Was a bit sceptical when we booked this place online. Our drive to Bharatpur on the Yamuna Expressway was excellent and enjoyed the beautiful winter morning drive with green and yellow coloured mustard field on the sides.
It took us a while to find the palace. On reaching Bharatpur one should ask for the way to Lohagarh Fort and then ask for “Bihari Ji ka Mandir”. Mahal khas palace is near this temple.
This is a very secluded quiet place. On entering, the fort looks old and worn out with age. Yes this is a very old fort, my appreciation to the owner of this property whose has taken the herculean task of restoring its past glory and converting it into a heritage resort. Once inside, the place is very beautiful and clean. It's so big from inside than what you see from the outside.
The rooms are very spacious with a royal touch. The architectural design is a treat for any photographer’s lens. I just could not stop taking pictures. The staff is very helpful and courteous, special mention of Om Prakash (OP). He took us through the palace and explained the history of the palace. On reaching the top one can see the entire Lohagarh fort.
Walking distance from the Mahal Khas Palace, there are a couple of temples and museum in the Lohagarh the fort. Bharatpur bird sanctuary is about 6 kms from the palace.
Our two nights three days stay at the Palace was a great experience. We enjoyed the good food and hospitality. This is the right place for those who love calmness, an informal environment and enjoy royalty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bharatpur – The “Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan”, and Lohagarh Fort were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 A.D. The Lohagarh Fort, true to its name stood solidly in the face of many British attacks, frosted them to ends. It faced the British onslaught four times and after a long siege they had to withdraw. During the British empire, the state covered an area of 5,123 sq. km. Its rulers enjoyed a salute of 17 guns. The state acceded unto the domination of India 1947A.D. Mahalkhas Palace is situated in the middle of Lohagarh Fort. The palace is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture built in 1826 by Maharaja Balwant Singh who was a successor to great Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj mal. It had been residential palace of Bharatpur rulers up to 1965. Now it has been converted into a heritage hotel. It has a huge courtyards, beautiful wall paintings and marvelous carvings on sand stone. In its fine dining restaurant, we do serve Indian, continental and Chinese food. All 12 rooms are en suit with ornate pierced stone windows (Jharokas) and have all new amenities. The stay at Mahal Khas Palace will take you in a royal era. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mahal Khas Palace Bharatpur, Rajasthan