I was in Maheshwar sourcing textiles from WomenWeave for my fashion company, and I am so happy that I decided to spend a few nights at the Ahilya Fort! It is absolutely beautiful and places you at the heart of Maheshwar's deep history and rich present, as it overlooks the ghat (where the cycle of life and death occurs in plain sight, and where diverse realities intertwine) and is a real historic fort (not like the fake ones in many parts of India!). I was lucky enough to have breakfast with Prince Holkar, who kindly made me a special lunch with a pear dessert that was absolutely delicious. And as someone traveling alone, I loved the communal seating at mealtime and the "drinks before dinner" tradition, since I got a chance to meet other travelers and hear about their experiences. The food was absolutely to die for, the rooms were clean and airy, the pool was a delightful oasis from the Indian heat, and the sunsets took my breath away. Maheshwar is a beautiful gem. I can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The majestic 250 years old Ahilya Fort sits on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River, surrounded by the beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar. The views over the river and ghats are exceptional. Replete with myths and legend, Ahilya Fort offers guests a rare chance to get off the tourist trail and an abundance of things to see and do. With the fabulous, deserted city of Mandu nearby and the famed island temple of Omkareshwar even closer, this is a place at which to spend time and relax but from which you can also explore the area, undisturbed by the other tourists – a stroll down through the town to the ghats is a must. The food is delicious and it’s all-inclusive so, once here, you pay for nothing – be it food, excursions or e-mail! The pool is lovely; terraces and shady areas abound; meals are taken in different areas of the fort; the charming rooms and tents have superb views, balconies & gardens; the weaving center here is famous nationwide. A boat trip at sundown is something you will never forget. Truly a memorable place where you could spend days or weeks!There are 10 bedrooms scattered around the premises and the rates include full board and all excursions. It is the most perfect base for visiting Mandu (1 hour away) and is just a 2-hour drive from Indore. It makes the perfect place to end or start a holiday, as there is so much to do. From here you may also visit Dhar, Baneshwar and Omkareshwar. Being a gourmet himself, your host Prince Richard Holkar has the highest standards and the food here is delicious. Staying here is like a time wrap as the village is still enclosed within the fort itself and is truly wonderful to explore in your own time. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ahilya Fort Hotel Maheshwar
- Ahilya Fort Madhya Pradesh