Situated south-west of Kota, and accessed from Udaipur, Jaipur or Ranthambore National Park, Bhainsrorgarh is perfect for those wanting something a little different on their itinerary around Rajasthan. Visiting this area is very much like travelling back in time where you can uncover traditional Rajput villages and warm and charming service.
The hotel dates from the 18th century, and has been lovingly restored by the present family who now also run the hotel. The hotel has five rooms, all have balconies with views over the river and hills - they are all tastefully furnished to a high standard. All rooms are air-conditioned and are en-suite with showers.
There is one dining room, but if the weather is good you can eat on the terrace. The food served is local Indian and they offer alcoholic drinks and room service.
There is much to do around the property including taking a boat out on the river at sunset. You can also visit the towns of Bundi and Kota, and there are some interesting 12th and 13th century temples at Menal and Bijolia. There are also possibilities to take camel or horse safaris in the local area.
Bhainsrorgarh offers five rooms. There are four double rooms and one twin room. They all have balconies with comfortable seating for you to relax in and to soak up the lovely views of the river or the garden. The rooms have been lovingly decorated and feature unique pieces of antique furniture.
Children are very welcome to come and stay. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.
The highlight for many guests during their stay here is the food they eat. The authentic meals cooked in the royal kitchen are delicious, the recipes have been passed on through generations so each dish has a history attached to it. Furthermore, there are some wonderful secluded dining spots where you can enjoy these meals with a wonderful view.
Bhainsrorgarh is an explorer’s paradise. Excursions to Bundi Fort, rowing out to the river island for a picnic lunch, hikes to the 9th century Badoli temples are some of the popular activities you can partake in during your stay. Or you can of course opt to stay in the fort's grounds and find contentment sun bathing in the immense lawns or tucked under the Jharoka of your suite with the river, a sublime vision at touching distance.
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When to travel
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
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Location and directions
Bhainsrorgarh is a fortified outpost of the kingdom of Mewar (Chittorgarh/ Udaipur), 235 kilometers northeast of Udaipur and 50 kilometers south of Kota. It crowns a 200 ft rocky ridge overlooking the river Chambal in Southern Rajasthan.
How to get there
The closest airport for major international flights is Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, a 10-hour drive away. Jaipur Sanganer International Airport services domestic routes as well as international flights from Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. From Jaipur it's a 6-hour drive to Bhainsrorgarh.