Ancient Indian fort to be lux boutique

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Alila Hotels & Resorts is to transform a 230-year-old fort into a 59-suite boutique resort.

Alila Fort Bishangarh will be the group’s first Indian heritage property when it launches in late 2013.

Positioned on a granite hill in the Aravalli Mountain range, with 360-degree views, the site is owned by the ruling Maharaja, Rao Rajendra Singh, and has been in his family since the 14th century.

The fort is thought to be the only one of its kind to be converted into a heritage resort and is a unique example of the Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by both the Mughals and the British.

The ecological restoration project will focus on preserving the grandeur of the original fort with its two metre thick walls and original battlements and turrets, whilst developing new residential areas to recreate the courtly flavor of Shahpura’s royalty.

A completely new structure is being created above and outside the old fort to house five different styles of royal suites and lavish public areas.

Alila Fort Bishangarh has its own landholdings, which include the charming Bishangarh village and its havelis (mansions).

Each suite will be elegantly furnished with large bay windows, day beds and expansive bathrooms with footed bathtubs, with each suite comfortably accommodating a family of four.

Leisure facilities within the fort will include a Spa Alila, two speciality restaurants, an all-day coffee lounge, a bar and cigar room, wine cellar and library.

Other public areas will include a pool, pool terrace and juice bar, fitness centre and a ‘play soldiers club’ for children.

The hotel also hopes to be popular for weddings, banquets and conferences

Located at Bishangarh Village in the Jaipur District, Alila Fort Bishangarh is easily accessible from both Delhi and Jaipur, just 180 km (3 hours) from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and only 55 km (1 hour) from Jaipur Airport.

Alila Fort Bishangarh will become the third Alila property in India, joining the Alila Diwa Goa and Alila Bangalore to further strengthen the group’s Indian