Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur

Set just outside of the Rajasthan capital of Jaipur the impressive Bishangarh fort, once occupied by mighty Rajput kings rises out of the dusty plains. Following an extensive renovation from the Alila Hotels this 230-year-old fort has been brought back to life with style. A perfect rural retreat for those temple weary souls who have been hard on the golden triangle track. The fort is well located just one hour from Jaipur and four hours from Delhi international airport.

This oasis will provide the perfect sanctuary, and a chance to experience the ultimate heritage of an ancient fort. The 59 custom designed spacious suites provide sweeping views, extensive marble bathrooms, day beds and all usual mod cons provided in a tranquil escape.

There are plenty of dining options from Mediterranean fresh lunches to the atmospheric Amarsar, tile frescoed dining room. They all offer the very best in local and international cuisine and the hotel bar even has a cigar & cognac turret. Executive chef Nishesh Mani Tripathi has carefully curated Indian based menus with some exciting international flavors. The ingredients are well sourced and seasonal with much grown in the organic Kitchen garden.

The signature Alila spa has been created with its dramatic location in the dungeon, and the newly built pool is set out with an inviting verandah, and sculpted lawns below. There is an extensive spa menu to try and daily yoga and morning treks are on offer to ensure you start your day full of energy.

There are many local excursions to try, such as a cookery classes, temple visits or camel rides through the local countryside. At the base of the fort is the village of Bishangarh should you wish to explore the local village daily life.

However one can just simply take a moment to soak in the beguiling scenery of rural Rajasthan and truly relax.

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