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Bhainsrorgarh Fort, Nr. Kota

Situated south-west of Kota, the 18th century Bhainsrorgarh Fort is surrounded by its own village and sits high on a promontory looking out on to the River Chambal. This is a family run boutique hotel, featuring five sumptuous suites and four courtyard deluxe views. The family is slowly pulling their much loved ancestral home back from near ruin and this impressive labour of love and commitment is well worth the visit.

Bhainsrorgarh was a fortified fiefdom of the kingdom of Mewar since 1741, that at the time included the mighty Chittorgarh Fort and regal city of Udaipur 235 kilometers away.

The five traditional suites feature large bathrooms with modern fittings. The largest suite is the Mewar Suite and the pretty stained-glass windows provide a jewelry box like atmosphere to the sitting room. Throughout the property there are endless sit outs, alcoves, balconies and day beds in which to relax and have a break from a busy Rajasthan schedule. There are a further four deluxe rooms that are set around the outer courtyard providing village views.

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view of bhainsrorgarh-fort from a river

The food is simple, fresh Rajasthani home cooking and meals are either taken in the dining room or on the spectacular rooftop terrace.

The gardens provide the perfect resting spot and the calm meandering river is beautiful to explore by boat at dawn and dusk. The walking, riding and picnicking is second to none and exploring the surrounding village is like being in a time warp. Bhainsrorgarh is utterly beguiling in its natural charm, and the focus here is very much about enjoying the heritage of the fort and beautiful natural surroundings. This is rural India at its best.

Nearby to the Fort there is the Badoli temple complex dating back to the 10th century which is well worth a visit especially as you are likely to have it all to yourself.

Bhainsrorgarh is approximately three and a half hours from Udaipur, one hour from Bundi and four hours to Ranthambore National Park all by car. Bhainsrorogarh can also be reached by train to the well connected station at Kota just an hour’s drive away.

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