Gurgaon is ideally located for weekend road trips to Rajasthan. Within an hour, one can leave behind the morass of Gurgaon and reach the arid landscapes of Rajasthan. In this magical state, there are many beautiful forts and palaces, which provide travelers with an enchanting and charming travel experiences that are perfect for a short escape. Once such place in Rajasthan is Dadhikar Fort, our recommended destination for a weekend trip from Gurgaon.
While there are many beautiful forts in Rajasthan, Dadhikar is one of the closest and easiest to travel to from Gurgaon. It is easy to reach and the rooms and hospitality at the fort is par excellent. Additionally, the fort is built at a great location with several attractive tourist spots nearby that you can visit if you have the time. Overall, it is one of the best and most convenient places to go for a 1 night or 2 night trip.
Besides being convenient, Dadhikar is an actual historical monument. While most forts were built around the 17th or 18th century, Dadhikar is over 1100 years old. It is indeed a miracle that the structure is still so sturdy. This is a true testament to the people who built in so long ago that the fort is still standing today. For those interested in ancient history, this particular fort is a veritable dream come true.
While many important monuments only allow partial access to the property, at Dadhikar, you can explore the entire fort in peace. Not only are all the sections easily accessible, the fort also has 18 spacious guest rooms, some of which can accommodate families and small groups. Staying at the fort allows guests to get a feel for the kind of place it is, something that a quick tour simply can’t provide.
Another reason to visit Dadhikar is that it relatively secluded and away from the machinations of city life in Alwar. The area around the fort is very peaceful and perfect for trekking and long walks. If you choose not to step outside during your stay, you can still get to see some amazing views that make the whole trip worthwhile.
How to get there
Dadhikar Fort is located near the city of Alwar in Rajasthan and the best way to get there is by taking the NH48. Simply take this highway from Gurgaon towards Jaipur until you reach the Alwar Road. This will take you almost all the way to the fort. From Gurgaon, Dadhikar is only about 2-3 hours away depending on the traffic and the route you take.
The road trip from Gurgaon to Dadhikar is quite enjoyable and there are plenty of shops to buy supplies. The highway can get congested sometimes but the jams don’t last long. Although the route is mostly straightforward, there are a few critical turns that one needs to be careful about. In a little over 2 hours, you will reach the fort and check in.
Where to stay
As discussed, Dadhikar Fort has now been converted into a luxury resort in Alwar with 18 unique and interesting guest rooms with names such as Madhuvan, Himgiri and Sundervan. These rooms are spacious, well decorated and have an atmosphere of royalty and decadence complete with antique artifacts and quaint fixtures that will transport you back in time.
By staying in the same rooms as the hand family, the architecture and layout of the fort begins to make sense. One realizes how clever and visionary the guilders were and why they made the fort in tis particular way. As a resident, one can also marvel at the incredible longevity of the fort and the amazing construction work done back in those days which ensured that the fort has endured the test of time.
What to do there
Once you reach Dadhikar Fort, you will find a lot to see and do. While the traditional way to enjoy a heritage property is to spend time there and check out the property, there are also a number of exciting things to do around Fort Dadhikar. If you come by road and have your own vehicle at the premises, you can take short drives to see these places at your convenience.
Close by, there is another fort called Bala Kila. This is a fascinating fort built around the same lines as Dadhikar and even more impressive in some ways. Besides the Bala Kila, there are 6 more forts around Alwar that are all worth visiting and can be covered in one trip. If you plan your trip right, you can have an amazing and memorable weekend in Dadhikar perusing forts with friends, family, partner, colleagues or even by yourself. The two days spent here will give you a lifetime of wisdom and understanding.