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Stay at Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar

High above the banks of the sacred Narmada River, this palace, built in 1766, has been lovingly converted into a small boutique hotel with only 14 rooms, attractive gardens and a lovely pool.

Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, India

Situated high above the banks of the sacred Narmada River, Ahilya Fort was the capital of one of the most celebrated women rulers - Ahilya Bai Holkar. Built in 1766, the fort-palace is a typical example of the Maratha architecture of the period.

Your host is Prince Shivaji Roa Holker, son of the last Maharajah of Indore who takes a personal interest in the care of his guests. During your stay, a boat trip can be taken to Baneshwar Temple in the middle of the river where you can swim in the cool, unpolluted waters. Ahilya Fort has 1 two-bedroom suite, 8 double bedrooms and two luxury tents.

Completely off the beaten track, Ahilya Fort is a wonderful place to relax, explore the small untouched village, and drive out to Mandu, a vast abandoned city dating from the 10th century and abandoned in the 16th after an illustrious line of Moghul leaders.

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