Situated in the lap of aravali hills in a small village, Kharwa fort is just half an hour away from the city of Ajmer, famous for Dargah worldwide. And also about 50 minutes from Pushkar, where the world famous cattle fare takes place every year.
Kharwa fort has a really lovely and warm vibe about it. Shyam and Jyoti are great hosts. We stayed only for a night and booked very last minute but we loved every minute of being there. We felt welcome and comfortable from the first moment. The room is comfortable and the food is fantastic! We were lucky to be fed a feast even though we came in really late with our request for a meal. Will make sure to stay here every time we are passing through Ajmer.
We had a fantastic stay at Kharwa Fort. There was terrible smog in Delhi, I had been ill all the time we were in Jaipur, we had no money as the government had withdrawn INR1,000 notes as legal tender the day before and our trip seemed cursed. Kharwa Fort was the perfect antidote. The building is wonderful, full of historical character and at the same time a great family home. The guest room is actually more of a suite than a room (3 times the size of any hotel room on our trip) and has its own swing! We enjoyed the trips in the jeep around the local countryside, gaining a view of Rajasthan that few tourists experience. However, what really made the stay special was Jyoti and Shyam, the owners. They do absolutely everything to help their guests including, in our case, helping us to get money changed at the local bank, cooking special food for my dodgy stomach as well as catering to my husband’s desire for our usual spices and taking us to the local liquor store (twice!). The highlight of our stay was sitting on the terrace in the evening and chatting with Jyoti and Shyam over a beer.
Where to begin?! The two days we spent with Jyoti and Shayam where without a doubt the highlight of our two weeks in Rajisthan. Although close to the well trodden tourist trail of Ajmer and Pushkar, Kharwa Fort feels like another world away. Steeped in history, full of unique charm, this is a unique chance to discover a taste of life in rural Rajisthan at it's most warm and hospitable. Shayam is a terrific raconteur, who will gleefully share stories of his family's history over a glass of scotch or while whizzing through the local villages and farmland in his jeep. Jyoti is the kindest host and an incredible cook. The curries she produced were some of the best I have ever eaten; full of fresh local produce and bursting with flavour. To say anything more would spoil the many charming surprises that await at Kharwa Fort. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family and we left feeling like we were saying goodbye to old friends.