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Ramathra Fort

Ramathra, India

Ramathra Fort is a 350-year-old fort located between Agra and Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Perched on a hillock, it offers fantastic views over the countryside around it and offers guests a superbly unique, boutique, rural experience.

At a Glance

  • Ramathra Fort offers an incredibly tranquil, rural setting

  • A great place to experience traditional home cooking

  • The property is quite out of the way and the surrounding roads are a little on the rough side - getting here is certainly an adventure

  • Food is included in the room rate and as far as possible is locally farmed

  • The hotel is the destination as there is no real sights nearby but there are lots of activities to showcase the rural way of life including guided tours to villages, cave temples and gorges which show you a hidden side of Rajasthan

Culture, Off the beaten track, Adventure, Couples

Insider's View

If you can, spend three days just sitting back and letting this magical corner of India calm you down completely.

Daniel Smith

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ramathra Fort or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

This stunning hill fort is part of a green farming belt in the Kalisil River valley and set in between Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur. Your hosts are Ravi and Gitanjali Raj Pal, descendants of original founder of Ramathra.

The fort offers six rooms, and six garden tents. The tents are located within the ramparts, in the gardens, and offer excellent en suite facilities. They are furnished to a very high standard with modern amenities. Cosy day beds are located on the ramparts near to them; ideal to sneak away for a good read. The six rooms are located on the first and second floors of the main fort and all have amazing views. With balconies, sitting areas and large bathrooms, they provide you with everything you need. There is one dining room, but quite often meals are taken al fresco at various locations around the fort. Naturally, the ramparts make for an excellent location for pre-dinner drinks.

Jeep safaris offered by the hotel take you across the Daang plateau. Destinations include the Utgir Fort on the edge of the Chambal River valley, cave temples of Ghanteshvar and Kurka, and the Chuaki gorge. You'll experience local village life along the way and catch glimpses of all sorts of different game. The surrounding countryside is home to several varieties of deer, blue bulls, wolves jackals, hyenas and occasionally wild boar, bears, leopards and tigers.

Accommodation

Ramathra Fort offers six tents, four rooms and two suites. Each suite features a king size bed with luxury linen, an elegant sitting area with a fireplace, custom furnishings and hand-woven rugs. A private terrace affords spectacular views of the landscape and its magnificent sunsets. The use of Karauli stone and traditional construction techniques upholds an authentic sophistication while not compromising on luxury and comfort.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Ramathra Fort and there are interconnecting rooms available to accommodate families. Childcare and baby sitting services can also be provided on request.

Facilities

Guests can enjoy alfresco dining at Ramathra Fort. There is a delightful outdoor terrace where you can take breakfast and later enjoy a buffet lunch and dinner. Due to the hotel's remote location, guests usually stay here on a full board basis.

Activities

Jeep safaris offered by the hotel take you across the Daang plateau. Destinations include the Utgir Fort on the edge of the Chambal River valley, cave temples of Ghanteshvar and Kurka, and the Chuaki gorge. You'll experience local village life along the way and catch glimpses of all sorts of different game. The surrounding countryside is home to several varieties of deer, blue bulls, wolves jackals, hyenas and occasionally wild boar, bears, leopards and tigers.

Location & Directions

Ramathra, India

Ramathra Fort is in rural Rajasthan near the village of Sapotra, between Agra and Ranthambore National Park, about 160km southeast of Jaipur.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more color to the landscape.

October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. 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 normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.

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