If the answer to the above is a YES, then there is no better place to go than Alila, Bishangarh!
Bishangarh is a small village located in Jalor district, Rajasthan and has a small but happy population of just 5000. With just 62 Kms. away from Jaipur City and 200 Kms. from Delhi, it is the perfect weekend getaway for people from both Jaipur and Delhi who want to enjoy a tranquil and opulent time. Rajasthan has been our second home because of it's close proximity from Delhi-NCR and we've had our fair share of royal Rajasthani hotels and resorts.
But Alila - Fort Bishangarh is different. It is not just any other stay option, it is an experience! - An experience of the local life, culture and traditions of Rajasthan.
Also, because we promote sustainable and eco-friendly spots, this property had been on our radar for a long time now because it is committed to a sustainable future, preserving the extraordinary natural beauty of the region and promotes local artisans, food and culture. They also encourage guests to participate in experiences and programs that promote responsible tourism.
Let us take you on a virtual tour of the property:
It is perched on top of a granite hillock in the midst of a vast expanse of the Aravalli Range, villages and temples. It took ten years for the owners to convert this fort into a resort and this property has now been taken over by Hyatt. There are five F&B options inside the resort catering to All Day Dining, Indian Rajput cuisine, Tapas, Mediterranean and a cute little French Styled Café. You can also enjoy a majestic spa treatment here. Couples can opt for the couple spa in one of the spa rooms with an open-air bath tub offering a 180 degree view of the surrounding Aravalli Hills. You may choose a sunset slot and watch the sun go down with your partner, as you relax with a glass of wine after a massage.
Prices Starting From: INR 17,500/- plus taxes per room including breakfast (The experiences are charged extra)
Room Booked: Heritage Room (We had booked the monsoon package at INR 21,000/- all inclusive which included all meals, high tea and any one experience)
How to Reach: Located at a distance of 200 kms. away from Delhi (towards Jaipur), the best option is to either drive in your own vehicle or rent a cab.
We arrived at the reception at around 11 am. The reception is no less than a small resort in itself. It has a lush green area for receiving guests, an organic garden and a poolside Haveli restaurant where guests can enjoy lunch with the view of the pool and the Bishangarh Fort in all its splendor.
We were served welcome drinks at the reception and then were taken to the fort entrance in open jeeps as it is a 2 minute drive uphill from the reception area.
The entrance to the fort; leading to the rooms; is a visual delight in itself. Surrounded by cannons at the entrance, the architecture is influenced by the Mughals and the British. While transforming it into a luxury hotel, the owners made sure that the palace retains its regal design and structure.