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Go offbeat! Spend the Valentine’s Day at a 500-year-old royal castle in Ghanerao

Romita Saluja

February 6, 2018

How about adding a royal touch to your romantic story this Valentine’s Day? Sitting by rustic stepwells, chatting endlessly by the pool while gazing at the stars, spending your day exploring a 500-year-old royal castle… When looking for places near Kumbhalgarh, you may not find a mention of Ghanerao easily, and that is exactly what makes this quiet village near Udaipur a truly beautiful offbeat location in Rajasthan. Visit Ghanerao when you want to escape the city noise, when the traveller in you yearns for an offbeat experience, or when you just want some moments with your partner or with yourself away from the maddening city rush.

The royal castle in conversation is a marble and stone structure, serving home to the Mertiya Rathores - the royal family still residing in the now-turned-resort. However, what sets this royal castle in Ghanerao from other heritage hotels and resorts in Rajasthan is that out of the 15 rooms on offer, no two rooms are identical. Aesthetically-decorated with royal portraits, vintage wooden furniture, and jharokha-style constructions, the rooms are an easy vehicle to travel to the bygone era. 

In the castle is a marble-carved Badi Mahal, a regally-done dining area, large courtyards with quiet seating areas, royal artefacts, and a beautiful blue swimming pool offering an unmatched poolside candlelight dinner experience, complete with lamps, stars, and gorgeous Rajasthani food.