Bhainsrogarh, Rajasthan

Once an impenetrable Mewar outpost, Bhainsrorgarh has a remarkable history and luckily still a less explored part of Rajasthan. Located 235 km from Udaipur and 50 km from Kota, it is a perfect offbeat destination for those seeking solitude and adventure together.

Bhainsrorgarh Fort: Perched atop a hill facing the Chambal River and Brahmani River, green meadows and farmlands, the Bhainsrorgarh Fort has been an ancestral home, built by Rawat Lal Singh, one of the sixteen highest ranking nobles of Mewar and owned by the Royal family of the Chundawat clan of Sisodia Rajputs since 1741.

View of the Bhainsrorgarh Fort from its expansive lawns Image @Flickr

It was converted to a luxury boutique hotel in 2006 after gradually been restored keeping in mind modern amenities and remains of the most visited heritage hotels in India. Choose from a range of palatial suites and rooms and enjoy a royal stay.

Dine out in one of the many terrace lookouts at Bhainsrorgarh Fort Image @Outlooktraveller

Don’t forget to dine out on the terrace and enjoy beautiful sunset/sunrise.Like a time wrap, parts of the fort still remain untouched with a few crumbling but still charming and as authentic as they were decades back.

The Fort ruins speak a thousand words! Image @Dandapani

Thanks to the royal family-in-residence, this is the best place to experience the warm culture, warm hospitality, and a chance to indulge in a delicious array of gourmet delights.

Mewari Cuisine served at the Fort

Like a time wrap, parts of the fort still remain untouched with a few crumbling but still charming and as authentic as they were decades back. It’s an ideal monsoon destination in India when the entire region is lush green.

Green Fields surrounding the fort Image@gypsycouple

Thanks to the royal family-in-residence, this is the best place to experience the warm culture, warm hospitality, and a chance to indulge in a delicious array of gourmet delights. It’s an ideal monsoon destination in India when the entire region is lush green.

View during the River Cruise at Bhainsrorgarh Fort

River Cruise

Cruise the Chambal River in a spacious, hand rowed country boat and get a visual treat of the tranquil region. You can also go fishing for the mighty and charismatic Mahseer.

Picnic arranged by Hingalajgarh Fort

Take the sunset safari that takes you through villages, farms and mustard fields and offers a chance to have a picnic lunch on the river island. Enjoyed by guests who also get to sight the elusive Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), a highly endangered species of crocodile found mainly in the Yamuna and Chambal Rivers. Once may also spot Mugger Crocodile basking in the sun from the fort’s terrace during the early morning and evening hours.

Hingalajgarh Fort and Mukundarah (Darrah) Hills National Park

Hingalajgarh Fort is set in a thick forest and makes for a great day trip. It has beautifully carved idols and also has a step well (Baori). The trail to the fort is through a forest and that offers visitors a chance to explore the wildlife including Neel Gai (blue bulls) and Chinkaras and sometimes a sight of a Panther lurking around. The hotel arranges an exclusive day excursion for tourists at an extra fee.

Do take the morning safari to Mukundarah Hills National Park (which has been converted to Rajasthan’s Third National Park in 2013). It is a perfect place for bird lovers and will soon have tigers roaming in the jungles. Check out the latest News on Tigers 

Badoli (also known as Baroli) Temple Complex: Built in the 9th century by the Hun Rulers, the Badoli Temples is a work of architectural brilliance built in traditional Gurjara-Pratihara architectural style, with exquisitely carved stonework.

Temple Site at Badoli, Kota

A total of 9 temples, the Baroli complex has 8 and one located a kilometre away. Four temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva (including Ghateshwara Mahadeva Temple), two to Goddess Durga and one each to Shiva-Trimurti (Trinity), Vishnu and Ganesha. It is located just 8 kms away from Bhainsrorgarh. You can read more on this under my travel blog on Kota-Bundi

Ghateshwara Mahadeva Temple at Badoli Temple Complex on Bhainsrorgarh-Kota road

Best Time to Visit: October- March

Distance Chart

Kota: 50 Kms/ 1.15 hour
Bundi: 90 Kms/ 1.45 hours Via Kota – Rawatbhata
Chittorgarh: 125 Kms/ 2 hours (District H Q)
Ranthambore: 190 kms/ 4 hours via Kota
Udaipur: 235 kms/ 4 hours via Chittorgarh
Jaipur: 300 kms/5 hours (NH 12)

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