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The majestic 250 year old fort sits on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River, surrounded by the beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar.
Staying at Ahilya Fort is an extraordinary experience and one which is straight out of the 18th century; this is truly off the tourist trail and well worth it.
The views over the river and down onto the ghats are exceptional and there is a wonderful swimming pool within the fort gardens.
The food is delicious, and principally organic, grown in the fort's own vegetable garden. Meals are taken in different areas at different times; and all the charming rooms have superb views, balconies or gardens. Terraces and shady verandahs abound for relaxing on deep, cushioned mattresses or sofas; and a stroll down through the town to the ghats is a must.
The Rewa Society, a weaving centre housed inside the fort, is famous throughout India, producing some of the country's finest cloth and saris.
During your stay, you can visit the ruined city of Mandu, the island temple of Omkareshwar, take a boat ride during the day or by sunset, and visit the nearby villages. You can also camp out under the stars for a few nights at their camp further down the river.
Why we love it
- Your host, Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar, is often around, and will share the stories and history of the fort as well as his culinary skills with you during your stay.