Packed with forts, food, palaces and shopping, Rajasthan is one of the few states in India that has managed to create a unique balance with the traditions of the past and the evolving needs of the future. So while the touristy destinations of Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Udaipur have their own star attractions, dont underestimate the allure of hidden gems like Ghanerao, a small town, located midway between Jaipur and Udaipur. Perfect for those who are looking for a quick getaway from Delhi or for someone who just wants to soak in the authentic vibe of Rajasthan, (without having to battle the touristy crowds) Ghanerao promises an unforgettable stay in more ways than one.
V Resorts Royal Castle and V Resorts Jungle Lodge, are both located in Ghanerao and offer travellers a great base to explore the region. With facilities like picnics, village tours, birding expeditions, cooking classes and lake tours, exploring Ghanerao takes on a whole new vibrant, real and royal meaning at the resort. Have you booked your spot?
Explore the Resort
Not many resorts can boast of a rich heritage and culture like V Resorts Royal Castle Ghanerao. Still home to a royal family, this place is a true escape to the past as it still retains the nostalgic air of past glory and regal lifestyle that was led by the Thakur clan. Its labyrinth of narrow lanes, coupled with 17 beautiful rooms, each having their own private veranda or terrace, are resolutely serene in a fast-paced world.
Here, you can interact with the royal family, enjoy a authentic Rajasthani meal in the dining room and unwind either at the pool or on the terrace, with a good book and a cup of coffee. So whether you come back after a day of exploration or just spend your day unwinding in the resort, this place offers you a golden opportunity to turn back the clock and relax in true royal style.
In keeping with the family tradition, the resort also has three beautiful temples in the premises, where prayers are performed each morning and evening, so make sure you attend one of them, during your stay here.
Interact With The Locals
Whether it is the local kids or the old pipe smoking cobbler or even the women folks, everyone here is a lesson in hospitality. And at Ghanerao stepping out of your comfort zone has immense rewards in the form of incredible stories of the lives and culture of the local people in this region. Want to do something extra? Carry your camera for some amazing portrait shots of these locals.
Other places that you can explore include the stepwells, the tombs or chattris of the royal families and local temples.
Spot Some Avian Wonders
Ghanerao is a great place to explore some different species of birds, thanks to its unique flora and fauna. It also goes without saying that walking is the best way to experience this tranquil area, and soak in the incredible biodiversity of the region. Some popular birds that you can spot here includes peacocks, doves, red spurfowl, parakeet, golden oriole, grey pigeon, bulbul, dove and white breasted kingfisher. Dont forget to carry your sunscreen and binoculars.
Embrace the majesty of Kumbhalgarh
Kumbhalgarh is the kind of place that you visit once, and know almost immediately that you will be back very soon. While the UNESCO famed Kumbhalgarh fort or the incredible flora and fauna at the nearby wildlife park merits a visit without any second thoughts, Kumbhalgarh in itself is a perfect antidote for city weary people and heritage lovers.
While both V Resorts Royal Castle and V Resorts Jungle Lodge are almost one and half hour away from the resort, we recommend you shift to V Resorts Jungle Lodge for your Kumbhalgarh sojourn. Why you ask? Because interactions with the local community facilitated by the staff at V Resorts Jungle Lodge add a special touch to the overall flavour of the place. You can also visit the old Muchala Mahavir Jain Temple, which is located close to the resort.
End your day with a bonfire, which when combined with a beautifully lit starry night makes for an evening that will make the chaos and noise of urban life seem miles away.
Best Time To Stay
Summers (March – June): Summers in Ghanerao might be a bit scorching, especially if you decide to explore the city in the daytime. Head here during this time, only if you plan to unwind indoors.
Monsoon (July-September): Although Ghanerao receives little rainfall, this is a good time to head here as the crowds are limited, even to popular destinations like Jaipur and Udaipur.
Winter (October – March)
Winter is the best time to visit Ghanerao. In this season, weather stays delightful and enjoyable. Days are usually sunny and nights are a bit colder., making it perfect for both exploring and unwinding at the resort.
How to Reach:
1) Delhi Jaipur Ajmer Beawer Bhim Gomti Charpuja Desuri Ghanerao (605 Km)
2) Udaipur Nathduara Rajnagar Gomti – Charpuja Desuri Ghanerao (122 Km)
3) Udaipur Gogunda Sayra Ranakpur Sadri – Ghanerao (113 Km)
1) Mumbai / Delhi / Jaipur Falna (37kms) / Udaipur (113 kms) then by road.
Udaipur Airport (113 KM)
Ready to go? If you want to book your stay at V Resorts Royal Castle click here and for V Resorts Jungle Lodge click here – either way you can be assured of a great stay that is integrated with the local flavours and experiences of Ghanerao.