When traveling in Rajasthan, the best way to experience the unique history and culture of this fascinating place is to stay in boutique Heritage Hotels. Bhainsrorgarh Fort is the perfect oasis if your path takes you to the less-touristy eastern part of the state of Rajasthan.
Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep slate ridge about 200 ft high, your first glimpse of Bhainsrorgarh Fort will literally take your breath away. British historian Col. James Todd after seeing the splendid and mesmerizing beauty of Bhainsrorgarh said that if he were offered a Jagir in Rajasthan and given the option to choose, it would be Bhainsrorgarh.
A fortified outpost of the kingdom of Mewar that included Chittorgarh and Udaipur, Bhainsrorgarh is located 235 kilometers northeast of Udaipur and 50 kilometers south of Kota and has a remarkable history. Built by Rawat Lal Singh (second son of Rawat Kesri Singh of Salumber), Bhainsrorgarh was granted as a jagir (fiefdom) by Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar in 1741 A.D. Bhainsrorgarh held great importance to the Chundawat clan of Sisodia Rajputs, as it was granted to Rao Chunda after he renounced the Mewar throne for his yet to be born younger brother. As the eldest son of Rana Lakha, then ruler of Mewar, Chunda Ji was the heir apparent to the throne of Chittor. The Chief of Bhainsrorgarh was counted among the 16 first class nobles of Mewar and was conferred the title of ‘Rawat’ by Maharana of Mewar.
Fateh Vilas Suite and Bhainsrorgarh Suite boast of expansive balconies which offer perfect sit-outs looking out to the river. Game trophies and old photographs of the royal family’s hunting expeditions adorn the walls of the spacious lobby that faces the inner courtyard and is shared by Fateh Vilas and Chundaji Suites. In addition to the five suites, Four Deluxe Rooms are set around the outer courtyard and have views of the Village. Nights at the fort are magical as the Fort dazzles with brilliantly lit chandeliers. Guests often head to The Terrace, a favorite venue for feasting – on gourmet cuisine and delectable views. With Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur at a 4 hour driving distance, and with proximity to Chittorgarh, Shahpurabagh, Ramathra etc, Bhainsrorgarh fits into every itinerary.
I stayed in Bhainsrorgarh Fort in January 2014 and enjoyed the hospitality of the owner and his staff, and the unique atmosphere of the place. Breakfast and dinner were delicious (they serve Western food and India specialties from the region) and served in a series of cozy rooms.
Quiet and secluded with breath-taking views over the river, this ancient family residence still echoes its glorious past. It is one of the most atmospheric and mysterious places to stay in Rajasthan.
BHAINSRORGARH FORT HOTEL
The Palace, Po: Bhainsrorgarh, Via Kota,
Rajasthan – 323304