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“Tent built for a queen”
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Ahilya Fort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Maheshwar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Barely post monsoon, I stayed here in the former pleasure tent of the beloved queen Ahilya on a cliff high above the holy Narmada River, now a bedroom, sitting room, and bath of luxurious proportion, private heated pool, terraces, bird's eye view,of the temples, and sublime privacy.
Service here in this out-of-the-way destination is excellent and you are treated like an invited guest, rather than someone paying to stay here,

Room Tip: Queen's tent is the most unusual and spectacular of all
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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richard h, Owner at Ahilya Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Greetings SH S,
I'm especially gratified that you felt treated like an invited guest rather than a tourist in a hotel. I think the tent has had many iterations since AhilyaBai's time!! Do come back.
R Holkar

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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Grandeur personified.
Its a must visit place.
The fort, the temples, River Natmada, The ghats, Sahastradhara (1000 streams), Maheshwari Sarees are all worth every bit of time spent there.
Dont need any guides. The river cruise for Sahastradhara is a must. Quench your thirst with lemonade on the stalls located at Ghats. "Rehwa", the fort trust venture is a must visit to see the local ladies weaving beautiful sarees on hand operated looms.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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richard h, Owner at Ahilya Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you for your supportive words. I hope you will spread the word that Maheshwar is a beautiful miniature-- and deserves heritage conservation. R Holkar

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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Location is perfect. The concept of moveable dinning is good, but they don't ask you where but keep on changing the place. All inclusive concept is also new and good. Some of the views from the Hotel are just perfect. Infact its very nice for a secluded holiday.

Don't miss the boat ride its simply awesome in the evening.

Don't ever book a the Nagarh Suite or any room with is on the side of Rajbada entrance as it would feel that you are actually staying outside the hotel and that too on a square. no privacy, its actually a part of public place which they have converted to a room so expect a lot people from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm. Food is average and very strict on the schedule. so be in time and specific.

The GM is very helpful and courteous she infact offered a full hotel tour and a exchanged room which was again on the wrong side which we had to live with.

Room Tip: Rooms on the western side are better and good. so don't ever take anything on the eastern side.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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richard h, Owner at Ahilya Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you Gaurav for your comments. I'll pass the word on to our GM. R Holkar

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best properties I have visited. I don't know where to begin! For starters...

Location: Breathtaking!
Food: Delicious, Healthy, Made and fed with Love.
Staff: Adorable.
Service: Can't ask for more!
Stay: More comfortable than you own house, probably.

I learned about this property from a friend, saw the pictures and booked it. That it is right on the banks of river Narmada, was a superb surprise. I had booked myself for three nights and then... On the 3rd day, I extended it by a day... And then did the same the next day. Thankfully, there were not many guests. So they didn't have much of a problem accommodating me. Needless to mention, gave me an upgrade to the most beautiful suite overlooking the river and ghaat.

As strange as it may sound, I even cancelled my plan to go visit the Mandu fort. I just didn't feel like leaving this place. Here's why...

The property is an actual fort, it's not just the name. The place has character, and how! Equipped with modern amenities like bath tub, wifi, etc., yet feels like living in 1950s. The interiors are minimalistic and completely in sync with the original architecture of the fort. The colour schemes are soothing, not garish like most palaces in Rajasthan. The flowers, trees, temple, courtyard gives it an old world charm. But the best... Despite the grandeur, you feel so cosy... So at Home!

The staff is like family, coaxing you to eat and insisting to do laundry. Once you pay, everything is on the house. The water, food, drinks, boat rides, etc. The Narmada suite, as mentioned by most reviewers, is splendid. Right on the river, with a private study and balcony. Designed so well as to give you a wonderful view, but not the unwanted sounds, because all glasses are soundproof. However, the smaller rooms with river view are extremely cosy and love at first sight!

The pool, hidden in the trees, resonates the sound of wind chimes hung on the top of the fort wall. That with the bird calls, is an experience you can't miss.

The organic garden gives you everything from mulberry, to avocados, to tomatoes, green chillies, papayas, clementine, you name it! From the various jams and preserves at breakfast, to the daily meals and desert... Most of it is fresh produce. Each menu is customised and full of flavours.

Watch the aarti in the morning from your balcony, spend an afternoon on a jhula listening to the gurgling fountain, walk to the Burj in the evening for a view of the sunset, enjoy a drink on the terrace in the light of mashaals.

Tiny details add to the character of the place. There is a story about everything. It's like living in a different time, away from technology.

What you are paying for is not a hotel, resort or holiday. You are paying for the experience. Not business plans, but only the love and passion of a Man, can create a place like this. Wish I can meet him on my next visit.

Archana is not just lovely company, but a good storyteller. And along with her, the entire staff treats you like you have come back home in summer hols :)

This is the longest review I ever wrote. Not sure still if it can ever do justice to a place as beautiful as Ahilya Fort. I am going back, sooner than soonest.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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richard h, Owner at Ahilya Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you Suchita for your supportive words, which I'll pass on toe the staff, and this will make all of our staff feel that we're doing the right thing. R Holkar

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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We went to this place for two days break..we had the most relaxing time.lovely view of Narmadaji....couldn't go out becoz of rains but whatever time we had spent in the hotel was very nice n relaxing.. Sir Richard Holkar is a very good host ..He makes sure the guest remains comfortable through out the stay.. Food was amazing unlike what you expect from resort hotels..staff was very nice n helpful esp Kunta amazing lady up on her toes from morning till night. Timings for breakfast , lunch n dinner very particular which is very good..Hope to go back again if possible..The decor of the hotel is very nice n ethnic..Rooms are comfortable with minimum required furniture..

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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richard h, Owner at Ahilya Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you Karunasinh, I'm glad you liked the food, and Kunta indeed is a great asset.

R Holkar

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Additional Information about Ahilya Fort

Address: Ahilya Wada, Maheshwar 451224, India
Region: India > Madhya Pradesh > Khargone District > Maheshwar
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Maheshwar
Price Range: ₹ 29,053 - ₹ 31,138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ahilya Fort 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The majestic 250 years old Ahilya Fort sits on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River, surrounded by the beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar. The views over the river and ghats are exceptional. Replete with myths and legend, Ahilya Fort offers guests a rare chance to get off the tourist trail and an abundance of things to see and do. With the fabulous, deserted city of Mandu nearby and the famed island temple of Omkareshwar even closer, this is a place at which to spend time and relax but from which you can also explore the area, undisturbed by the other tourists – a stroll down through the town to the ghats is a must. The food is delicious and it’s all-inclusive so, once here, you pay for nothing – be it food, excursions or e-mail! The pool is lovely; terraces and shady areas abound; meals are taken in different areas of the fort; the charming rooms and tents have superb views, balconies & gardens; the weaving center here is famous nationwide. A boat trip at sundown is something you will never forget. Truly a memorable place where you could spend days or weeks!There are 10 bedrooms scattered around the premises and the rates include full board and all excursions. It is the most perfect base for visiting Mandu (1 hour away) and is just a 2-hour drive from Indore. It makes the perfect place to end or start a holiday, as there is so much to do. From here you may also visit Dhar, Baneshwar and Omkareshwar. Being a gourmet himself, your host Prince Richard Holkar has the highest standards and the food here is delicious. Staying here is like a time wrap as the village is still enclosed within the fort itself and is truly wonderful to explore in your own time. ... more   less 
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