Just four suites nestled into the rugged Aravallis is Mountbatten Lodge said to have been inspired by a popular lore that believes that Lord Mountbatten once camped here. It was built to reflect the British penchant for the wilderness with no compromise on space or luxury. With an attitude that spells colonial India, open spaces under the sun, stylishly laid out dinners with liveried staff in attendance bring to fore a languid sense of being pampered as in the days of the Raj.
Perfect enroute between Udaipur and Ranakpur or to make it your private paradise to revel with friends and family, Mountbatten Lodge offers activities like riding, sunset safaris, leopard tracking and treks to Kumbalgarh but it is the Jazz sessions at the bar in the main lodge that you will come away with and come back for. The Lodge is a perfect base to explore small villages and communities set deep in this hilly terrain, one can ride on horse back or trek through a few miles of forests dotted with brief villages. Ranakpur is an explorers dream, clean state roads cuts through gently rolling hills with forests on both sides, you may come up with small interesting villages and friendly village folk. Don’t be surprised if you see a handsome villager working his ox over a water wheel!
The suites at Mountbatten Lodge are set in two bungalows – each Bungalow independent and private with a brief lounge leading to the two suites as well as a pool, verandah and sun decks. The living spaces of each suite have to spoken about in terms of space and scale – everything is generous, large beds and couches, high windows, beautiful bathrooms that incorporate a shower, hamman and a spa bed, twin vanities, everywhere there is the a glimpse of nature, thanks to the high windows. To this scale and space are design features like a back lit piece of art, corner lamps, whites and beige dominate, large cushions and rugs fill the space with warm and style and make up for a very inviting, comfortable and private space.
Dining are special times at Mountbatten, lunch is usually served under a large banyan tree brought to your table. Dinner is when the ‘colonial experience’ is laid out to full and fabulous effect, candle lit, flowers adorning the table, each cover set to perfection for that dreamy meal to be served course upon course. You will be tempted to go that additional mile to dress for dinner. For its privacy and sheer individual space, Mountbatten Lodge is perfect for customization; hence every activity here has the potential to be tailored to individual interest and taste.
Some of the signature activities here include the Leopard trail which is a must if you are keen to see one of India’s most elusive cats in the wild and will take you the better part of an afternoon. Riding trails to explore the countryside on horseback and pre-booked elephant safaris combined with camping in the wild are some of the recommended adventures while jeep safaris into the Aravallis to catch the iridescent sunsets are time to toast your time on earth to chilled sparkling wine. It would surely be a moment to remember to be seated right on top of a hill and on edge, champagne in hand watching a spectacle that plays out in front of you! A trek through tiny hamlets around the lodge is another one of the activities, bringing in the essential connect with local communities while excursions to Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh can be accomplished in half a day. One of the most endearing features of Mountbatten Lodge and which we personally endorse and believe will get you coming back for more, is its element of fun. The main lodge which is the heart of Mountbatten Lodge is a hub of social activity as it houses the bar, a careful selection of books, charming artefacts, a billiards table and plenty of places to just be. This is also where Reggie’s collection of Jazz music plays through the evening setting the mood for relaxation and revelry. And on those occasions that Reggie joins in.... the party doesn’t end in a hurry.
We arrived at the lodge and were greeted by two friendly Alsatian puppies and wonderfully attentive staff. The lodge melts into land. The outdoor area is up on a stone patio next to the 300 year old...
The Mountbatten lodge feels like a lush extended family compound. It is decorated with family antiques, and photos. The various buildings are surrounded by gardens. The establishment only has a few...
Having only recently returned from a stay at Mountbatten Lodge, I am already itching to return. This oasis of calm nestled into the luscious Araveli Hills wilderness, is the ideal place to experience...
Nearest Airport : Udaipur- 85 Km
Nearest Railway Station : Falna -100 Km