Far away from Delhi's hazy sky and polluted air, we spent a weekend amid quaint hills of Rajasthan at the magnificent- WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort.
No it wasn't Jaipur or Ajmer but a lesser known city in a place called Udaipurwati, located in Jhunjhunu district. While I was researching my holiday I discovered that my favorite ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan hails from this district. He migrated to Pakistan post partition.
This brings me to my observation that how some hotels put a lesser known destination on a traveller's map. WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort is one such new palace hotel that has added - Udaipurwati, Jhunjhunu- to Delhiites weekend stay guide.
A quick 5 hour drive from Delhi and we reached our destnation. Welcomed in true Rajathani royal style with drums and garlands. The hotel followed all safety precautions. We didn't have to spend time at the lobby and made a quick dash to our rooms where check-in process was completed.
The spacious rooms housed antique period furniture with plush bathrooms. There are 20 rooms in two categories and all of them faced the lush gardens. Located amid hills, the picturesque setting of the resort makes it an ideal romantic getaway and also a great wedding destination. More than 28,000 sq feet of space for events is definitely an added advantage!
This nature resort- as WelcomHeritage describes it in its bouquet of resorts- keeps outdoor enthusiasts hooked. Gardens, swimming pool and cycles to ride within the resort, to name a few. There are indoor games as well.
The staff was enthusiastic and most of them hail from the nearby villages adept at all things Rajasthani including the world-famous Rajasthani hospitality.
The all day dining restaurant Sardar Hall has indoor as well as outdoor seating and allowed safe physical distancing for a la cart meals. The highlight of course were the Rajasthani delicacies- Laal Maas, Ker Sangri, Mirchi Ke Tapore with Lehsuni ki Chutney and Bajre Ki Roti. The meals served were fresh cooked using local ingredients. Guests also have the option of gorging on grilled food at the poolside bar and barbeque.
We spent evenings soaking in some more color and culture of Rajasthan- folk performances, puppet show ( a hit among toddler guests)too and buying Rajasthani souvenirs from the pop up shops set up at the expansive lawns.
The Inderpura Resort is a perfect stay option for those who want to explore the famous temples of Rajathan. The popular Khatu Shyam Ji temple is a 40-minute drive from the resort, while Ma Sati Temple and Salasar Balaji are also within driving distance. History buffs have the option of visiting Dr. Ramnath A. Podar Haveli Museum, a one and a half hour drive from the hotel.
We brought back with us mathania mirchi ( Rajasthani red chillies)and pleasant memories of a fulfilling weekend trip.