Khirasara Heritage Palace, Rajkot
Kalawad Road, Nr. Metoda G.I.D.C., At : Khirsara (Ranmalji)
Phone Number 0-2827-288444 www.heritagekhirasarapalace.in
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The architecture and heritage of Gujarat had left an unforgettable impression during my visit to Kutch and Bhuj four years back. Since then was waiting for an opportunity to explore its heritage culture. A religious family get-together in Gujarat was planned during Christmas vacation in December 2013. A little Google search helped me in locating KHIRASARA HERITAGE PALACE, a glorious and rich Kathiawari heritage property near Rajkot Khirasara Palace was built 450 years back, by then Saurashrtra king and has since gone under restoration work many times over the period. It took 17 years to bring it to its current splendour and glory A very warm and hospitable welcome by the courteous staff was awaiting us at the Rajkot bus stop. It took us half an hour to drive from the main city of Rajkot to Khirasara Palace, situated on a secluded hilltop. The huge and magnificent entrance with two canons from Junagarh, recalls the history of this sprawling 7 acres property The palace has been beautifully and aesthetically laid out and the eminence of it can be felt once you enter. A beautiful landscape in the centre surrounded by the palatial rooms and restaurants adds to its glory. All the rooms and suites have been given a glorious royal touch by having the furniture carved traditionally and the royal artefacts with all the modern day amenities. Even the accessories in the bathrooms are made of brass. All the rooms on the ground floor as well as the first floor face the landscaping and have a porch or a balcony. For an overwhelming experience of the royalty one should stay in the Maharaja suite or maharani suite. You cannot resist but pamper yourself as the Maharaja or maharani of Kathiawar. Maharaja Suite has glimpses of all riches and royalty whereas the Maharani suite has an exclusive location above the Jail Vihar, the swimming pool, with a separate entrance. The combination of imperial with the ultra modern interiors of the dressing room will make it an unforgettable and exotic experience The Jail Vihar, is the name given to the swimming pool. It has a complete Kathiawari architect, a palatial backdrop and a huge door at the entrance. In spite of being cool December with afternoon temperature being 15 degrees, I resist myself from taking a swim in the Jail Vihar. The staff was courteous enough to provide the swimwear for all four of us, without any rentals. To recreate oneself, apart from the swimming pool, it also houses an indoor games room. A small temple is also located inside the premises Winds and Waves Cafe, is a good place for breakfast. The interior of the cafe has pictures of the ruins of the different parts of the palace with its history. It gets quite interesting when you compare the place where you are standing with how it was centuries ago. The breakfast has a huge spread and is awesome. Sheesh quarter and Deep quarter provide indoor and candle lit outdoor multicuisine dining facility. But the lunch and dinner were average, which can be improvised upon. Jain meals were available on request. Though the options in the menu is unlimited but if you are going for package including meal the options get very restricted The staff is very helpful and courteous and takes good care of the guest and caters to our requirements if possible. As our train was a little late they provided the drop car to the station for additional one hour to see the Rajkot city One small notable thing which drew my attention was the huge treasure box placed outside the rooms. I opened it out of my curiosity and was surprised to find the trash bin and housekeeping materials in it, a lovely way to use it A lot of events are organized at the Palace garden viz. New Year party, Diwali party, Royal Weddings, Seminars etc. Which can accommodate more than 1000 people. The palace is open for day visitors as well It's difficult to put all that you experience and see in words but to conclude, would strongly recommend one and all to experience this luxury and history of Kathiawar.
For the holiday trip. I traveled Rajkot. I stayed in Khirasara Heritage palace. I went there in the month of December 2016 along with my family. I booked this hotel through online. I am basically from Kolkata. The Destination of the Rajkot is excellent. The location of the hotel was very good. It was out of the city. Parking facility was available. The appearance of the hotel was beautiful. The reception was polite to welcome us. They didn't delay at the time of check in and check out. The room was excellent. It was nice. All basic things were available in the room. The AC TV and WiFi were available. The washroom was neat and tidy. The food was nice. Vegetarian food was available. It was very expensive. I had complimentary food. It was tasty. Food quality was very nice. The dining hall was very neat and tidy. The services were well kept. They were very cooperative and they serve on time. No swimming pool available. Overall this hotel was simply superb for the stay.
Decent rooms and excellent service by staff. Food is good. The whole property is very maintained. But once you reach there, there are not sufficient activities. Swimming pool is just a kiddie's pool. Property is also comparatively small. What you expect is palace or fort. But do not get it. Otherwise was a very peaceful experience.
Apt for a business and leisure stay. Away from the maddening rush of the city, located in a peaceful location amongst the farms. Well light and airy. Everything right from the entrance lobby to swimming pool to rooms all speak of grandeur and excellence. Food in the restaurant is good. Very apt for wedding and conferences. Gives the guest a feel of utter luxury.
The Khirasara palace is awesome heritage hotel which is situated about 20 - 25 km from the city centre. The place is amazing as it's obvious for the heritage. The look of the hotel is like palace of king. The front gate is majestic with the firing equipments used for fighting. The uniform of the servant also like kingdom type. The rooms were majestic. The garden area is great where we can roam and take fresh air. The atmosphere there is quite amazing. It also can be visited as sight seeing. The food quality was also superb and amazing. The service was decent. The rates were the thing I noticed that are too high for the place like Rajkot. But overall it's must watch place. Visit it if you visit Rajkot.
Khirasara Heritage Palace is ranked #3 among the 229 hotels in Rajkot with an average rating of 6.1 out of 7. It is one of the 5, 4-star Heritage Hotels in Rajkot. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 103 photos, 122 text reviews and 1 video reviews. it is rated top for its Appearance, Food & Drink and Room. 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 8,400 to Rs 9,100 per night. The hotel offer 25 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. Couple (44%) and Family (38%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 50% 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 Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
Khirasara Heritage Palace is located at Kalavad Road .
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, Parking Facility, Restaurant and Room Service. 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.