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Jhira Bagh Palace, Mandu

Originally built in 1865, this exquisite palace is an immaculately restored heritage property for travellers seeking a taste of a bygone era. The absence of TV, phone and internet facilities in the rooms strengthens the bond with nature and adds to the idyllic experience for guests including internet junkies who end up loving the break.

Surrounded by 25 acres of farmland, lush green lawns, fruit orchards, and organic farms in the tranquil Malwa countryside, 25 km from the fortified city, Jhira Bagh with its period interiors and d├ęcor is a perfect base for exploring Central India. Jhira Bagh offers 15 exclusive tastefully designed rooms in three categories; Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite and Super Deluxe Suite. Each room has its own theme. Natural light is used to advantage in these rooms.

Rosewood doors, handcrafted period furniture, massive four poster beds, large silk sofas and modern bathrooms are the other notable features of these rooms. Fresh organic produce, largely sourced from the palace's own dairy and farms, constitute the ingredients of the lip-smacking, wholesome, savory meals dished out by the palace kitchen. Guests can expect red-carpet treatment from the attentive staff who pamper them with their personalized and efficient service.

Ideal for residential conferences and business retreats, this heritage property presents the perfect opportunity to mix business with pleasure. The Conference room features a solid rose wood table and 24 hand-crafted chairs used during the colonial era by British Viceroys and Governor Generals of India.

Besides the usual hotel amenities, recreational facilities at Jhira Bagh include a children's park, a table tennis court, a billiards table, a library and a museum housing a vast collection of royal antiques. The estate is a bird-watcher's paradise. Guests wake up to the cry of peacocks. They can relax on a hammock with a hot cup of tea near the lily pond, listen to an ancient gramophone while playing billiards, ride horses, tour the palace dairy and farms, enjoy seasonal fruits fresh from the trees, bump into peacocks, deer or small fowl near the seven baoris (natural springs) while strolling along the palace grounds or even watch the resident peacocks dance near the swimming pool.

Jhira Bagh is just 60 km from Indore airport. The Indore railway station is connected by trains with the entire country. Besides Mandu, Bhopal, Maheshwar, and Ujjain, are other interesting places worth exploring in the region.