The Fort houses 18 heritage rooms, not one similar to the next in décor and appeal. In the architecture of these rooms a beautiful blend of traditional Hindu sculpture with Neo-Colonial style can be seen. Every room has a garden or a verandah and as you gaze out in to the outdoors it almost seems like time has taken a breather. You can hear the calm and feel the unruffled air.
As you enter the fort you come across some prisons on your right hand side and one great ‘Chakki’ on your left hand side, reminiscent of the time you are in. As you proceed ahead you come across a beautiful lawn where you can sit and relax in the daytime and enjoy some soothing head and shoulder massage delivered on request. In the evening sitting beside the bonfire and savouring some grilled snacks you can take pleasure in the quiet beauty of the starry night and also sight an owl or two occasionally. Moving ahead comes the old fort with two rooms on one side and the newer fort with four rooms on the other. There’s also an ancient temple beside the lawn where you can attend morning and evening ‘aarti’. As you turn left just before the old fort starts, there’s a gate that opens to the area where the royal family lives on one side and on the other side near the small temple we have our dining area whose quaint ambiance and decor are sure to remind you of the colonial times. Moving further as you step out of the dining area and walk left through a narrow lane you come across another beautiful lawn where the ruins of wars in the form of bullet ridden walls still exist. On the right hand side of the lawn there are two cosy rooms with antique decor. On your way back from the lawn area through the narrow lane right in front of you on the left hand side stands the old fort that has a common room for your relaxation in addition to seven other rooms for your comfortable stay. As you walk ahead along the old fort towards left you come across a small lawn that has the ruins of horse stables and a small temple dedicated to the horse god.
There are three well-maintained lawns for you to sit and enjoy the time you are in. These lawns are ideal for enjoying a relaxing dry massage while sipping some local juices during the day or enjoying a crackling bonfire with live grill in the evening while indulging in a spirited conversation with the ‘thakur’ as he narrates tales about the rich heritage of the place.
Our conference hall is a large room with fresco paintings on walls and floor. With proper sitting facilities this place is ideal for holding small conference and offsite board meetings.
A great holiday is incomplete without great food to compliment it. All the food we serve is grown and sourced locally – it is organic, fresh and healthy. From juices to jams and sauces all the food that we serve are fresh and nourishing. The unpolished pulses and the vegetables are all cooked with herbs and spices that are grown in our herb garden. Unlike other hospitality companies, we have a policy of Only Local Procurement – No centralized vendors. We tie up with local farmers to buy their produce. Therefore our menus are customized to each place and provide only those items that are locally available.
As you enter Spice Walk (our signature restaurant) here, you seem to be taken back to a different era altogether. In the walls of our restaurant you’ll get to notice old paintings depicting the colonial regime. At Spice Walk in Fort Auwa in addition to the well known Indian food, you will get to savour pure veg Rajasthani cuisine like daal-bati-churma, Besan chakki, Balu Gatte, Ghooghar, Jhajariya, Laapsi and Panchkoota. Prepared from 100% organic and locally procured ingredients, in each dish of our restaurant you’ll get to savour a unique flavour that’s indigenous to the region. One such ingredient is the special ‘laal mirch’ which our chef uses to create wonders with his dishes. Though we primarily serve pure vegetarian food, but on special request the Thakur’s chef to prepare some non-vegetarian dishes of older times like ‘laal mas’ for you.
Sit back and relax in our open lawn in the evening beside a blazing log fire and enjoy some grilled snacks prepared right in front of you. Marinated with freshly picked herbs and spices and cooked on a live grill, our smoky flavoured snacks are sure to win over your taste buds. Starting from paneer tikka,veg seekh kebab, stuffed potato to grilled vegetable our grill menu includes different kinds of vegeterian snacks.
When hunger strikes suddenly and you gotta eat, our All Time Food menu can be the right choice. Starting from instant noodles, bread omelette, grilled sandwiches, pakodas to french fries and aloo chats, we have it all. The items in our menu are freshly prepared from 100% organic and locally procured ingredients. It’s the same 2-minute Maggi that you often have when hungry, but when seasoned with the special herbs grown in our garden it becomes all the more tasty.
Located just 2hrs away from Jodhpur, Auwa is a quaint village in the Marwar Junction tehsil of Pali district in Rajasthan. This little village has witnessed many forgotten tales of valour and martyrdom whose relics are still preserved by the villagers who take pride in recalling the times gone by.
The village is known for siege of the Auwa fort by British forces in 1857 (1st war of independence also known as 1857 mutiny) when various Thakurs of Pali region under the stewardship of Thakur Kushal Singh of Auwa confronted the British. Auwa fort was surrounded by the British army and the conflict lasted many days. The fort and village still carry the scars of that siege. Captain Mason (the British Residency Officer at Jodhpur) was shot dead on the way to Auwa and hanged at the fort gate. Lesser known to the world, Auwa is also the land from where the first Satyagraha movement in Asia started. In 1643 the Chaarans (poet community of Marwar) staged a ‘dharna’ against despotism in Auwa and as a protest they collectively sacrificed their lives.
Yet untouched by the modern wave, here people still live a simple life and bow their head in reverence to greet the royal family. They are always ready to welcome you with arms wide open. It is here, where you can relive the charm and nostalgia of a bygone era.
Places to see in Auwa: Ancient Kajleshwar Mahadev Temple (where the Chaarans staged their ‘dharna’), There memorial pillar for the mutiny of 1857 (This is the place where Captain Mason (the British Residency Officer at Jodhpur) was hanged), Phulad Dam, Kundal Sarovar, The Khamblighat station from where you can take the vintage train safari through the scenic Aravallis, See the only Kadamba tree to be found in the entire village of Auwa and beyond. (According to local belief it is the tree underneath which Shrinathji (a form of Lord Krishna) halted for a night on his way to Nathdwara)
By Air: Jodhpur Airport: 120 Kms; By Rail: Marwar Railway Station: 11 Kms
By Road: Distance from New Delhi: 567 Kms (NH 8: Delhi to Jaipur: 260 Kms - NH 8: Jaipur to Ajmer: 130 Kms - NH 8: Ajmer to Auwa: 177 Kms)