Rakesh Anand |
10th Dec 2014 |
New Delhi |
A lovely heritage palace seeped in luxury
has been recently opened up for Domestic tourists to give Delhites
another Weekend getway, specially so in the winter months. This is the
Raj Niwas Palace at Dholpur. Being just 50k on Agra Gwalior highway, one
can travel via the express way and reach in 3-4 hours from Delhi
depending on the place you start from and the time you start from Delhi.
Dholpur Palace is one of the most beautiful and well preserved heritage
hotels in Rajasthan.more lustrous than it ever was, having been
refurbished extravagantly by the owner. Dholpur was a protectorate of
the British East India Company from 1779 on wards. In 1949, it merged
with the young Indian nation and in 1956 the princely state ceased to
exist. Apparently Dholpur Palace was built to welcome HRH Albert Edward,
when he visited in 1876. Set in 13 acres of garden, the palace grounds
are full of peacock and bird life that nip over from the National
Chambal Sanctuary nearby.
Rooms- Enjoy the unique experience in royal
living. The Raj Niwas Palace is one of a kind- a unique example of the
Indian fascination for European, and especially Dutch ceramics where one
can rediscover the time when there was time; for opulence and grandeur,
style & substance. every room spilling over with artifacts from across
19th century Europe — Belgian glass, Victorian baths and bidets, a turn
of the century Barmen Baby-Grand piano in satinwood, an 1894 Swiss
music-box with Piccollo bells that still tinkle out airs and arias;
antique brass-switches and fans that still work smoothly.
8 Royal Palace Suites
20 Pool Villa Rooms.
Things to do around Dholpur
National Chambal Sanctuary-Explore
the National Chambal Sanctuary which is a 400 km protected stretch of
the river. A safari takes you on a four-hour ride down the River
Chambal, drifting past gharials basking on the sandbanks, marsh
crocodiles and turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and a wealth of
birds fluttering around. The place is just 4 km away. In fact, so rich
is the bird-life during the winter months that it warrants an exclusive
birding holiday in itself.
THE RIVER SAFARI
The calm and gentle waters of the Chambal River are best explored on
boats and the River Safari provides spectacular opportunities to view
the wildlife. The Chambal Safari boatmen are exceptionally skilled at
cutting the boat engines, and manoeuvring as close to the birds and
animals as possible without disturbing them. Trained naturalists
accompany visitors and provide expert information on the Chambal
wildlife. The River Safari is a most relaxing, enjoyable and special
temple - It is a pilgrim stronghold in Dholpur, and this temple is
located at a distance of four kilometres from the main city. This is a
very ancient and sacred place, and it is an important pilgrim
destination for all Hindus.
Chambal Ravines- Hire a jeep to explore the ravines of Chambal once
infested with the 'Chambal Dakus'. The Chambal Ravines (altitude
200-500m) are the product of centuries of soil erosion by flood and rain
waters. They form an incredible maze of intertwining mud cliffs, with
tropical dry scrub forest vegetation, that provide shelter for numerous
birds, mammals and reptiles.
can also visit VAn Vihar Wildlife sanctuary and Talab Shahi nearby.
How to Reach
•Gwalior-71 KM •Agra- 46 KM •Jaipur- 177KM
•Delhi- 241 Km •Kanpur- 287 Km
•Lucknow- 335 km •Bhopal- 349 Km
Train Travel- Dholpur district is well connected with both meter gauge
and broad gauge rail routes with Agra, Gwalior, Bharatput and Sawai
Madhopur etc. The Taj Express leaves Delhi at 7:15 am and gets you there
in around three-and-a-half hours.
By Road- Dholpur district is located on National Highway No.3. The
important towns of the district are well connected with metalled roads
and state highways.
Room Stay starts with Rs 8500/- + taxes for a night
with all meals for a couple.