This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi!

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The ease of accessibility coupled with exciting destinations, rich culture and unmissable landscapes makes Rajasthan a favourite holiday destination for every Delhiite.

The land of deserts has several hidden treasures within its geographical boundaries, one of which happens to be the small village of Sapotra. Located in the Karauli district, Sapotra houses a majestic 17th century war fort that you can actually stay in! Ditch your mainstream Jaipur and Jodhpur plans and spend a weekend at this heritage boutique hotel nestled right in the heart of Rajasthan!

Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan

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Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan

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Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of Ramathra Fort, Sapotara, Rajasthan, India by Siddharth Sujan

Ideal for

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

Sapotra is an ideal destination for people looking to escape the monotony of daily life and spend a quiet weekend in a picturesque setting. The luxurious resort will suit both, couples as well as families who’re looking to pamper themselves and spend time together.

About the property

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A property of Thakur Bhoj Pal, son of the Maharaja of Karauli, the Ramathra Fort honours Lord Rama who is believed to have camped here while on his epic journey to Lanka. The fort is now owned by Thakur Brijendra Raj Pal and his family, descendants of the founder, who have restored this ancient property into a modern, boutique accommodation.

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan
Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

The walls of the palatial fort now house a luxury-laden hotel that offers top-class services and amenities, without destroying its historical importance. Ramathra Fort has some gorgeous valley-facing luxury rooms and suites that come adept with facilities such as comfortable beds, designated work stations, air conditioning, minibars and swanky attached bathrooms.

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

In addition to that, there are six luxury tents that are set against the fort's rampart walls, surrounding a lush courtyard lawn. These tents also come laden with all luxuries, along with beautiful private sit-outs with cushioned chairs, coffee tables and writing desks.

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

Food

Ramathra Fort has an in-house bar and restaurant that serves the best of traditional Rajasthani food. A team of skilled chefs works round the clock to make dining at the resort a personalised and memorable experience. If you tend to fall in love with the food here, which you most likely will, the staff can also arrange cooking demonstrations for you to learn more about Rajasthan’s flavours.

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

Cost

The Ramathra Fort offers a wide variety of accommodation options to its guests. A stay for two in the fort’s luxury tents will cost you around ₹18,500 while a luxury double room will cost you around ₹20,500. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood to go all out, book the luxury suite that costs ₹28,000 and can accommodate a maximum of three guests. The prices are inclusive of all meals.

Best time to go

Being a land of deserts, Rajasthan experiences a sweltering summer, making it extremely difficult to visit the state during the period. The months through November to February are the ideal time to visit Sapotra as the weather is much better. Don’t forget to pack your jackets as the nights can get extremely chilly with temperatures reaching the freezing point.

What to do in and around the property

1. Explore the villages of Rajasthan

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

The state of Rajasthan boasts of extremely rich culture and heritage that still continues to live in its villages, some of which happen to surround the Ramathra Fort. The property organises guided walking tours and village safaris through these villages, giving you ample opportunities to learn more about life in a typical Rajasthani village.

2. Spend a day by the lake

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The property also happens to have a beautiful lake within its premises. Take your kids out for a boat ride, pick up a pair of binoculars and observe the migratory birds who flock to the lake or just laze about by the lakeside with your loved ones.

3. Go tiger spotting in Ranthambore

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One of the best wildlife parks for tiger spotting in India, the Ranthambore National Park is just 60 km away from the Ramathra Fort. Take a day out to visit the famed national park and witness the wildlife in its natural habitat.

4. Seek blessings at the local temples

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The Karauli district is home to some of the oldest and most significant temples in the state. Head to the temples of Kaila Devi, Madan Mohanji and Kalyanji and add a spiritual touch to your trip.

5. Trek at the forts of Rajasthan

Photo of This war fort turned luxury boutique hotel is merely seven hours away from Delhi! by Siddharth Sujan

A short drive away from the property lies Karauli’s Amargarh and Timangarh forts. While history fanatics can walk around the fort and marvel at its brilliant architecture, novice trekkers can enjoy a casual trek around the forts.

Getting there

By Road: The easiest and most convenient way to reach the Ramathra Fort is to drive down from New Delhi. The property is located at a distance of 350 km from New Delhi and it takes approximately seven hours to cover the distance.

By Train: There are several express trains from New Delhi to Shri Mahabirji, the nearest railway station to Ramathra Fort. It takes about four to five hours in this journey. Once you get down at the railway station, hire a cab to get to the property in about two hours (80 km).

By Flight: The nearest airport to the Ramathra Fort is in Jaipur. There are several daily flights starting at ₹2000 that connect Delhi to Jaipur. Once you get down at the airport, hire a cab to get to the property in another three and a half hours (160 km).

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