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By Christine Pemberton

Once upon a time there lived a Maharajah in the desert kingdom of Jodhpur, in India. And His Highness had 16 wives.
And so, inside his spectacular walled Ahhichatragarh Fort, the Maharajah built a house for each of his Maharanis.
Welcome to the fabulously restored Ranvas Nagaur, the abode of Queens.

Ranvas Nagaur

The renovation of Ahhichatragarh Fort has been a 20 year labour of love, and now, some 300 years later, the “havelis” of the queens are luxury villas for 21st century visitors.

Ranvas Nagaur

Maharaja Bakhat Singh of Jodhpur wanted a refuge from warfare and politics, and this was his pleasure palace. It’s not hard to see why…

Ranvas Nagaur

Within the Fort, the royal pleasure palace moved at a gentler pace of life - the sound of water in fountains, vivid fresco paintings and perfectly constructed geometric gardens.

Ranvas Nagaur

10 havelis have been meticulously restored, and since each haveli has 3 rooms -sometimes more - there are more than 30 suites for the modern visitor, also in search of rest and spiritual regeneration.

Ranvas Nagaur

Every suite is unique and although every modern convenience is there, none of the 18th century charm has been sacrificed.

Ranvas Nagaur

A breakfast for a maharajah and his maharani – on the battlements, with a view to take your breath away.

Ranvas Nagaur

At night, aglow with candles and lamps, it is easy to believe that you have stepped back in time to 18th century Ranvas Nagaur.

Ranvas Nagaur

Each haveli is uniquely decorated in the style of the regions from which the queens of Maharaja Bakhat Singh came, from far-off Jammu and Kashmir, to the Rajasthani kingdoms of Alwar, Jodhpur, Udaipur and to Gujarat, to the south.

Ranvas Nagaur

Since each haveli was built for a queen, each was a complete unit with living spaces, bedrooms, quarters for the maids in attendance (naturally), kitchens and courtyards. Such privacy and space is what makes Ranvas Nagaur so supremely luxurious in today’s fast-paced world.

Ranvas Nagaur

Gazing out over the magnificent Ahhichatragarh Fort, which dates back to the 4th century, you can see history, literally, at your feet. A view fit for a queen.

Want to visit Ranvas Heritage Hotel?

Get in touch with paul@bringhomestories.com for more information!





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