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Inside Six Senses Fort Barwara: Vicky Kaushal & Katrina Kaif’s Supposed Wedding Destination

We check into Six Senses Fort Barwara–the supposed wedding destination for Bollywood’s latest ‘It’ couple Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal slated to tie the knot this month. By Aindrila Mitra

Bollywood is abuzz with the wedding of Bollywood couple, Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif. Incidentally their destination wedding is supposedly taking place at the same property I happened to check in last month near Jaipur. I receive no official confirmation from the staff about an impending celebrity wedding, but the buzz and the valid inquisitiveness of a hush-hush Bollywood shaadi is irrepressible. While the property has 48 suites, only 19 of them are operational when I visit the latest luxury outpost of Six Senses in India—Six Senses Fort Barwara—that officially opened its gates in October this year. Work to complete the suites is on booster mode—after all if there’s a December wedding, and a VVIP one at that, timelines must be met, even if that implies 24×7 clock-in hour.

Location & history

Situated 22 kilometres from the Ranthambore National Park and overlooking the Barwara Lake as well  as the Chauth ka Barwara temple, this restored fort-cum-heritage resort is indeed a lesson in conservation. From Jaipur, the Barwara Fort is an easy three-hour drive, segueing colourful villages, until we hit Barwara village—and the fort stands tall—almost as a protector of this tiny community. The Barwara Fort was constructed originally in the 14th century by the Chauhans, and was then captured by the Rajawat dynasty from the Hadas in 1734. On our heritage and horticultural walk, tour curator Surya Pratap Singh shares the story of this conserved fort. During World War II, Raja Man Singh from the noble family of Barwara along with Jaipur State Armed Forces fought alongside the British. In appreciation of his services, he was given the title of Rao Bahadur. Today, the fort is owned by his grandson Prithviraj Singh, who spearheads the restoration of this erstwhile fort along with conservation experts, including landscape designer Savita Punde and horticulturist Pradeep Kishen of Sunder Nursery in New Delhi. The landscape retains the traditional gardens and water features, local native flora and fauna. Age-old water harvesting techniques are also contemporarised to not only celebrate the rains in this area, but make one aware of this precious resource through spiral structures across the resort.

I am a firm supporter of restoration and recycling. And from personal experience, I am aware of the efforts required to conserve an old property. My first impression on entering the Six Senses Fort Barwara is one of thankfulness and gratitude—to be able to relive in a 14th century construction requires serious devotion and passion from people who work behind these now-beautiful walls in remembrance of its past glory. The site, spanning 5.5 acre, is encircled by thick rock walls that rise to 20 feet in places. Inside the fort, three buildings, which traditionally accommodated the common, men’s and women’s palaces—the Mardana and Zenana Mahals—and two temples have been preserved and restored.

Spa & wellness

The temples and Zenana Mahal take centre-stage as the Six Senses Spa and fitness centre are located here. Spread over 30,000 square feet, this haven of wellness does not disappoint. Based on the Six Senses Integrated Wellness that plays a pivotal role across all Six Senses properties globally, the spa here offers an exhaustive Ayurvedic healing system, meditation, and customised wellness programmes. Dr Jitendra Varshney, popularly called Dr J, the in-house Ayurvedic doctor explains this better during my wellness consultation. “We follow the philosophy of Eat with Six Senses,” he says, based on guiding principles of natural ingredients, local and sustainable menus and less is more. Dr J smiles, “Nourish the body, don’t punish the body.” I pay heed, and head to enjoy the culinary menu led by Matthew Cropp, that’s based on the power of local products, responsible sourcing and seasonality.

I retire to my Aravalli Suite after a hearty meal. Besides the one-bedroom suites, there are five specialty suites. Each suite is a spacious haven of 1,800 square feet or more and designed in Rajasthani style, but with all the modern amenities any VIP guest might desire. As I snooze on the handmade mattress, I can’t help but imagine what a beautiful, intimate destination this restored fort is to celebrate any special occasion.

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Related: From Rajkummar-Patralekhaa to Vicky-Katrina, Check Out The Exotic Wedding Destinations Of Bollywood Celebs

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