Ever since I turned twelve, I knew that the one thing that united my family was our common love for road trips and resort getaways. From hill stations to all the resorts nearby, we have driven to all kinds of places together over the last 13 years. But little did I know that as old as I’ll grow, the frequent family trips will become rarer and the places to be via a road trip will become fewer. So, after our last quick (read hectic) road trip to Lansdowne ended and a properly planned winter trip got canceled, I decided to plan a perfect resort stay at Lohagarh Fort Resort. A stay of 2 days at Lohagarh Fort Resort, a gorgeous property near Jaipur seemed like a perfect escape to soak in bliss and spend quality time together. Third time’s surely a charm and discovering this luxurious resort proved that well for us!
Here’s a short glimpse of our journey and stay at an offbeat yet most serene location (i.e. Kukas, some 20 km away from the Pink City). Take a read, maybe?!
Details Of Our 2 Days At Lohagarh Fort Resort
Duration of our stay: 1 night and 2 days (6th and 7th January, 2020)
No. of people: 3 adults
Room type: Deluxe Room
Room’s Price: INR 10,000 + INR 2,500 for extra bed (However, on an average there are different room types with tariff starting from INR 8,000 to INR 1,00,000 to suit every guest’s pocket and interests)
Inclusions: Accommodation, 4 complimentary water bottles in the room along with other amenities, breakfast, high tea in the evening, and all the fun activities at the resort such as cycling, outdoor sports & games, and camel safari, and access to the library & swimming pool
Exclusions: Lunch and dinner, and spa
Cost For Lunch & Dinner: INR 1,000 (including taxes) for a delicious lunch/dinner buffet spread. On the other hand, cost for a la carte varies from INR 1,500 to INR 3,000 or more depending on what you order from the menu and for how many people.
Most Popular Dishes To Order: While you’re at Lohagarh Fort Resort, please so make sure to indulge in their scrumptious Laal Maans (if you’re a non-vegetarian), Paneer Lababdar and Kadhai Paneer (if you’re a vegetarian), along with Penne Arrabiata Pasta and Dal Baati Churma (if you wish to indulge in Italian or Rajasthani). Besides, the resort’s desserts are a must-have too, especially the delicious Gajar Ka Halwa which is made from their local cow’s milk.
Weather In Jaipur In January
Pleasant is the perfect word to describe the weather during our trip in the first week of January. The temperature stayed around 18 to 19 degrees Celsius with the sun shining until 4 in the evening. And since Kukas is located in close proximity to Jaipur, the weather was exactly the same as in the city. So, carrying all those extra layers and mufflers were of no use then. But on the brighter side, touring the property and enjoying the main attractions in Lohagarh Fort became all the more convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable.
How I Came Across This Property?
Since I was so keen on planning a fun getaway with my family, I was looking for the best options near the city where we could spend ample time together without having to spend too much time traveling. And so I knew that this one had to be a resort stay because that’s the only thing that could assure lots of pampering for each one of us.
However, random browsing through the list of best luxury resorts near Delhi on Google led me to umpteen options where we had either already been before or couldn’t go due to tight office schedules. Soaked in disappointment when I came to office the next day, that’s when a colleague of mine told me about the Lohagarh Fort Resort in Jaipur. They had already been on an adventure-filled group trip to Lohagarh’s Corbett resort which is why they assured that the Jaipur one was all the more perfect for a relaxing stay with family. And so that’s how we started our 2020, enjoying amid the nature’s lap whilst soaking in luxury at the majestic Lohagarh Fort in January!
What Is Unique About Lohagarh Fort Resort?
Well ask me what is not? Right from the location of the resort to the way it is designed, everything makes it a one-of-its-kind place for an ultimate staycation. It is adorned with nature’s beauty in abundance which means that we were walking amidst colorful flowers under the shadow of 100 years’ old trees almost all the time. The moment we reached the resort and entered it, not only I but even my parents were in awe since every nook and corner there oozes luxury and serenity. Besides, what’s more intriguing is that some legends say that a couple of Banyan trees near the open hall are not just 100 to 150 years’ old but their soil has unmatchable positive vibes that can make any distressed couple’s life who spend a night at the resort joyful again.
Furthermore, Lohagarh is divided into four zones i.e. a heritage zone (which they are planning to develop further), a nature’s bay where you can spot more than 21,000 species of flora and fauna, a wedding hall zone, and an Aravalli Desert World where you can enjoy horse and camel safari. Accommodation per se is appealing as there are around 30 extraordinarily designed rooms as of now, and an addition of 20 can be witnessed pretty soon. Though what really caught my attention were not just the ultra-luxurious interiors of these rooms, but another interesting fact. The Luxury Suite With Indoor Pool room has a bed made up of stone that grows on its own every year. So, you can totally imagine the size of the bed by 2050!
And as far as the hospitality is concerned, we were overwhelmed. The staff is super polite and helpful. I remember that on the morning of our trip, I fell extremely sick and a BRAT diet was all I could follow for some time. So, besides the toothsome dishes served on the menu, the staff members came to my rescue and went an extra mile to provide me with everything that could make me feel better.
Our Room At Lohagarh Fort Resort, Jaipur
Given that this 4-star property has around 30 rooms as of now suiting all kinds of budget and needs, we went ahead and chose the spacious Deluxe Room for our stay of 2 days at Lohagarh Fort Resort. A rustic entrance opened to an ultra-spacious room which was well equipped with a comfortable bed, a sofa with a table, a mini fridge, a kettle with tea and coffee condiments, mineral water bottles, a television, and a spacious bathroom with a huge window view of the classic balcony where a piping hot tea could be enjoyed at any time of the day.
I was so flattered with this room that I couldn’t stop myself from requesting the manager at the resort to allow me to see the other rooms. In no time, he arranged for a quick tour of the rooms that were unoccupied and I made sure to capture their beauty as well.
The most striking of all was the ultimate luxurious Dream Villa which is a spacious accommodation suitable for couples, families who wish to enjoy some privacy, and even for a group of friends who are planning a bachelors. The room is gigantically huge with glass walls, a spacious restroom with jacuzzi, an outdoor pool, and an area for indulging in Yoga. It costs around INR 80,000 to INR 1,00,000 but just a look of it will convince you that a stay there will be worth every dime.
(P.S. Click on the right arrow on the pictures above to see the kind of accommodation that awaits at Lohagarh Resort Jaipur.)
Lunching And Dining At The Resort
Upon our arrival, we were welcomed with an apple drink post which we soon freshened up and headed to the Banyan Restaurant & Bar for lunch. We ordered laal maans and kadhai paneer along with chilli paratha and tawa roti. Needless to say, the food was as delicious as its color made it look. On special request, the staff agreed to serve us smaller portions than usual because we didn’t have much appetite.
Besides this, we also tried gajar ka halwa made from cow’s milk at the resort itself, gulab jamun, and ras malai. Each of the desserts and dishes proved that there’s nothing that can beat the taste of food made with ingredients that come straight from the farm.
For dinner, we just had paneer tikka and fish along with lemon coriander soup which were so filling and toothsome that we had to skip the main course. Whereas, next morning started with a breakfast that included aloo parathas, poha, and bread toast.
While the food was undoubtedly super delicious, one thing that I really like about Lohagarh Fort Resort is that unlike many resorts that are pretty uptight when it comes to lunching and dining anywhere at the property, the staff here was so accommodating that they would happily serve you anywhere you wish to eat. So, we had our breakfast out in the open to the soothing sound of live flute and birds around which I had never seen before.
Things To Do At Lohagarh Fort Resort That Added Fun To Our Stay
Of the many things to do at the resort, my parents and I made sure to indulge in a few activities together that really added more fun and memories to our overall stay experience of 2 days at Lohagarh Fort Resort.
1. Camel Safari To Flower Valley
Post breakfast, we headed to the ‘Desert World’ zone where the camel awaited us to take us to the Flower Valley where all the vegetables that are used in the resort’s kitchen are grown. A bumpy yet fun ride led us to the valley where we spotted cows, goats, hen, and ultimately flowers of almost all the colors. For the first time ever, I also saw how tomatoes and brinjals are grown and tasted the sweetest carrot ever!
2. Cycling And Outdoor Games
Of the many fun things at the resort, one is that it lets you relive your childhood days. Not just I but even my parents got super excited upon seeing cycles in the activity ground area along with a pool table, TT table, cricket kit, carrom, and a swing. So soon after lunch, we hit the ground, cycled around for some time and then played cricket together. Since I had never seen my mother play all these games before, it was surely a first for me!
3. Wildlife Spotting
Escaping to a resort surely promises a lot of comfort and pampering, but little did I know that it could offer an opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife too. From seeing swans to meeting kitty (literally the sweetest cat I’ve ever met) and from feeding rabbits to spotting exotic birds in the morning, we experienced it all. At that moment, I sulked a little for living in a developed city where it’s hard to spot even a single bird these days.
How To Reach Lohagarh Fort Resort, Jaipur
Located amidst the aravalli hills of Kukas, Rajasthan, Lohagarh Fort Resort is around 253 kilometers away from Delhi. It took us about 5 to 6 hours via our own car to reach the resort since we made a couple of pit stops for having breakfast and stretching our legs a bit. We started around 8 in the morning, drove via NH 48, and sighted beautiful views on the way, which made our Lohagarh Fort trip from Delhi even more enchanting.
From driving to this offbeat location in Rajasthan to staying at the resort amidst nature’s bounty for two days, we experienced moments of sheer joy together. It was indeed a picture-perfect, most relaxing, and memorable staycation that all three of us are going to cherish forever. My next vacation goal? Well, as of now I am already thinking of dates to plan another stay of 2 days at Lohagarh Fort Resort, but this time with a big group of my friends and family!