We stayed 3 days at the Bassi Fort in October 2011. We drove in from Kanpur via Shivpuri and Kota through one of the nicest highways (except the part around Kota, where a massive bridge is under construction and you need to take a detour through the city) that I have experienced. The traffic density is very low, the highway is huge and the drive is simply divine.Bassi fort is rather difficult to locate as there are no signs on the highway. It is close to the highway but the approach is through a very narrow alley inside the Bassi village. The fort is not large and amenities are shoddy. Though all rooms do have air-conditioning and basic amenities that you expect, we had to change rooms twice as something or the other was not working. Electrical wiring and plumbing are especially primitive. The hotel is under-staffed and though it was not crowded at the time we went, the staff seemed stretched. On the positive side, the owners live in the same premises and are attentive to your complaints. The food served in the hotel is excellent authentic local fare. The fort has a detached air about it and I managed to while away hours in the courtyard doing nothing. You can climb up the uninhabited hills behind the property and the views from the top are wonderful.
They are constructing a swimming pool and bar behind the hotel. At the time we visited, the pool was almost complete.
Of course, the place to visit from Bassi is Chittorgarh, which is a larger town than we had imagined. But we also enjoyed a short (but difficult) drive to Nagri village which is the ancient Madhyamika that was a flourishing town in the Mauryan times and was beseiged by the Greeks. Not much exists now and unless you are a history buff you may not find the difficult drive (my GPS did not have the place correctly marked) worth it. However, if you are, do try to visit at least the temple which is being used since many thousand years. On the whole, it is an interesting property in a part of rajasthan that is not teeming with tourists and manages to retain most of its charms.
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