The best part of driving holidays or road trips is that one can set the pace of the holiday, relax and unwind whenever the mood strikes. Ofcourse, it takes a bit of last minute re-booking while on the road. On our winter family road trip through Mewar region (Route taken Delhi – Udaipur – Ranakpur-Kumbhalgarh-Mount Abu-Chittorgarh-Nathdwara-Roopangarh-Delhi), we decided to book ourselves a luxury or boutique hotel on our last leg of the trip, so as to treat ourselves to the best before we wind up the mega driving holiday. We chose to avoid Jaipur, which gets too touristy & crowded in December/January months and instead chose to stay at Roopangarh Fort in a small village around 25 kms off the main National Highway NH 8. It turned out to be a good decision as we absolutely loved the property, offbeat location in a small village, heritage property, view, laidback hospitality of the staff and interacting with friendly locals.
Roopangarh Fort is a sister property of the erstwhile royal family of Kishangarh and is today run as a stand alone boutique hotel. The best part about the property is its location, around half an hour off from the well connected National Highway NH 8, yet a world apart, in the middle of a small sleepy village.
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The property has around 10 rooms and since there were no guests on the property during our stay, the staff gave us the biggest room! The room was so big that it could easily fit 3 rooms of our previous destinations on this trip(i.e. Home stay at Mount Abu, Udaipur and Chittorgarh!). Our toddler had a gala time running around the room and making herself comfortable on the property.
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The staff at Roopangarh is laidback but friendly and helpful. The Manager chatted with us about the erstwhile royal family and how they are managing both the properties of Roopangarh and Kishangarh. There are not much activities inside the Fort (no swimming pool too), so the best thing is to relax and unwind. We walked around on the ramparts, had fun trying to forage wild berries from the trees and enjoying the winter sun. After exploring the property in and out, we explored the village on foot. We did just that and chatted with the locals there (who by the way had no clue the Roopangarh Fort was also a hotel! So if you plan to ask for directions on reaching Ropangarh village about the property with villagers, you might not get much headway).
We stayed in Roopangarh for one night and it cost us around 5000 INR along with breakfast and it was money well spent! Would definitely recommend Roopangarh Fort Hotel to people looking for a quiet getaway from Delhi/NCR and off the more popular Neemrana properties on the NH 8 highway or Jaipur.
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