This dreamy little hotel lies in a beautifully unspoilt and pretty area of eastern Rajasthan, south-east of Jaipur and nestled between Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur. Being a 4 hour drive from Jaipur and 2 hours from Ranthambore, en route to Agra, Ramathra is a good addition to the classic Golden Triangle tour. The Fort, Lake and countryside are the three big attractions of Ramathra Fort. The ideal season to enjoy Ramathra is between the months of October and March.
The 350 year old Ramathra Fort was originally the 17th Century stronghold of the Jadoan Rajputs and today belongs to their descendants, who are your highly affable, energetic and involved hosts. Brick by brick they have devotedly restored this unique fort and it now oozes charm and warmth, beguiling all who stay here. It sits on a mound, surrounded by farmland, small rural hamlets, wilderness, lakes, gorges, plateaus and hillocks. The views are spectacular and even during the driest months, the area remains green and Kalisil Lake retains its water. Birds abound on the lake which is also a rich feeding ground for the ducks, storks and cormorants that visit every winter. Birds such as local water fowl, kingfishers, saras cranes, stilts and herons can be seen throughout the year.
The 6 en-suite, spacious, prettily decorated, comfortable tents are scattered around the perimeter of the leafy garden inside the ramparts. They are spacious and have excellent, fixed bathrooms. They are decorated very prettily with geese block printed fabrics and with modern, comfortable furniture. The 6 rooms and suites are on the first and second floor of the main fort and are large, light and airy. The 2 suites have a large sitting room, balcony, a cosy fireplace and an outdoor tub and shower looking out over the hills.
A stay at Ramathra offers one a chance to experience the great outdoors and ‘rural India ' at its best, along with jeep safaris, village walks, lakeside picnics, bird watching and boating - all topped off with delicious Rajasthani home cooking, a little fort lifestyle and exceptional Rajput hospitality. A rural idyll; a birdwatcher's paradise; a nature lover's dream.
We strongly recommend this property for an authentic Rajasthani experience in a wonderful location with stunning views, particularly from the turret Jacuzzi at sunset with a crisp G&T. Fabulous...