“I would like to visit a town in Rajasthan which is not yet on the tourist map but which has interesting sightseeing options and hospitality at par with any city hotel,” I told Mohan Singh Mertia, the General Manager of Rajasthan Tours Pvt. Ltd. which is the leading tour operator of the state. He smiled and immediately suggested Bundi and The Hadoti Palace for my stay. Bundi is a three hours smooth drive from Jaipur.
The Hadoti Palace is ideal for
If you would like to explore a new side of Rajasthan (read lush green rice paddy fields and gurgling waterfalls) then The Hadoti Palace is for you. For those individuals and families who are looking to stay in a royal setting and get a taste of Rajasthani heritage and culture, then too this property is what you are looking for.
About the property
The imposing facade of The Hadoti Palace is tastefully done in greeko roman architecture. The royal family of Badnore own and manage this hotel. The family hails its history to Jaimalji (who fought against Akbar in the siege of the Chittorgarh fort) and to Mira Bai, the famous saint, poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. The Hadoti Palace is centrally located and accommodation options include 43 spacious rooms out of which 7 are suites. All the rooms have either a king size bed or twin beds, writing table and sofa. The suites have an additional dining area.
The hotel is like a museum with paintings of the royal family and of Bundi. Utensils which were used in olden days, weapons of yesteryears, knick knacks and other memorabilia adorn various corners and walls of the property. There is a swimming pool, restaurant, vintage and classic car and bike display, souvenir shop and an ayurvedic massage centre.
Taragarh Restaurant named after the famed Taragarh Fort of Bundi serves Indian and Rajasthani cuisine. A few continental and Chinese dishes are also dished out. With locally sourced ingredients, savour chilly paneer or kadai paneer, veg. Manchurian and malai kofta. Or relish chilly chicken, butter chicken and laalmaas. Warm and moist gulab jamuns give sweet competition to gajar ka halwa which is available in winters.
Pool side dinners or a cozy candle lit dinner for your special someone can be arranged on request.
The tariff varies as per season and is between Rs 4000 - 4500 for a deluxe room double occupancy with WiFi and breakfast.
Best time to go
Rajasthan comes alive during the winter months of October, November, December, January and February and Bundi is no exception. The days are pleasant while the nights are ideal for bonfires and catching up with family and friends. However Bundi is the prettiest during the monsoons due to the various water bodies.