There is no better way than to easy your way into India by staying in an elegant refuge, somewhere hidden in a quiet valley in Rajasthan. The frantic, busy and explosive India we all know (and fear a bit, let’s be honest) will still come but to start a trip, nothings beats a relaxing place where you can have your first bite of India in a tranquil and still setting. Amanbagh is that place. It is hidden in the region of Alwar in the Ajabgarh valley on a plot of land where the king used to hunt for big game. This piece of Rajastan, a 4,5 hour drive from Delhi, is green, fertile, and lush with a small river running through the property and bright orange trees accenting the brown earth.
Most travellers come here to relax after a hectic tour from Rajastan or trip around the country. I can agree to that but I also like this heaven of solitude as a starting point. You can spa, relax or sleep your jet lag off, you can wander around in the lush gardens with eucalyptus trees, hide in your private villa with swimming pool and listen to the peacocks in the distance or the bells and chants of the nearby temple sounding in the clear and clean air.
Amanbagh must be the best place to start an India voyage, it’s a tasty and refined amuse bouche before digging into a 10-course thali style dinner which has yet to come.