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“"The real India...in a charming Old Fort Family Home"”
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Fort Begu
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Chittaurgarh
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had a wonderful 2 nights with Mr.Singh and his son Ajay Raj in their family home. The Fort is in dis-repair and is currently being restored slowly to its former glory. The suites they have restored are lovely with all amenities, very comfortable, you will be sleeping in history ! as the fort is 15th century. The food and service are first rate supervised by Mr.Singh who takes a special interest in culinary delights, his staff are very efficient, curtious and will provide anything you ask for. The trip they provided to their other property Ragargh Palce for sunset was special
as are the chilled Mango smoothies they provided at dinner. Book here in confidence of experiencing a very old Fort with great atmosphere beautiful food and great service.

Room Tip: All rooms are high up, lots of steps, not for the unfit.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Second visit. The food, service and total experience were even better than last time. Fort Begu is a jewel. The building is a dream and the rooms are large, comfortable and totally Rajasthan. Meals are delicious. We had a picnic by a lake with palm trees growing in the water, trips in the forest to see wild life. Day trip to Chittorgarh Fort - totally stunning. It's one of the largest forts in Asia. Then back to the calm and magic of Fort Begu. We're very much looking forward to returning to Fort Begu next year. Nicholas, Biot

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Staying at Fort Begu is a lovely experience - a window into a different aspect of Rajasthan, that will make you feel like a 'traveller' rather than a 'tourist'. This is not a luxury resort, but rather an exquisite, tumbledown palace, which is being carefully restored, bit-by-bit with a lot of love and gentle care....a very special place.

You will have a very comfortable stay - the rooms are simple but chic - immaculately clean with modern bathroom facilities. We stayed in the mirror/coloured glass work room, which was exquisite.

However this hotel is not so much about the rooms, but about the palace and its estates as a whole. The staff are wonderfully enthusiastic - Arjun and Mac are always willing to lend a helpful hand. You will enjoy talking to your charming princely hosts - Mr Singh and his son Mr Ajay - we certainly laughed a lot. Mr Singh is a great cook (or 'cooking supervisor!'), and the food is a fresh respite from some of the other food you will find in Rajasthan. Many of the ingredients come from the estate's organic farm. Part of your stay may include a visit to the Lake Palace, passing by the 100 year old mango orchard. Sunset here is quite magical, and you will pinch yourself to make sure you are really there!

Fort Begu is a lovely slightly 'off the beaten track' destination. We stopped there on our way between Udaipur and Nagaur. We were a couple travelling with our friend. This would be a great place to stop with a small group or family also.

We definitely recommend this hotel to add a different 'charmed' dimension to your Rajasthan trip.

Room Tip: The mirror work/coloured glass room is magical.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Our stay here was amazing. This is an old 15th Century fort that is family owned and they are doing it up into an amazing and unique hotel. Hotel is run by the actual Maharajah and staff. The food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) was always amazing and was proper Rajasthan Indian food. The staff are superb and always willing to help. Basically if you are in the region you have to stay here!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We stayed one night at Fort Begu in a rooftop dome room, which was simply decorated but comfortable. Ajay and his father were great hosts. In the afternoon Ajay gave us a tour of their property and the lake palace, explaining all his impressive development plans. Drinks in the courtyard with Ajay's father were a delightful lead-in to dinner on the lawn beneath the floodlit fort. Ajay's father's love of food and life led to many interesting conversations, both at dinner and breakfast. We really enjoyed every moment, the food, the setting and the unique experience.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

What should I mention here?
Should I speak about the beautiful peacocks that flit in and out of the gardens and patios? Or the flocks of pigeons flying in arcs outside our windows? Or the amazing hospitality of Mr. Ajay, Hari ji, Mac and Arjun Banna?

I went there in February and I want to share my experience with you.

Though 60 odd kilometres away from the railway station - the miles quickly melted away and we finally reached Fort Begu, which was bathed in moonlight.

Was it the Fort, that we loved, which tantalized us with its hidden secrets?
The unexplored subterranean depths that are undergoing restoration held our fancy - with the long-forgotten paintings on the walls, the antique glass-work and a story to everything.

The excursion to Rajgarh Palace (the lake property), where all I could hear was the sound of peace - was a brilliant addition to my trip. Birds kept us company with history in the air. Mahanal or Menal Lake too was a great decision.

There are so many facets to Fort Begu - there are people and then there are their stories. Hari ji (Ajay’s father), his exuberance and charm is infallible! His advice and varied anecdotes are really engaging! Ajay ji - I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again - you’re doing such a wonderful job with everything. Most of us take the simple ways out, but restoring such a huge place and doing it so well is really tough. I hope you stay as motivated in your endeavour as you have and may luck always shine on you.
Thank you for hosting us at your home. We enjoyed meeting Karan and your mother too :)

The suites are excellent. Actually, in comparison with the hotels I’ve stayed in the past, these are one of the best. So spacious, with great bathrooms, fluffy beds and ample pillows. We slept like babies :)

Though there’s a long list of caveats for prospective tourists (like there are no TVs in the room or Wifi and so on) I didn’t miss it all one bit. What’s the point of staying hooked to the your virtual life when real experiences are out there? There are things like charging ports, lights etc as required. Thats all you need in my opinion :)

No journey is complete without food. I love food (both making and eating it) and the food that you’ll get there is - in one word - lavish.
Don’t get me wrong! Its not lavish in a “showy, oily, prissy” sort of way - but hearty and well thought out.
As they get both Indian and foreign tourists, they do know how to cater to all kinds of taste-buds.

For breakfast, we had a nice poha,(that’s flattened rice cooked in spices), tea, really good parathe (that’s stuffed and unleavened bread made on a skillet) and eggs, toast etc was available. Yoghurt is from the cows they have and the honey too is harvested from the bees that house there. Not to be missed - there’s a special Mango pickle thats made in-house from fruits of the orchard. Mac was kind enough to give us some to take home :)

Airy phulkas accompany all the dishes at Lunch and Dinner - where you’re served regional fare. It’s really nice how the dishes are planned out - with spicy meats, vegetables and mildly flavoured curry elements. Nothing is too heavy on spices and special care is put into the preparation of the food. Hari ji takes real pride in his kitchens and most of the recipes are family secrets :)

There were so many delightful things that happened with us while we stayed there :) I wish I could tell you, but I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag! It would be good if I kept the mysteries of Begu hidden - so that you can explore them first hand.

This is a place with a story. Not a run-of-the-mill experience. I would recommend this whole-heartedly if you intend to make beautiful memories like I did.

Room Tip: Choose any :) They're all unique and beautiful in their own way :)
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

After several phone calls our taxi driver eventually found his way to Fort Begu finally by meeting Arjun on a motorcycle in the town who guided us up to the fort. We had a warm welcome from Ajay the son of the owner.Our room was amazing,with many original old wall decorations but enough modern touches to make for a comfortable stay . Drinks and conversation with Ajay by a campfire in a courtyard before dinner made us feel at ease. The food and service were excellent. All food except breakfast and alcoholic drinks are at extra cost. Although the food was excellent we would have liked to have been offered some lighter options as the food was really too rich to eat for a number of days in a row. There was no WiFi working at the time of our stay.
The visits around the area were fascinating especially the lake with Ajay and the village walk with Arjun. Only a small area of the fort has been restored and is habitable, We enjoyed exploring the building the family hope to restore and convert into further guest accommodation,we wish them much success with the project. Staying at Fort Begu is a unique experience and it is this that makes to cost worthwhile.

Room Tip: Each room is very different so check on the website or email for details, access is via steep stone...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Raj Mahal, Chittaurgarh 312023, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Chittorgarh District > Chittaurgarh
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Chittaurgarh
Price Range: £106 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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