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“Unforgettable Homestay Experience”
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Fort Rampura
Ranked #6 of 128 Lucknow B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Staying at Fort Rampura is unique and wonderful, and well worth the effort of getting there. It is a beautiful, romantically-crumbling palace, far off the beaten track, in a rural setting of villages, fields and dusty ravines, where dacoits once, not so many years ago, lay in ambush. Although it is crumbling, the hosts, Keshu and Padmini, do their very best to keep the inhabited parts in the best possible condition, as well as slowly restoring the parts that have fallen into disrepair. It is a Sisyphean task, rather more daunting than painting the Forth Bridge, but they seem to be fuelled by endless optimism, good humour and joie de vivre, which makes it all the more enjoyable to stay with them. They are the friendliest, loveliest hosts you could wish for, always smiling, always with an interesting story to tell. They personally show you around the neighbourhood, taking you to the local market, the family orchard, a sugar cane press, a village potter, a neighbouring palace, for a walk through the notorious ravines and for a boat trip on the River Yamuna. You can thus get to know rural India in a way that is impossible on the normal tourist trail. You can also enjoy excellent Indian home-cooking, with some of the most delicious and wholesome food we had on our whole trip. All in all, even if you only stay there for two nights, as we did, Fort Rampura is an experience you will never forget.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

Nearly 70% of India's population lives in rural communities and for that reason alone you owe it to yourself to get out of the touristy cities and go see the real India. But don't worry, you won't be roughing it Fort Rampura. Here you get the five star treatment with rooms and service right out of fairy tale. Grand feasts for dinner, tranquil boat rides along rivers, and exploring ancient forts are just a taste of what your in for. The setting is at once romantic, epic, and awesome. Set aside a few days to come here and you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

This place is really a once in a lifetime stay. I saw pictures online and was expecting it to be beautiful, but I was not expecting such wonderful hospitality and such a unique experience. Keshu was an amazing host and just all around incredible guy. He planned everything- all our entertainment- from having his driver take us into the village market, taking us himself on a boat ride, visiting his school, farms, orchards- and feeding us wonderful home cooked food the entire time. Not only were we staying in a palace, but we felt treated like royalty too. Thanks for an incredible time!

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

This being the 5th trip to India, we wanted to explore some places off the beaten track and more rural in nature. So, with some research we settled on the Fort at Rampura. This was the most incredible place to stay, it is called a home stay, but with the hosts Keshu and Padmini it should be called a "family stay", that is how you are treated. The Fort itself is a site full of history and stories, the food was as good as I have eaten in India, and there was nothing our hosts would not do to make us comfortable. We had fantastic conversations around the bonfires every night and learned so much about the area. Keshu and his son Avi took us on daily trips in the area, visiting schools, a boat ride on the Yamuna River, and a visit to the local market. One day I was reading in the den and Padmini came by and suggested that I lay out on the couch to be more comfortable. She said she does it, and that "you should do whatever makes it sweet for you." Best three days I spent and hope to return again and stay with the outstanding family. Thanks for hospitality. Jeff

Stayed: December 2015
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights in the gorgeous breezy room on the terrace. Our kids (aged 14, 12 and 3) loved exploring the fort and its unforgettable antiques. Fort Rampura is quite an unusual place and totally off the tourist trail. Padmini and Keshu are super gracious, kind and take such effort in making sure that you are having a fantastic time. When we asked if we could have dinner in the older part of their fort, they lit up with diyas that evening, setup a bonfire and made it magical. Our excursions to their family orchard in tractors, the visit to the village potter, and the sunset boat ride on the river were also a huge hit with the whole family. Highly recommended for the traveller who seeks the extraordinary and the authentic.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Fort Rampura

Address: Lucknow, Lucknow 285127, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Lucknow District > Lucknow
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Ranked #6 of 128 B&Bs / Inns in Lucknow
Price Range: ₹ 4,783 - ₹ 5,230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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