Tucked away in the age-old Aravali hills of Rajasthan, the 18th century Devi Garh Fort Palace in the village of Delwara commands one of the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur.
There are 22 elegantly restored suites and 17 Garden rooms that have been designed with a stunning mixture of the modern and the traditional. They have been designed using local marbles and semi-precious stones to give a truly luxurious feel. All 39 suites and rooms have spectacular views of the valley, the courtyard, the gardens or surrounding fields.
With superb cuisine, unbeatable service and an excellent spa, Devi Garh is the ideal retreat. The hotel’s facilities include a stunning swimming pool, fitness centre, shopping area and a spa offering a full range of treatments. Local ingredients are combined with L'Occitane products to create exclusive treatments that have been specially designed for Devi Resorts.
A wide variety of activities are also available, including yoga, riding, camel trekking and astrology.
Private dinners can also be arranged almost anywhere in the palace – you just name your place and time and the table will be set up for you.
Delwara where Devi Garh is located only 25km north of the romantic city of Udaipur famous for its lakes, palaces and colourful markets and is a perfect base from which to explore it.
Devi Garh offers 39 suites: Garden, Aravali, Palace and Devi Garh. The suites place an emphasis on design and detail, using local marbles and semi-precious stones. The contemporary design showcased within this spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalised and intimate service, creates a new image of India for the 21st century. All suites feature: wifi, tea and coffee facilities, safe, iPod docking station, hairdryer, and pillow menu.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities.
Facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre, spa, swimming pool, billiards, table tennis and library. The hotel's restaurant offers both International and Indian cuisines.
Explore the stunning local landscape by horse, mountain bike, camel or simply by foot. Take a trip to the village of Delwara and the nearby 14th century Jain temples, or to the picturesque city of Udaipur with its lakes, palaces and colourful markets.
Services at the hotel include the Concierge, laundry, babysitting, internet and in room dining.
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
The fort, nestled in the Aravali hills, overlooks the village of Delwara, and is close to the temples of Eklingji and Nagda. Located 28 Km northeast of Udaipur, Devi Garh is a convenient and scenic 45 minute drive from the city.
How to get there
Udaipur is the nearest airport and is served by internal flights from Delhi and Mumbai. 10 hour direct flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International, followed by a 1 hour domestic flight to Udaipur. From Udaipur, Devi Garh is a 30 minutes drive away.