|View from the porch|
This year, I wanted some change for my birthday. So, we decided to go to some heritage hotel for celebration. Our first choice was a Neemrana Property, but they don't allow you to carry your own liquor inside the property. Not even if you want to drink it within the confines of your room. Upon exploring on Tripadvisor, we decided to go to Dadhikar Fort in Alwar district. This heritage hotel located in Aravali hillss, the oldest mountain range of the world seemed like the perfect getaway for a short trip.
This fort came into existence as a residential camp of Chand Dynasty around 9th century, when they lost everything due to flood in their capital city of Abhaneri. Later, when they moved to Bala Qila, this fort was used as a military camp. With passage of time, this fort went into a very dilapidated condition. The current owner purchased the property in 1997 and started restoring it to its original grandeur with modern amenities in 2004. Finally the hotel was opened to visitors in 2007. I must mention that the restoration has been done quite tastefully and most rooms seem exquisite. However, it doesn't seem as huge in size as you would expect from a proper fort.
|Chitrakute, one of our room|
|Ultimate Balancing Act|
|Huge bursts of fire|
|A fiery mouth|
|And he extinguishes it in his mouth|
The hotel staff organized a cultural program for us in the evening with some folk music and dance performances. This was organized on the hotel terrace and all of us enjoyed a small dance ourselves as well. The program was capped by a scintillating fire performance by a troupe member. That performance held us spellbound. The cultural program was followed by a nice Rajasthani dinner in the restaurant downstairs. Though there wasn't much variety, but the food was delicious. After a light dinner, we started our drinking session on the terrace and the staff was cooperative. Some drunk discussions took us deep into the night which resulted in all of us missing our breakfast. Weirdly enough, they were unable to provide us with some Ala Carte food after we had missed our breakfast. Starving, we left the hotel around 12:30 pm consuming lunch at a highway dhaba.