If you are a traveller who loves beautiful heritage hotels, If you like the idea of camping but can’t get down to the complete basics ,planning a destination wedding then this is a lovely option close to Pune and Mumbai.An amalgamation of ‘Shaniwar Wada’, ‘Raja Kelkar Museum’ and a luxurious five star hotel. It is only an hour’s drive from Pune and 3 and half hours from Mumbai.
|The door to royalty!|
|The Royal trumpet welcome|
Near the manager’s office you have a signage and a mortar like stone placed .The signage promises a surprise fit to any person who can lift the stone with one hand facing down and climb all the stairs.The stone looks heavy but not impossible.Trust me it was rather impossible,it’s made of pure lead.We all had a go at it with no success rate.One of our friends did make it with one hand but,facing upwards,so no surprise gift for him.
|it’s look easy -but looks are seriously deceptive!|
|Our room corridor|
|The view from the Royal tents-Oh so green!|
|The well manicured gardens of the Fort|
|The view from the fort|
|Look at this list-You can be engaged all day!|
The hotel guided tour is interesting ,as the guide also explains the history and if you’re lucky he might take you to a old dungeon and if he likes you ,he might tell you the way out or else:+++à
|I like their sense of humour!|
|Though this does look scary!|
Our accommodation was in deluxe rooms,very close to the courtyard.We chose this as we had a mixed age group of kids and did not want to be very adventurous.The room has a double bed a really nice nook placed in the corner of the room where you can lounge.Attached to the room is a walk in closet which further extends into the shower are(no bathtubs here ;().There is LCD TV,safe,locker,hairdryer and even a weighing scale.I missed the refrigerator and bathtub.It’s a pretty comfortable room and looks much better than the pic that have been put on their website. Their other accommodation like royal tent and luxury tents are far tucked away from the main hotel and are placed in the midst of nature.Though we did not stay there,we figured out that if you stay here you can ask them to arrange for campfires,next to the waterbody which is right opposite the tents.It’s like camping.
|The Deluxe room|
|A little nook in the corner-to just curl up with books|