Aman-I-Khas, Ranthambhore, India
Aman-i-Khás is a wilderness camp for travellers wishing to experience the stark natural beauty and rural life of Rajasthan. The property sits on a gentle slope on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park against a backdrop of hills. Native vegetation consisting of tall grasses, scrub and trees surrounds the camp, and a watering hole is situated nearby. The entrance to the camp is via a pathway that leads through high walls, opening onto breathtaking views of the rocky Aravalli hills that undulate through Ranthambore National Park.
The camp’s focal point is the outdoor fireplace, an ideal meeting place before or after wildlife safaris into the park, or for star-gazing with a nightcap after dinner. The twice daily safaris provide the opportunity for sighting tigers, leopards, antelope, gazelle and other animals.
Aman-i-Khás welcomes guests from October through to April.
Location and Transfers
Set on the edge of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, transfer is by train from Delhi International Airport to Sawai Madhopur and then a 15 minute journey in an open-top vehicle to the camp.
Aman-i-Khás features 10 luxury tents identical in style, each set on a raised concrete plinth. They echo the rich Moghul travelling tents of bygone days with ‘rooms’ separated by cotton drapes. Constructed of canvas and supported by a steel frame, with interior walls and ceilings draped in fine cotton, each tent measures 108m². Entry is through a screened area that contains an armchair, dining table and chairs. There is also room to sit outside on the concrete deck. The centre of the tent, with its soaring six-metre canopy, features an oversized daybed ideal for lounging.
Opening out from the central area are three sections for sleeping, bathing and dressing. The bedroom area is fitted with a king-size bed flanked by twin writing desks. The bathing area includes a shower, soaking tub and separate toilet, whilst the dressing area contains cupboards with closet space and twin vanities. Each tent is air-conditioned and can also be heated depending on the season and time of day. There is also a ceiling fan and a cooler chest for drinks.
Dining Tent – furnished with one large central table and several smaller tables, all surrounded by chairs. Indian cuisine and a range of Western dishes are served, and the freshness of produce is ensured as most of the vegetables and herbs are grown in the camp’s organic vegetable garden. Dinner is most often concluded around a roaring outdoor fire that serves as a focal point in the evenings
Facilities and Activities
Spa Tent – with two treatment areas, each with twin massage tables
Step-well – modelled on the ancient step-wells that are traditional to the area, the camp’s pool is surrounded by a sunny terrace and grove of trees
Guided nature walk
Twice-daily guided excursion in an open-top vehicle
Sightseeing at Ranthambore Fort and other local attractions