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Shri Joraver Vilas – an Idyllic Getaway from Ahmedabad

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Harita Dave
Harita Dave
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About Shri Joraver Vilas, Santrampur 

Shri Joraver Vilas, Santrampur is the idyllic place away from the humdrum of the city to replenish your soul with royalty at this Art Deco palace, nestled in the lower lush greens of the Aravalli hills. At Shri Joraver Vilas, peace is a lifestyle. 

Hands-down, it is the most stunning place to rejuvenate yourself and is an oasis of tranquillity not heard of by many. Here you can experience the royalty of a bygone era. Five different unique suite rooms will give you the royal stay feels. It is an offbeat weekend getaway. 

You’ll run out of mobile battery but will never run out of extraordinary spots to click pictures. You can relish breakfast by the waters with a boat-ride breakfast. The breakfast is inclusive of French Toast, Rajasthani delicacies and Gujarati snacks. 

To add to the royal feel, you can also rent a vintage jeep to explore the majestic place and the surroundings. You may not spot many animals but the jungle safari is refreshing where you’ll see ample indigenous flowers, fruits and grains. 

This hidden paradise is nestled in the Aravallis which is positioned upon a lake and located on the banks of the river Sukhi. 

Suites That Suit your Style

Shri Joraver Vilas Santrampur
The Lake Suite. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

The Art Deco Suite

The Garden Suite

The Lake Suite

The Maharana Suite

The Courtyard Suite

The starting price of suite prices is Rs 9,000 for Single occupancy and Rs 13,000 for Double occupancy which includes all the meals. 

You shouldn’t miss taking a stroll in the forest across the lake, trek up the hill to Hawa Mahal and visit the astounding Raj Mahal. 

Hawa Mahal 

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Hawa Mahal. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

For Hawa Mahal, you’ll have to trek up the hill giving you the view of the two townships – Rampur on the eastern side and Sant on the western side. Since it is atop a hill, the enthralling 360-degree view of Sukhi river, villages around and backwaters of the Kadana Dam.

These two places are also owned by the royal family. 

Raj Mahal 

Shri Joraver Vilas, Santrampur
Raj Mahal. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

The Raj Mahal at the bottom of the hill gives a glimpse of Gothic Architecture, intricate designs and carved wooden pillars. 

Other places not worth missing include Panchratan Mandir, Guided Nature Trail, Kadana Dam backwaters and Jehangir ka Hazira.

History of Santrampur 

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The Courtyard at Shri Joraver Vilas. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

The heart of Santrampur – Shri Joraver Vilas was built in 1926 by Saheb Shir Joraver Singh. Santrampur is a town located in the Mahisagar district of Gujarat. 

This palatial villa belongs to Maharana Santrampur and his royal family which has been transformed into a hotel for guests. As per records, Rana Sant is said to have been the first ruler of the princely state who established the Santrampur kingdom in 1255. The Maharana Saheb Shri Joraver Singh built Shri Joraver Vilas in 1926 who later ruled Santrampur. 

Presently, the royal family of HH Maharana Paranjayaditya and his wife Maharani Mandakini Kumari reside at this beautiful villa. The reason behind opening the doors open to guests is to create an experience of royal hospitality. There are five rooms and suites that exude the real beauty of the royal palace. You’ll be amazed by the aesthetics of the surroundings as well as the drawing-room, vintage artefacts in the courtyard.

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The Dining Room. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

Rather than the cliche swimming pools, you find in most of the hotels and resorts, here you can enjoy your meals by the lake or even better, relish high-tea in the middle of the lake. The dining room is exquisite too that you give you feels of having a meal with royalty. Keeping a futuristic vision in mind, the palace was developed with all modern amenities. 

Distance between Ahmedabad and Santrampur 

If you take the Ahmedabad-Zalond Highway (NH47), it will take around 3 hours 22 minute hours (165 km). 

The route via Dahegam-Bayad Road and Ahmedabad-Zalod Highway will take 3 hours 48 minute at a distance of (167.5 km)

Source: Shri Joraver Vilas, Santrampur

Which modes of transport can you use to reach Santrampur?

By Air

From Ahmedabad, you can take a flight to Vadodara since that is the nearest airport to Santrampur. Santrampur is a two-hour drive from Vadodara. 

By Train 

There are several options of day and overnight trains to reach Santrampur from Ahmedabad. 

By Bus/Road

You can book a bus ticket to Santrampur from the website of GSRTC that run the entire day and night. You can also opt for private travel agents. If you travelling in your private car or a rented car, you can directly reach the destination. 

Best time to visit Santrampur: July to September and November to February 

Things to do while at Santrampur

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Boat Ride. Source: Shri Joraver Vilas

Visit Rural Farms

Enjoy a boat ride

Tribal Haat (Tuesdays)

Disclaimer: The suite price mentioned are dynamic. Please confirm before booking.

We’re sure you will be searching for other options for weekend getaways from Ahmedabad!

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