Fort Jadhavgadh, Pune
Hadapsar Saswad Road, Jadhavwadi, Pune, Maharashtra 412301
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We decided one weekday morning to spend a day at this Fort converted to a luxury hotel - more out of curiosity. Called up the hotel and booked a room - no hassles, they were quite helpful. The drive from Mumbai to Pune through expressway is decent as expected, but as I knew that Hadapsar traffic can be bad and irritating, I took the advice of one of the earlier reviewers and took the alternate route through Pune Bypass / NH4 / Khed Shivapur-Sansvad link road. Missed the turn at Khed Shivapur to the Sansvad link road and ended up at the toll on NH4. Luckily, as it was a very bad traffic with long queue at the toll booth, took a U-turn at the toll booth, drove a few kms back, took a U-turn again, stopped and asked for directions. Then I realized that I had actually overshot the turn, and thanks to the long queue at the toll, I had ended up back at the right turn! Took the Khed Shivapur-Sansvad link road. Road condition was not good, but no traffic. I figure that it is about 10-14 kms more than the Hadapsar route. As mentioned by most, the last leg has bad roads - driveable, but bad. Entrance to the hotel is impressive, even if the driveway is small. Valet parking service is available, but the parking area is open and dusty. They could have made better provision for parking. The Welcome was pretty good with traditional bugle (?). The reception area was interesting - in the passage leading to the inside of the fort. Rather small and dimly lit, but looked good. Check-in and also the check out later was quick, hassle free. Quite hospitable staff everywhere from the front desk to restaurants to room service, but not very professionally trained. Spoke little English, bad communicators, but good intentions. Do not expect them to offer information about the fort, the hotel, facilities, or any other information by themselves - you have to ask. We had chosen the premium room with rain shower - had a look at the premium room with hill view also, but opted for the rain shower room as there was a planned wedding reception in the lawn outside the hotel, and I expected it to be noisy and bright, spoiling the beautiful view. The rain shower room has no window that opens to a view, so if you are the claustrophbic type, you may have problems. The rain shower itself was a big disappointment. It was just like a tap at a height of about 10-12 feet - that is all. No shower in the rain shower area, unless it actually rains! Luckily the room has standard shower also, which was quite good. The room was excellent. The only issue was that the dressing area is plumb near the w/c, with no separation. The room was well maintained, excellent and comfortable bed. I was initially apprehensive of the quality of the hotel as it was in a remote place, with high rates and not run by one of the famous chains. But definitely room was well maintained for the rates one has to pay. There are two restaurants - Chajja and Payatha. Chajja is the 24 hour coffee shop and multi-cuisine restaurant, and also has a small balcony with a couple of tables, and has an excellent view of the hills. An excellent way to have evening tea / coffee / food. We had dinner at the Payatha - the traditional Maharashtrian food restaurant. We surprised to note that 80% of the food is standard fare, not the traditional Maharastrian fare! The buffet was cancelled and we were offered only a-la-Carte as the occupancy of the hotel was only about 20 rooms. They have about 60 rooms, and if the occupancy is less than 30/35 rooms, apparently they cancel the buffet and open it for a-la- carte only. The service was outright lousy - even a glass of water took 1/2 hour! When we expressed our displeasure, we were told that all the chefs have gone to serve the wedding party at the lawn, hence the service at the restaurant is bad. They had apparently expected 600 guests for the wedding, and 1000 guests had arrived for the wedding. Why should guests like us suffer because of the wedding party? The food was decent quality. We had breakfast at Chajja. The spread was decent, quality was also decent. And the staff were quite hospitable. The spa - we were informed at the spa that it is fully booked, with only a specific type of massage and only one time slot is available - surprising, as we were told that the occupancy of the hotel is only 20 rooms, but the spa is fully booked - we figured it is possibly because the staff were on leave, and they did not want to say that! So could not experience the spa. The spa has only massage - no jacuzzi, no steam and no sauna. The pool is decent sized, near the top of the fort. There were a couple of neem trees near the pool, hence the water was full of leaves. We did not want to use the pool because of this - and we could not see a single person using the pool! Maybe because of the cold weather. The fort is a relatively small fort, and not a very spacious one - not a palace. There is a museum nearby, which is open only from 9 -6. It has personal collections of old household articles. The hotel has no provision for any other activity, nor is the area suitable for outdoor activity like trekking. The cell phone coverage inside the room was virtually zero - if we had to make a call, we had go out to the ramparts to get a decent signal. Wi-fi internet is offered by the hotel, but expensive. Our stay was relaxing, comfortable, painless. On the way back to Mumbai, we decided to drive through Hadapsar / Ranjangaon Mahaganapati temple, as it was relatively close-by.
We stayed at Fort Jadhavgadh on an extended weekend in September 2016. The property is a fort built in 1700s and has been restored and turned into a hotel now. The property is very well maintained with lush green lawns and a nursery as well. Do take the audio tour of the fort to know more about its history. The staff here is super helpful and friendly. We were travelling with a 6 month old baby and the staff would be prompt in getting us things we needed. There are activities like Pottery, Trekking, bullock Cart ride etc which will definitely keep you entertained. Chhajja and Paaythha were the two restaurants where we had our meals. The buffet had a good spread and also included a few Maharashtrian dishes! For people interested in photo-ops, do ask the reception about sari draping. The person would come to your room and help you with a nauvari sari, and turn you into a Peshwa royalty! We even saw deer during the short morning trek and a variety of birds! We loved our stay and I would recommend at least 2 night's stay!
It's as close as one could get to the beautiful palace forts of Rajasthan in Pune. Beautiful place, a little on the outskirts of Pune, near Saswad along Pune-Solapur highway. Very well-preserved palace cum fort of the Jadhavrao dynasty. A lot of greenery and plantations in and around the fort. The staff makes you feel totally royal with their extravagant welcome ceremony. The entire look and feel of the place is totally out of history books. Extremely huge lawns for group activities or relaxing. Different secret pathways and dungeons open to tourists. Swimming pool on the terrace adorned with good seating arrangements. They even organise pretty good treasure hunt activities for groups which makes you explore the entire fort independently. A ganpati temple for the devouts amidst the lawns. Good food with veg and non veg options. The architecture is kept well and the furnitures leave no stone unturned in giving the royal feel. Complete with a museum, preserving the historical artifacts of the dynasty and a guide to give the details of it all. There are even rooms for overnight stays, complete with all the facilities. Food is good, nothing extraordinary but served in beautiful ambiance. All in all, a great experience and a must visit for all those who prefer a little quiet away from the city and have an eye for historical places and want to experience being a royalty.
Fort Jadhavgadh is an awesome place to stay, it gives you a feel of that royal living. As soon as one enters the fort, a man blows a 'horn'(tutari) to welcome the guests and another person beats the drums. It's quite nice to be welcomed like that. The rooms are lovely and authentic. We stayed in a suite with open Shower room, its quite Romantic. Fort Jadhavgadh is a hotel property with modern amenities catering to International Standards of a leisure hotel, without hurting its heritage status, which truly reflects the spirit of the local province, its people and its customs. The food is good too, both at chajja and pyatha restaurants. Breakfast spread and taste is very good at Chajja with a great view to enjoy. The hotel has a an unique museum, places to eat, a garden to wander around, a temple for those who are interested, a pool on the roof (its the best), a spa & few restaurants. The In house museum of the hotel was too good visit. As one wanders around in the garden, it's best to take a walk along the slopes and beyond the tented accommodation. The walk can be quite interesting as one climbs on the hillocks. Overall a truely Amazing Rustic & Royal Experience.
Interior of the hotel was very fantastic. Location of the hotel was very nice. Ambience of the hotel was very good. No delays in check-in and check-out. Overall services were fully satisfactory. I stayed there for only one night. I made my booking via online service. Hotel was located at about 50-65 kms distance from Pune. They did not provide welcome drink. We paid Rs. 10,000 for one day. Swimming pool and other activities were there. I stayed at deluxe room there. Hot water facility was not there. TV was not working properly. Food was available and it was delicious. Continental food was there. Activities were good in this hotel. I went there with my husband and it was a relaxation trip. I went there in the month of October. WI-FI and intercom facility was there. Food was complimentary there. Staff behaviour was helpful and friendly. Services were fully satisfactory. I will recommend this hotel to other travellers.
Fort Jadhavgadh is ranked #8 among the 1473 hotels in Pune with an average rating of 5.7 out of 7. It is one of the 15, 5-star Heritage Hotels in Pune. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 155 photos, 219 text reviews and 6 video reviews and is rated top for its Appearance, Room and Service. 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 9,700 to Rs 10,300 per night. The hotel offer 46 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 (44%) and Couple (42%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 58% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 23% have rated the ambience as romantic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Apr, May and June for the best experience.
Fort Jadhavgadh is located at Jadhav Wadi .
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 Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Restaurant, Room Service 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.