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Deeppura Garh

Deeppura Garh


, Rajasthan
, India

Deeppura Garh, close to Sikar in Shekhavati, Rajasthan is a veritable gem. This majestic, 200 year old fort has been entirely restored from ruin by the delightful and talented Italian owner Maria Grazia Baldani and the inimitable interior / architectural designer Phillippe de Villegas.

Sensitively and brilliantly returned to its former glory, Deeppura Garh opens its doors to guests with a hugely warm welcome and 10 gorgeous, chic, cool, sophisticated rooms and suites – a modern take on a classic fort. It’s a rambling property which abounds with roof terraces, secret gardens, flower-filled courtyards, a huge pool and pool garden, shady gazebos, and beautifully landscaped areas. The bedrooms are each different – some being roomy and lofty and others being cosy and intimate. They are a treat and boast cool whitewashed interiors replete with subtle, soft pastel colours, carefully chosen furniture, stunning woodwork, and state of the art tadlac bathrooms. It’s all very calm and easy on the eye and they want for nothing. There is a fabulous, large sitting room with a roaring log fire and deep sofas, a library and snug bar, and an airy dining room with adjacent dining terrace for romantic dinners under the stars on warm nights. Throughout the property there are original frescoes, stunningly painted hidden rooms, and splashes of vibrant colour, which make it fun and exciting to explore.

Surrounded by a village and farmland, the views are superb whilst inside the fort is a maze of pretty gardens, lawns and courtyards. The 18m pool has a fabulous surrounding terrace and garden, not to mention the exquisite tibari (gazebo) – ideal for those wanting to escape the sun and curl up in comfort on a deep daybed with a good book, gazing out at the garden. The fort also boasts a lovely rose garden, a boules pitch, and its own, organic vegetable garden. The idea here is for as much produce as possible to be sourced on site or locally. The cuisine is gorgeous Italian delicacies, a range of Oriental and Continental treats, along with occasional, delicious and unusual local regional dishes – all freshly cooked according to individual tastes. Locally trained, gentle staff will look after you, under the careful eye of the GM and your hosts – Maria Grazia and Philippe.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Heritage


Accommodation comprises 10 rooms, 2 of which are suites. 3 bedrooms are / can be converted into twin rooms. The bedrooms are each different – some being roomy and lofty and others being

cosy and intimate. They are a treat and boast cool whitewashed interiors replete with subtle, soft pastel colours, carefully chosen furniture, stunning woodwork, and state of the art tadlac bathrooms. The bedrooms fall into 2 categories with 4 being slightly larger and more expensive and 4 being slightly cheaper. The 2 suites are in the garden by the pool and are huge, with superb bathrooms, a big sitting room and their own private sitout facing the pool.

All rooms are air-conditioned and have overhead fans, hairdryers, a safe, attached bathrooms (some with tubs and separate showers), bathrobes. Hot water bottles can be provided on particularly cold nights. They do not have a TV nor DVD player.

There are ground floor rooms with easy access for wheelchairs.

There is no smoking permitted anywhere indoors on the premises.


There is one large, lofty dining room opening onto a large covered and open air verandah. Meals are also served by the pool and around the property. Meals here are a treat and both western and oriental food, along with regional Indian dishes are served. The board basis includes all meals (if out on tour for the day a picnic will be provided.) Table d’hote menus change daily but anything and everything can be prepared, according to taste.


Visits to the stunning painted havelis for which Shekhavati is famous for – Nawalgarh, Dunlod, Mukundgarh.

Picnic lunches at nearby lakes teeming with birds

Walks in the surrounding village and farmland

Why we love this place

The taste and design elements of Deeppura Garh are exceptional and it’s a joy to have such a special place open in Shekhavati, which has been ‘off the radar’ for some time due to a lack of high end hotels. That’s all about to change and at last people will now have a sublime base for exploring the wondrous painted havelis for which the area is famous. It is supremely comfortable. The finish is exceptional. The attention to detail inimitable. With an almost ‘Mediterranean villa’ feel to it, it would be fabulous to take over in its entirety for a large gathering but there is so much space for couples to find their own little corner of heaven here, making the most of this calm, restful oasis.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

All the trees have been kept in the restoration of this lovely place. Rainwater is harvested. Grey water is used in the garden. The staff are all locally employed. They grow their own vegetables and as much other produce as possible is sourced locally.
No plastic. Filtered water is available. An extensive planting process is under way.

Our Recommendation

Relax – it is such an oasis that doing nothing is the perfect activity. Or visit the many glorious cities in Shekhavati.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)