Leaving Agra in the morning, the trip to Ramathra fort didn't look too far: perhaps 3-4 hours. We didn't count on the last 60 odd km which was incredibly slow along very bumpy roads and tracks. After 5-6 hours, we made one last dramatic climb to the entrance of Ramathra Fort. Immediately, we realised we were in a very very special place and the memory of the arduous drive melted away in a flash. You are met by the discreet but available staff and shown straight away to your room. No complicated check in. The rooms were of simple, authentic luxury. Our room looked out over a stunning valley spotted with the beginnings of the evening mist. The peace enveloped us as we unpacked our bags and visited the 350 renovated fort. The ramparts have two round turrets on each corner affording a truly mystical view over their own kitchen gardens to a vast lake with eagles / storks flying in to settle down for the evening. For dinner, we sat around a fire in the garden before being treated to a sumptuous dinner serving 4 or 5 types of food for each course with delicious home made pickles. We also discovered their unbelievable home made halwa. This was repeated for every meal for the next two days. Oh my goodness! After the night, they took us for a walk into the village where (as the ONLY tourists), we strolled meeting the inhabitants, drinking tea with them and having a ton of fun taking photos of the children who happily chased us around asking "one photo" at every occasion. We also took a boat ride on the lake, visited their kitchen garden and went on a camel ride. They also kindly offered to extend our stay until after lunch on day 3 offering us graciously another sumptuous lunch at no extra cost. We also had our clothes washed very cheaply (nothing like normal hotel prices) and placed neatly back in our room.
In short, we were all mesmerised ad enchanted by the place, the people and the peace (after the bustling cities of Delhi and Agra, it was a welcome break). This is a truly fantastic place operated by an owner and staff that truly love their job. If you visit Rajasthan, do not miss this. As close as you can get to perfection.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramathra Fort Karauli, Rajasthan