As the boundaries of our spaces in the world, in itself shrinking, become tighter, places of tranquillity are becoming rarer to find. In the one month where we celebrate love (perhaps with more fervour than we do through the year), it is always nice to escape to islands of ‘escape’ from cities – whether it is to pamper yourself, or your partner.
A couple’s holiday at a stone’s throw from home offers the chance of a quick romantic getaway – to discover oneself, in each other. ‘Discovering’ is a recurring theme at Alwar Bagh by Aamod. From discovering chocolates in your spacious room, to finding the solitude to serenade under a tree replete with blossoms – the options are endless. A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Delhi will take you to the historical town of Alwar – once known to be the gateway of the Rajputana. This is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan. It was once a part of the kingdom of Matsya – and is believed to be one of the oldest kingdoms of the state. It was here in the city of Virat, the court of King Virat where the Pandavas spent the last year of their 13-year exile in disguise.
Monuments named after the Pandavas still exist around Sariska. In the foothills of the Aravalis (where you can explore adventurous trekking) and close to the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary (where a safari can be organised, on request) – will take you to Alwarbagh by Aamod – a resort that is as close to nature as it is luxurious. With 40 well-appointed rooms, personal attention (that is not at all intrusive), it is the perfect option for a quick and cosy romantic break. Spread over 7 acres, the resort portrays a heritage look yet offers all the modern amenities.
The Alwar Bagh is built in a heritage style amidst the lush green and pollution free atmosphere. Feel like royalty when you walk hand-in-hand through the jharokhas and aangans of the property. Whether you wish to explore the lush green surroundings, monkey around at the in-house adventure course or unwind at the spa – a variety of experiences will leave you spoilt for choice. We strongly recommend a night at the terrace – to gaze at the stars – it will leave you at a loss for words! Do not hesitate the team at the resort to help set up a romantic candlelight dinner under a star-spangled canopy!
Talking about eating, the gastronomic experience is definitely brilliant. While the continental spread is the chef’s speciality, do dig into authentic Rajasthani fare as well. Should you want to explore the romance of the outdoors, there are a lot of places to see and enjoy in and around Alwar which include ancient temples, medieval forts, palaces and gardens.
Aamod which means ‘joy’ in Sanskrit lives up to its name, and Alwar Bagh will add to the emotions of love and togetherness as you create a memorable getaway for your Valentine.
For bookings, visit www.alwarbagh.com.
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh