• A 230-year-old fort transformed into a luxury hotel
  • Restaurants showcasing spice-route flavours and fire-pit treats
  • A restful spa, the ideal antidote to days of desert exploration
  • Stunning views of rural Rajasthan

An historic landmark and one of the last remaining examples of Jaipur Gharana architecture, Fort Bishangarh is perhaps the only warrior’s fort in India to have been converted into a luxury hotel. Here, battlements, turrets and walls two-metres thick are all testament a history of conflict while its interiors tell of the erstwhile grandeur of Shahpura royalty. Located just an hour from Jaipur, and a mere six kilometres off the Delhi-Jaipur highway – it’s perfectly placed to compare Rajasthan’s urban splendour with its seldom-explored rural ideal.

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Rooms here – all muted tones and elegant, handmade furnishings – are a reflection of the region’s unique artisanship, with ornate, jarokha-style windows framing views of the neighbouring village and endless, tree-peppered plains. In the suites, luxurious living spaces are brought to life through a judicious use of colour splashes as large baths – designed for two – add to the sense of regal opulence. But there’s more than just grand tradition here. Alongside you’ll find all the mod cons of a 21st-century hotel, with LED TVs and WiFi on hand should you so require.

Perhaps because of the hotels relative remoteness, there’s no shortage of dining options, with two excellent restaurants on site. At Amarsar, hand-painted art adorns the walls as menus showcase dishes inspired by the world’s spice route while at The Nazaara, a terrace lounge and spectacular views set the scene for the traditions of sandpit cookery, spits and barbecues. Round things off at the stylish Madhuveni, where fine wines and spirits are accompanied by a selection of delicious smoked treats, and whose cigar and whisky lounge adds a sense of indulgent exclusivity. 


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