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Raas Devi Garh
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
One of India’s finest boutique hotels, Devi Garh is a stunning hill-top fort palace in the Rajasthan countryside near Udaipur. Impossibly romantic, Devi Garh subtly blends Rajasthan tradition and contemporary minimalism to create a haven of calm.
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Beautifully restored into a luxurious country hotel in the Aravalli Hills, Devi Garh is an eighteenth-century regal retreat with spectacular views over rural Rajasthan. Devi Garh offers 39 rooms and suites, all large, light and graced with lovely touches like mother-of-pearl headboards and marble-based beds. Subtle lighting pinpoints simple and decorative details such as a bowl of petals or a miniature painting, and facilities are state-of-the-art and include a flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock on request and Wi-Fi. There is also a pillow menu to choose from, and huge bathrooms with power showers, marble tubs and clean, contemporary lines. All accommodations have spectacular views of the valley, courtyard, gardens or surrounding fields.
Superb cuisine is served in the restaurant, set in the fort's upper pavilion. There's also a candlelit bar with a wide range of drinks and private dinners and picnics can be arranged for you almost anywhere in the palace. Other facilities include a stunning heated swimming pool, a fitness centre, shopping area and a spa offering a full range of treatments. Local ingredients are combined with L'Occitane products to create exclusive treatments that have been specially designed for Devi Resorts. Explore the stunning local landscape by horse, mountain bike, camel or simply by foot. Take a trip to the village of Delwara and the nearby 14th century Jain temples, or to the picturesque city of Udaipur with its lakes, palaces and colourful markets. Yoga and astrology sessions are also regularly held.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
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Things to do
Visit a sword maker family
A visit to a rare sword making family in Udaipur to learn about the history of the delicate and ancient art of Koftgari.
Enjoy a guided tour of Udaipur and discover the City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple for a truly magical day.
Morning City Cycle Tour
Take a ride through the back streets of Udaipur and explore the historical sights, sprawling bazaars, local food markets old house, temples and street traders that stand on every corner.
Lake Pichola Boat Trip
Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola with stunning views of the city and the palaces on Jag Niwas island and Jag Mandir island.
Rural Cycling in Udaipur
A morning cycle tour of rural Udaipur taking you through beautiful countryside and the Aravali mountain range to see local farms, enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at the local wildlife.
Walking tour of Old Udaipur
A walking tour of Old Udaipur allowing you to immerse yourself in the heritage and local culture of this fascinating city.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Jawai, Udaipur
Seek out the iconic Bengal Tiger as it roams through two of India's greatest national parks, spot the elusive leopard amongst Jawai's rugged terrain and relish in the striking scenery of the Aravalli Hills in Udaipur on this diverse 15 night itinerary.
Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Jawai, Jodhpur, Delhi
A great combination of wildlife and culture, this itinerary takes you on a tour of Rajasthan’s historic and colourful cities, coupled with tracking leopards in the rural wilderness of Jawai, whilst staying in some of India's most magnificent properties.