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.
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.