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Deogarh Mahal-A Heritage Hotel

Deogarh Madaria District Rajsamand 313331 Rajasthan, India.


About

Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. Centuries in the making, Deogarh Mahal's history begins far before the majestic palace was ever built. Even at first glance at the palace, it's obvious that Deogarh Mahal has been an integral part of the Mewar aristocracy and heritage, passed down from many Rawats, a local title equivalent to Raja, to be used as a personal residence and fort.

As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” – the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan. At its most extensive, their territory comprised some 210 villages, with one of their defensive forts as far as 100 km away. Yet there is little ostentation and even less gold to be found in their palace. Like most of the Mewar nobility, they spent too much time fighting to have much to spare for amassing great wealth.

?And yet if one of their ancestors, had had a better sense of humour, the throne of Mewar might even have been theirs…

It is the public face of the Deogarh rulers that we encounter first. The gateway into the front courtyard passes beneath the “Kacheri” where justice was administered reminding us immediately that they held powers of life and limb over their subjects. Then the richly painted palace entrance leads us up, past a couple of small family shrines, through a series of narrow passages and staircases. (A grander entrance route would have been harder to defend!)

?But notice how well-worn the steps are here, compared with other parts of the palace. This is the area that saw the heavy traffic, the villagers coming to pay their feudal dues or seek some judicial remedy. Their business took them only as far as the first floor, where the revenue and general administration departments were located at the front of the building.


Accommodation Overview


The hotel has 60 Rooms ( 1 Maharana Suite 4 Royal Suites, 30 Deluxe Suites, 25 Deluxe Rooms). Each room is comfortably elegant, with attached bathrooms fitted with modern amenities. All restorations and alterations on the Mahal were carried out, bearing in mind the old architectural style of the building.