Dowlat Villas Palace The Heritage – Experiences

When one stays at the Dowlat Villas Palace The Heritage, a heritage hotel in the town of Himmatnagar which is the district headquarters of Sabarkantha district in Gujarat, India, one also discovers many hitherto unknown historical gems that exist in the surroundings, which the members of the erstwhile royal family will take delight in escorting guests to.

Being a region rich in history and culture and also blessed with some fascinating geographical features, the hosts at the hotel have taken a great interest in curating experiences, both within the property, as well as in its heritage rich surroundings.

During my 2 day stay, Karni Singh Idar, who owns and manages the heritage hotel, was my gracious host who accompanied me to a few places, some of which were surreal and mesmerizing and my camera was quite captivated by them.

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Dowlat Villas Palace The Heritage – Himmatnagar – Gujarat

Tall white metal gates greet us as we approach the heritage hotel. Regal and imposing, they bear circular plates depicting the sun, the coat of arms and the flag of the Idar state. A trishul (trident) sits atop, pointing skywards.

I have arrived at my destination where I am going to spend the next 2 days exploring the history and heritage that this place and its surroundings have to showcase.

This is the Dowlat Villas Palace The Heritage, a mouthful of a name that befits the huge building that lies within.

A portion of the home of the kin of the erstwhile royal family of Idar, this is a heritage hotel located in the mid sized city of Himmatnagar, which is the district headquarters of Sabarkantha, a northern district of Gujarat in India.

An interesting blend of history coupled with a detailed revamping, has now made this a sought out luxury stay in this city.

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Darbargadh Poshina Heritage Palace – Excursions

The Darbargadh Poshina Heritage Palace lies in northern Gujarat amidst the ruggedly beautiful Aravalli range of mountains and close to the borders of Rajasthan.

Poshina is a tribal village deep within the rural environs of the region and while it might seem like an unlikely contender for the affections of tourists from the world over, it yet attracts them in large numbers.

So what puts the Posh in Posh’ina? This is a land that is vibrant with colorful tribals and their exotic customs. Visitors are attracted by the allure of the unusual experiences that they can be a part of and these are the ‘luxuries’ that draw them here, at times repeatedly.

The erstwhile royal family at the heritage stay are gracious hosts and they have a well curated range of excursions and tours into the surroundings, where they personally escort their guests.

So jump into the Jeep and set out with our host and guide Harendrapal Sinh ji who is popularly known as Hanu ji and experience an entertaining and endearing time in the charming environs of tribal Gujarat.

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Darbargadh Poshina Heritage Palace – Poshina, Gujarat

Rural Gujarat is emerald green in springtime and an absolute treat for the eyes. My cab whizzes past large tracts of pastoral land and the 4 hour journey from Ahmedabad to Poshina is a very pleasant one, on roads that are as smooth as silk.

As we near our destination, we turn off the highway and find ourselves within a large village where commendably the roads still maintain their quality. We drive through the hustle and bustle and abruptly come upon a large iron gateway that opens up between walls, that from afar seemed like yet another facet of the village environs. A closer look indicates that we have in fact arrived at the gates of the heritage hotel which is to be our home for the next 2 days.

Darbargadh Poshina is an ancient fort that is now a family run heritage stay which is owned and managed by the erstwhile royals who ruled these regions before Indian independence.

Located in the Khedbrahma taluka of Sabarkantha district of Gujarat in India, this place offers an actual ambience of bygone times along with experiences that are offbeat. This is certainly an endearing destination for those who seek the non touristy, uncommon route.

So enter the gates with me and let us peer into the Jaalis and peep out of the Jharokas of the home and explore what its formidable walls hold within.


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Mani Mansion – Farm and Experiences

The smoky aroma of fresh green, milky wheat being roasted on a open fire, wafts across to us as we drive up into the farm. I feel a great sense of excitement and delight at the sight of rows upon rows of crops and vegetables that lie expansively before me.

My elation goes up further at the sight of several species of birds perching on wires, darting between the plants and flying around, as I look on enthralled. I have reached a farm on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat, India.

Ahmedabad is a large metropolitan city but it is surrounded by vast stretches of agricultural land, even within distances of a mere 20 km from city limits.

Ravi Dalal and his father Tushar Bhai Dalal who own and run the  Welcome Heritage Mani Mansion hotel which is in the heart of Ahmedabad, also posses a 7 acre farmland which they avidly tend to with enthusiasm.

Most of their grains and vegetables are sourced from the farm and are used in their hotel restaurant, which is quite a luxury for people living in urban areas.

Being a great fan of farms and fields, I requested them to take me on a tour of the place and they willingly obliged.

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