Month: December 2013

A Magical Tree House Lit Up with Christmas Lights

Feast your eyes on a very impressive backyard tree house that belongs to the Wakefield family of Dallas, Texas. Aside from being lucky grandkids’ play place, the tree house serves as the central feature to birthday parties, family reunions, and a charismatic Christmas party. “My favorite thing is watching the kids play and experience the […]

Aman-i-Khas Final Morning – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

After a good night’s sleep under heated blankets and a hot shower, It was time to eat my last breakfast at Aman-I-Khas. There was still a bit of a chill in the air, so we chose to eat breakfast inside the resort’s tented restaurant. I’ve grown fond of the Indian food here, and especially the […]

Aman-i-Khas Day Three Afternoon/Evening – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

After we returned from Surwal Village, Bijoy took me to another tent so I could photograph it properly. Anyone who is doesn’t think glamping is for them would be impressed by the tented pavilions at Aman-I-Khas. They are huge, luxurious, and incredibly well designed. At lunch the General Manager at Aman-I-Khas, Dumi Sakuinje, sat down with […]

Aman-i-Khas Day Three Morning – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

My butler slash batman, Bijoy, woke us up an hour before dawn with tea service and some cookies. I requested to go someplace special to see the sunrise and this requires an early departure. Bobby our guide from the previous day, showed up with a driver and covered jeep to take us to Surwal Lake. […]

Aman-i-Khas Day Two Morning – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

We woke at 6:15 when our batman, Bijoy, delivered a pot of English Breakfast tea to our tent. Then we got up to get ready for our first game drive in Ranthambhore National Park, which is known for tiger spotting. It was chilly, but the tea and toasty tent made getting up pretty easy. The […]

Aman-i-Khas Night One – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

After our camel ride, we arrived on a hilltop where Bijay had a small picnic table set up. We enjoyed a traditional sundowner (safari’s version of happy hour, usually in a picturesque setting) and took in the view of the pink hued valley below. It was a lovely spot to have a Kingfisher beer and […]

Aman-i-Khas Day One – Contributing Writer Jen Bianco

This morning my batman (that’s what they call butlers here) from Aman-i-Khas met me and my husband at our hotel in New Delhi to escort  on the train. This was great because it took all the stress out of the Indian train station experience. Bijay, my batman, arranged for all the porters and dealt with […]