Step back in time and enjoy a break that leaves you feeling like royalty at a luxury homestay. From forts to palaces discover priceless artefacts and experience your own Bollywood moment as you bask in the grandeur of your surroundings.
Fort Rampura is a massive fort and the ideal way to enjoy India’s royal heritage from up-close. The fort is complete with three lavish guest rooms, a grand temple and a dry moat, which now serves as a mustard field. Hours can be spent strolling around the fort with the family, as they introduce it’s hidden wonders to you. The Palace has numerous living rooms, which resemble small museums as they all house priceless artefacts, rugs, furniture and more. Plenty of activities outside the fort can be organised for guests. Riverside picnics, boating on the Yamuna, a walk through the ravines to the family temple are popular ways to enjoy the region’s serene beauty. Even with all its grandeur, Fort Rampura’s warmth is delightfully disarming.
Located in Pali is Castle Bera, a spectacular castle, which is the very definition of the word luxury. The castle has lavish guest rooms and sitting areas from where you can enjoy spellbinding vistas of the local village and the Jawai river and dam, Western Rajasthan’s largest manmade dam. The castle is nestled in the Aravali range and is enveloped by many other dams and lakes. The region is also famous for its leopards, blue bulls, pelicans, crocodiles and more. It is such a draw for wildlife photographers that exclusive services and arrangements are available for them on request. A jeep safari followed by high tea in the forest is an incredible experience, which leaves you with an unforgettable feeling of majesty.
Thanks to its ideal location, Alipura Palace serves as the perfect conduit between Orchha and Khajuraho. It’s a great base from where you can enjoy day tours to both locations. The 300 year old Palace has 10 guest rooms which have been home to many celebrities, photographers, writers and history buffs. The hosts accompany guests for a night of rich conversation over a hearty meal, which can be enjoyed under a starry sky or inside the palace’s private restaurant.
Nagod’s Rajmandir in Khajuraho is not what one would call a palace in the true sense of the word. But it is the residence of the Singhs, who belong to the royal family of Nagod. Their living room is a small museum dedicated to their ancestors. And their home, along with the 2 guest rooms, is vibrant with charming details. It is located in 70 acres of where every imaginable fruit and vegetable is grown. On the estate you will also find a village, a school run by the Singh family, a temple and endless green fields. Popular tours from Rajmandir include day trips to Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh and Kallinjar Fort. You can also enjoy a visit to the Shankaraji temple and picnics at the Brahaspati Kund after a short trek in its nearby valleys.
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