Alila Fort Bishangarh is a luxurious accommodation in its own right. When paired with Alila Experiences—replete with tradition, culture, heritage, the surrounding landscape, and community—the 231-year-old warrior fort makes for an enriching abode. By Bayar Jain
Sitting mightily on a granite hillock surrounded by the Aravallis, Alila Fort Bishangarh exudes tradition, culture and heritage from its seams. And rightly so, considering a 231-year-old history backs its grandiose avatar of today. With Alila Experiences, these moments of conscious travelling come to life.
Taste of Rural Life at Alila Fort Bishangarh
The best way to experience local is to live local. At Alila Fort Bishangarh, consider biting into the surrounding village’s rural lifestyle by lending locals a hand at household chores such as milking buffaloes and goats or cooking authentic dishes at firewood stoves made from bricks and mud. To round the authentic experience, relish staple foods, savour fresh hand-churned buttermilk, and sip on homemade kulhad masala chai amid scenic views.
Journey to Discover Bishangarh
With this tour, experience the local life, culture, crafts, and traditions of Bishangarh. Begin with a visit to Narsingh Maharaj Temple, where morning prayers ring through the ancient spiritual site even today. Next, break away from this tranquility and dive right into the bustling morning routines on the streets of Bishangarh village—stories of which can be unravelled over masala chai at a local family’s 150-year-old haveli. Along the way, visit artisans of handcrafted jewellery and carpet weaving; sculpt a pot with a local potter; stop by at a flour mill; and unwind with a champi, a traditional Indian head massage at a barbershop.
Zero Mile Culinary Experience at Alila Fort Bishangarh
Sustainable sourcing lies at the heart of Alila Fort Bishangarh. Organic gardens and farms envelope the Fort, each of which create the ideal premises to experience an organic farm trail and forage with the in-house chef.
Alternatively, await under a tree amidst the farm where a farm-to-table, plant-based menu is cooked on a mud stove. The curated menu celebrates regional and seasonal flavours of the land, bow-tied with traditional tastes.
Spiritual Journey to Amarsar
At Alila Fort Bishangarh, start the day on a spiritual note. A jeep ride through the serene Aravalli hills, across the sand dunes of the hillside Amarsar village, takes travellers to Kalka Mata Mandir. Located 500 meters above sea level, this temple houses Amarsar’s local deity—Kalka Mata—which attracts worshippers to offer prayers. Follow this spiritual visit with a breakfast on the hills and spectacular views to calm the mind before ensuing with the travels of the day.