Cel­e­brat­ing Legacy & Lux­ury

The her­itage ho­tels in In­dia stand wit­nesses to erst­while glory of the royal era. We take you inside Ma­ha­rash­tra’s only her­itage re­sort, to re­live the glo­ri­ous Maratha his­tory.

Mandate - - Gateway -

Nes­tled per­fectly in the val­leys, re­moved from the weary grime of the city, is a ma­jes­tic cas­tle turned into a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel, Fort Jad­hav­gadh, just a cou­ple of hours ride from Mumbai. As the coast bids goodbye, the wind through the curves of the ghats em­braces you with open arms. And, a truly re­gal wel­come awaits you as soon as you set your foot on the cob­ble- stoned steps of the mag­nif­i­cent 300 year- old Maratha mar­vel.

Though sprawled over 25 acres of man­i­cured land­scape, Fort Jad­hav­gadh is ev­ery bit rus­tic, earthy and with an air so fresh, it in­duces a high to a city bred. But if that’s not your call­ing, fret not, as the well-main­tained pieces of his­tory are cap­ti­vat­ing enough. Imag­ine stone walls in your room, high ceil­ing, an­tique fur­ni­ture, with small jharokhas let­ting in low songs of wild birds—and that isn’t even the master suite. The Ma­hara­jah and Ma­ha­rani suites are a vi­sion to com­pre­hend. Lux­u­ri­ous and vast, th­ese suites are one of the high points of the fort. The somber pool and the spa on its side are cut out for per­fect af­ter­noons. Three restau­rants, mean­while, house inside the fort—Pay­atha, the eth­nic foothill restau­rant; Ch­ha­jja, the all- day canopy din­ing; and Aan­gan, the out­door court­yard cafe—of­fer an ar­ray of gas­tro­nomic de­lights. More­over, it’s a one of a kind re­sort in In­dia that houses a mu­seum. Travel through dif­fer­ent ages though sculp­tures, paint­ings, stones, weapons and house­hold equip­ment, for an en­riched ex­pe­ri­ence. And with des­ti­na­tion wed­dings be­ing the lat­est fad, Fort Jad­hav­gadh, with all its legacy and lux­ury, com­bined with breathtaking views of the Sa­hayadri moun­tain range, pro­vides a per­fect back­drop for a her­itage royal wed­ding.

All in all, it’s unique, within reach and ma­jes­tic and it surely makes for more than a week­end trip.

The restora­tion of the Fort was con­ducted by Dr Vithal Kamat and Vishal Kamat in 2007. It’s lo­cated in Jad­havwadi on Hadap­sar Saswad Road, about 22 kms from Pune, Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.