If you ever tire of soaking up the peace and serenity offered by the stunning landscape of the Maluthana hills, there are a host of things to keep you busy, carefully designed to suit all temperaments - safaris in the Sariska National Park, listen to the local village stories, climb hills and go star-gazing, or visit the Bhangarh fort which has been tagged as the most haunted place in India!

Safaris in Sariska National Park Drives to explore parts of the reserve that are often remote and tucked away in magic corners of the park, our experienced naturalist will introduce you to the rich biodiversity of the park. From the majestic Tigers to the shy funnel web spiders, you will be rewarded with an insight into fine details of the natural world. We plan our Safaris keeping in mind interests of the guests and balance that with an opportunity to visit different Zones of the Reserve Designed for uninterrupted viewing, the 4x4 jeeps effortlessly manoeuvre through the grasslands, dirt tracks and hilly terrain as our expert naturalist points out the various species of birds and animals. Through their local network and experience, our trained local guides are very well informed, increasing the chances of sightings of rare species.

Walks and Treks: Enjoy tailored walks with an optional guide - we offer nature walks, hill walks, bird walks, village walks and star-gazing walks! Take a packed picinc with you and make a day of it. Sariska and its surrounding areas are well represented in terms of rich avifauna. It has a variety of habitats-woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, grebes, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, hornbills, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others.

Heritage Excursions:
Bangargh Fort: The Bhangarh fort has been tagged as the most haunted place in India and is now becoming the main tourist attraction for the people visiting Rajasthan. It is a 17th-century fort built by Man Singh l (one of the navratnas of Akbar's court). The Bhangarh Fort is lovely and while standing on the terrace of the fort, you can see the vast expanse of Bhangarh town.

Bairat: This small town, in the state of Rajasthan was once the capital of the legendary and ancient kingdom of Matsayadesh, which can be dated back to the times of the Mahabharata. With ornately carved temples and shrines and natural rock and cave shelters, there is much that the town of Viratnagar has to offer - Ashok Shila Ashok Shilalekh, Beejak ki Pahari, Bhim ki Dungari, Jain Temples, Ganesh Giri Temple, Museum - Mughal Gate. Read more here

Abhaneri Baori: Chand Baori - One of the oldest and deepest stepwells of Rajasthan is also known as Abhaneri step well. It is an architectural surprise that consists of perfectly symmetrical 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys. Adjoining this stepwell, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. Harshat Mata is regarded as the goddess of joy who spreads happiness to the entire village.

Learn from Locals: Learn the art of pottery at The Gandharva retreat. A fun and exciting art that can create any material such as pots and dishes made from clay. Or, book a session to laern how to cook traditional Rajasthani cusine, with local techniques and ingredients! And if you are interested, learn the techniques of basket weaving from a local artisan.

Dinner Experiences: Dine in style! Book a local stolyteller, or local musicians, or for a more private experience, dine under the night sky by campfire in the garden of your own cottage for a very special experience!

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The Gandharva Retreat, Near Sariska National Park, Village Maluthana,Alwar, Rajasthan

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