What a great stay! Three of us were on a 10-day whirlwind car trip through Rajasthan and only got one night at Tordi Palace. Our only regret was that we didn't have more time. Comfy beds, beautiful rooms, great food, and amazingly personal attention.
Our host and owner, Siddharth, couldn't have been more gracious. He took us out to explore his organic farm; hiked up sand dunes to admire the views; and had tea and biscuits served to us as we watched the sun set over the lake. When we got back to the hotel, night was falling and he hosted us on the rooftop terrace where we talked, listened to his eclectic collection of music, had a drink and noshed on chicken kabobs before dinner.
With an amazingly long family history in this quiet village, Siddharth was not only a wealth of information, he knew virtually everyone as we walked through the village streets in the morning, just enjoying the people and scenery.
Don't forget to ask about the UNESCO-nominated World Heritage step well if you're heading from Tordi to Bundi. It's beautiful and actually has water in it, unlike many wells in Rajasthan.
Some of my favorite photos and fondest memories are from one single night in a small village, staying at a historic palace and learning about the history of the people and this charming out-of-the-way place.
I stayed in this 'palatial' home stay style accommodation as part of a group tour. It was fantastic. All our meals were taken here and the owners provided a buffet with a great selection of traditional Indian food and drinks and provided an atmosphere for our group to relax and unwind. The building and surrounds had been in the owners family for generations and their pride in the upkeep was evident as well as in their explanations of the property and the village of Tordi. The rooms were comfortable and hot water was as expected in India (intermittent, though this wasn't important to me). The village was celebrating a kite festival and we were able to see kites flying above the village and listen to music playing from the large terrace and roof top. There were also optional walking and jeep tours for a very reasonable price to the top of a mountain for sunrise Chai and also to the top of some Sand Dunes for Morning Tea,
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!