Thursday, January 6, 2011

Devi Garh Udaipur

Devi Garh Udaipur
                                I was now on last leg of my Rajasthan tour and was to travel by road from Jodhpur to Udaipur. Started early morning from Jodhpur and made good time to reach Devi Garh a luxury resort, made popular by now divorced Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar wedding. The road from Jodhpur to Udaipur is fairly OK except for some bad patches. The usual time taken is about 6 hours.
Arravali Suites
Palace Suites
                                Devi Garh or Devi resorts as it is also called, is situated about 28k before Udaipur, The fort, surrounded by lush green fields and mountains on three sides, overlooks the village of Delwara, and is close to the temples of Eklingji and Nagda. Devi Garh fort palace with its contemporary interiors set in an 18th century fort palace, has been described as one of the most romantic places on earth, and it surely lives up to that. The lovely fort palace of Devi Garh offers a variety of palace suits each unique in it's own way. The well spread out Palace has been resurrected from almost scratch and now the garden, palace, terrace and the pool has a divine look. I was accompanied for a Palace tour as this was my first visit to the place followed by a sumptuous lunch. The accommodation is all suites with the Devigarh Suite having a private Jacuzzi and a semi private swimming pool,luxury at it's best. 

 All the palace suites have either balconies or bay windows, which overlook the lush green fields and the mountains which surround Devi Garh. Each suite is accessible through a traditional "aangan" (courtyard) with contemporary design. Each suite is decorated with semi precious stones and is unique in it's own way.

Garden Suites Sitout
The Garden suites at Devi Garh each have their own private lobby, garden and tented terrace, and overlook a vivid rectangular field of flowers. In each of the suites, the decor (based on local green marble) brings the serenity and beauty of the garden inside. A carved marble tree of life surmounts the headboard of the bed, adding to the effect of a garden within the room.

Apart from the suites there is also a lovely spa by L'Occitane presenting a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean well -being treatments 

 

 The evening at Devi garh was wonderful with the sun setting and turning the already golden fort more beautiful and paint it in lovely hues of red and gold. 
Devi Garh near Udaipur is a lovely place to be for a romantic holiday, a honey moon destination or a family outing. Also a great set up for a high end corporate meeting or training.

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R.Anand 


Already covered Jaipur-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur in Rajasthan itinerary.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Rajasthan-road-train-trip

                  After some memorable time at Jaisalmer & Sam,Khuri dunes it was time to move on to Jodhpur. Caught the evening train to Jodhpur, Jodhpur's main attractions are the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Mehrangarh fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Some of the palaces inside the fort are

Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur
Moti Mahal - The Pearl PalaceBuilt by Raja Sur Singh (1595-1619), the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms.

Sheesha Mahal - The Hall Of MirrorsIt is a fine example of a typical Rajput Sheesh Mahal. The mirror-work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another thing is the superimposition over the mirror-work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster.

Phool Mahal - The Palace Of Flowers The Phool Mahal was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724-1749). The grandest of Mehrangarh's period rooms the Phool Mahal was in all likelihood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure; dancing girls once swooned in exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in gold filigree.

Umaid Bhawan Palace  is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Part of the palace has been converted to a hotel and another part has a museum housed in it.

Fort Luni Chanwa
Around Jodhpur- One can visit the Osian temples about 65 km from Jodhpur which are medieval Hindu and Jain temples, like the Shiva temple, Harihara temple and the Surya temple. The temples date back to 8th-11th century. Osian also offers a desert safari and some camping options too.    Another place close to Jodhpur-40k, is Luni village where there is a lovely Fort Chanwa worth visiting and staying for one night at least.

 The city of Jodhpur is now on the international tourist map and also a big hit with the domestic tourists for leisure and conference. Jodhpur is almost an integral part of your Rajasthan itinerary also because of it's strategic location. I had a wonderful time at Jodhpur in my two days stay.


Next in line was Udaipur, and I had to go by road to Udaipur as Jodhpur to Udaipur has no train connection(strangely).

Dr. R.Anand
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Also see Bikaner, Jaisalmer.