Forever on the lookout for off beat destinations which are big on character and low on commercial tourism I stumbled upon Tordi Palace by chance while browsing the net.
From the word go, this place is fantastic. The owner Mr. Siddharth Singh was extremely responsive to all enquiries and concerns we had on mail. When we reached we were extremely happy with our room. The room itself was on the second floor, and being an old palace there are no lifts, but the place was absolutely worth it. We were three adults in one big room with a huge attached bathroom. The next level was the rooftop which has a beautiful terrace and where all meals are served.
The food itself was made with care and old family recipes. Absolutely yummy. Lot of different preparations over our five night stay with great variety be it vegetarian, non vegetarian or sweets.
The palace is in a small quaint village and if you are the true off roader kind of traveller I,would suggest that you take the safaris offered by the hotel. Even though we had our own car, we were so happy we did the safaris with them. Mr. Singh was kind enough to take us himself to Toda Rai Singh, a place full of history and small treasures, access and information on which would be hard to find on ones own. in the same excursion we reached the Bisalpur dam which again is a fantasic area with old temples dotting the countryside. The night safari was another great experience in the nearby keekar forest, where we spotted wild boar, nilgai and jackal with the help of headlights and a mounted flashlight. The area is known for panther sightings too, so do try your luck!!!
There is an old fort in tordi on top of a hill, which can be accessed by a moderately strenuous trek on foot. It is advisable again to do the same with a guide from the fort as the area is extremely rocky and has loose stones. But I would advise it for the rewarding views from the top and a rewarding workout!! If you can catch the sunrise here, even better.
Again on the safari front we did the local village safari as well which takes one to a 5000 year old devi temple, an ancient stepwell, see the homes of the villagers and provides one with fascinating nuggets of information of the area. Also a must do is the sunset at the tordi sagar with tea service from the palace, as well as a sunset on the sand dunes. Absolutely gorgeous.
The hotel itself at the moment has two main buildings which house guests. While one is generally booked by travel agents and foreign tour operators, the other is booked directly through Mr. Singh. The palace also has its own little stable where one can spend time with the horses and the local guard dog who is extremely friendly with all visitors!!
All in all Its really more of a home stay experience rather than a hotel. However it is very professionally managed but with all the feeling of home rather than a clinical hotel. So the next time you are looking for a short or extended getaway from the NCR, do consider this wonderful place.
Stayed here one night as part of a tour and it was lovely. The whole building is so old and the rooms are beautiful. Ours has stained glass windows that opened out over the courtyard and to the front. The staff are really friendly and we had breakfast, lunch and dinner which was all home-cooked and tasty. Tordi is a sleepy local village and we went up to the sand dunes to watch the sunset. A fantastic experience.
This hotel offers so much charm. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the sun terrace offered a well earned break from the chaos of travelling. The food is exquisite; the tomato soup being the best I've ever tasted (sorry Heinz!). The staff are discreet, friendly and helpful. A gem of a place!
Tordi Garh is a heritage property, an old palace converted into a hotel. The rooms are spacious, clean, and full of character. Each room is painted a different color. My room had air conditioning. The property does NOT offer any WiFi. We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the rooftop of the property, and all 3 meals were very good. The village is very quiet, as was my room. The staff were friendly.
I happened upon this very beautiful area outside of central Rajasthan after seeking to find somewhere out of the city. Along the way we crossed through Tonk and found some amazing places to stop for food and Chai tea in in middle of the countryside which was very inviting and peaceful. Great food, too.
Later we arrived at the Tordi Palace and i was completely taken by the location and the wonderful old palace of the Late Thakur Sher Singh Ji Tordi which is run by the family of this great man. I was completely mind blown by the Hotel which is boxed in with an arch way to enter. I was transported back in time here like no other place i have visited so far and was in love with it right away.
The rooms are absolutely great and so traditional yet very individual to those who built it and whom it was built for. It's history was abound and i felt like i was really transported back in time here. The room had two beds. A double and single with very old furnishings and very comfortable, albeit for the sheer heat which was extreme.
It is a mixture of desert land and old farming communities surrounded by mountains and temples all about. There was no shortage of beauty to visit without a single tourist in sight. Miles and miles of land with occasional huts, small farms and goat herders here and there as well as a very old early 19th century irrigation channel from the mountains that has now run almost dry, but is spectacular to see. One can see how it must have been when it was thriving with people working the fields.
The wide open views are breath taking and the skies here during both day and night are spectacular and unlike central Rajasthan. The stars are very near and easy to see making the roof top views even better. It is from the roof top where we ate. The food was freshly prepared for us and tasted wonderful with great variety. You can eat outside on the roof or inside adjacent. It has a TV and a stereo HiFi for radio and CD player.
It was very clean and the service was great as one would expect with most of India but here, the people are far more relaxed and easy going. There was wonder all about me and i could hear locals in the distance which was very inviting and alluring to say the least.
I was with 3 other people who are Indian (Friends) and they got me a great deal for my room price.
I went out quite late and sat outside in the court yard and experienced a great peace and spirituality that i had not found so far and this was the last leg of my trip which started in Bombay a week before.
I was so taken by this place that it really was a cherry on the cake for me personally because i was really in India to experience the people and it's tradition directly; or to put it another way, for a spiritual experience which this place really does give.
If you wish to find calmness within yourself as well as peace and wonderful places to wonder off and see by yourself without disturbance , then this is the place to go.
I suffer from High Anxiety and this place really gave me freedom from this condition.
We was taken about to see some local views by a young boy who was a lovely lad and he was also willing to go out of his way to run errands for us to local shops for bits and bobs. The owner was a nice guy to chat with and there is a good history to discover from them.
I truly suggest a visit here, even if just to the area itself. Once there, you will surly have to stay at the palace.
The only issue is the heat. There is also a lot of ants outside in the sand but these are not an issue really and there is lots of seating outside and you can shower before bed. Make sure you have good sandals. early morning can see a mini monsoon which is a nice experience. It last for a short time.
They have a website of the same name if you wish to see more photos but be sure, the place has more than has been photographed.