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.
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:
- Haveli – Pool side Mediterranean Restaurant
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)
This is where breakfast is served.