We were a group of 5 and spent 3 nights at Castle Bera after diwali. It was our first trip post the lockdown and we occupied a quaint unit with interconnecting staircases across two rooms.
The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. They were very spacious and even though three of us were staying in one room, we never felt a shortage of space.
The hospitality was top notch as were the safaris.
Our guide/driver/spotter, Behru Singhji was incredible! We had some amazing off-roading experiences with him and he's a photographer extraordinaire. Spotted the magnificent leopards on all our 6 safaris.
All our food needs were catered for and we were thoroughly entertained by our host, Thakur Balveer Singh.
Can't wait to head back and spend some more time getting drinks at the Jawai Dam and spotting the leopards.
Definitely a fan of the warmth and comfort that Castle Bera offers. Would recommend everyone to experience it atleast once!
Our second visit to castle bera from 25 th to 28 th September became our another story to tell. Peaceful and comfortable. First visit out of the pandemic and it was an experience we all needed to have.Than ur Baljeet Singh himself ensured for all of our comfort again during our second visit. Very welcoming and homely. Still it became our home away from home. Safety - complete sanitization of each room and articles around. Comfortable- their service staff Sonam and manager Harsh were on toes to ensure we had a very relaxed and royal staff. We got to eat all that we desired and requested for!! The food was simple, delicious and comforting for our kids. Our visit to the Jawai lake was luxurious with tea, snacks and our only family time under the moon light amidst the wilderness and royal attendees. Privacy - the castle staff do not bother you now and again by overly asking and reassuring and trying to crack a Superficial conversation. The staff here is just a call away and their cordial smile each time you pass is very approachable. No television- a blessing as a boon after the lockdown where gadgets and television had become a habit of existence. Thankfully with no television we had our own time with books, games and nature.
Looking forward to visiting again very soon !!!
Our whole experience was like staying in a fine country house. Our suite was very grand and extremely comfortable. Excellent home cooked mealtimes were shared with Thakur Bajeet Singh (Winku) and his son who run the hotel, so interesting tales were share. The ranger who took us on the leopard hunts was very knowledgeable and eager for us to get good sightings of them. Also saw crocodiles. The early morning trip included the dam where monkeys were active. The walk round the village with one of the staff was very interesting & including seeing the local upturned shoes being made. Thank you.
Fantastic stay with Baljeet and his family in the beautiful Castle Bera!
Winku (Baljeet) is very friendly and welcoming and joined us every day for meals (delicious variety of food!) and candlelit evening drinks in the beautiful gardens. You can immediately tell how passionate and proud he is of the leopards and his amazing heritage and family history.
The safaris are well organised with knowledgable and experienced guides who make every effort to make sure you don't leave without seeing the top attraction; leopards! After no sightings on my first morning safari, I was rushed off for an extended afternoon drive just to make sure I got to see two leopards lazing outside their cave. I was even brought lunch and a cold beer out to the hills so I could enjoy watching the big cats all afternoon! During the week I had fantastic leopard sightings, seeing 9 different cats! I was even lucky enough to photograph 5 in one day!
The scenery here is absolutely stunning, It’s well worth a visit to Jawai Dam which is particularly beautiful. Here we saw lots of wildlife including hundreds of flamingoes and huge crocodiles. The safaris are great fun and they really take off roading seriously here, if the gypsy can make it, you can drive there!
The rooms are spacious and well appointed, all having hot water, a seating area and AC. Every room is slightly different with their own charm which adds to the authentic experience (if you have time, Winku may even give you the tour). The staff are kind and friendly, asking every day about the safaris and whether I needed anything to make my stay more comfortable.
Over the course of my stay, I became friends with Winku and his son Yaduveer and will absolutely be back to stay with them again. Highly recommended!
Quick tip: If you are visiting to photograph the leopards bring your longest lens and any teleconverters you may own. The sightings are excellent and almost guaranteed, but they are typically a reasonable distance away due to the incredible landscape (which is what makes the images so interesting!) Despite this one female did come amazingly close on my final drive, so you never know!
Bera is located between Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan and if you drive its on the way.Its known for leopard safaris and the little palace is a gem of a place. Its got rooms at odd heights but each one is so well done and maintained.We had a room on top of a narrow ladder but it was large with much sitting place and huge bathroom.I was impressed that they kept it so well. It has 5 rooms so always seems busy.
The food was exquisite and gave you a good insight into local cuisine. The service is exceptional and you see lots of memorabilia all over the common areas and the rooms
IT had history all around it and the leopard safaris are a delight too.