As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” – the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan.
Deogarh Mahal was converted into a Heritage Hotel by the Deogarh family members. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by them. The family is closely associated with the hotel and personally supervise and manage it. The care is reflected in the minutest details which have made Deogarh a benchmark of Heritage Hospitality in Rajasthan. Every guest here is special and is treated with the customary Mewari hospitality.
FORT SEEGH SAGAR
After much anticipation the illustrious Deogarh family have finished converting one of their forts into an exceptionally luxurious villa, and created the magical ‘Fort Seegh Sagar’. This island fortress is truly awe-inspiring; sitting in the middle of a lake (monsoon dependent but currently surrounded by water) it can only be reached by boat (monsoon dependent, otherwise by dirt road) or by a small bridge and is set amidst a dramatic rocky landscape.
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‘Has ever such a lovely place existed? Rent . your own mini lake palace in the form of . .. .
. . . Fort Seeng Sagar. It’s gorgeous in every way: laidback but undeniably sexy. Each of the four suites is built around a turret where the balcony has been transformed into a daybed covered in
jewel-coloured silks. Sit under the huge neem tree in the creeper-strewn courtyard and tell stories into the fire while helpful staff whip up serious cocktails from the fully equipped James Bond bar.’
Fort Seeng Sagar is a magical and awe-inspiring island fortress sitting in the middle of a lake within a dramatic rocky landscape. Three hours’ drive from Udaipur, it is fully-staffed and everything is of the highest quality. Each room has a private bathroom and balcony overlooking the lake. The small pond in the central courtyard becomes a cosy fire to sit around during winter. As well as a dining and sitting area under cover there is a superb, open-air terrace which overlooks the lake.
‘…If someone who had never before been to India wished to be immersed straight away in the most beautiful and amusing aspects of this country, this would be the place to arrive.’
‘…Infact, the only real problem with Deogarh is that after spending a few nights there, one’s expectations of the next place on the itinerary are likely to become impossibly high.’
Jewels in the Dust by Lucia van der Post (How to Spend it)
‘…Deogarh Fort, the “castle of gods”, built around 1670 between Udaipur and Jodhpur, is one of the least known, most remote and most charming of the new hotels. You drive up through a small dusty bazaar, filled with funny little shops, temples, painted houses and a huge statue of the elephant god Ganesh, until you come across a stony road which leads into the courtyard of a 17th-century castle overlooking the town….’