Mid way between Jaipur and Jodhpur, about 15 minutes off the main road. Depending on your schedule do try to take 2 nights not the one night flying stop over. The small stone fort was built in the mid 1600s and converted a few years ago into a 7 room hotel by the 16 th generation of the same royal family. The dining room provides you with paintings showing the previous generations.We stayed in a Suite on the 1st floor, historically where the ladies resided away from male eyes. The room was richly decorated and very comfortable with 2 large bay windows with mattresses and pillows where you could observe the farm village that surrounds the Fort.Because of the rural location we ate lunch snacks and dinner in the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style- the vegetables are from their own organic gardens.
We enjoyed the spacious areas including a private terrace with the suite room and again the 2 night stop gave us time to relax and also participate in the range of activities on offer. A Massage ( 1200 rupees), Bullock Safari (600 rupees each) and complimentary fort tour ( about 15 mins) and the chance to dress up as a Maharaja and Maharini for the local folk dance performance before dinner. The highlight of the activities was the ride on the bullock cart through the narrow village streets - seeing life like it probably was in biblical times. Stops to see the village cobbler,potter in action as well as a visit to the local temple and family cenotaph. Best bit for us was the 20 mins in the local school, about a 100 young children across 4 classes in a courtyard. There is an opportunity to give a receipted donation to help them buy basic school equipment.Everyone in the village seemed very happy.
Overall a recommended stop on route from Jaipur to Jodhpur to experience the history of Fort Barli and an opportunity see rural life in action.Very good service.No wifi. Buffet service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Fort Barli is a 350 year old fort strategically located in a village named Barli on National Highway 79. It's an ideal stopover in between Jaipur-Jodhpur, Jaipur-Udaipur. Pushkar/Chittorgarh could be done in a day's trip. The rooms are equipped with AC, study desk, minibars, tea/cofee makers and attached washrooms fitted with modern amenities. The hotel offers swimming pool, bullock cart rides, astrologer on call, traditional massage, guided fort tour etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fort Barli Rajasthan