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Alila Fort in Bishangarh near Jaipur is ready to be opened for tourists in February 2017

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Jaipur tops the list of royal heritage destinations when it comes to luxury travel in Rajasthan, and the city houses a good number of luxury and heritage hotels to impress the tourists! Here’s another prominent name added to the list of premium heritage hotels – Fort ‘Alila’ at Bishangarh.

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Hidden away in the Arvalli hills in Rajasthan, here appears a world away from the crowded cities on the conventional Jaipur-Jodphur-Udaipur trail, is Fort Bishangarh! It is a 230-year-old defensive fortress which has been seven years in restoration and undergone a brilliant transformation. Alila Fort Bishangarh is expected to be opened  in February 2017 with 59-suites. It is Alila group’s second property in India followed by Alila Diwa Goa in 2010.

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Alila is the first international hotel group to open a property in the Aravalli hills between Delhi and Jaipur and Fort Bishangarh is thought to be one of the only warrior fort of its kind to be converted into a unique heritage resort of this stature. It has a remarkable presence, sitting up high on a granite hill with staggering 360-degree views of the Rajasthani landscape, surrounded by hills and dotted with havelis, villages and temples. A tiny village skirts its base and adds to the rural charm. This imposing structure is fortified by two-metre thick stone walls and majestic turrets with wonderfully intricate arched windows and jaalis – a perfect example of the Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by both the Mughals and the British. The use of traditional materials in a contemporary manner is the basic design ethos.

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The new structure – created above and outside the old fort – houses four different categories of suites. Each of the 59-suites has been custom designed to make the most of the stunning views from the large openable windows, resulting in 22 different layouts. Rooms come with all the modern conveniences, including expansive bathrooms, footed/inbuilt bathtubs and large day-beds.
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Within the fort are various F&B options innovatively curated by a renowned chef. There’s Amarsar, an indoor specialty restaurant and Nazara an outdoor grill dining venue on the terrace, with spectacular views. Madhuveni is the hotel’s bar, with a cigar/cognac turret and there is also the Kachhawa Lounge serving the 4 C’s – Champagne, Coffee, Chai and Cakes. The library, amidst old marble pillars is where the Alila journeys begin. Spa Alila, carved out between granite rocks, is located in the dungeon within the main fort. Darbar, a large grand banquet hall, Daawat, the show kitchen cum event dining space and Saheb, the conference room, round off the banqueting experience.
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On the down hills is a Haveli where some public areas are housed, comprising the arrival courtyard and tent, luxurious banquet lawns, the pool, pool verandah and terrace, a bar and pantry, fitness centre and the Play Soldiers Club for teenagers and toddlers separately. An organic garden and a green house set up amidst the ravines and various lounging areas located in this rural landscape brings one up close with nature.

Bishangarh Village in the Arvalli hills is in the Jaipur district. It is a three-hour drive from New Delhi and an hour’s drive from Jaipur. It is ideally located to explore the charm and beauty of rural Rajasthan with Alila experiences covering five core themes:

  • Cultural Learning: Day visits to historic palaces, temples and forts. Amber Fort is a 45-minute drive
  • Conscious Living: Wellness at Spa Alila, visits to the local communities for farming, seeing marble artisans and carpet weavers, teaching at the village school
  • Active Spirits: Walks & picnics, biking, horse-riding, trekking, ATV adventures (All-Terrain-Vehicles), hot-air ballooning
  • Culinary Arts: Traditional cooking school and special food trails
  • Couples Celebration: From grand celebratory events to intimate wedding ceremonies

Rates at Alila Fort Bishangarh start from USD 280 per room per night. Price based on two people sharing, on a room only basis (excluding tax).

 

Crowne Plaza Hotel now in Jaipur

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Another hospitality chain enters the Pink City to cater to the connoisseurs. The InterContinental Hotels Group launched its 10th Crowne Plaza hotel in Jaipur on Wednesday, November 04, 2015. On a premium location near Jaipur airport, the hotel is spread across 19,500 sq. ft and has 218 rooms and suites.

The banquet venues claims to accommodate up to 1200 guests for conferences, meetings and events. Additionally, the hotel offers service excellence by Crowne Plaza Meeting experts.

There are five dining options including Sirocco, an all-day dining restaurant; House Of Han offering Chinese fare and a high energy bar called ConneXions.

Business travellers, Board meeting holders may consider the new venue that promises crisp hospitality and posh services to its guests in Jaipur.

Nirwana- The New Hometel by ‘Sarovar Hotels’ in Jaipur

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Jaipur being a huge attraction for domestic and international leisure travelers has also increased the movement of corporate travel segment. To cater to the discerning needs of the corporate and luxury travelers, the premium hospitality brand Sarovar Hotels has announced the opening of “Nirwana Hometel” in Jaipur.

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Being the group’s third property in Jaipur with Sarovar Portico and Park Inn, The hometel brand “Nirwana” promises to cater both corporate and leisure segments owing to its location, comfortable rooms, business facilities and attractive dining options.

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Nirwana Hometel has 82 guest rooms with modern appeal and all contemporary amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel restaurant-‘Flavours ‘offers a good variety of Indian as well as international cuisine with the bar-Chill  serving a decent variety of cocktails and mocktails. A fitness centre would provide much desired respite. Two state of the art board rooms promise to make meetings effortless. In addition, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi access too.

So, mark the address of Nirwana Hometel if you are traveling to Jaipur and willing to experience the luxurious hospitality of this new hometel in the town!!

Keys Hotels and Resorts launches Marigold in Jaipur

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Another luxury hotel comes down to Jaipur to delight discerning travelers in the city.   With the opening of “Marigold”, premium hotel and hospitality brand “Keys Hotels and Resorts” launched its 16th property on Thursday in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Spread over an area of 2,000 square metre, Keys Hotels Marigold offers 70 rooms and 5 suites, each equipped with modern amenities and well-appointed work desks to suit the needs of contemporary travelers, the hospitality company said in a release issued here.

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“The launch of Keys Hotels Marigold will play a significant role in strengthening and improving tourism satisfaction in Rajasthan. Jaipur is a popular destination for tourists from across the globe. It is also an upcoming hub for business travelers due to the growing business opportunities this region presents and its proximity to the India’s capital.

FHRAI Annual Convention in Jaipur

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Indian hospitality industry’s most widely attended event, the #FHRAI (Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India) Annual Convention is inaugurated today by CM Vasundhara Raje.  This year, the 49th Annual FHRAI Convention is scheduled from 12th -14th September, 2014 at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. The theme chosen for this year’s Convention is “Hospitality & Tourism: The key to unlocking India’s global potential”.

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Besides, a Trade Show to connect FHRAI members and suppliers will also take place during the Convention from September 12 – 14, 2014 at the same venue.

Follow this link for the entire programme schedule for three days-

http://www.fhrai.com/convfhrai2014_programme.html

ITC’s New Hotel in Jodhpur City of Rajasthan

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The Sun City #Jodhpur is set to get a new 5 star hotel property with #ITC group expanding its bouquet of premium hotels, under the Welcome Brand!

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The news is confirmed when ITC Hotels today announced the opening of its new premium hotel with 98 rooms under the brand of ‘Welcome Hotel’ in Jodhpur.  The hotel of five star rating in Jodhpur city will cater to business class and leisure travelers in Rajasthan.

JDA proposes a resort near rope-way project for Rajasthan Tourism Development

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Remember a rope-way between the Kanak Vrindavan and Jaigarh Fort was proposed in the year 2000 by the Jaipur Development Authority. The project was proposed to boost tourist inflow to Jaigarh and Nahargarh fort. A hassle free as well as an entertaining journey is conceptualized to be facilitated through this rope way. However the project remained pending for many years as the approval was not given by the forest department for the construction of this rope-way to Jaigarh fort. But the good news arrives after 14 years that the forest department has given its node to the construction of rope-way between Kanak Vrindavan and Jaigarh Fort.

Alongside the rope-way project, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) also sells another dream of constructing a hotel or resort near the rope-way project connecting Kanak-Vrindavan and Jaigarh.

So we can presume if all goes well, there would be a new exciting destination to be added in tourists’ itinerary in Jaipur- Rajasthan!