Located at Bishangarh Village in the Jaipur District, barely 6 km off the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, Alila Fort Bishangarh is easily accessible from both Delhi and Jaipur. It is 180 km (3 hours) from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and only 55 km (1 hour) from Jaipur Airport. Once off the highway, the quaint drive to the fort passes through the rural landscape of Bishangarh village, offering guests hints of the colour and simplicity of the native lifestyle. Sitting within close proximity of two major cities, the hotel serves as the ideal base to explore Jaipur’s innumerable tourist attractions.
Perhaps the only warrior fort to be converted into a heritage resort, this historic landmark is a unique example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, influenced by both the Mughals and the British. With much care given to the ecological restoration, the resort still features the fort’s original two-metre-thick walls and its battlement turrets and arches. Over the duration of its transformation, the soul of the fort has been passionately brought to life, recreating the courtly flavour of Shahpura’s royalty while retaining its stark and inherent simplicity.
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Amer Fort: Located high on a hill in the town of Amer, this magnificent fort is one of Jaipur’s principal tourist attractions. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh I, it is known for its artistic blend of Hindu and Rajput elements. Walk along its large ramparts and cobbled paths. Explore its stately rooms overlooking mesmerising views of neighbouring Maota Lake.
Nahargarh Fort: Meaning “abode of the tigers”, Nahargarh Fort combines history with incredible views of Jaipur city from its perch on the edge of the Aravalli Hills. Built in 1734 and extended in 1868 to fortify the northern frontier of Jaipur, this magnificent red stone structure is an excellent example of Mughal architecture.
Jaigarh Fort: Experience the imposing majesty of Jaigarh Fort, built in the early 18th century, and which remains almost intact. Surrounded by huge battlements and offering panoramic hilltop views of Jaipur city, the fort houses a magnificent palace complex, a museum and armoury, as well as the world’s largest cannon – Jaiban.
City Palace: Located at the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace is a glorious remnant of Jaipur’s royal past, with beautiful architecture that blends Mughal and Rajput styles, vast courtyards and attractive gardens. The most commanding building is Chandra Mahal, a seven-storey tower where royal descendants continue to reside, and housing a museum showcasing royal artefacts. A must-visit for history lovers.
Albert Hall: Inspired by The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Albert Hall is exquisitely built in Indo-Saracenic style and stands in the centre of Ram Niwas Garden. Dedicated to the history of civilisations, architecture and artisan crafts, the museum displays a wide range of wood, metal, marble and clay crafts, textiles, sculptures and weapons, as well as a large collection of miniatures from the Bundi, Kota, Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools of art.
Hawa Mahal: Visit one of Jaipur’s most iconic landmarks, Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as The Palace of Winds. Built in 1799 by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh, the five-storey structure is made of pink sandstone and features 356 intricately carved jharokhas (windows) through which women of the royal family could observe life on the street in privacy.
Jal Mahal: From the banks of Lake Sagar, capture photos of one of the most wonderful sights in Jaipur, the beautiful Jal Mahal or Lake Palace. Appearing to float in the centre of the lake, its light, sand-coloured stone walls contrast with the deep blue of the water, creating the perfect picture of serenity.
Moti Dungri Temple: Rising in the middle of Jaipur is a small pearl-shaped hill called Moti Dungri, upon which sits an exotic royal palace styled like a Scottish castle. The highlight of Moti Dungri is the famous and auspicious temple of Lord Ganesh located at the foothill.
Birla Mandir Temple: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, the Birla Mandir, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, is famed for its architectural splendour. Built in 1988 by the Birlas, a renowned industrialist family, it is constructed entirely of pure white marble with walls engraved with mythological tales.
Govind Dev Ji Temple: Experience the tranquility and spirituality of one of Jaipur’s oldest and most sacred temples. Located in the City Palace complex, surrounded by beautiful gardens, this rare spire-less temple houses the idol of Govind Dev Ji, believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Worshipped by the erstwhile royal family, the deity is also revered by Hindus in Jaipur and nearby areas.
Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest of five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains fourteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun. An out-of-this-world experience for astronomy enthusiasts!
Nahargarh Biological Park: Spanning 720 hectares in the foothills of the Aravalli range, the park is a delight for wildlife lovers. Take a jeep safari or go bird watching in this sanctuary of diverse flora and fauna, home to jungle cats such as panthers, tigers and lions, a range of reptiles, and over 285 species of birds.
Jaipur International Airport: It is the primary airport serving Jaipur, located 76 km southwest of the fort.