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Two Night Package at Ghanerao Royal Castle

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Castle hotels
Location: India
Region: Asia
Min Price: 318 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 318 US Dollar (USD) per day

Ghanerao, formerly known as Ganora, was founded in 1606 by Gopal Das Rathore, a brave Rajput warrior from the Mertia clan. It is a small town but located strategically at the entrance of one of the few passes in the Aravallis, that connects the two major cities, Jodhpur and Udaipur. This tiny village thus formed a link between the territories held by the two traditional strongholds of Rajasthan, Mewar and Marwar, and featured often in the history of both these two erstwhile princely states.

In the mid 15th century when both clans met as equals, they determined the boundaries of their two kingdoms with a saying "Aonla aonla Mewar, Baoliya baoliya Marwar." Aonla is a shrub with bright yellow flowers that flourished in Mewar but was not spotted in Marwar. The baoliya, a robust thorny tree, on the other hand was common in Marwar but not found in Mewar. The Godwar region, of which Ghanerao forms a part, has plains covered with aonla.

In medieval times, when one's word was sacrosanct, the boundary remained untouched but later, in the 18th century, Godwar was annexed by Marwar. The Sisodias of Mewar appealed to the British overlords to force the Marwar Rathores to return Godwar but instead the political agent chose to redefine the boundaries with a more solid demarcation, the Aravalli ranges, leaving Godwar with the Rathores of Marwar. Mewar continued to demand Ghanerao back and kept Ghanerao's seat in the Mewar courts, albeit unoccupied. As a result, the Ghanerao rulers were the only Rajput royalty that had a hereditary seat among the premier nobles of both Houses of Mewar and Marwar.

Today, Thakur Sajjan Singh, a descendant of the feudal lords of Ghanerao, talks proudly of this honor, explaining that being Rathores, they owe allegiance to the Maharaja of Marwar but cannot forget their ties with Mewar and how they fulfilled their duty by protecting the fort of Kumbhalgarh. Situated just about 5 kms. from the' gate of the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, the small village of Ghanerao is placed in a picturesque forested region. The town, has a number of red sandstone havelis (houses with courtyards), with some old temples, baolis (step wells) and marble chhatris (cenotaphs) scattered about.

The old fort lies south of the town and is marked with cannonball scars, a testimony to the wars that were fought here. Standing watch over the town of Ghanerao is the Ghanerao Rawla (castle), a red sandstone castle built in 1627 that served as the home of the rulers. One has to negotiate a narrow, winding, side scraping road, which leads through the depths of the village, to reach this beautiful castle. The building is designed in the typical Rajput architectural style,with beautiful carved lattice friezes and marble jharokas. Rajput miniature paintings, chandeliered rooms and ancient walls, there is a nostalgic air of past glory and of the royal lifestyle that the Thakurs led.

The charming marble pavilion in a central courtyard of the castle was where palace musicians used to perform. There are faded miniature paintings on the walls and obsolete elephant stables within the grounds. Some of the boundary walls are marked with cannon balls and around the castle are the family cenotaphs of the former rulers, warriors who gallantly upheld their clan. Thakur Sajjan Singh has opened his rustic castle to paying guests, and today one can stay in one of the pleasant 16 rooms of the Ghanerao Royal Castle, each different from the other with balconies, verandhas and terraces.

The charming host and his son, Kr. Himmat Singh, who runs the hotel on the day to day basis, and also organize treks to Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is about 14 km. away by trek. Jeep excursions can also be arranged to the Kumbhalgarh Fort that is 49 km. away by motorable road and to the Ranakpur Jain Temples, which are approximately at a distance of 20 km. Ghanerao Royal Castle is a pleasant hotel where one can experience the unspoilt rural environment.

Property amenities:
- 2 suite, 12 double, 2 single with attached bathrooms
- Telephones and fax facility
- Room service
- Laundry buffet and Alacarte Restaurant
- Walking in the village and country side can be arranged along with local guide
- Sightseeing to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kumbalgarh, Ranakpur can be arranged
- Horse safaris can be arranged
- Trekking at Kumbalgarh Sanctuary
- Massage to relax using age old oils
- Doctor on call.

Nearby attractions and activities:
- Ranakpur. Famous Jain Temples (1440 AD) are 18 km. These temples dedicated to Adinath Ji are unique with their grand structures and beautiful sculptures of which " Godwar" can boast. There are 1444 engraved pillars
- Kumbalgarh. Thirteen mountain peaks surround the impregnable fortress of Kumbalgarh (54 km) height 3281 ft. Seven massive gateways pierce the massive walls of the second prominent fortress of Mewar (after Chittorgarh) The young Udai Singh founder of Udaipur took shelter here from his treacherous uncles Emperor Akbar was defeated by these walls dotted with cannon balls and the most romantic of princes Prithviraj died within these walls betrayed by his brother-in-law

- Muchala Mahavir Temple. Dating back to the 10th century these temples are 5 km
- Kumbalgarh Sanctuary. 5 km from Ghanerao starts this wildlife sanctuary where panthers, sambers, wild boars and bears are found, thousands of birds can be seen here. A paradise for nature lovers
- Jeep safaris are also organized to the forest wildlife reserve and to various bird watching, lakes.

Location:
Ghanerao Royal Castle is located 175 km from Jodhpur (3.5 hours driving) between Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Railway station/airport:
- Railway Station: Falna (36 km)
- Airport: Udaipur (Dabok 120 km).

Packages:
All inclusive package:
- Accommodation for two nights with options of accommodation
- All meals with Gala dinner (fixed meals)
- All taxes
- Village walk with guide
- Tribal village tour with guide.

Prices:
- On double occupancy INR: 13000 (285 USD)
- On triple occupancy INR: 14500 (318 USD)
- Children between 8 years to 12 years INR: 3000 (66 USD)
- Children below 8 years complimentary.

Supplier Information
Location: India
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2011
Client Request Served: 0

M20767 is an heritage hotel, situated in Rajasthan, and is a privately owned family home.The existing building, where the foundation stone was laid 400 years ago, has been constructed in stages since then, which you can notice when you are here, we have tried to retain the outside as it was before, and only made...

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