The Fortress Palace of Maharana Pratap restored into Gogunda Palace
March 26, 2019: Rajasthan is the land of the brave. Built in the 16th century, at the height of royal rule in Mewar,The Gogunda Palace is one of the very few fortresses in India that have been restored over years by talented artisans to retain their original floorings, murals, woodwork, artworks and even structure. This gorgeous yellow ochre fortress now nestles as an inviting edifice amidst pink bougainvilleas, making a vivid portrait of sheer grandeur. It is here that Maharana Pratap was coronated as king in 1572 and it is from here that he left for the historic Battle of Haldighati fought in 1576.
Gogunda Palace is now a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Udaipur with 40 grand suites and rooms offering a treasure trove of experiences for connoisseurs of heritage, design and history, with each room having unique art, murals and craftsmanship from the vast repertoire of Mewar’s ancient artforms.
Surrounded by the Aravalli range and the scenic farm lands of Gogunda, this destination hotel is the perfect escape into a world of history, revisited with all the luxurious, modern day fittings as well as an idyllic poolside, yoga sessions and a quintessentially Rajasthani décor spa (opening shortly).
Gogunda Palace boasts of a royal Rajput repast that is inspired by Mewar royalty’s favourite meats and vegetarian dishes, reminiscent of days where slow charcoal fires cooked game and recipes were handed down over generations to create dishes that are fragrant from flavouring ittars like chameli and juhi. The Palace includes two dining options – The Heritage Quarter and the Bougainvillea Bar.
Activities such as visits to nearby temples, jeep safari in Aravalli Hills, and village walks can be organised by the hotel.