Best heritage stay near Mumbai-Pune: Fort JadhavGADH

“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.” – Unknown

Wondering why the heavy quote?

If we have to explain our connection to our heritage, every small and big events that happened to our collective culture, this quote kind of summed it up. Historically seen, most modern cultures have emerged from times of bloodshed, conquest and battles. During those events, many buildings of historic and military importance were built and destroyed. Over hundreds of years, civilisations of the world have tried to preserve and prevent further destruction of these marks of our history. UNESCO and Archaeological Societies have and continued to work towards the preservation of monuments, forts, castles, churches, temples, mosques of historical value. But when you look at a culturally rich nation like India which has had influences from the north, south, west and far east, it is incredibly difficult to locate, protect and preserve every single monument of importance. Some of these properties are flourishing today as resorts, museums, places of interest thanks to private interest.

In this blog, we will take you on a journey through 300 years of history and experience of the grandiose of the Maratha regime at Fort JadhavGADH – Maharashtra’s only Fort Heritage hotel. Located 2 hr drive away from Mumbai in the Saswad region of Pune, this hotel provides one with the luxury, comfort and beauty of the Sahyadri Mountains (The western ghats of India).

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The story of Fort JadhavGADH starts from the man who himself was as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he created. Pilaji Jadhavrao, the then Maratha General who built this fort. But before we take you to Fort JadhavGadh, lets dig a little deeper into its history.

In 1707, Chhatrapati Shahuji, the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji, was released after 21 years of imprisonment by the Mughal ruler Shahjahan. The Mughals still controlled the Maratha region but were losing some ground because of Aurangzeb’s death. It was during this time that Shahuji thought of a comprehensive plan. His ultimate goal was to bring back the lost glory of the Maratha empire and recapture the region from the Mughals. He was also an excellent judge of characters. Therefore, he appointed a select group of loyal men, to spread far and wide across the region and recharge the quiescent emotions of the people.

It was this select group of men of honor that Pilaji Jadhavrao was a part of. With a keen focus on the mission assigned to him, Pilaji lost no time in gathering able men across Jadhavgadhi and Saswad area and to train them to fight for the victory of the Marathas. Power of the mind or the sword, whichever instrument seemed more befitting for use at a particular situation, Pilaji used most assuredly. It was through the heroic efforts of men like Pilaji Jadhavrao that Chhatrapati Shahuji finally sat on the throne of the Maratha empire. Pilaji Jadhavrao breathed his last in 1784 after leading a long and fulfilling life of a true patriot, serving the Marathas till the very end.

Why are we telling you this?

Because the Fort at JadhavGadh played a crucial role in forming the resistance and fighting the Mughals. Today, this property rolls up as a quaint, exclusive heritage stay experience for the peace seeker from nearby modern cities. It is also the closest heritage stay experience you can take your expat friend to, to experience the essence of Indian heritage and hospitality.

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Th entrance darwaza

Our stay in Fort JadhavGADH brought us a step closer to the beautiful Maratha history, with a touch of exuberant hospitality. Located on a lone mountain, just 40 Kms ahead of Pune, this place ticks all the boxes for the perfect stay away in luxury for a relaxed holiday.

The eccentricity in the small things catches one’s attention from the moment you walk in. The sound of royalty greets you as soon as you enter Fort JadhavGADH, as you are greeted by the Mavlas (soldiers during the period of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) who play the tutari and guests are welcomed with a traditional tilak on the forehead.  Quirk is everywhere here. The General Manager is called Killedar (Fort Manager), the manager at the reception is called ‘Swagat Kaksha Vyavasthapak’ (One who manages guest reception), and the swimming pool in the fort hotel is called ‘Kund’. The Chhajja is the quaint all-day dining, Kholis are the rooms.  The Pilaji Darwaza, Maha Darwaza, Gadhicha Darwaza, Kund Darwaza, Purandar Darwaza, rock stairways, they all tell a story.

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Kholis or standard double rooms

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Sunset over fort walls at Fort JadhavGadh

You would be amazed to know that they continue to maintain an in house Art museum where ancient Maratha artefacts, handicrafts are kept for visitors to see. You are guided by an audiobook (we felt its a really thoughtful idea) where you can learn about each of the items and mentionable places within the premises.

A total of 58 rooms comprising of Royal Suites, Darbari Suites, Varsha Suites, Hill View Dalaan, Chaavni’s, & Kholi’s, Neem Forest Cottages, are spread across the fort’s three wings – making it an ideal luxury destination near Pune. The interiors are a mix of old-world charm and contemporary luxuries making it an ideal holiday resort near Mumbai. Fort JadhavGADH welcomes you to experience a regal retreat at our luxurious suites, cottages and tented rooms at one of the best resorts near Pune.

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That guys blows the horn when you walk in!

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Window seats for you, Monsieur!

A leisurely visit to Fort JadhavGadh with your friends or family is quite ideal.  The poolside is at the top of the fort and has the best vibes ever with that ancient neem tree in the courtyard. The Spa is decently equipped but makes up for that with their professional service and the pool view. All in all, a very pleasant and x=cozy property with the right mix of modernity and heritage.

Highlights:

  1. Cozy rooms with fort elements like jharokha windows, chajjas to look out the valley
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The Maharaja Suite

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The Chajja in our balcony

2. Quaint, quiet surroundings

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When modernity meets heritage

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Enjoy looking up during your stay at Fort JadhavGadh

3. In house restaurant and coffee shop

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Chajja is your perfect place for a post breakkie read!

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Pruned hedges and a sprawling garden

4. Banquet and conference facilities

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Follow us to Fort JadhavGadh

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The Payatha restaurant houses quirky artefacts and an indoor lotus pond!

5. Mind blowing pool and spa area with cabanas

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Kund – our favourite place at the property

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Take a dip while you can!

6. Activities at Fort JadhavGADH:

Shivaji Martial Arts – DaanPatta

This is a 45 minute show that takes place at our royal lawns or at ‘Payatha’ at the backdrop of the fort wall.

Fort JadhavGADH is the only hotel of its kind with an in-house museum.
Fort JadhavGADH’s rooftop restaurant comes alive with ‘Ghazal or Musical Nights’ filling the air with a nostalgic ambience. Ghazal nights is on Saturday, while musical nights are on Sunday.
We enjoyed two lovely performances, one by a singer and one by an excellent flautist during our stay.
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Bathroom goals anyone?

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Chill and watch the clouds pass by

Heritage hotels are rare and expensive! Fort JadhavGadh is the perfect mix of heritage, luxury and modern amenities within your budget for a blissful holiday with friends or family. Cozy rooms, great food and superbly amazing pool side which will blow your mind away!
The Orchid Group of Hotels has some great offers on their membership plan. You can check it out here.

Disclaimer: The Moonchasers were invited by the property for a staycation. Reviews provided are from our own experience.

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