Experience Ramathra Fort, one of India’s finest hotels in the middle of the Rajasthani countryside
Arguably one of Rajasthan’s best loved heritage hotels, Ramathra Fort is a beautiful ancient hideaway that dates all the way back to 1645.
Set within a converted ancient fort that’s belonged to the same family for generations, the hotel offers peace and tranquility to help a guest discover a magical side of Rajasthan that’s well and truly off the beaten track.
Located just a few kilometres from dusty and characterful Karauli – a chaotic town crammed with holy cows, brick a brac shop fronts and local women dressed in a kaleidoscope of bright saris going about their daily business – this is a side of Rajasthan that’s a refreshing and authentic escape to the well-trodden tourist triangle of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
The fort is named after the tiny hamlet of Ramathra (where it is located) and is a doable (albeit bumpy!) three hour drive to the famous Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest wildlife parks in India, most renowned for its diurnal tigers.
And closer to home there’s also plenty of stunning flora and fauna that live freely in the local area – plus two wildlife reserves just 15km away.
Accommodation is simply gorgeous and comprised of six luxurious tents, four slick rooms and two generously sized suites. Each of the latter comes complete with a comfy king-sized bed, rustic fireplace, subtle Rajasthani accessories and a spacious private terrace offering unparalleled views.
Grab a pair of binoculars to spot wandering jackals, Indian foxes, hyenas, peacocks and other local wildlife lurking in the remote countryside beyond. And once you’re finished with the animal watching, head downstairs to the pleasant courtyard – it’s the perfect place to chill with a cup of evening chai as the sun goes down.
Whilst there’s no swimming pool, there is a hot tub which offers breathtaking views of the nearby lake and surrounding area.
Once you’ve had your fill of relaxation, there’s plenty of excursions to enjoy. Pay a visit to nearby Ramathra village for authentic tourist-free encounters with friendly local dwellers, as well as a fantastic sunset boat ride where you can spot all kinds of pretty birds and even a rustic night safari – jump in a jeep and spot exotic wildlife when the night sky turns pitch black.
The Food & Drink
Faultless service and delectable food makes a stay at the Ramathra Fort truly memorable.
The local chef whips up traditional Rajasthani dishes each day, and what makes the experience so utterly fantastic is that there’s no fixed a’ la carte menu. Instead every meal is a complete surprise, a total wildcard experience.
The restaurant’s chef prepares authentic dishes based on seasonal produce, placing delightful spreads of regional favourites in front of happy guests. These rely on a balance of tastes and textures rather than overpowering spices for maximum flavour.
We loved the laal maas (a succulent mutton curry cooked in a vibrant red masala) and the tarka dhal (soupy yet creamy yellow lentils simmered in spices).
The Wordrobe Verdict
If you’re a stickler for pristine service and sumptuous interiors, you won’t have any complaints at the Ramathra Fort. With welcoming staff that take pride in delivering excellent service in a timely manner, you’ll feel at home and thoroughly looked after at this countryside stay.
Make it happen
Where: Sapotra, District Karauli Rajasthan, India
Wallet: Rooms star from RS 17,110 per night inc of taxes.
How: To find out more and make a booking, please click here.