India’s warrior fortress reborn

Indulge your inner child with an exotic stay hidden away in the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan, a world away from the crowds in Alila Fort Bishangarh. Historic properties like this infuse travel with timelessness. No longer a mere getaway to seek solitude and perhaps insight, guests become a part of history, enveloped and energised by the personalities and adventures that came before.

If the walls could talk they would reveal a 230-year old history of the defensive warrior fortress sitting high upon a granite hill with panoramic views of the Rajasthani landscape, dotted with havelis, villages and temples. The brilliantly sensitive seven year transformation of the fort included a quest to preserve the imposing structure fortified by two-meter thick stone walls and majestic turrets. Intricate arched windows and jaalis are perfect examples of Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by the Mughals and the British. The design ethos involved in giving Alila’s Fort Bishangarh new life incorporated a use of traditional materials in a contemporary manner.

The fort’s rich warrior history was the touchstone for the creation of the world-class boutique resort which brings the dramatic beauty of the Aravalli hills into 59 suites appointed with huge windows. 22 layouts have been crafted with an attention to detail not found elsewhere. Do be rest assured every modern convenience is available and more than any modern Maharaja or Maharani could wish for. A tiny village skirts the base of the castle and adds to the rural charm. Marble artisans, carpet weavers and even opportunities to teach at a village school are available to guests. After your tour, seek wellness at Spa Alila, carved out of granite rocks and located in the old dungeon.

With a cigar and cognac turret and a lounge that offers the four C’s – Champagne, Coffee, Chai and Cakes you’ll have stunning views and the perfect venue to plan your dining attack. An indoor speciality restaurant and outdoor grill showcases an outdoor terrace with forever views of rolling hills which might inspire a few new dreams.

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