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“Amazing heritage fort off the beaten track”
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Ramathra Fort
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Ramathra Fort was our first stop in our three-week journey through Rajasthan, right after Agra.
The last hour of the drive was a bit rough (all together, around 6 hours and 30 minutes from Agra by car) but well worth it.
In my mind, the more difficult the ride, the more authentic experience it will be.

So we arrived after 3pm at the Fort, were taken to our room and went for a tour of the Fort with one of the staff.
The property really was gorgeous and full of history. We walked along the top of the ramparts and were treated with beautiful views of the surroundings in the late afternoon.
They are still renovating some parts of the fort and it looks like it will only get better.

The food was served buffet style. It was delicious and varied.
We were also shown one of the tents but we personally prefered the rooms rather than the tents.
Our room was had a living area with a comfortable bedroom. (gorgeous view).
Also loved the bathroom.

The village walk was one of the highlights of our two nights at the fort. The locals were so willing to get their pictures taken.
It was one incredible photo opportunity after another.

We also did the boat ride on the lake in the evening. The walk to the lake was also really interesting and beautiful.
As a suggestion, I would say that the boat could be bigger as it was very small. We did something similar at Bhainsrorgarh Fort and the boat was more spacious. They even served us tea, coffee and biscuits on board.

There was one thing that didn't impress us at all. It was the payment process (We did everything ourselves without going through an agent.).
The Fort does not accept credit cards so we had to wire the money from bank to bank.
It took four weeks before the money was confirmed, so we did get frustrated and upset at one point.
I understand that the fort is in the middle of nowhere and that we may have been unlucky but it did create some tension for us.
Basically, after over 3 weeks of trying to get the payment confirmation, we were told by the Fort's management that we had to call our own bank and asked them where the money was.
We contacted our bank and had to pay a fee (ourselves) so they could trace the transaction.
It turned out that the money had been in the Indian bank the whole time.
We finally got an apology and a promise that they would make it up to us, but nothing extra really happened.
I wish the payment would have been handled in a smoother way.

I would still like to recommend Ramathra Fort for its unique remote authentic location though.
It's a great stop between Agra and Ranthambore National Park.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

What a wonderful place ,well worth the extra hours on the road between Jaipore and Agra.you were maid to feel as you were a house guest the staff were so friendly ,the food was excellent ,the hotel has a huge market garden,of which they are very proud.
We only stayed 2nights we wish it was longer.

Room Tip: Super views ,from a suite room.
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

This hidden treasure in the middle of 'nowhere' in Rajasthan is pure unspoiled delight. We were not sure what to expect while driving through the nearby town and dusty roads full of bumps, but a very pleasant surprise was waiting for us around the corner, after a tortuous drive this destination is worth every pain.

On our arrival we got a hearty welcome with warm towels and welcome drink. We were so overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the place that we forgot the tiredness of our long journey. We couldn't resist exploring the fort as soon as we were placed in our room. This is an imposing old fort giving 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounded countryside, lush green farms and the lake around. Ramathra is vey well restored and blended nice with modern day luxury, a very rare combination of history and comfort. Our suite was quite large with a separate living room, large balcony deck with a stunning view of the valley, a large bathroom and an open fire in the room which was lit and tended for us through the evening. We wanted to try the open Jacuzzi located at one of the Fort turret but unfortunately the weather didn’t permit us to use it as it was too cold and windy on the new years eve.

The fort and the village stand frozen in time as the world speeds by on it’s own merry way. This 12 room fort is a relief to overused senses, and offers you a complete disconnect from the world not easily available. If you are looking for an out of the beaten track place to spend few days in a peace with nothing else to do, this place gives you the opportunity to pay full attention to your loved ones whilst you are here, it all looks so different from any other places you could go to.

The most noticeable thing about staying at the Fort was the silence, the food is fresh, organic and very palatable coming straight from their own organic farm. They also organized an amazing sunset rowing boat excursion on the nearby lake. Hotel offers free Wifi dongle and warm water bottle in bed when its freezing outside.

Will surely come here again soon…..

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thanks for a lovely review highlighting our hospitality and service. We enjoy serving our Guests and are happy to hear of your overall satisfaction. We are humbled by your detailed observations. Our team much appreciates your encouraging remarks. This provide our team a positive strength to provide more better. We are looking most positive to welcome you once again

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

So, I dont do 5 stars much, but what a wonderful place this is. Yes, it's off the beaten path (in terms of going from Agra to Jaipur it'll add 4-5 hours maybe) and yes the road gets smaller and smaller and bumpier and bumpier (even our driver was almost at his wits end by the time we made it here - the hotel had to send a motorbike down to guide us for the last section) and the villages are often disgustingly drowning in garbage (don't be put off, it's how things are and also worth seeing). But this place is set above it all and a peaceful haven.

The old fort is set above the plain with wonderful views from the rooms, ramparts (outdoor hottub on one section) as well as plenty of seating areas to relax in. It's all very tastefully done. What elevates the fort to more than just a nice hotel, are the available activities (many of which are free - our walk was). We only spent two nights here to have a day to relax between the crazy bustle of big Indian cities. Our "guide" (an older gentleman smartly dressed in a safari type uniform with some teeth missing) was just excellent and he walked us down from the fort past an old small temple and to their garden/farm where they grow the food they served us. We saw local greens as well as some livestock. The walk proceeded along a canal with kids swimming and on to a dam on a big lake (where you can take a boat for fun or food). They have other activities and had we known how much we'd enjoy this place we'd have stayed another night.

One of our rooms was a "big" one (forget the name, but they only have big/regular/tent to choose from. I would go for the big ones. They have a balcony with wonderful views as well as a tub/shower outdoors (and indoors). The tents sound kind of romantic from your living room, and they do have plumbing (your own bathroom) but depending on your sleeping habits they face the same courtyard as where everyone eats. As for eating, you obviously have no choice whatsoever in terms of where. We enjoyed all our meals here (in particular knowing most of it is grown on the property) and our gluten free daughter was taken care of.

Service is attentive, friendly and always willing. Paying in US dollars was no problem and the exchange rate was the official one.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thanks for your valuable feedback and we are happy to get to know that you had good time here at Ramathra Fort. and hope you enjoyed your all stays here. Being our special guest we appreciate for choosing our Hotel for your stay purpose and love to serve you always. We are again looking positive to welcome you always.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

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.

Room Tip: Every room is exquisite. There are only 6! We didn't test the 6 tents but they looked incredible...
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Address: P.O. Sapotra, Karauli 322218, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Karauli District > Karauli
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Karauli
Price Range: ₹ 15,424 - ₹ 42,041 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramathra Fort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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