Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 6 Logo Northindia (1)
Back to Listing

Ahilya Fort
Maheshwar

Top 10s logo 

Ahilya Fort is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Romantic Retreats 

The unparalleled Ahilya Fort is possibly one of the most romantic spots in India, and a firm Ampersand favourite. An impressive fortress perched high above the sacred River Narmada, Ahilya is an enchanting, comforting and beautiful place to stay. The atmosphere here is more of a cosy and quirky home rather than a grand palace! Ahilya Fort belongs to Richard Holkar whose father was the Maharaja of Indore, and Richard is the driving force behind Ahilya and its underrated success. He has perfectly restored the fort to reveal pale old stone floors, ancient shuttered doors, carved arches and unusual bathrooms, and he is passionate about the region's crafts and traditions, effortlessly weaving these key elements through the interiors and design of the hotel.

Arriving in the sleepy riverside town of Maheshwar, slowly winding through the town and up the hill to the fort, there is an intrinsic sense of spirituality and an insight into untouched rural life. In the small cobbled courtyard, protected by the Nandi bull, guests are welcomed and lead through a small tucked away door which leads into the fort. The views over the Narmarda River are a sight to behold, and what magic awaits… From the garden and terrace the views are spectacular at any time of day; sunrise to the east casts a calm mistiness across the river, sunset in the west sets the fortress and the ghats below ablaze in a bright copper light, and all the while chanting floats up from the neighbouring Hindu temple, which just celebrated its 200th birthday.

Dining at Ahilya Fort is incredibly special, with a new menu and dining location organised for each meal; a candlelit dinner by the tropical pool, a private dinner on one of the turrets, communal dining and sharing stories with other guests on the terrace with the spectacular river views. All the ingredients are organic and either grown in their kitchen garden or locally sourced.

This heritage hotel is the perfect spot to end a tailor-made tour to India, where guests can relax and take stock with a book by the pool, float smoothly down the river on a long boat or sip a G&T from the balcony as the sun dips below the horizon in the evening. For those who are looking to explore the local area a bit further, there are plenty of activities which the hotel can organise: visits to ancient forts and temples and explore the archaeological site of Mandu, visit local handcraft centres where beautiful saris are produced or watch while villagers carve lingas out of clay on the ghats.

NORTH INDIA - Ahilya Fort NORTH INDIA - Ahilya Fort
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 22 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 22
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 11 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 11
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 4 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 4
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 19 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 19
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 6 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 6
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 21 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 21
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 18 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 18
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 20 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 20
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 17 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 17
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 16 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 16
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 15 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 15
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 14 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 14
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 13 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 13
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 12 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 12
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 10 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 10
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 9 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 9
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 24 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 24
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 8 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 8
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 7 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 7
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 5 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 5
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 1 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 1
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 25 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 25
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 27 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 27
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 26 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 26
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 29 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 29
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 28 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 28
Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 1 Ahilya Fort Maheshwar North India 1

Key

22.184226,75.583277,5
For something a little different and away from the masses, Ahilya Fort is perfect - it is completely non-commercial and truly captures the “essence of India”. Spend a few nights at Ahilya Fort including one night on a boat sailing on the stunning Narmada river.
James Jayasundera, MD of Ampersand Travel

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

From our Instagram

The mysterious allure of #Namibia never fails to draw us in 🇳🇦
.
Misty layers, endless plains and silhouetted trees stretch as far as the eye can see
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Staying at the beautiful @GalOyaLodge means you will experience one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known National Parks at its very best 🌿
.
Take a boat safari here to see swimming elephants and a striking sunset 🐘🌅
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Monks in #Myanmar (#Burma) 🇲🇲
.
Buddhism runs strong through the country’s veins - not only are 90% of the Burmese Buddhist, but many children are monks in training and call ancient monasteries home 🧘🏽‍♂️
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
There are more colours to the #PinkCity than you may think... 🌸
.
Walk the streets of #Jaipur, past the iconic #HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds), #CityPalace & #AmerFort passing a vivid spectrum of colours as you go 🌻🌹🌿
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Spot mighty lions in #SouthAfrica’s game reserves with the help of our expert guides 🐾 🇿🇦
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience #KrugerNationalPark #SabiSands #Madikwe
.
(📸 @chris_fischer_photography)
The buzzing metropolis of #Shanghai promises an unforgettable stay 🇨🇳
.
Visit this city as part of a tailor-made tour of #China with us to discover its heady mixture of impressive skyscrapers, colonial history and incredible gastronomy 🏙🥟🍜
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The exhilarating city of #Tokyo has a world-renowned culinary scene & rightfully so! 🇯🇵
.
Be tempted to join ‘salarymen’ for an evening drink and #yakitori in restaurants and bar likes this 🏮🏮
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
‘Led by Buddhist monks, a butter lamp ceremony offers a guiding light to finding peace and harmony’ @sixsensesbhutan 🕯🕯🕯
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
#Milaidhoo is magic at all hours - be it in broad daylight, at sunset or under a starry sky - as our General Manager @emilyjanegillman witnessed last week!🏝
.
The ultimate beach destination, the #Maldives can easily top or tail a tailor-made Ampersand tour & makes for a perfect honeymoon 🇲🇻
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences