Modern luxury meets tradition at WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort in Udaipurwati. Surrounded by hills on three sides, the property is perfect for an offbeat weekend in Rajasthan. By Tanvi Jain
On your next trip to Rajasthan, plan beyond Jaipur and Udaipur, and book a stay at ITC’s newly launched WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort, in Udaipurwati—a small town in the Jhunjhunu district of Shekhawati.
A five-hour drive from the capital, this resort stands on the Delhi Road State Highway 37B, close to the famous Shakambhari Mata Temple. As I reach the resort, I am greeted by a grand welcome involving drums, vermilion, garlands, and of course, the welcome drink. My room, facing a verdant garden, is not only spacious, but is also equipped with all the modern conveniences you can think of. A lunch set on the garden presents a wide variety of dishes; the traditional ker sangri quickly becomes my favourite. The evening is heralded by Rajasthani folk tunes—a puppet show is staged for some old-school entertainment.
WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort is spread over 1.7 acres, and boasts 20 super deluxe, deluxe, and standard rooms. These will soon be joined by 50 more next year, along with facilities like an Ayurvedic spa, gym, and kids’ gaming zone, I’m told. Rajasthan is chilly in the winters, so the resort strikes a bonfire in the evening, with music and cocktails in tow. For dinner, I focus on regional specialities again—Rajasthan’s famous laal maas and gatta curry.
The resort gives you blissful mornings. I wake up to the chirruping of birds and a breathtaking view of the fog-covered Aravallis surrounding the resort. The setting is so beautiful that even a night owl like I can’t resist a morning stroll. The day is spent exploring the town. When in Udaipurwati, you must go for a camel ride in Mandawa town, check out the beautiful frescos at Morarka Haveli and Podar Haveli in Nawalgarh, and visit the Lohargal Surya Temple. On your way back, don’t forget to pick up a jar of homemade pickle from the many shops.
As I get ready to leave the resort after a culturally rich weekend, I’m handed a pouch of til rewari and gajak. It’s a tradition in Rajasthan to pack edibles for a departing guest’s journey.