(Last Updated on : 16/06/2016)
The Hill Fort of Kesroli is a 14th century fort
located in the city of Alwar
, India. Standing atop the rare dark Hornstone Breccia rocks, it is today a heritage hotel
owned and operated by Neemrana Hotels group. It is known for its turrets, arched verandahs and ramparts rising up to 50 to 65 metres (150 to 200 feet) that offer splendid agrarian views.
History of Hill Fort of Kesroli
The origin of the seven-turreted Hill Fort of Kesroli is traced back to over six centuries, said to have been built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs
, who are believed to be descendants of Lord Krishna
. They were later named Khanzadas after having converted to Islam
in the mid 14th century. Through the centuries, the fort has changed hands many times, having been conquered by the Mughals
and thereafter the Jats
, before finally reverting into the hands of the Rajputs in 1775, at the time when the princely state
was founded. The fort witnessed its golden period under Ranawat Thakur Bhawani Singh (1882-1934).
In the year 2004, the fort was given on lease to heritage company Neemrana Hotels, by Wing Commander Mangal Singh, to be converted into a modern day heritage hotel. It was subsequently restored by the co-owners of the group and restorers Aman Nath and Francis Wacziarg.
Hill Fort Kesroli as Heritage Hotel
The Hill Fort of Kesroli is a heritage hotel today with modern amenities, located on the outskirts of the Alwar district
. A part of the Neemrana group of heritage hotels, the Hill Fort Kesroli houses a total of 31 rooms, encompassing 4 duplex suites, 5 grand rooms, 10 suites and 12 rooms. Few of these accommodations include the suites Mubarak Mahal and Nirmal Mahal, grand rooms Hindola Mahal and Rajhans Mahal and room Maan Burj. The rooms exude a rustic feel with their traditional Rajasthani décor, some of them having a garden view. In-room amenities include individually controlled air conditioning and writing desk, private bathrooms with hot/cold running water and premium toiletries. The hotel provides free WiFi connectivity. It also has a multi-purpose hall which can be used for holding wedding
celebrations and conferences, and an outdoor swimming pool. Other facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour front desk, meeting facilities, a games room, a library, a tour desk and barbeque facilities. The food in the hotel offers authentic Rajasthani cuisines
at its in-house restaurant, where meals are served in a traditional style. The guests also enjoy buffet spreads of South Indian
, Chinese, French, Italian and Thai dishes in a serene ambience.
Kesroli also makes an ideal base for touring the neighbouring palaces
of Alwar and Sariska
Forts in India
Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan
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