10 Lesser-Known Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan
Rajasthan literally meaning Land of the Kings is well known for its royal forts and majestic palaces. Most of these historical forts and palaces are now transformed into heritage hotels in Rajasthan. If you want to experience the same royalness, the royal Kings of Rajsthan used to experience then you must stay in the luxury heritage hotels of Rajasthan.
Rambagh Palace Jaipur, Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Neemrana fort, etc. are surely some of the popular heritage hotels of Rajasthan. But in this post, we are bringing you some lesser-known Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan to experience royal hospitality.
1. Mundota Fort and Palace, Jaipur
Located on top of a hill in the Aravalli Range, Mundota Fort lies in the close vicinity of Jaipur. At the foothill lies the 450-year old palace. This fort and Palace is now transformed into a luxury heritage hotel. They have private Horse Polo ground. Guests can experience Polo and other adventure related experiences at Polo ground. You can also enjoy horse safari, cycling through the village Mundota and hiking in the Aravalis here. The nearest airport to Mundota Fort is Jaipur International Airport, 31 km from the property.
2. Welcomhotel Khimsar Fort, Nagaur
Khimsar Fort is unspoiled and well preserved like a royal manor. This magnificent fort was constructed in 1523. Spread over eleven acres of sprawling lawns and open courtyards amidst the sand dunes, this fort is located in Khimsar village in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. You can embrace the tranquillity of the majestic Thar desert with a stay at the luxurious huts amidst the sand dunes. Khimsar Fort hotel also lets you witness the authentic Rajasthani architecture, decor, folksy performances, enriching culture, and cuisine.
3. Samode Palace, Jaipur
Located around 40 km from Jaipur amidst the Aravali Range, lies a splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Samode Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old Samode palace is a fortress-like setting and encompasses the ‘Durbar Hall’, the ‘Sultan Mahal’ and a small temple, and the ‘Sheesh Mahal’. You can take a walking tour to discover the beauty of the hotel. Swim or laze by the rooftop infinity pool and catch a breathtaking sunset with the vistas of the Aravali Range.
Or you can also take a trip to the local village of Samode to visit chhatris, havelis and 250 yr old bawris (water wells). The Samode village is also well known for its various arts and crafts and a great place for understanding rural life in Rajasthan.
4. Raas Devigarh, Delwara, Udaipur
Nestled in the Aravalli Hills of the Udaipur region, Rass Devigarh is a heritage hotel housed in the 18th-century Devi Garh palace. 30 km North of Udaipur, the Devigarh Palace overlooks the village of Delwara. Bollywood film Eklavya was set and extensively shot at Devigarh. Nathdwara Temple, Eklingji and Nagda temples are also just within few km from here.
5. Hill Fort Kesroli, Alwar
The Hill Fort of Kesroli is a 14th-century fort located in Alwar. Sited atop the rare, dark Hornstone Breccia rocks, it commands splendid agrarian views from its ramparts. Kesroli makes an ideal base to visit the neighboring palaces, museums, natural sites, and sanctuaries of Alwar and Sariska. Hill Fort Kesroli heritage hotel is now managed by the Neemrana Hotels group.
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6. Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
Just 5 kilometers from the Jodhpur city, in the vicinity of Bal Samand Lake, lies WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace. This red sandstone palace was built in the 17th Century. This old royal retreat has now been fitted with all modern amenities which, however, do not take away from the old world charm of this luxury heritage property.
7. Laxman Sagar, Pali
Located in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Lakshman Sagar was built in the late 19th century as a hunting lodge to host other noble families. As a continuation of the hospitality, Sewara has envisioned a getaway with a conservationist view of the heritage and surroundings. Lakshman Sagar offers traditional style cottages with a man-made lake view. It also features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool.
8. Tijara Fort Palace, Alwar
The Tijara Fort-Palace complex is an unfinished marvel of 19th century built in the Rajput-Afghan style with early colonial influences. In January of 2016, after its restoration by the Neemrana Hotels group, Tijara opened its doors to the world with its recently-terraced hanging gardens and some of its tall ramparts raised. Huge entrance gates, spacious rooms, jharokhas, carved arches and pillars, courtyard, corridor spaces, domes and turrets, well-manicured gardens, swimming pools are the highlights of this Fort Palace.
9. The Dadhikar Fort, Alwar
The Dadhikar Fort, a beautiful combination of nature, graceful history of thousand years, and the reflection of ancient Indian Art and Culture. This heritage fort hotel is just 6 km from Alwar city and close to Sariska tiger sanctuary. Dadhikar Fort rests in the lap of Aravali Hills amidst the dense forest and staying there would be an unforgettable experience in all seasons.
10. Bhainsrorgarh Fort, Kota
Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep slate ridge about 200 ft high, your first glimpse of Bhainsrorgarh Fort will literally take your breath away. Bhainsrorgarh Fort is one of the finest Boutique Forts Hotels in southeastern Rajasthan. Located 50 kilometers from Kota, this incredible fort was built in the 1740s. Bhainsrorgarh is an explorer’s haven. Excursions to Bundi Fort, rowing out to the river island for a picnic lunch, hikes to the 9th century Badoli temples, fishing in Chambal river are some of the popular activities near this luxury heritage hotel.
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