Deo Bagh is one of the newest of the Neemrama non-hotel hotels. That is, these are properties that were forts, palaces, country homes, Rajput estates which have been upgraded, renewed, renovated, sometimes enlarged, and generally made very comfortable while maintaining their essential Indian-ness. They are often-in-out-of-the-way, off the beaten track places where, although the guidebooks may not wax rapsodic about what is to be seen, in fact, there is much to be experienced and enjoyed for those who have either visited the "tourist highlights" or who are interested in experiencing what India is really like for most of the 1 billion inhabitants. Gwalior has the second largest fort in India with a marvelous palace inside still covered with lapis blue tiles and a swimming pool turned into a dungeon by the Mughuls deep below ground. It has an interesting 10th c. Marriage temple built at the same time as the temples of Khajuraho. An interesting City Palace filled with furniture from the Raj period, and bustling markets. It is on the way between Delhi and Agra and the ancient cities of Datia, Orcha and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. So Deo Bagh which is the only really delightful choice other than the very expensive Taj Hotel is a great place to spend severel nights to relax and experience the real India and see some sights. The rooms are big and comfortable. The lawns and gardens are charming and getting lovelier by the day. There is a 16th c Moghul pleasure pavillion on the property and two beautiful family cenotaph/temples. There are even carved wells, one of which provides water for the hotel. The staff is eager to assist in any way they can and to top it all off, the Indian cuisine is outstanding. Breakfast is included and the staff is very flexible about the time it can be served so you can sleep late. Naryan, the manager, is extremely helpful with all requests including hiring cars, making plans, or getting transportation tickets. As the hotel had only been operating for 7 months when we arrived for our 8 night stay, there was only WiFi in a small area of the hotel. When he realized it was important for us, within 1 day Naryan had obtained additional routers so that our room at the farthest end of the hotel had WiFi! We stayed in the Rohini Raja Mahal room which was on the second floor at the far end of the hotel, overlooking a pasture (which on some days grazed the family cows and their egrets) and the family temples. The is very large including a seating area with lots of french doors and a big bathroom with sunken bathtub and separate rain shower. It shares a 40 foot terrace with another large room in which our friends stayed for 3 of the days we were there. We will definitely return.
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- Awaken history in a Char-bagh where Mughal emperors once camped ! History has it that in the late 1500 AD important Mughals camped in this “char bagh” with a stunning chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion) at its heart. Its underground chamber, surrounded by water during the summer provided a cool resting place for the women. Later, as the conquering Maratha army marched towards Delhi, the Jadhavs took possession of this natural water catchment area. Sardar Deorao Bhausaheb Jadhav and his son Sardar Krishnarao Deorao Jadhav used this 'bagh' as a summer house with the ladies’ section in Deo Bagh and the mens’ section in Jai Vihar, the family's current home. The garden complex houses the most exquisite family temples, a ‘hathi khana’ for elephants, horse stables and cenotaphs. Important Gwalior State meetings, especially against the British – when the valiant Rani of Jhansi fought from the fort rampart close by, were held here during that time. After India’s independence, this has been the home of Sardar Deorao Krishnarao Jadhav, his son Sardar Dhananjayrao Deorao Jadhav and his wife the Ranisaheba, since 1954 when they left their ancestral Lakshmi Vilas Rajwada. ... more less
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