For me, it is the place of stay more than the destination that makes or breaks the trip. I like to bask in the hospitality of the country’s finest hotels and resorts.

I often travel to these luxury hotels and resorts off season , to take advantage of better rates and avoiding the rush.

Most recently , I ticked Alila Fort Bishangarh on my travel list. Run by The Alila Group , this is a Fortress in Bishangarh (about 45 minutes from Jaipur and 3 hour drive from Delhi) which has been restored and converted to a Hotel .I put it on my travel checklist the minute I saw it featured in Conde Nast list of 50 Best Boutique Hotels in India. Being on a Hill , it offers unobstructed views of the landscape.

Don’t judge the Fortress when you get the first glimpse of the it from a couple of kilometres away , the true magnificence of it can only be experienced when you actually get there.

The parking ,reception, the infinity pool ,and the Mediterranean Restaurant are at the base of the Fortress from there they escort you in their Gypsy to the Main Fortress.

Right from Check In to Check Out we were treated like Kings who owned the place. They have a long list of free and paid activities to keep you busy while you are there. It was particularly interesting to take the complimentary Fortress tour .

We stayed in the Royal Suite which totally lives up to its name in both size and grandeur and a scenic view of the hills.

The best view of the Fortress is from the infinity pool at the base of the Fort.

View from the Pool

We tried the 3 in-house restaurants and found them outstanding. They use their own organic garden to grow the vegetables and fruits used in the food preparations.

Here is what we recommend you try there:

  1. Haveli – Pool side Mediterranean Restaurant

Flat Breads

Aglio E Olio

2. Nazaara – Roof Top Indian Restaurant

Both the vegetarian and non vegetarian food was exceptionally good.

  • Lal maas ( For the Non Vegetarians)
  • Papad Paneer
  • Paneer tikka stuffed with apricot paste
  • Rose Ice Cream ( It was heavenly)

3. Amarsar

This is where breakfast is served.

Bajra Parantha

Methi Palak Puri


Vikki · December 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

I really have wanted to visit India for such a long time. And reading posts like this make me want to even more! What month is classed as off season in India? Great post x

Linda (LD Holland) · December 16, 2018 at 10:08 pm

I too enjoy staying in great hotel properties when we travel. Staying tin a former fortress would certainly be on our travel wish list. Especially with the scenic views from the property. Looks like a great spot to stay.

Andrzej · December 16, 2018 at 11:58 pm

Wow! Nice and clear review. I didn’t even expect to have hotels like that there!

Heather · December 17, 2018 at 2:13 am

This looks like a magical place to stay! The food looks delicious! I think the quality of restaurants at the places you stay is so important! I would stay here if I visit this place in India! Thanks for sharing!

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