Intrigued by the rich culture & history of our country, I decided to scout for a non-commercialized & secluded Fort near Delhi. I was glad that I found Dadhikar Fort in Alwar. Visit to this Fort was exactly what I wanted - It was built in the 11th century by King Chand and is situated right in the middle of a village atop a small hill! There are two routes to reach this beauty (I traveled from Noida) once you reach Alwar, one through a village and another through the city. Luckily, Google Navigator took me through the village route and I could witness the rustic beauty of our country which we miss while rushing to work everyday. There were farms all across, kids eying us curiously, truckload of sheep baffled by the sudden invasion of a car in their territory, buffaloes enjoying sauna in man-made pools etc. We saw a huge pool of water on our way and across that there was Vijay Mandir, which we got to know is a private property of Alwar's prince. The journey is always the best part about traveling, and is sweetened exponentially if the destination turns out to be equally mesmerizing.
The drive to the Fort's parking from its gate felt a little scary as its not concrete but nonetheless, the Fort's owner has done a nice job to take you completely through the lifestyle during the era of Emperors. After we parked, we had to walk uphill inside the Fort to reach our room which was a Duplex suite (Mahavan) and their best, as per traveler reviews. The view from our room's terrace was spectacular as we could see the whole village around us and felt protected by a hill behind the Fort. We headed for lunch after check-in which was a buffet, served on table, since we were the only guests at that time. The spread included only vegetarian, i.e paneer ki sabzi, dal, papad ki sabzi, baingan, pasta in white sauce and a dish made with corn. Apart from the corn dish, everything else was delicious. Similar was the dinner experience as far as taste is concerned, however the candle-lit terrace environment made the experience delightful. Breakfast and high-tea is complimentary with the room, which are quite decently arranged & served.
The Fort's current owner has put considerable amount of effort in restoration, considering it was completely ruined when he bought it from the last descendant (Quick fact - He paid INR 50 lakh to acquire it). The walls are adorned with old pictures of the ruined Fort and how the work has been done. Plantation and beautification has been done meticulously throughout the Fort. Explore it one weekend to live the lifestyle of Kings & Monarchs in the 11th century!
Moments to cherish -
- They decide and choose different venues for lunch, dinner and breakfast everyday, so we could explore different parts of the Fort. And, the dinner was candle-lit on one of their terraces!
- Service was in line with Rajasthan's famous hospitality.
Areas of Improvement -
- Very sadly, they don't serve non-veg.
- Should arrange folk performances (On weekends, they do arrange) on weekdays as well, considering they were quite occupied on a Tuesday.
- Take the village route to reach the fort. Its simply fun!
- Go out and explore the nearby village.
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