The house of Rohet is a family of jagirdars who dotted the scene of medieval Rajasthan for a better part of four centuries. Rohet Garh located at half an hour’s drive from the blue city of Jodhpur is perfect for a trip of relaxation in India.
Nearly 400 years old, the Rohet Garh along with it’s sister property Mihir Garh take the meaning of experential hotels to an altogether new level.
Although Rajasthan is filled with hotels which tend to offer you an insight to the Rajputana heritage, Rohet Garh is one of rare ones which offers you the comforts of royalty with a hint of a rustic feel. Away from the frills and thrills of the city, Rohet provided us with a chance to unwind and connect with your inner self.
What impressed us at Rohet Garh?
A huge mural depicting the lives of the royals is depicted on the entrance. A lush green lawn welcomes us along with Avijit Singh Rohet, the 15th generation of the House of Rohet. Our room is a cosy little place on the ground floor overlooking the lawns. The beds and cupboards reek royalty but it is an oddly placed pillar and a view to the lake that stumps me. A pillar which I suspected is due to the fact that our rooms used to house the steeds of the Jodhpur cavalry. A beautiful baithak looks out onto the lake with ducks swimming in it.
Food at Rohet Garh
Chef Sharma cooks up a few specialties of the Marwar area. Overlooking the swimming pool, the dining area offers a breathtaking view of the property. Rabori, Kadhi and a Subzi made with green tomatoes adorns our plate. The Laal Maas is present in all its ubiquitous glory. But it’s the sheer opulence of the bar that will make you fall in love with Rohet Garh. Hard desert wood on the ceilings along with the illustrious history of the family being showcased in photographs. Heavy chandeliersand the use of maroon and red complete the look. We sipped on a glass of wine as Avijit regaled us with stories of hunting expeditions and horse breeding.
Activities at Rohet Garh
The Horses, Aha! Rohet Garh and Mihir Garh offer an unique equestrian experience along with a plethora of other options. The activities include cooking classes, desert safari and a trip into the heart of rural India. I will be dedicating another post for these.
Rohet Garh is a luxury property that will offer you an unique experience of Rajasthan away from city life. You can make your bookings here.
Image Credits: Snigdha Bhowmick
The four hundred year old Rohet Garh fort was the place where the famous historian William Dalrymple penned his City of Djinns. It is located about half an hour's drive from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India At night, the lights create a serene yet royal atmosphere which isn't forgotten easily. The ornately decorated bar is something that you must check out while visiting. It is as if walking in history. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #royalty #royal# #hospitality #heritage #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #crazemag #roadtotaste
The ITC Grand Bharat recently won the Best Resort in Asia by Conde Nast Traveller U.S.A and it is a momentous occasion for Indian Tourism. The reason being the Make in India ethos of ITC’s brand which has become a nation’s cry during recent years. The hotel opened in November 2014 as India’s first and only all-suite luxury retreat. Embodying ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’, the 104 suites retreat ushered in a new era in the Indian hospitality industry.
Why ITC Grand Bharat?
It epitomized the expression of ‘Unhurried Luxury’. Set amidst a 1.2 sq. km. estate, the retreat encompasses premium accommodation. It includes 4 Presidential Villas mirroring different dynasties of India along with 100 luxury suites with semi-private pools and terraces. It also houses Asia’s first and only 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The food reflects ITC’s tradition of culinary excellence. In addition, ITC’s internationally acclaimed indigenous spa brand Kaya Kalp covers an entire floor with 9 therapy rooms.
Set amidst the ancient Aravali hills, the luxury destination retreat is conveniently located 45 kms. from the capital city of New Delhi. The hotel falls within the Golden Triangle thus making it a prime location for travelers coming to India. It’s ‘Slow Tourism‘ concept allows you to take a break between the hectic travails through India. It also echoes ITC Hotels’ ‘Responsible Luxury’ by being one of the most environment friendly hotels in India. The ‘Kitchens of India’ program makes sure that you taste the best of Indian food while relaxing. So, next time you plan a trip to India stay at ITC Grand Bharat and experience “Bharatvarsh”. You can check out their website here.
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The exquisite Fort Barli is located about 75 kilometres from Ajmer in Rajasthan. This 340 year old fort’s architecture is apt for photography and we fell in love with it’s tight staircases and alleyways. Although you can read more about Fort Barli on our blog as our Editor Sudipto De and Travel photographer Snigdha Bhowmick reviewed the property, this slideshow is just a visual treat for your eyes.
Slow travel is something that Indian travelers are waking upto. The 80’s and 90’s were dominated with family travel in India. With 20 somethings earning like never before and travelling, the focus is shifting away from the travel of yester years. The instinct earlier was towards ticking off a list but today’s traveler wants to sit back and relax. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, slow travel is not a luxury anymore, instead becoming a necessity. Although the western world has woken up to it’s benefits, it’s time for Indians to also do so. Fort Barli located at 75 kilometres from Ajmer is perfect for this kind of travel.
Walk through of Fort Barli
Where is it?
Located in the sleepy hamlet of Barli, this 17th century fort is a throwback to the might of the Rajputana royalty. Built in 1675 by Raja Moti Singh from the royal family of Jodhpur, Fort Barli is now in the hands of the 16th generation of the Rathod family. The fort and the village stand frozen in time as the world speeds by on it’s own merry way. The 8 room Barli fort is a relief to overused senses. Be it listening to the chirping of the birds or straining to identify a constellation during clear nights, this place offers you a disconnect from the world not easily available. But does that mean living frugally?
Rajputana Architecture at Barli
The opulent luxuries at the Fort Barli offer you a chance to feel like royalty without it’s stresses. The strong built walls hold stories of Rajputana valour while a collection of photographs on the walls gives you an insight into the most recent history of the family. Restored in 2010, the fort holds numerous knick knacks from all over Rajasthan. Be it a collection of weapons or musical instruments.
What to enjoy?
As you will have already seen in the walkthrough video of the property, the 8 rooms of the Barli Fort are different from each other. With hardwood furniture and colours of red and saffron dominating the frame, your stay at Fort Barli will always remain colourful. The reception hosts a small library for whiling away time listening to the parrots chirping from the Neem tree. Or you can spend your time chatting with Karni Singh and Pallavi Kumari, owners of the property. They will regale you with stories from all over the Rajputana history.
What to eat?
A large dining hall which used to serve as the Durbar for the erstwhile King will host your meals. Breakfast is a buffet with an Indian speciality along with eggs made to order. Do try out the Kastoori Methi infused Bread Pakora and the Moong Dal Chilla. Some crispy cabbage fritters are also something you must try. Lunch is based on an A-La carte menu which serves a selection of western food including sandwiches and pasta. But it’s the dinner that will blow you away from right mind. Karni also doubles up as the Executive Chef of the Fort and cooks up some really rustic dishes.
His food has the typical Rajasthani royalty flavours of clarified butter and chillies. Be it the rarely available Siri Paya or the Brain curry, the simplistic Junglee Maas cooked with just four ingredients or the Turmeric subzi. Roll it all down with some alcohol, typical Rajasthani style. You can get the spice level adjusted according to what you can tolerate. Meals in winter are even more traditional with them being served in a room without any electricity. Traditional sitting places along with candle light and hukkah will accompany you on your royal journey.
Activities at Fort Barli
There is not a single second of boredom at the Fort Barli. Activities like the bullock cart ride around the village is one of the good options. You can also troop around the sleepy hamlet of Barley on your own discovering the simplicity of village life. Many authentic Indian penchants like Astrology, Palm Reading and Henna application are also available. Now most of you would have traveled the world and tried out the Balinese, Swedish and Ayurvedic massage. How about a traditional Indian massage more prevalent in the Northern part of the country? A deep tissue massage which also involves vigorous rubbing to produce heat on the surface, this massage is something that you should definitely try. A massage worth royalty, it is perfect for all those sore limbs aching from all the travel.
Fort Barli is an option for those who love to travel slow. It is an experience that will rejuvenate you thoroughly. You can visit their website here for booking.
The beautiful fort of Barli.
Fort Barli, located about two hours away from Ajmer is a perfect place to relax during a hectic travel schedule. It is within a few hours drive of the three cities of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. Do visit @fortbarli for a slice of history and some quite relaxation in this 17th century Fort. #saltandsandals #travelgram #travelphotography #traveldiaries #travelblogger #travelgram #famtrip #rajasthan #india #heritage #fort #luxury #royal #royalty #relaxation #countryside #natgeoindia #lonelyplanet #tcbg_trips #travelbloggerindia
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and a colorful city of kaleidoscopic images of Rajput magnanimity and royal charm of strong fortresses along with graceful palaces securing a treasure trove of Rajasthan’s marvellous rich heritage. These are just a few of the charming cameos that compose the heritage value of the pink city. Jaipur is a famous tourist destination among the local tourist and the expats. The reason behind it is the way the city has adopted to new trends and technology, yet keeping it’s heritage value alive. There are many reasons why global visitors are drawn to its irresistible charms. Stylish hotels in Jaipur have mushroomed with alacrity to accommodate these eager visitors and accord them gracious hospitality and the latest of them is the Fairmont Jaipur which is the Subsidiary of FRHI Hotels and Resorts. Fairmont Jaipur stands as the flagship property of FRHI group in India.
A royal welcome is guaranteed as you enter the property. Rose petals are showered on with sounds of sarangi, nagada and santoor. A tikka is put on the temple to express their hospitality while a saffron chunri is adorned on our necks to represent the typical Rajasthan culture. With welcome drinks in our hands, we walk towards the lobby. I watch with admiration the rustic wall paint, the magnificent architecture , the brilliant décor that truly reflect the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. We are greeted by Mr. Dharam Singh Gurjar , who is the diligent pillar of the hotel responsible for smooth operations of the hotel.
He brief us through the hotel inception and history. With 199 rooms inclusive of 3 massive suites, you can come, lie back and enjoy the touch of royalty. Be it the super soft mattresses with the four poster beds, or the wooden floors, the LCD TV or a marble floored walk in bathroom with a separate Hammam bath, the Fairmont attends to each and every one of your luxuries. The Parrot, which is the official insignia of the property shows up repeatedly in wall hangings, lamps and doorways. The Conference centre, one of the largest in the region, provides a striking venue for weddings. The Grand Ballroom features a soaring, hand-painted decorative ceiling and intricate grill detailing, jali, on the walls, evoking the palace windows from which the women of the court would watch the proceedings
The walk upto the lobby area of Fairmont Jaipur leads up to the beautiful tea lounge Anjum. The place has a tasteful interiors that are warm and welcoming. With its round counter that has provision for tea, coffee, pastries and chocolates. Anjum also offers an awesome view of a water body. Even the coffees also provide an equivalent joyful experience because they have been infused with extra freshness. We strongly recommend their Cafe Latte and the high octane “Meter Coffee”. Read Full Review of Anjum
Zoya, the all-day dining restaurant at Fairmont Jaipur, is a five level foodie indulgence of luxurious interiors and a warm welcoming ambiance. The restaurant features five different dining experiences from the luxury tent to the lily pond dining space outside that are distinct and unusual. Read Full Review of Zoya
Aza stands for comfort and is a space for those who appreciate finer things in life. Every evening the jaali doors of Aza open to reveal a regal library bar. Reminiscent of an emperor’s hunting lodge, there are leather bound chairs, dim lighting, soft music along with tapestries all over along with some plush carpets and old world oak cabinets. With a seating capacity of 36 covers, the bar boasts an interesting collection of books that includes mythology, literature and history. Read more about Aza
After a tiring 6 hours journey from Delhi to Jaipur, a good massage was the need of the hour. Luckily, to my rescue was the Spa at Fairmont Hotel. hotel currently has Special Fairmont Spa with 4 dedicated massage rooms and 1 Thai traditional massage room, that offer a range of therapeutic and rejuvenating massages by trained professional therapists. The Swedish Massage (INR 3500++) is a light to moderate pressure massage consisting of long and circular gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It is a 60 minute session of massage to loosen tightened up muscles and eke out sore nerves. The massage ends with a few minutes in the steam room to sweat out your toxins and a shower or to feel all prim and content.
There are memories that are cherished forever and Fairmont manages to leave a special spot in my heart as I close this hotel review. You can get the best of the International as well as the cultural essence at Fairmont as you stay at the hotel taking back beautiful memories.
Adress: Fairmont Hotel,
2, Riico Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303101