Nestled peacefully at Bishangarh village in Jaipur district, Alila fort Bishangarh sits on a granite mountain, proud and powerful with magnificent panoramic views of Rajasthan landscapes. Roughly 6kms away from Delhi-Jaipur Highway, this majesitc hill fort is a 3 hour drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport and 1 hour drive from the Pink city.
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Probably, one of the rare castles miraculously transformed into a luxury resort, Alila fort Bishangarh is a 230- year old fortress that displays royalty and opulence in every corner. Even after its transformation this year, this warrior fortress still upholds the spirit of the Jaipur Gharana architecture- you can see thick ancient walls, towering turrets and arched windows that accentuates it magnificence exponentially!
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Fun fact: Every old piece has being reused, finishes being emulated and broken elements recreated to maintain the authenticity and its place in history intact. Unlike any other Rajasthani heritage property that flaunts typical ornamental decor, Alila fort Bishangarh decided to keep its look simple and spartan. Hence, if you happen to be here, you will see a beautiful marriage of history and modernity that remains completely at home in its majestic setting.
Accommodation & Amenities
The fort-turned-resort has 59- luxury suites that are complemented with large bay windows, expansive bathrooms with standalone tubs, large daybeds, elegant furniture, turrets and spacious interiors that flaunts a stunning blend of the Mughal and British architecture. All the suites bestow contemporary elegance with indigenous touch that offers you an absolute atmosphere of relaxation.
All the 59 suites have 22 different layouts displaying rich local artisanship. The grand arched windows in each suite open up to jaw dropping Aravalli views that could leave you in complete awe. The 59 suites are split-up into Royal suites, Regal suites, Grand suites and Heritage rooms – that are a pinnacle of noble splendour.
The price for each suite starts from – INR 19,000/-
Alila offers a labyrinth of spaces to chill- including a pool, bar, fitness centre, luxurious banquet lawns, and Play Alila – A Kids’ Club with separate areas for teenagers and toddlers. A library that is set amidst old marble pillars is situated by the courtyard and has been well stocked with great collection of historical books for you to dwell upon.
Those who wish to have a word with mother nature, here, you can find many eco friendly lounging areas – an organic garden, a fruit orchard and a gorgeous greenhouse that has been thoughtfully set up amidst the ravines. If you find yourself walking through the broad and breezy corridors, you would not feel anything else other than acquiring a sense of privilege to have arrived here.
The erstwhile regal indoor quarters have been transmuted into four themed restaurants- Amarsar, Nara, Madhuveni and Kachchawa lounge that dishes out authentic and succulent Rajput cuisines.
Fun fact: Turrets, cellars and secret passages have been turned into bars, lounges and creative spaces for dining, meetings and wedding ceremonies. The restaurants serves a unique Thala breakfast and a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Sunsets here are a perfect time to enjoy barbecued meat over an open fire by the pool side.
You can find the cigar/cognac turret at Madhuveni – a perfect place to enjoy the best whiskey blends and cocktails with tapas. Kachchawa lounge, once a royal escape route, now serves you the delicious 4 Cs- champagne, coffee, chai and cakes. All the ingredients are fresh organic produce and cooked on open fire and in hot sand; quite a way to keep traditional cooking intact, isn’t it?
You get to savour delicious dishes amidst magical settings, be it on the Haveli terrace, Kachchawa lounge or by the pool side under the stars, overlooking magnificent mountain views.
Surrender to the spa at Alilia to feel the blissful benefits by their friendly spa hosts. The heartfelt touch of experienced therapists pull you back in to balance naturally. You can experience rejuvenating and indulgent treatments in an opulent and authentic environment.
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The products of spa here are pure and handmade from natural ingredients. The spa menu combines both Eurasian and Ayurveda therapy with an impressive menu to choose from a wide range of beauty rituals and therapeutic massages.
Quick Tip: Also, when you go on a tour to Bishangarh, stop by any barbershop to get a traditional Indian head massage ‘Champi’ only to feel a lot more alive. Also, yoga practitioners can continue their routine here to keep their spirits alive.
Opening hours– 8:00am- 8:00pm daily
The concierge team perfectly plans your day-tour itinerary to give you the best escapade in Bishangarh. Explore this charming village to experience its local life and culture as you stroll through the streets that bustle with morning routines and activities.
Meet the artisans of handcrafted jewellery, carpet weaving and pottery or, go on a spiritual journey through the serene Aravalli hills and sand dunes to reach Amarsar and visit ‘Kalka mata mandir’. Do NOT miss to take an unforgettable camel ride through Bishangarh village.
Trek through the Aravalli hills to capture the best sunset and sunrise moments and bikers can cycle their way through its different shades of Bishangarh. If you haven’t visited Jaipur yet, this is the perfect chance to explore the glorious remnants of Jaipur’s royal past by joining a day-tour of Jaipur’s most famed sites to experience its glorious history come alive. Also, not too far, you can include a tour of the Samode gardens in Jaipur, you won’t regret it.
Why stay here?
Live the dream of a royal or celebrate once-in-a-lifetime events at Alila fort Bishangarh amidst its sublime splendour with unique curated rich cultural experiences. Escape the monotony of routine life and enjoy utter seclusion during your stay here. Plan your trip to this unique heritage hotel and feel what’s its like to experience a perfect vacation of your lifetime amidst vast surrounding rustic terrain.