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.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramathra Fort Karauli, Rajasthan