India: Challenging But Oh, So Rewarding

BY Ed Salvato

February 08 2010 5:25 PM ET

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Aman New Delhi is Aman's newest property. It's also it's first true
urban hotel and the largest in terms of number of rooms. The sleek,
modern lines, masculine subdued palette, and abundant green spots make it a
truly welcome oasis of peace in the heart of India's bustling capital
city. Each spacious unit comes with its own butler and a plunge pool.
The gym is gigantic and modern and is maintained by fitness trainers who
are happy to help you burn off the calories you'll consume at the
hotel's fine restaurants.

Top excursion(s):
• Visit the colorful
cacophony of Old Delhi
• Marvel at Humayan Tomb, precursor of the
majestic Taj Mahal
• Bend your plastic at Khan Market
• Watch
elephant polo at Dera AMer in Village Khurad

Amanbagh is one of
Aman's true jewels. Located in a remote valley in Rajasthan surrounded
by palm trees and lost-in-time villages and monumental ruins, the
property is almost entirely self-sufficient, with its own water treatment
facility, organic garden, restaurant, and bakery. It also boasts a
150-foot long pool as its dramatic centerpiece. Surrounding it are the
accommodations, which are huge, private, and elegantly appointed with
locally quarried marble as well as a small but serviceable gym and a
spa.

Top excursions:
• Visit the beautifully restored
17th-century Bhangargh abandoned village
• See the cows come home
during the "cow dust" tour of local villages
• Day trip to Jaipur,
India's Pink City

Aman-i-Khas is Aman's tented resort, also
located in the state of Rajasthan but in an even more remote location
alongside the Ranthambore National Park. This is where you'll enjoy
open-top vehicle safaris in search of India's elusive tigers and other
wildlife by day and luxurious tented accommodations at night.

Top
excursion:
• Safari in Ranthambore National Park
• Shoot (with a
camera!) a tiger
















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