A hidden jewel at Java’s centre Amanjiwo rests in the shadows of the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world, Borobudur, which reopens to visitors from 1 March 2023.
With their vast knowledge of Rajasthan’s wildlife, history and cultural traditions, Aman-i-Khas guides ensure deeply personal and enlightening adventure experiences, whether tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park, exploring dramatic Khandar Fort, bird-watching in the lush Banas riverbed or taking a camel safari through villages on the park’s outskirts.
Situated within the National Park, Ranthambore Fort is one of the oldest in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected by sheer cliffs on three sides and dotted with Jain and Hindu temples. Khandar Fort, a short drive away, is perched on a hill 300 metres above the plains, where a millennium of history is on display in the ruins of its palaces. Explore these fascinating sites with a personal guide, then enjoy a picnic lunch in a secluded setting.
Beneath a tree in a secluded part of the camp, men can enjoy an open-air shave in the traditional Indian fashion by Roop, the camp’s resident barber. Local women demonstrate delicate and temporary henna skin art, traditionally applied to the hands, arms and feet of brides-to-be.
Embark on a horse safari through the unspoilt terrain of the Land of Kings, astride a Marwari horse – a rare breed from the Marwar (Jodhpur) region that was highly prized by the Rajput royals. The Aman-i-Khas horse safari gives guests a taste of the regal past on which Rajasthan prides itself. Through the Marwaris' story, you will be immersed in the history, culture and landscape of this Land of Kings.
Just 90 minutes by car from the camp lies the once majestic Khandar Fort. Guests are invited to take the narrow, steep winding goat track to the edge of the cliff from where the ancient fort dwellings, including several temples and stepwells can be explored. The view over the valley and ravines makes this hike worthwhile and whilst exploring the fort, guests might catch a glimpse of the shepherds who graze their flock within the boundaries of the deserted ruins. Exploration of the fort is followed by lunch served in this breathtaking location.
The Chambal River is one of the few perennial rivers in the region. A leisurely upstream cruise with a naturalist guide will bring guests face to face with a variety of birds, water turtles and possibly even the elusive gharial (a thin-snouted crocodile on the Critically Endangered list) that can grow up to six feet long. End the cruise at a wonderful look-out point where lunch awaits, before returning to the camp for a well-deserved drink around the central fireplace.
It is also possible to combine the Chambal River Cruise with the Khandar Fort Trek for a truly immersive day-long experience in rural Rajasthan.
Venture into Ranthambore National Park in an open-top vehicle with an expert wildlife guide. Once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the Park has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1955 and is one of the best places in the world to see tigers in the wild.