Neemrana’s Deo Bagh hotel, Gwalior

Neemrana’s heritage hotel in Gwalior houses two 17th-18th century Maratha temples, two splendid cenotaphs and one pavilion with 36 arched doors.

In this travelogue, we review Neemrana’s Deo Bagh Gwalior where we had the unique opportunity of waking up in the summer house of the Jadhavs and the stunning “Char Bagh” Chhattis-Dari (36-pillared pavilion) where Mughal emperors once camped! 

17th-18th century carved arches of Maratha temple in Deo Bagh hotel Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India - a review

Ideal For

While my Mother-in-law loved the ancient temples, the kids loved running around the Nau Bagh, a garden chequered into nine parts.

Clearly not for a budget traveler, this heritage property is best suited for couples, senior citizens or multigenerational family travelers (like us)

Lady sitting in a hammock overlooking the dinning area of the Deo Bagh Gwalior heritage hotel
This place is ideal For Multigenerational travelers

Rating

  • Location 4/5
  • Cleanliness 4/5
  • Food 3/5
  • Value for money 4/5

Neemrana's Deo Bagh is a unique heritage hotel

Neemrana’s Deo Bagh is a unique heritage hotel with two 17th-18th century Maratha temples, two splendid cenotaphs and one pavilion with 36 arched doors.

17th-18th century carved arches of Maratha temple in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India
17th-18th century Maratha Temple

History has it that in the late 1500 AD Mughals camped in the “char bagh” with a stunning chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion) at its heart.

A boy sitting in front of the 17th century 36 arched doors pavilion in Neemrana's Deo Bagh Gwalior
Chhattis-Dari with moat of water on all its four sides

The Chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion) has a moat of water on all its four sides. There is an underground chamber under this Chhattis dari which was used by the ladies. Due to water in the moat the underground chamber would stay cool and thus serve as an escape from heat during the summers.

Beautifully carved sculpture of Hindu mystic poet Meera Bai in Neemrana's Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
Beautifully carved sculpture of Hindu mystic poet Meera Bai

Later, as the conquering Maratha army marched towards Delhi, the Jadhavs took possession of this natural water catchment area. Sardar Deorao Bhausaheb Jadhav and his son Sardar Krishnarao Deorao Jadhav used this ‘bagh’ as a summer house with the ladies’ section in Deo Bagh and the mens’ section in Jai Vihar, the family’s current home (Source).

15 rooms spread across 5 wings facing a Lush green lawn Nau Bagh in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
Deo Bagh was made a Heritage Hotel in 2012

Deo Bagh opened its doors in early April 2012 with 15 rooms spread across 5 wings, facing a Nau Bagh, a garden chequered into nine parts.

Our Room in Deo Bagh Gwalior

The kids liked the feel of royalty of the place.

We stayed in Rohini Raja Mahal in Zenana Wing.  The Rohini Raja Mahal, named after the youngest daughter in the family, is a suite situated on the first floor level of the Zenana wing and dates back to the 17th century. It opens on to a large terrace that is shared with the grand Sakhya Raja room.

A room called Rohini Raja Mahal in the zenana wing of Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh opens to a large terrace
Rohini Raja Mahal opens to this large Terrace

This suite is beautifully decorated in orange interiors. Three comfortable single beds adorn the room.

Rohini Raja Mahal in Zenana Wing in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
Rohini Raja Mahal beautifully decorated in orange interiors

The bathroom has a bathtub and a separate shower cubicle too. An ideal choice for a family or three friends travelling together.

Food

The ground floor has a large dining room in the 17th century Zenana wing where all the meals are served.

Table and chairs laid our in the dinning area of Neemrana's Deo Bagh Heritage Hotel Gwalior
The Dinning Area

Deo Bagh serves North Indian cuisine with a few Continental dishes. 

Healthy cabbage grown inside the premises of Deo Bagh Gwalior
Vegetables grown inside the premises

If you are a non-resident and want to relish food at Deo Bagh, the Lunch and Dinner will cost you Rs.800/- (taxes extra). If you are a non-resident guest remember to book table in advance.

Bar facilities are not available.

Cost

Deo Bagh Gwalior is not for a budget traveler. The cost per night starts from Rs. 5500 to Rs. 8000/- depending upon the number of people and the room. 

Breakfast is included in the room tariff, Lunch and Dinner cost Rs. 700/- (taxes extra).

What is the best time to visit Gwalior?

The best time to visit Gwalior is during Winters (October to march). Winter in Gwalior starts in late October, and is generally very mild with daily temperatures averaging in the 14–16 °C (58–62 °F) range. The days are mostly dry and sunny. January however is the coldest month where the temperature can plummet down to zero.

 

Night lights of the Gwalior City
City of Gwalior at Night

The Gwalior Trade Fair is a large trade fair in Madhya Pradesh, in Northern India. It was started in 1905 by the King of Gwalior, Maharaj Madhav Rao Scindia. More than 10,000 cattles are sold in this fair. 

I have childhood memories of going to Gwalior Mela and sitting on rides, having chat at the food stalls and attending Music Nights with my parents.

In you are interested in Indian Classical Music, Gwalior hosts the four-day Tansen Music Festival from 21st – 26th January. 

Sculptures inside the property

Gwalior in Summer (April – June) – should be avoided due to scorching heat with the temperature going up to 48°C (118 °F).

Gwalior in Monsoon (July – September) – Monsoons do bring relief from the extreme heat of the summer but the days tend to get humid with temperature range of 25–30 °C (77–86 °F) .The nights are cooler during the monsoon.

Things to do in Deo Bagh

Deo Bagh Gwalior is an archeological site by itself.

17th-18th century Maratha temple in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India
17th-18th century Maratha temple in Deo Bagh, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

There are two 17th-18th century Maratha temples which make an interesting place to visit. 

17th-18th century carved arches of Maratha temple in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India
Beautiful Carvings on the wall

These temples are little away from the hotel rooms and you need to walk through an uneven path.

17th-18th century carved Maratha temple in Deo Bagh Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India
An Uneven unmarked path leads to these beautiful temples

Be warned, bats have made these heritage structures their homes and thus leaving them stinky.

A girl and a boy sitting in front of the 17th century 36 arched doors pavilion in Neemrana's Deo Bagh Gwalior
Kids enjoyed visiting the 36-arched-door Pavilion

Two splendid cenotaphs and one pavilion with 36 arched doors, within the property makes Deo Bagh one of the unique heritage hotels in India.

Lush green lawns with round tables and green chairs laid out on a sunny day
Sprawling Lawns and trees attract birds

We were told that over 30 species of  birds  are  a part  of Deo  Bagh.  We noticed large families of Peacock near the temples. 

Things to do in Gwalior

With its imposing hilltop fort, palaces and other historical monuments, Gwalior has a timeless appeal. The Gwalior Gharana is one of the oldest Khayal Gharanas. Legendary musicians like Tansen and Baiju Bawara belonged to Gwalior. Different dynasties have ruled Gwalior the influence of which can be seen in its heritage structures.

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort

Known as the ‘Gibraltar of India’, the Gwalior Fort is an 8th Century fort spread out in an area of three square kilometres (1.1 square miles). The palaces here include the Man Mandir Palace, the Gujari Mahal, the Jahangir Mahal, the Shah Jahan Mahal and the Karan Mahal. 

Gwalior Fort light Sound Show – There is a Light and Sound show in the evening at the fort.

Timings: 

In Hindi – 7:30 pm

In English – 8:30 pm

Entry fees: 

  • Indian (Above 15 years) Rs. 75
  • Children (Under 15 years) Rs. 40
  • Foreigner Rs. 250
  • Camera Rs. 40

Duration: 45 Minutes

Location: Man Mahal

Jai Vilas Palace – The Jai Vilas Mahal (also known as the Jai Vilas Palace), is a nineteenth century palace which is now partly Museum. Remaining part is the residence of  descendants of the royal Maratha Scindia dynasty

Tigra Dam

Lake full of water at the Tigra Dam Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
Tigra Dam

About 23 km from Gwalior, Tigra Dam creates a freshwater reservoir on the Sank River. It plays a crucial role in supplying water to the city. The dam is 24 metres high at its crest, and 1341 m long.

If the weather is good, consider going for boating in this beautiful lake.

Click here for popular points of interest in and around the city.

Getting there

 

By Air: Deo Bagh, is at a distance of 16.7 km (Around 35-40 minutes) from the Gwalior airport. The Gwalior airport is well connected to all major cities. Private taxis are easily available outside the airport.

By Train: Deo Bagh, is at a distance of 5.8 km (around 20 minutes) from the Gwalior railway station. The Gwalior railway station is well connected to all major cities and towns in India. Private taxis are available outside the station for onward journeys.

By Road: Gwalior is connected by road from other major cities of the country.

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17th-18th century carved arches of Maratha temple in Deo Bagh hotel Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India - a review
17th-18th century carved arches of Maratha temple in Deo Bagh hotel Gwalior Madhya Pradesh India - a review

44 thoughts on “Neemrana’s Deo Bagh hotel, Gwalior”

  1. This heritage hotel is so impressive and the images are lovely. I did not have much idea about Gwalior, but now I would definitely love to visit there. Thanks for sharing the detailed information!

  2. Although our travels are budget-conscious, we always appreciate this kind of special accommodation and we are willing to pay a little extra if we can. In my opinion, where you stay is an important part of every trip, especially when there is a chance of staying in a place so unique as Neemrana’s Deo Bagh Hotel. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maria you have put it so well – I absolutely agree with you – even we are budget conscious but when the entire stay experience is as rich as this property we make exceptions!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Ive never heard about Gwalior but its seems like a wonderful place! I cant wait to visit India one day and explore such a stunning places like that

    • India is full of Interesting Historic places – If you like History and Forts, then India will definitely interest you 🙂

  4. I had to look up where Gwalior is located, because I’d never heard of it before! But now I’ll know where I’ll be staying if I get to opportunity to visit! 🙂

  5. What a wonderful experience! You must have had an amazing time there, right? Thanks for sharing all the amazing pictures. Keep it up 🙂

  6. What an incredible place to stay – must feel like being a royalty from old times. The architecture is just breathtaking – also the one of the fort that must be very interesting to visit.

  7. What a beautiful place to stay and it is great that there is so much to see nearby. I don’t know if I will ever get a chance to visit but I will recommend Deo Bagh Gwalior to anybody I know travelling in the area.

  8. This place looks very unique and if there is a time to splurge on an expensive place to stay I would choose Neemrana’s heritage hotel over anything else!

  9. This is very extradoniray. I love the intricate details of the temples and the other structures. The ancient people really know their style. Love the fact that it’s also set in a wonderul landscape

  10. I have never been to Gwalior but for my next visit to this place, I would surely consider for Neem Rana hotel. This hotel is heritage hotel, so it is great to stay here. I love that they grow vegetable inside the premises so all is organic and they use fresh produce.

  11. I have been to Neemrana in Jaipur and was not aware about Neemrana’s Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior. I can totally imagine how majestic this experience would have been. In a way, in present day and time, it allows us to relive the king and queen moments 🙂 The property looks huge and your room in Deo Bagh Gwalior is so dream like. There is a different charm to stay in heritage hotel and that experience is truly unique!

  12. I would love to experience the Gwalior Mela – sounds like such a fabulous cultural experience but all of Gwalior sounds fantastic to explore

  13. Wow – what a rare experience to be able to stay in a place so enshrouded in history. We usually stay in budget accommodation on travels but the historical setting would be a very good reason for us to make an exception. Very interesting to hear about this place, thank you!

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