Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019  is one of a kind itinerary that travels from China – Bhutan – India – Sri Lanka on 12-28 October 2019. The private jet of Airbus ACJ 318 have 4 lounges, 2 lavatories, 1 shower and 2 air hostesses. On the other hand, travelling to China, you will get to stay at Amanyangyun, Ming Courtyard (Shanghai, China) and Amandayan, Courtyard Suite (Lijiang, China). Travelling to Bhutan, you will get to stay at Amankora, Suite (Thimphu, Bhutan) and Amankora, Suite (Paro, Bhutan). Travelling to India, you will get to stay at Amanbagh, Courtyard Haveli Suite (Alwar, India) and Aman-i-khas, Luxury Tent (Ranthambore, India). Lastly, travelling to Sri Lanka, you will get to stay at Amangalla, Chamber (Galle, Sri Lanka) and Amanwella, Garden Pool Suite (Tangalle, Sri Lanka).

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  • Day 01

    Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

    Arrive at Shanghai, China: Shanghai is one of Asia’s most dynamic metropolises, buzzing with new architecture, world-class dining, shopping, arts and nightlife. Of the city’s many unique traits, perhaps the most striking is its mix of architectural styles: traditional Chinese, European colonial and ultra-modern. 

    AMANYANGUN 

    Opening in 2017, Aman’s fourth property in China is a tranquil village of historic dwellings, surrounded by sacred camphor woodland – a peaceful, introspective setting that belies its proximity to vibrant downtown Shanghai.

    Dining Facilities 

    Amanyangyun’s six dining venues – including the Chinese Restaurant, the All Day Dining Pavilion and a 200-seat Banquet Hall, along with a Club Lounge, Lakeside Café and Aman Deli Village Shop – each enjoy a distinctive ambience. From fine dining to relaxed alfresco meals, guests can expect the freshest, locally sourced delicacies wherever they choose to dine.

    Check-in at Amanyangyun, Ming Courtyard (Shanghai, China)

    Included Meal(s): Dinner 

    Guests will meet in the arrivals hall at Hongqiao or Pudong Airport in Shanghai. Guests can look for an Aman signboard, whereas there would be a private transfer to Amanyangyun, Ming Courtyard (approximately 30 minutes).

    As for the Cocktails & Dinner – 18:00: A private cocktail reception will be arranged to meet fellow travelers at dinner time. 

  • Day 02

    Sunday, 13 Oct 2019

    Stay at Amanyangyun, Ming Courtyard (Shanghai, China)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast 

    Breakfast – 07:30: Enjoy in the lobby lounge. 

    Experiences: The touring will be with your private car, driver, and guide. (Suggested collection time is 09:00 & Suggested return time is at 17:00.)

    Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a casual and local restaurant of your choice on your own.  

    French Concession Streets: Relive Shanghai’s Jazz-Age heyday while strolling the tree-shaded streets of the French Concession, whose Huaihai Road is lined with smart boutiques. 

    Yu Gardens:  Go to the old Chinese city and the Yu Gardens. The Yu Gardens are the most celebrated classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai, capturing the essence of southern Chinese landscape design from the Ming and Qing dynasties and characterized by an exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and artistic architecture

    Afternoon Bund Walking Tour (Group):  If you wish, join your tour leader and fellow travelers for a half-day Bund Walking tour led by an expert. Alternatively, you may choose to tour the Bund with your private guide. The expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past and present as they relate to single-story shikumen dwellings and towering skyscrapers. Walk along Shanghai’s landmark waterfront, The Bund, a vestige of the city’s capitalist days in the first half of the 20th century. 

    Dinner - from 19:00:  Have dinner on your own in Shanghai (approximately 45 minute drive).  (Please let us know in advance if you would like to dine in town so we can make arrangements.)

  • Day 03

    Monday, 14 Oct 2019

    Arrive at Lijiang, China: With its charming canals, brightly coloured wooden homes, and winding cobbled alleyways, Lijiang’s unspoilt beauty belies its 800 years. Thanks to its remote location, as well as a concerted effort on the part of its inhabitants, Lijiang’s particularly wellpreserved Old Town earned a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

    AMANDAYAN 

    Perched above the winding lanes of Lijiang Old Town, Amandayan draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and ‘Dayan’, the historic name for Lijiang when it was first established in the 13th century.

    Suites

    Elegant, clean lines ensure Amandayan’s Suites are contemporary in style yet unmistakably Chinese. The 35 suites are decorated with materials and fabrics from the region, including Yunnan pine and Dong Bei elm-wood carvings.

    Dining, Wellbeing & Facilities

    Dine at your choice of Chinese and Western restaurants and enjoy the Tea House, Library, boutique, cinema, and Aman Spa’s gym and Pilates/yoga studio, and swimming pool.

    Check-in at Amandayan, Courtyard Suite (Lijiang, China)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

    Breakfast - from 07:00: Enjoy breakfast before checking out.

    At 09:30: Departure via private transger to the airport (approximately 30 minutes). 

    At 11:00: Private jet from Shanghai to Lijiang (approximately 4 hours). 

    Lunch will be served onboard the jet during this flight.

    At 15:00: Arrive in Lijiang by private jet. Private transfer to Amandayan (50 minutes). 

    Important Notes for Lijiang:

    • The altitude at Lijiang is around 2400m (7,800 feet).
    • Owing to the high altitude, the air humidity is low. We would therefore advise that you stay fully hydrated with lots of water to counteract the low humidity and avoid dehydration.
    • Be sure to keep yourself warm by wearing appropriate clothes as the temperature drops at night in Lijiang.
    • The sun’s rays are especially strong at high altitude, so ensure you have sunglasses and adequate sunscreen.

    Cocktails & Dinner - 18:00:  Gather together to sip cocktails from a platform overlooking the Old Town. For dinner, enjoy a special menu of seasonal Nakhi cuisine. Live guzhen (traditional Chinese instrument) will be performed in the background during dinner. 

  • Day 04

    Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    Stay at Amandayan, Courtyard Suite (Lijiang, China)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

    Breakfast - 07:30: Enjoy in the lobby lounge. 

    Experiences: Today's touring will be with your private car, driver, and guide. (Suggested collection time is at 09:00am & Suggested return time is at 17:00.)

    Old Town: Explore the charming Old Town, a world of narrow cobbled streets, virtually unchanged since the Ming Dynasty, where canals are lined with weeping willows and decorative arched bridges connect one alley to the next. The buildings’ colourful façades give way to shops selling local arts and crafts. 

    Mu Mansion: Set in the southwest of the Old Town, explore the grounds of the Mu Mansion, the rebuilt palatial estate of the Nakhi leaders who ruled over Lijiang for more than 400 years. 

    Golden Pagoda: Visit the Golden Pagoda, a Tibetan temple in Lijiang. 

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Range:  Enjoy a 40-minute drive taking in the 13 snow-capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Range (18,360 feet), the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. 

    Lunch: Enjoy a packed lunch from your hotel while on the mountains. 

    Impression Lijiang Show: After lunch, watch the 12:25p.m showing of Impression Lijiang, a cultural show with an outdoor cultural performance featuring singing and dancing demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Nakhi, Yi and Bai regional minorities. (Note: It is much colder at altitude and a winter coat is provided.)

    Blue Moon Valley:  If you wish, go to Blue Moon Valley. In the lush valley at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain runs a vivid blue river which from a distance resembles a blue crescent moon. (Note: You must take a shared bus.)

    Ancient Baisha Village: Baisha is part of the Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its main streets are lined with a variety of quiet shops with Naxi women cheerfully selling vegetables in the streets. 

    Cocktails & Calligraphy Lesson - 18:30: Gather for cocktails and a calligraphy lesson at your hotel before dinner

    Dinner – from 19:00: Have dinner on your own. Try the organic cuisine at the Tea House terrace on property or dine at a local restaurant in town. (Please let us know in advance if you would like to dine in town so we can make arrangements.)

  • Day 05

    Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    Check-out at Amandayan, Courtyard Suite (Lijiang, China)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast – 07:30: Enjoy in the lobby lounge. 

    At 09:00: Departure via private transfer to the airport (approximately 50 minutes). 

    At 10:30: Private jet from Lijiang to Paro (approximately 3 hours 20 minutes, – 2 hours time difference). (There will be a brief touchdown in Dhaka to pick up a Bhutanese navigator.)

    Lunch: Have lunch during the flight. 

    At 11:50: Arrive in Paro by private jet. Private transfer to Thimphu (approximately 1 hour + traffic).

    Arrive at Thimphu, Bhutan: Set in a steep valley at an altitude of 2,350m (7,709ft), Thimphu is surrounded by richly forested mountains dotted with ancient monasteries and temples. The town, Bhutan’s capital since 1961, is built up from the Thimphu Chhu (river) and is centred by the Clock Tower and its surrounding lanes of shops, vegetable and meat markets. 

    AMANKORA

    Situated in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, the 16-suite Amankora Thimphu is close to the capital’s sights and shopping, while remaining a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the Kingdom’s main commercial centre.

    Rooms, Suites and Villas

    Amankora Thimphu suites combine a bedroom and lounge, and feature a king-size bed, a reading chair and a window banquette. A traditional bukhari is positioned between the bedroom and the bathroom.

    Dining - The Dining Room

    Amankora Thimphu’s Dining Room, looking out on the nearby stream
    and forest, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specialising in Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes. The stay at Amankora includes full board of breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

    Check-in at Amankora, Suite (Thimphu, Bhutan):

    Guests will be escorted to their suite. Freshen up and relax; spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. 

    Cocktails and dinner with Special Guests - 18:00: Enjoy welcome cocktails and meet Dasho Sangay Wangchuk, a prominent Bhutanese businessman, and his wife, Chimy, the sister of the king. Their family belongs to the first generation of Bhutanese industrialists. 

  • Day 06

    Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Stay at Amankora, Suite (Thimphu, Bhutan)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Meals: Your stay at Amankora is all-inclusive; enjoy your meals on your own. 

    Experiences: The day is yours to explore Thimphu with your private car, driver, and guide. Discuss with your guide what you would like to see. (Suggested collection time is 09:00am & Suggested return time is at 17:00.)

    Astrology School – Pangri Zampa Lakhang: This former temple is now used as an astrology centre of the state clergy, and is the home to around 100 monks studying astrology.

    National Library of Thimphu:  Home to ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts, this stunning example of Bhutanese architecture was established in 1967 25 to preserve and promote religious and cultural degradation from rapid modern development.

    National Textile Museum: Learn about the art of weaving, one of the Kingdom’s most important arts. The exhibition displays the major weaving techniques and styles of local dress and textile made by the Bhutanese women and men.

    Memorial Chorten: Drive to the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The basic structure of the chorten consists of a square foundation symbolising the earth, a dome symbolising water and 13 tapering steps symbolising the element of fire. 

    Motithang Takin Preserve: The takin is the national animal of Bhutan. There is a folk legend that when the Buddhist saint known popularly as The Divine Madman visited Bhutan in the 15th century, he was asked by the people to perform a miracle to demonstrate his credibility. 

    Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also known as Thimphu Dzong, it serves as the seat of the government and the centre of all religious affairs of the Kingdom.

    Handmade Paper Factory: Visit Thimphu’s paper factory, where lovely sheets of traditional Bhutanese paper are made, which sometimes incorporate flowers or plants into their fiber. 

    Cocktails and dinner with Special Guests - 18:00: Enjoy cocktails and meet Lhatu Wangchuk, the former Ambassador to the United Nations from 26 Bhutan. Engage in a discussion about The Gross National Happiness (GNH), the Bhutanese philosophy which serves as a beacon for the search for greater well being and advancement. 

  • Day 07

    Friday, 18 October 2019

    Check-out at Amankora, Suite (Thimphu, Bhutan)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Meals: Your stay at Amankora is all-inclusive; enjoy your meals on your own. 

    Today, guests will move from Thimphu to Paro. Official check-out time is at 12:00p.m. Depart for Paro at your leisure (1 hour); we suggest you leave after lunch. 

    Further suggestions in Thimphu: Continue to explore Thimphu with your private car, driver, and guide. 

    Thimphu Weekend Market: Visit the vibrant Thimphu weekend market, which sells produce, local handicrafts and a range of other goods. 

    Folk Heritage Museum: A restored three story traditional packed mud and timber house, it showcases traditional artefacts used both in the present and the past as well as local folklore and legends.

    Changangkha Lhakhang: An old fortress-monastery dating to the 12th century, it remains an active centre of Buddhist worship for Thimphu residents. 

    Cheri Monastery: Explore the Cheri Monastery, home to Bhutan’s first community of monks. Established in 1620, Cheri Monastery has hosted its share of distinguished guests, from visiting Tibetan lamas to the founder of the Bhutanese state.

    Arrive at Paro, Bhutan: Nestled among brush-covered hills of the Paro Valley, the village of Paro is home to some of Bhutan’s most treasured historical sites. The surrounding valley’s mixture of rolling hills and steep, mountainous inclines make Paro an ideal location for both novice and expert hikers. 

    AMANKORA PARO 

    Situated in Balakha Village, the 24-suite Amankora Paro contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design. Its architecture features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors.

    Suites

    Amankora Paro suites combine a bedroom and lounge, and feature a king-size bed, a reading chair and a window banquette. A traditional bukhari is positioned between the bedroom and the bathroom, and the suite’s interior features wood and black stone panelling.

    The Dining Room

    Located below the Living Room, the Dining Room opens onto an external terrace which overlooks a small stream. Views extend to snow-clad Jhomolhari and the ruins of the ancient dzong.Amankora Paro’s Dining
    Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specialising in Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes.

    Check-in at Amankora, Suite (Paro Bhutan)

    Guests arrive in Paro from Thimphu and check-in. 

    Lunch: Dine at Amankora Paro if you haven’t yet had lunch at Amankora Thimphu.  

    Experiences in Paro: If you wish continue touring with your private car, driver, and guide. 

    Paro Dzong: Also known as the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, it contains several important temples dedicated to prominent deities. T

    National Museum of Bhutan: View the extensive collections of Bhutanese cultural and religious artefacts spanning the centuries, including perhaps the most significant group of thangkas in the country. 

    Kyichu Lkakhang: One of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to the 7th century when the seed of Buddhism was planted in Bhutan. 

    Blessing Ceremony with Rimpoche - 17:00: Gather at Amankora Paro for a long-life ceremony and blessing, conducted by a tulku, a reincarnated lama. 

    Dinner: Enjoy dinner in Amankora Paro’s Dining Room on your own. 

  • Day 08

    Saturday, 19 October 2019

    Stay at Amankora, Suite (Paro Bhutan)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Room. Don’t forget to pick up your packed lunch to take on the hike (Inform Remote Lands know in advance if you wish to order one). 

    Tiger's Nest:  Rise early for a half-day hike to Tiger’s Nest. We recommend you leave no later than 8:30 for this activity.Tiger’s Nest, or Taktshang Goempa, is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2,952 feet) above the valley floor - and has an altitude of 10,240 feet. An approximately two-hour trek of moderate difficulty straight uphill will bring you to an observation pavilion at the halfway point to the monastery, where you may pause for tea and contemplation. Many people turn back here, but we recommend that you brave the final approach to Taktsang, which takes about 45 minutes longer.  

    After the hike, relax at the hotel and enjoy a hot stone spa treatment, or continue to explore Paro and the valley.

    Farewell Cocktails & Dinner - 18:30: Come together and enjoy cocktails, then a special menu of seasonal Bhutanese cuisine on your last night in Paro.

  • Day 09

    Sunday, 20 October 2019

    Check-out at Amankora, Suite (Paro Bhutan)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch 

    Breakfast – 07:30: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining
    Room before checking out.

    At 08:30: Departure via private transfer to the airport
    (approximately 30 minutes).

    At 09:30: Private jet from Paro to Jaipur (approximately 2
    hours 50 minutes, –30 minutes time difference).

    Lunch: Have lunch onboard your private jet.

    Arrive at Jaipur, India: Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the Pink City for its hallmark pale-pink stucco architecture. Home to a beguiling array of temples, forts, art galleries, gardens and bazaars, the city’s most iconic structure is City Palace, a gorgeous and intricate example of Mughal and Rajput architecture that was the former seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

    At 11:50: Arrive in Jaipur by private jet.

    Experiences: Spend some time in the Pink City of Jaipur with your private car, driver, and guide.

    Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace): Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Wind Palace is the most recognisable monument of Jaipur. The five-storey, semi-octagonal monument has 152 windows with overhanging latticed balconies and is now a museum.

    City Palace Museum: Home to the ruling families of Jaipur since the mid-18th century, the palace’s many courtyards and sprawling grounds occupied oneseventh of the old walled city of Jaipur, and its ornate architecture perfectly blends Rajput and Mughal styles.

    Market: A treasure trove for shoppers, Jaipur’s markets and bazaars offer a wide range of handicrafts, most of which are produced in and around the city.

    • Johri Bazaar: Smaller lanes Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldiyon ka Rasta house numerous establishments selling jewellery.
    • Tripola Market and Chaura Rasta: The best stops for textiles, utensils, ironware and baubles. If you want to see the artisans at work, step into the side lanes and see for yourself.
    • Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar: Two delightfully bustling bazaars offering textiles, local perfumes and shoes made of camel skin.
    • Mirza Ismail Road (M.I. Road): The broad thoroughfare houses a large number of emporia selling a variety of goods ranging from jewellery and brass work to textiles, blue pottery and woodwork.

    Amber Fort: Drive 30 minutes out of town to Amber, which was the ancient capital of this region and an active centre until 1727, when the rulers moved their court to Jaipur. (Please note: Your guide will remain in Jaipur and you will not see him again, so please be sure to tip him. We recommend $50.)

    Depart for Amanbagh in Alwar at your leisure (approximately 2 hours); we recommend you leave Jaipur no later than 5pm.

    Upon arrival at Amanbagh, relax and enjoy refreshing organic drinks from the hotel garden.

    AMANBAGH 

    Amanbagh is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound once the staging area for royal hunts. Amanbagh provides a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan, India’s dramatic frontier region.

    Suites - Garden Haveli Suites

    Eight Garden Haveli Suites are located on the ground level on either side of the swimming pool. The entrance to each Suite is via a courtyard with an outdoor dining area.

    Dining:

    The Restaurant

    The Restaurant is positioned on the ground floor of the main building and provides a regal atmosphere beneath a double-height ceiling. The menu’s focus is fresh and seasonal Indian and Western cuisine. Salads, herbs and many vegetables are grown in the Amanbagh organic kitchen gardens.

    The Library Terrace

    Located on the second floor of the main building, the Library Terrace is ideal for informal dining in the evening, particularly under a starlit sky.

    The Roof Terrace

    Elevated above a canopy of trees, the Roof Terrace provides sweeping views over the surrounding landscape and is another option for dining and refreshments.

    Check-in at Amanbagh, Courtyard Haveli Suite (Alwar, India)

    Dinner: Enjoy dinner in Amanbagh’s Restaurant on your own.

  • Day 10

    Monday, 21 October 2019

    Stay at Amanbagh, Courtyard Haveli Suite (Alwar, India)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner 

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at The Restaurant.

    Experiences: Visit the villages and ruins of the region with your private car and driver cum uide. (Suggested collection time is 09:00 and Sugested return time is at 15:00.)

    Bandhavghar: Twelve kilometres from Amanbagh, fifteen minutes by jeep, sits the intriguing old ruined city of Bhangarh. A medieval site of great
    archaeological importance, the city was built in the late 1500s and legend has it that the now uninhabited city of once magnificent bazaars, palaces, gardens, temples and bathing pools.

    Mansarover Lake: Head to Mansarover Lake by the Kashmiri-built Shikara boat. The lake was named for a body of water in the Himalayas that promises beauty and youth to anyone who bathes in it and purportedly
    has the same properties.

    Ajabgarh Fort & Village: Visit Ajabgarh, a remote tribal village of the Meena minority people, who have maintained their own separate and distinct customs as a result of their isolated lifestyle.

    Lunch: Have lunch on your own back at the hotel or enjoy a packed lunch (arrange in advance).

    Cowdust Tour - 15:30: Explore the villages surrounding Amanbagh in the afternoon when our local neighbours are herding their goats, cows and buffalos home after a day’s grazing. The locals will wave and the children will run after the car and you may even be invited for chai in one of our neighbour’s homes – for many guests, it is a profound and inspiring experience.
    (Note: Don’t forget your camera and please don’t demean our neighbours by offering anything to them (this quickly leads to expectations and future begging) other than your warm smiles & genuine respect. You are welcome to support our local neighbours by way of a donation back at Amanbagh.)

    Fire Meditation - 17:45: Take part in Fire Meditation, based on the idea that fire is the most pure of the five elements. Participants sit on cushions around a fire called a hawan, which is made up of natural herbs and fragrant wood from the Himalayas. The session consists of chanting the Gayetri mantra, one of the most powerful mantras in Hindu intended to energize
    all of the body’s 24 chakras, or centers of spiritual power.

    Farewell Dinner - 19:00: Come together for a final dinner at Amanbagh. 

  • Day 11

    Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Check-out at Amanbagh, Courtyard Haveli Suite (Alwar, India)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

    Breakfast: Have breakfast at the Restaurant before checking out. 

    Private transfer to Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambore (approximately 3.5 hours). Depart at your leisure. This transfer will be with driver-only. If you wish to have a guide
    and tour along the way or stop in Jaipur, please let us know at least one day in advance (additional cost).

    Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot during the drive across some of Rajasthan’s most ruggedly beautiful terrain.

    Arrive at Ranthambore, India: Set beside the starkly handsome Aravalli Hills, Ranthambore National Park is one of the world’s premier tiger sanctuaries. Measuring 1,334 square kilometres, the park is home to an array of wildlife and takes its name from nearby Ranthambore Fort, one of the oldest forts in the Subcontinent with a history stretching back more than a millennium. 

    AMAN-I-KHÁS

    Open from October through May each year, the best season for wildlife spotting, Aman-i-Khás is a wilderness camp located in a brushwood forest on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park. Combining the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, aman, with the Hindi word for ‘special’, khás, Aman-i-Khás offers accommodation in 10 air-conditioned tents each with soaring canopies draped in the Moghul style.

    Tents 

    Aman-i-Khás features 10 tents identical in style, each set on a raised concrete plinth. They echo the rich Moghul travelling tents of bygone days with ‘rooms’ separated by cotton drapes. Constructed of canvas and supported by a steel frame, with interior walls and ceilings draped in fine cotton, each tent is air-conditioned and measures 108 square metres.

    Restaurant - The Dining Tent 

    Softly lit by lamps, the Dining Tent is furnished with one large central table and several smaller tables. Indian cuisine and a range of Western dishes are served, and the freshness of produce is ensured by the camp’s own organic vegetable garden.

    Check-in at Aman-i-khas, Luxury Tent (Ranthambore, India)

    Arrive at Aman-i-khas and check in. Freshen up and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

    Camel Safari (4 guests per Jeep) - 16:00: If you arrive at Aman-I-Khas before sunset, go on a camel safari. Sunset is approximately at 18:00. A camel safari is the ideal way to get a true feeling of the extraordinary terrain encircling Aman-i-khas. Camelback safaris certainly underscore the sense of ‘arrival’ in Rajasthan. Your journey by camel can take you to a small hilltop ‘close to Aman-i-khas’ where you can enjoy sunset while having a bird’s eye view of where humans and tigers became neighbours, and enjoy sundowners.

    Welcome cocktails and Dinner - 18:30: Enjoy welcome cocktails at the camp’s fireplace followed by a special dinner at the pool accompanied by a live music performance.

  • Day 12

    Wednesday, 23 October 2019

    Stay at Aman-i-khas, Luxury Tent (Ranthambore, India)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

    Morning Wildlife Safari (4 guests per Jeep) - 06:30: Enjoy tea or coffee and a quick bite before the first safari excursion.

    Trips are led by National Park-appointed guides who take guests through the park on a variety of routes. (Snacks and drinks are provided.)

    Journey in an open-top vehicle that transports guests on wildlife safaris into the core of Ranthambore National Park, which measures around 400 square
    kilometres, and presents the best opportunities to search for tigers, leopards, jungle cats, hyenas and 45 sloth bears.

    Breakfast - 10:00: Return to camp where breakfast is served either in the Dining Tent or in the privacy of your own tent.

    Freshen up and spend the rest of your morning at leisure.

    Lunch: Have lunch before the afternoon safari.

    Afternoon Wildlife Safari (4 guests per Jeep) - 14:30: Depart from the camp at around 14:30 and return around 18:00pm. Excursion times are set by the park authorities as only a limited number of vehicles are permitted inside the park core at any one time.

    Farewell Cocktails & Dinner - 19:00: Enjoy cocktails and dinner together at the camp reflecting on the day’s sightings.

  • Day 13

    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Check-out at Aman-i-khas, Luxury Tent (Ranthambore, India)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Tent before checking out.

    At 08:30: Private transfer to Jaipur airport (3 hours).

    In Jaipur, board the private jet.

    At 12:30p.m: Private jet to Sri Lanka (3 hours 5 minutes.)

    Lunch will be provided onboard the jet. 

    Arrive at Galle, Sri Lanka: A charismatic UNESCO World Heritage site that combines native Sri Lankan traditions with Portuguese, Dutch and British heritage, the cosmopolitan port city has been a centre of trade for more than a millennium. Nowadays eclectic architectural styles sit side-by-side, and the energetic city radiates out from 17th-century Galle Fort on the coast.

    AMANGALLA

    In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of Galle Fort. Named after the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and galla, the Sinhalese word for the town of Galle, the resort reveals the Fort’s daily activities and rich legacy, its narrow streets lined with buildings from the Dutch and British colonial eras. Offering views of the resort’s 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, Amangalla provides for the leisurely exploration of this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside.

    Chambers

    Ten chambers are located within the Church Street Wing and face the Fort ramparts. The entry leads into the openplan room, featuring the bathroom, bedroom and separate sitting area. The bathroom has a large shower and freestanding bathtub. A gracious and authentic turn-of-the-century ambience is recreated with a four-poster king-size or twin bed arrangement, planter’s chair, writing desk, dining table and a pettagama chest perched atop gleaming teak floorboards.

    Restaurant:

    The Zaal

    The Zaal – the Great Hall – as it was known in Dutch times, is the entry point to the resort and features high ceilings, overhead fans and chandeliers. There is relaxed seating within as well as on the veranda facing the tree-lined street. The menu provides light meals and snacks in the morning and afternoon tea is served daily.

    The Dining Room 

    Adjacent is the Dining Room that provides an intimate setting for dining with a colonial accent. The Dining Room is furnished with period chairs and tables, crisp white linen and antique silverware, with many of the original pieces being returned to their rightful place in the room. The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides a choice of traditional Sri Lankan curry and home-cooked dishes.

    Check-in at Amangalla, Chamber (Galle, Sri Lanka)

    At 15:35: Arrive in Colombo by private jet. Private transfer to Galle (approximately 3 hours + traffic).

    After checking in, freshen up and relax.

    Dinner: Have dinner at Amangalla’s Dining Room or a local restaurant on your own.

  • Day 14

    Friday, 25 October 2019

    Stay at Amangalla, Chamber (Galle, Sri Lanka)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Room.

    Experiences: Explore Galle Fort on foot accompanied by your private butler to learn the history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Galle Fort: Spend time walking through the Dutch fort and along the old ramparts overlooking the turquoise sea. The fort covers 36 hectares (90 acres) and includes the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), an old bell tower and perhaps most impressively, a tide based sewage system.

    Galle National Museum: Housed in an old Dutch building at the centre of the Fort, the museum features exhibits on colonial weaponry, including a collection of Portuguese and Dutch swords, stone cannon balls, and battle axes made of brass and iron. Native handicrafts like turtle-shell ornaments and decorative pieces are also on display.

    Lunch: Have lunch on your own at your choice of restaurants. 

    Maritime Archaeology Museum: Destroyed in the 2004 tsunami, the collection has been re-established in the newly renovated Dutch warehouse in Galle Fort. The exhibits of artefacts discovered on the ocean floor around Sri Lanka include the Avondster, a Dutch ship that wrecked off Galle Fort in 1659.

    Gem Shopping: In a country where precious gems are mined, jewellery shops are in abundance. Browse the shops in search of treasure and don’t forget to bargain.Please keep in mind that buying gems in Asia as a visitor is always a risky endeavor. Before making any purchases, be sure to inquire as to the return policy for the gems. With that in mind, we advise that you do not purchase any jewels with the intention of resale, but rather buy reasonably priced jewelry that you enjoy for its aesthetic qualities.

    Spa: Enjoy a 90-minute complimentary treatment at the Amangalla spa, The Baths. Recapturing a bygone era, five serene treatment rooms and two hydrotherapy pools host a variety of treatments: traditional aromatic massages, ayurvedic anointments, classical facials, reflexology, scrubs and wraps. An ayurvedic doctor is on hand to diagnose your dosha, give any lifestyle advice or heal an ailment. We recommend scheduling your treatment in advance.

    The heart of The Baths is two chambers of hydrotherapy pools with sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool. Ask the staff to turn on the steam and sauna 10 minutes before you need them, and spend an hour going from one to the other for purifying relaxation. It is complimentary to all guests.

    Farewell cocktails & dinner - 18:00: Gather together for cocktails and enjoy a presentation by a local history expert, followed by dinner together.

  • Day 15

    Saturday, 26 October 2019

    Check-out at Amangalla, Chamber (Galle, Sri Lanka)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Dining Room before checking out.

    Today you will move from Galle to Tangalle. Official check-out time is at 12:00p.m. Depart for Tangalle at your leisure (approximately 2 hours + traffic); we suggest you depart before lunch.

    Lunch: Have lunch at your choice of restaurants in town or at Amanwella.

    Tangalle, Sri Lanka: Tangalle is one of the largest towns in southwestern Sri Lanka, a haven of sandy beaches, mild temperatures and lush forests. The name of the town in Sinhala means ‘projected rock’, referencing the rocks which form the coastline in the town area, and it remains a vital fishing port for the region.

    AMANWELLA

    Amanwella is situated just west of Tangalle in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach. The resort’s name derives from combining the words aman, or ‘peace’ in Sanskrit, and wella, the Sinhalese name for ‘beach’. The modernist design, informed by Sri Lanka’s most notable architect, Geoffrey Bawa, makes use of local materials and suites are linked by pathways, interspersed along the hillside to the west of the public areas, providing views of the ocean and beach flanked by two rocky headlands.

    Suites

    Situated mostly on the hillside, the Suites enjoy views of the coconut grove and ocean. Floor-to-ceiling glass and latticed panels form two sides of the dwelling – one opening onto a private walled-in entry courtyard and plunge pool, with the terrace side opposite affording open views.

    Restaurants:

    The Restaurant

    Set within the cluster of public buildings at the southern end of the resort and open all day, the Restaurant is perched eight meters above sea level, offering stunning views across the pool towards coconut palms and the beach. Inside the Restaurant, doors open onto an internal grassed courtyard landscaped with frangipani trees and reflecting pools. The cuisine is Asian and Mediterranean with an emphasis on fresh local seafood from the Indian Ocean.

    The Lounge and Bar

    Adjacent to the Restaurant, the Lounge and Bar also feature panoramic views, serving drinks and snacks alongside a range of sundowners. A selection of cigars is also available until late.

    The Pool Terrace

    Next to the swimming pool, the Pool Terrace is ideal for alfresco dining. During the day, simple lunches as well as fresh young coconuts and local fruit are served, while evening menus include antipasti and homestyle dishes.

    The Beach Club

    Close to the beachfront amidst coconut trees, the Beach Club provides an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners. The menu includes simple Asian salads, Mediterranean classics (using fresh local seafood), granitas and freshly churned ice cream. Seafood is cooked over a coconut charcoal barbeque and served with garden fresh salads and local relishes.

    Check-in at Amanwella, Garden Pool Suite (Tangalle, Sri Lanka)

    Arrive a Amanwella from Amangalla and check-in.

    Enjoy a refreshing afternoon stroll through the surrounding forests or relax on the idyllic beach.

    Cocktails - 18:00: Enjoy a welcome reception.

    Dinner - from 19:00: Dine at the Dining Room or a local restaurant on your own.

  • Day 16

    Sunday, 27 October 2019

    Stay at Amanwella, Garden Pool Suite (Tangalle, Sri Lanka)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast 

    Yoga: If you wish, start the day off with an early morning complimentary yoga session on the beach.

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at your leisure.

    Experiences: Explore Tangalle and the surroundings with a private car & driver cum guide.

    Early Morning Tangalle Market Visit: Ten minutes’ drive east of Amanwella, the town’s large fishing fleet and busy harbour make for a vibrant experience, and the daily fish, fruit and vegetable markets provide a colourful insight into Sri Lankan life.

    Morning or Evening Village Nature Walk: An early morning or an evening stroll along the village paths that wind through the jungle offers a snapshot of daily village life. Amanwella is situated in the heart of Wella Wathura village, and chances abound to also view the diverse plants and wildlife in the area including monkeys, migratory birds, monitor lizards, hare and mongoose.

    Farewell Cocktails & Dinner - 18:30: Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner on the beach with a short cultural show.

  • Day 17

    Monday, 28 October 2019

    Check-out at Amanwella, Garden Pool Suite (Tangalle, Sri Lanka)

    Included Meal(s): Breakfast

    Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Restaurant.

    Official check out time is at 12:00. Leave your luggage with the bell desk and enjoy the hotel’s facilities until your private transfer.

    Private transfer from Tangalle to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes + traffic).

    You have experienced the best of China – Bhutan – India - Sri Lanka, but now the journey comes to a close and it is time to fly onboard on the private jet. 

    Your Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019 may be over, but we know you will enjoy the memories you have made for years to come. 

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