Accessed by jeep or a self-congratulatory hill walk, this converted old fort is a fantastic place to stay for a few days and on a clear day the views to the town and beyond are absolutely spectacular. The distant sounds of muezzins (one with a bad cough), truck horns and the occasional donkey drift skyward and mingle with the racket from the tree full of parakeets below your balcony as you soak up the afternoon sun and count the kites flying from the roofs and streets of Kuchaman City.
This is a heritage hotel so you won't find a TV or telephone in your room but there is a fridge. Buy your water in the town as the hotel charges a premium, situated as it is an arduous uphill walk from the rest of civilisation! The staff are great - really friendly and helpful - and make you feel really welcome.
Kuchaman Fort is a really relaxing place to stay. It reminded us a bit of Portmeirion. There's an indoor cold water swimming pool where it feels like you've stepped back in time and you could easily spend a day exploring the fort itself. Even though, it's still well worth accepting any offers you may receive for a guided tour of the highlights as staff will unlock doors to rooms full of mirrors, cannon balls and original wall paintings including one room of scenes from the Karma Sutra. Do not miss!
The food here is variable and dishes that appear in the menu are not always available. The buffet breakfast was nearly always reliable and on our last morning was fantastic with 4 separate Indian dishes to accompany typical English breakfast items. One morning we enjoyed skinned tomatoes boiled with chilli and the kitchen make a mean masala omelette.
Kuchaman itself is a charming bustling town with streets full of beautiful crumbling Jain temples. The many varied shops are ideal for picking up genuine bargains and there's a small town park where you can sit and snack and watch the world go by. We felt comfortable just pottering about and there's no chance of getting lost as the fort is visible for miles around.
- Also Known As:
- The Kuchaman Fort Hotel Rajsamand
- The Kuchaman Fort Hotel
- Kuchaman Fort Rajsamand
- Kuchaman Fort Hotel Rajsamand
- The Kuchaman Fort Rajsamand, Rajasthan