Ramathra Fort : The emerging Heritage Hotel
Rajasthan’s culture and Heritage owe a lot to the Rajput Rulers of the medieval period. They constructed forts on many hills according to the strategic importance of the location so that the vast empires can be ruled. Ramathra Fort is situated on the top of a tiny hill near Sapotra. This fort derived its name from the small village located in the foothills.
Historical journey of Ramathra Fort.
This fort was constructed by the Maharaja of Karauli in 1645 to control the Sapotra region. This fort is currently owned by Thakur Brijendra Raj Pal and his royal descendants.
Until very recently the fort was crumbling. It was in ruined state. The owner has put a lot of efforts to convert it into a heritage hotel. He must have taken inspiration from the other Rajput dynasties in Jaipur, Udaipur & Jodhpur who have converted their royal properties into Heritage Hotels.
The fort has two historical temples within the ramparts. Shiva Mandir and Ganesh Mandir are as old as 200 years. The idols in the temples are fine examples of the craftsmanship of 18th century. Pilgrims from villages near to it visit these temples on special occasions.
Ramathra Fort Paradise for Tourists.
Ramathra Fort has huge tourism potential as it is located very near to the Kaila Devi Wildlife century. In fact, this is the starting point of the Densely forested Dang region of the Karauli district. This Dang region is the extension of Ranthambore Tiger reserve. If you are interested in exploring the flora & fauna of the Dang region then take the tourist jeep and go deep into the Dang. You will find a lot of streams and small rapids in the form of waterfalls there. While going in wild, you must accompany one of the tourist guides from the hotel. This region joins Ranthambore National Park and the Kaila Devi wildlife sanctuary. Some 40 years back wild tigers were used to roam here.
Kalisil Dam which is an artificial lake for irrigation and fishing is just half kilometers away from here. This lake provides the much-needed support to the tourism here in the form of bird watching, fishing and boating activities.
The villages near the Ramathra Fort provides glimpses into the rural life and culture of Rajasthan. If you are interested in a cultural trip to these villages then you can go without any fear. The villagers here are very friendly and they are curious to interact with you. In this region more such forts are there, Amargarh fort, Sapotra, Inayti fort & Naroli fort are some of them. But none of them are heritage hotels.
The heritage hotel has superb accommodation facilities. The rooms in the heritage hotel have been designed in such a way that they have the mark of royal architecture. It has total 6 welly furnished luxury suites and six tent rooms. A stay here will give you royal feeling. The rooms provide the amazing views of the lake and countryside of the region. You can get superb Rajasthani food cooked in traditional style in the hotel.
As the local people can’t afford to the enjoy the luxury of Ramathra Fort Heritage hotel. It is gaining popularity among the foreign tourists. The hotel owners also arrange marriage parties in royal styles. As it is much cheaper than the heritage hotels in Jaipur & Udaipur it is a good choice for destination wedding also.
This place is around 50 km away from Ranthambore National Park. It falls on the Ranthambore-Bharatpur-Agra tourism corridor.
Summers are too harsh here so avoid going from May to August. It is advised to do an advanced booking from the official website of the hotel.