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Abode of Queens from bygone era
This was my first time at the famous Nagaur Fort and the welcome was superb. We were a party of seven and the rooms are an intriguing delight. Being in the very hot time of year the swimming pool was hugely welcome and the birdlife....well plus the peacocks calling. The food was so good and the whole heritage place remarkable and worth the visit - I wish we could have stayed one more night.
We hired a car and driver to get us from Jodhpur to Nagaur, as we decided that we just didn’t fancy 3AC (wait listed 2AC, no 1AC available) on the train. As we drove through Nagaur centre we saw a splendid fort and I almost asked the driver to stop so we could take photos. I need not have worried as the fort was, of course, the place we were staying. From the welcome at the gates (delicious fresh lemon water and bangles as gifts) to the walk to the haveli (queen’s palace) that we stayed in, Ranvas exceeded our expectations. I had booked a suite and a standard room (we are a family of four) but on seeing the size of the standard room we opted for the free upgrade offer of a deluxe room for the children. Because we were spoilt. In ordinary hotels, the standard room would have been more than acceptable, but the deluxe room was awesome. Not as awesome as our suite on the first floor, but still pretty stunning. So we basically had the haveli to ourselves, complete with little courtyards, terraces, loungers and swing seats. We had a private tour of the palace (really worth while) and a refreshing swim in the ample sized pool. The staff where attentive, but not intrusive and the food was good. My only regret is that we did not stay for longer.
Unique and memorable
We spent one night at the Ranvas and it was wonderful. With its unique location, inside a massive fort, the hotel is unlike anyway I have stayed. From the moment we arrived, greeted by a welcoming party of 6 including the General Manager, Mr. Bhati, we were treated like royalty. We were in fact the only guests staying that night, which certainly made us feel special, if sometimes a little self conscious. I suspect it reflects the relatively low profile of Nagaur as a destination rather than anything to do with the hotel (although their minimalist website probably doesn’t help.) We had a haveli to ourselves - a double room upstairs and two singles on the ground floor around a small courtyard - very comfortable, well maintained and oozing character. The guided tour of the palace / museum was fascinating and an early evening stroll around the battlements (over 2 kms long, the place is huge) was very enjoyable. The restaurant was excellent for both dinner and breakfast and there’s a pleasant swimming pool which was very welcome as it is quite hot and dusty in August. There seem to be few other sights in Nagaur, but if you’re travelling from Jaipur or perhaps Bikaner to Jodphur, it’s well worth taking a small detour to stay at the Ranvas - it’s an experience you’ll remember for a long time
You must go !
We could not believe where we were staying,the setting was incredible. The location of the hotel is within the old fort away from the hustle and bustle of the town. The room we had was large and we also had a tiny courtyard and a shared sitting outdoor area where we could sit on lounges and relax . One staff member Karin stood out with his attention to detail and service We were fortunate to have a guided tour of the palace and private areas. We think there was only 12 people in the entire hotel.it felt like you had stepped back in time.Magical at night sitting outdoors.
Utterly amazing-worth rejigging your itinerary for!
Wow, is what you feel on arrival. Hotel was below capacity so our suit in one of the havelis (minipalaces) in the former royal ladies' quarter turned out to be a whole haveli. Sumptuous outside dining in beautiful garden. Best surprise of all was excellent and highly informative free private tour of the rest of the fort (it takes over an hour, the site is magnificent) including amazing paintings, and a fascinating recent restoration/conservation story, all credit to the current Maharajah of Jodhpur and many well-wishers.Highly recommended.
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