Published on January 28th, 2009 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambore Rajasthan, India
Aman-i-Khás is all about a wildlife and cultural heritage experience and an unforgettable adventure in incredibly stylish setting. The 13 special tents of Aman-i-Khás are on the edge of the former Maharajah’s hunting ground and next to Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, known for wildlife, tigers and cultural beauty.10 identical tents, each 108m² are for guests, and the rest are a for lounging, spa treatments and dining..The center of the camp is the outdoor fireplace, surrounded by cushioned, stone-clad banquettes. Aman-i-Khas like every Aman resort blends seamlessly with the grassland setting. . A path through the brush leads to a man-made reservoir where birds and deer may be viewed.
The luxurious tents are reminiscent of the travelling tents from the Moghul dynasty and made with thick, water-proof canvas and supported by a steel frame with the interior walls and ceilings draped in fine cotton. Only the base and steel frame are permanent. During the hot and humid 3 months, the rest is packed away till October. It is like a real camp, without compromising on comfort.
Twice a day, safaris take guests into the park, its open scrub vegetation especially conducive to tiger sightings. Alternatively, one may stay put and soak in the tranquil environs. ‘Windows’ are opened and closed, screens turned up, then down. There is candlelight by evening, and at night a hot-water bottle and electric blanket are thoughtfully tucked under the bed but beware of scarabs that come to the light during nights.