…nevertheless, I will try.
At our sojourn in Ahilya Fort, we were once again wined and dined by royals – this time by the scion of the Holkar royal family of Indore, Prince Richard Holkar.
After a hectic sightseeing “chakkar”, the 15th c fort – a Relais and Chateau property – was a welcome oasis of calm on the banks of the Narmada. Walk the ghats and not be hassled for a single rupee – priceless.
A palace and homestay in one, time stands still here. In rooms dotted with palace antiques to the sunset terrace where evening cocktails are served; from an age old revived handloom fabric weaving initiative to an evening boat ride to the accompaniment of hundreds of lit diyas on the water, mirroring the stars above. After, seated maharaja style, we picnicked on a tiny island. Flares illuminated the feast: mouth-wateringly delicious mutton biryani, pomegranate raita, kachumbar and simple steamed spinach (much appreciated by Liz who has been missing her rapini) from Prince Richard’s organic gardens.
Each day brought fresh delights. Each day brought murmurs of “pinch me, am I dreaming?”
Incredible India, indeed.