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 breakfast options. My husband is hooked on the potato curry (poori baji) served with fried bread. I decided to try the French toast, to see how that dish translated. It had a delightful kick of orange zest, which seemed appropriate for Rajasthan, where saffron hues are pretty much neutrals. The fruit and fresh juices were exotic and tasty. No shocker they also nailed the lassi, the Indian local yogurt drink was also quite tasty. Lassi is served sweet or savory or with fruit, and since mango wasn’t in season, I went with the banana. It tastes like a light breakfast milkshake, but not overly sweet. I was satisfied as I packed up my suitcases.
I didn’t see a tiger. I came close. I saw fresh tracks and heard deer warning calls, but by no means was I disappointed. I was still blown away with my Aman-I-Khas experience. If tiger spotting is really important to you, go on as many game drives as possible and come during March through May, when the weather is hotter, and tigers are active around the watering holes. Ask for Bobby to be your guide. But resort is so incredibly nice and zen, it would be a shame to not stay a bit, relax, and enjoy these surroundings. My stay was three nights, but I would have happily stayed another day or two just to relax and fully enjoy the surroundings and enjoy the unique experience of Aman-I-Khas.
The staff at Aman-I-Khas arranged for all of my travel logistics and a driver was ready after breakfast to take my to my next destination, The Amanbagh, another Aman Resort 3 1/2 hours away in Rajasthan.
India is not for the faint of heart, and but my experience with Aman took out all the hassle. I felt I had all of the exotic adventure of India, but none of the petty annoyances I had experienced with my previous visits to the country. Even better, I feel like I got to see the real Rajasthan and meet real locals. No one begged me for money, and the children I met all waved and found me as intriguing and exotic as I found them. I did not fear for my safety for one minute. Much of that had to do with the excellent staff at Aman-I-Khas, and having Bijoy as a dedicated batman. I was sad to leave this fantastic resort, and saying goodbye to Bijoy was the most difficult thing about leaving. Can I get a batman at home in Los Angeles?
Aman-I-Khas offers the highest level of luxury under canvas, making it a perfect choice for an exotic honeymoon, an alternative to an African safari, or just an incredibly memorable trip. If you’ve always wanted to see India but feared the annoyances and hassles so often associated with visiting.
Much thanks to Dumi, Amit, Bijoy, Bobby the safari guide, and all the staff at Aman-I-Khas for such a memorable and beautiful Indian glamping adventure. In one word: glamptastic!
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