Our family trip to Alwar in Rajasthan was a mixture of disappointments & discoveries (read more about it here). The beautiful and ecologically fragile Alwar district, in which one the oldest hill ranges Aravalis passes through, has a good potential for eco-tourism. Unfortunately, this potential has not been tapped properly by the state tourism department of Rajasthan. However, it was nice for me to discover that some private players have started good initiatives in this regard.
The Dadhikar Fort (Alwar) is a beautiful private fort in the midst of rolling Aravali mountain range which has been converted into a lovely luxury hotel. We visited it as a result of our unsuccessful attempt to visit Bala Quila (Fort), located some distance to Dadhikar Fort. This unplanned visit to Dadhikar Fort turned out to one of the nicest discoveries of our Alwar trip.
The road to Dadhikar Fort is narrow, mostly unpopulated and passes through fields, forests & open grasslands. It is a lovely sight indeed to drive to the fort.
We spotted the quaint fort from a distance and sitting pretty among lots foliage in the hills, it looked mysteriously inviting.
Since we were day visitors, we had to pay INR 200 per person, for entry which included tea , & guided tour inside the fort. I liked the rustic royalty touch in the fort's architecture, starting from the entrance to the rest of the fort.
The Manager of the fort was a friendly sort of gentleman, who came down and explained about the fort resort and even showed us the various rooms, in case we wanted to come back for a longer stay sometime in future. We strolled through all the 3 levels, taking our time, clicking photographs of the interesting corridors, facade and courtyard.
The views of the landscape from all sides of the fort were just too amazing; rolling hills, blue skies & greenery and the sound of wind was magic to our ears.
After strolling for quite some time, we sat down for tea, courteously brought out on the courtyard by the staff. It was very relaxing to sit in the shade, breeze blowing and just our family sitting around & chatting.
We were given a booklet on Dadhikar Hotels and this is the history on the The Dadhikar Fort as per it - Dadhikar Fort came into existence almost 1100 years ago, around 9-10 century, as a residential camp made in the dense forests amidst the Aravali Hills in Matsya Janpad area by a deserted family of King Chand who had to leave his capital named Abhanagari(the place of grace), after having lost everything in flood there.Later on, keeping in view the beauty of nature and the safest place all around they permanently settled here, and resided here before moving Nikumbh Mahal (Bala Qila) presently in Alwar and thereafter Dadhikar became the usual place for military camps and manufacturing of battle arms.With the Passage of time, the Fort had gone in to very dilapidated condition which has now been restored its original form renovating with modern necessities to bring the graceful history of the Dadhikar on the world map.
As a family, we spent quality time at Dadhikar fort and were impressed by the friendly staff, amazing views and the lovely architecture of the Fort Resort. I would certainly be coming back here for a longer stay and totally recommend it for a visit if travelling to Alwar.