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Luxury getaways in IndiaLuxury getaways in India

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ROMANCE AND FANTASY are the keywords which describe Devi Garh, a converted maharajahís citadel 28 km northeast of Udaipur, overlooking the village of Delwara in the Aravali Hills. This ambitious regeneration of a heritage structure fuses traditional architecture with splendid modern details, design, materials and conveniences in a setting so far from the here-and-now as to place one in a separate mindspace altogether. You canít quite decide where you fit in time, with the unspoiled vistas, classical balconies and turrets, acres of white marble, and bathrooms of outstanding opulence, counterpoised with works of contemporary art and touches of tasteful modernism. You never wake up from the dream.
   The high service component only adds to the experience, with a staff-to-guest ratio that insures extreme attention if you want it. Accommodation goes from just-plain-cushy to over-the-top posh, and itís virtually impossible to pry oneself away from the poolside, leafing through your best seller, sipping lime water, punctuated by refreshing dips in water held to a perfect bathing temperature, and the lazy napping this kind of escapism encourages. All this before your visit to the Serena Spa, where the signature Marma treatment will leave you near-anæsthetized in a zone of total relaxation.
   Iím not convinced thereís all that much to do in the area, though a walk with a guide through the settlement below can be a good introduction to a typical Rajasthani village, albeit one accustomed to a luxury resort in operation up on the hill for a decade, meaning higher prices than other hamlets. There is an amazing temple dating to AD 1100 well worth a visit, an offering, a prayer. A local astrologer will tell your future for about US$20, and there is a very fine naïve stone carver whose reliefs make excellent mementoes. Then a hike back up to the gates, a return to the sweet unreality, followed by a masterfully executed traditional meal, perhaps in a mirrored private dining room high in the palace, accompanied by the strains of traditional flute. No wonder this spot was once called Raza Inayat, which translates to Place of Gods and Goddesses. The resort is perfectly sized for meetings and events, delivering a singular getaway from the realities of the world, and ample time and space to rest and renew. Unforgettable.

 

Devi Garh
Delwara, NH 8, Near Eklingji
Nathdwara, District Rajsamand 313 202
Rajasthan
India
Telephone 91 11 2335-4554
www.deviresorts.com
reservations@deviresorts.com

 

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You canít quite decide where you fit in time, with the unspoiled vistas, classical balconies and turrets, acres of white marble, and bathrooms of outstanding opulence, counterpoised with works of contemporary art and touches of tasteful modernism. You never wake up from the dream

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