The building is magnificent and the rooms are individuall decorated in the period of Mughal and Rajput. The courtyard where we had dinner under the stars, was a wonderfult setting where we enjoyed fabulous local food, .The owner, who is restoring this magnificent building to its original glory, is doing it with love and dedication. His wife sat with us and talked about the bulding & its history and restoration, as she is the one who speaks English. Our room, with its tiled floor which was appreciated in the hot weather, was huge with a separate area for sleeping as would have been the case in the Mughal era. The separate bathroom at the other end of this room would hold at least 18 Western (or 24 Indian) people with room to spare. Sleeping in this room allowed us to experience that of a Mughal princess. It is an easy journry from Agra & Fatahpur Siki and a litle longer from Jaipur and Delhi. A must see is the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary especially at dusk. Put this heritage hotel on your list of " must stays "!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bharatpur – The “Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan”, and Lohagarh Fort were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 A.D. The Lohagarh Fort, true to its name stood solidly in the face of many British attacks, frosted them to ends. It faced the British onslaught four times and after a long siege they had to withdraw. During the British empire, the state covered an area of 5,123 sq. km. Its rulers enjoyed a salute of 17 guns. The state acceded unto the domination of India 1947A.D. Mahalkhas Palace is situated in the middle of Lohagarh Fort. The palace is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture built in 1826 by Maharaja Balwant Singh who was a successor to great Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj mal. It had been residential palace of Bharatpur rulers up to 1965. Now it has been converted into a heritage hotel. It has a huge courtyards, beautiful wall paintings and marvelous carvings on sand stone. In its fine dining restaurant, we do serve Indian, continental and Chinese food. All 12 rooms are en suit with ornate pierced stone windows (Jharokas) and have all new amenities. The stay at Mahal Khas Palace will take you in a royal era. ... more less
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