India if money is no object.

The resort has an excellent programme of excursions, including picnics by Somsagar Lake and guided shopping trips into Jaipur, ninety minutes’ drive away. Although this might seem a long way for a day trip, staying at Amanbag does offer the chance to experience both the stunning Rajasthani countryside and one of its most bewitching cities.

Surrounding area

The hotel is virtually encircled by rugged hills with a nearby embankment – part of a former royal hunting ground – creating a shallow lake. A small fortress stands on a nearby hillock overlooking Ajabgarh village. The atmosphere is utterly bucolic and serene, while picturesque rural life endures at its own leisurely pace.

Just 30 minutes away, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is home to abundant wildlife including leopards, jackals, deer and hyenas; its once decimated tiger population is growing. Kankwadi, a 17th-century fort, stands atop a hill near its heart.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Abhaneri Step Well

Abhaneri, Rajasthan, India[35.7 miles]

Superb and photogenic example of medieval step well architecture, a form once commonly used across Rajasthan and Gujarat states.

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Amber Fort

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[48.4 miles]

One of Rajasthan’s great maharaja fortress-palace complexes, dating back to the 16th century, set amidst a spectacular backdrop of stark hills.

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Palace of the Winds

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[53.7 miles]

Designed to lend seclusion to ladies of the royal court, the intricate lattice-screened and salmon-pink facade of the Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’, is among the most iconic of Jaipur’s buildings.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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City Palace

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[53.9 miles]

A fascinating, and among the best-preserved palace complex in Rajasthan, set in the heart of Jaipur’s Old City.

Best for ages: 13+ | £2

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Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh, Rajasthan, India[8.1 miles]

A small, part-ruined medieval ‘ghost-town’ – reputedly one of India’s most haunted places – in picturesque countryside near Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan’s state capital is a compelling blend of huge hillside forts, extravagant palaces, bustling bazaars, memorable heritage hotels and almost comically thronged streets.

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