Does time travel sound like a great idea for a weekend getaway? We have just the right place that takes you 300 years back in history, and it’s an hour’s drive away from Pune! We’re talking about Fort Jadhavgadh here, the same gorgeous Fort Jadhavgadh that was venue to the Future Theory Music Festival 2016. The theme “Time Travel With Us” made the 300 year old fort-turned-luxurious-hotel a perfect venue this February 2016.
The 300-year-old remnant of the Maratha regime, Fort Jadhavgadh, is set on 25 acres of land and is approximately 20km from NIBM, Pune. This heritage monument is preserved to date and everything about the hotel shouts out history as the grand entrance, the woodwork, the Durwaaza, the rock stairways, the terrace rooms, the hidden corridors and dungeons make it worth spending a weekend at.
Perched on a hill, the fort was built in 1710 by Pilaji Jadhavrao, and served as a residence and a safe haven during Mughal attacks. The fort was restored and converted into a resort by hotelier Dr Vithal Kamat in 2007. The architecture of the fort, right from the spikes on the main durwaaza to the stone stairways, is quite a relief from the modern designs of today.
Fort Jadhavgadh offers a number of stay options that range from the Maharaja suite to the tents. Imagine waking up to a beautiful sunrise on an intricately carved wooden bed, draped in silk upholstery, and opening your balcony door to enjoy a majestic view of a green, quiet valley? Makes us want to drive away right now!
Fort Jadhavgadh offers you various options to enjoy a peaceful weekend- curl up with a book under a tree, go bird watching, take a tour of the fort, take a walk around the well manicured lawns or simply enjoy a cup of hot tea in your balcony.
Payatha- the ethnic foothill restaurant, Aangan – the outdoor courtyard cafe and Chhajja – the all-day canopy dining, offer some finger licking goodness.
Perfect for a weekend getaway, a romantic weekend or a royal wedding, the fort also boasts of a museum that showcases a variety of collectibles from the 18th century.
After exiting the Expressway take the Kondwa- Pisoli road to Saswad. It’s a 2 km drive from Dive Ghat, a popular landmark.