Fort Chanwa Luni by Citrus, Jodhpur
VPO Luni Jodhpur
We embarked on our annual sojourn to Rajasthan. Jodhpur was our second stop. We zeroed in on Fort Chanwa Luni after scanning the web for hotels. It turned out to be the best. A stay that was truly the best in our trip. We reached a village and while en route, I was just wondering where have we landed. Can someone have a hotel in midst of a village? Believe me, it was a completely different world once we stepped inside the Fort gate. We were greeted warmly by the staff and were guided to our rooms. A sense of calm prevailed which was really soothing. The rooms were clean and well furnished. We did not have wi-fi in the rooms. It was worrisome at the beginning. But it does help you to enjoy your vacation. Cut off from the virtual world. I immediately explored the fort. A great view when you climb to the top. A photographer's delight. We had a cultural show in the evening which was set up in the lawn. Having a drink next to the fire was awesome. The stall run by locals there from where we purchased footwear and puppets were great. Ensure you haggle. The X'mas celebrations added more color to our stay. The food was awesome. The Chef catered to our needs. He had a warm personality and so did the support staff. I wish I could stay back for a few more days and do nothing. I am definitely going to be back at this place and also recommend to my near and dear. Wi-fi at all places would certainly help. Sharing your experience with your kith and Kin at that moment is really a joy.
We drove 35kms on the Jodhpur - Pali road to Luni, a small hamlet in the middle of nowhere and when the cab stopped in front of an ancient iron studded gate - I went, what the heck....had I goofed? But...yes, there is a but! the door opened and a man emerged in traditional Rajasthani attire and colourful turban applied the tikka and welcomed us into - the royal past! Yes, the vista which emerged was breathtakingly beautiful, we felt we had moved into a time capsule a few centuries ago, flames rose high from torches illuminating a high dais where beautiful village belles were performing a folk dance to the accompaniment of lovely music, the fort rose high and mighty behind them guarding the lawns and the rich tones of yesteryears. This was the home of Raja Dalip Singh, cousin of the present Raja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur (who by the way is still respected and is involved in the day to day lives of the people of Jodhpur), which has been converted into a heritage hotel since 1992. The staff here are descendants of the royal help who have served royalty for centuries, and boy, did they know how to treat us like royals! Feeling energised by the sheer beauty of the place, we checked into our surprisingly modern room, and came out to enjoy the evening\'s cultural program. Rooms are beautiful, but can do with a few more plug points as charging of mobiles/Ipod etc. is a pain. Being Indians, we prefer water to tissue paper in the toilets and since provision for a tap is available, why not just give a tap and toilet paper too? No TV in the rooms is a great idea but if you have kids with you, this resort is not for you. This is a getaway - from everything that you do normally - in total silence. More than 3 days will put most people at a loss for things to do, unless you want to do just that - NOTHING! I certainly recommend this resort for the discerning traveller who want something out of the routine and mundane - its an enriching experience.
My idea of a holiday is to go to a place where there is nothing to do,where you can get good food and where you can just laze around with nice book and endless cups of tea. Fort Chanwa,Luni in Rajasthan fits the bill perfectly.. I had booked room through RCI. Luni is a tiny but prosperous village of 5000 people,situated just 35 kms away from Jodhpur. Nearness to Jodhpur is an advantage. When one wants a change from relaxing routine one can easily visit Jodhpur and visit its many sights and do some leheriya shopping! Also nearby is a village, kankani,made famous by Salamn khan for Blackbuck shooting, where you can get wonderful cotton and wool durries. Few rooms were inside the fort and few were in annexe.. They are also adding new rooms which indicates popularity of the destination. Our room in annexe was small but adequate. Bathroom was nice and clean.There was no T.V. which was a relief. Lighting in the room was little in-adaquate. Reading in room light was difficult. I particularly liked patio outside the room. It was shaded by neem tree,under which there were dining table and chairs where we had our morning and evening tea in company of many birds and squirrels.Patio also had old wooden bench for seating. From Patio one can view entire resort making an ideal place to pass the time. Service was excellent. Serve with smile was their motto.Right from front office to sweepers staff members looked after all our needs. Cleanliness was worth taking note of. Compound and room were spotlessly clean. Fort Chanwa is 150 years old. Renovation started in 1993. It is interesting to see photos of how it was renovated and turned into hotel. We were surprised to know that more than 90% of their guests are from abroad and remaining are RCI members. They hardly get any domestic tourists. It needs promotion in the Indian tourist market
Had a wonderful time with my family. Properly is well managed and the staff are very courteous. Rooms are well maintained, food is very good but expensive. 7 stars to this beautiful property. Visited the palaces which are well maintained, worth seeing and spending money. There are other two/three sites which are worth visiting. Bandhani Dresses and mojdehi are available at the market near Ghanta Ghar at a very moderate price and worth buying from there and is the best place to buy in Rajasthan. I recommend to place a hotel sign board on the highway and at different interval till the hotel premises. The staff at the restaurant are very courteous and their service is very much appreciated. Mr. Gajendra Singh, front desk manager, is very polite and cooperative. Overall I strongly recommend families to stay in the palace.
It was a great experience in staying away from a milling crowd of city. Service staff, food, entertainment, cleanliness and the majestic view of the Fort added to our comfort and far exceeded our expectations. History of the Fort available in the folders kept in the room was very fascinating and added to our curiosity to know more about the imperial form of governance prevailing then. Thanks and wish you huge success in your endeavour to achieve excellence.
Fort Chanwa Luni by Citrus is ranked #14 among the 559 hotels in Jodhpur with an average rating of 5.5 out of 7. It is one of the 45, 1-star Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur. It is part of the "Citrus Hotels & Resorts " chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 41 photos and 111 text reviews and is rated top for its Appearance, Service and Food & Drink. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 2,100 to Rs 2,300 per night. The hotel offer 64 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (57%) and Couple (24%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 47% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 23% have rated the ambience as magnificent.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Jan, Feb and Mar for the best experience.
Fort Chanwa Luni by Citrus is located at VPO Luni .
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Restaurant, Room Service, Laundry Services, Doctor On Call and AC. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta adds, “Invincible and mighty Fort. The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. ” Read More
HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “Invincible and mighty Fort; The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. Mehra is a Rajasthani word for the Sun and it is not at all unlikely that the Suryavanshi Rathore Read More