Welcome To The
Fort Ramgarh

The Fort Ramgarh with glorious 360 years history stands out with pride and as
“home away from your home” .

The Beauty Of

Fort Ramgarh

The Fort Ramgarh, an empire built centuries ago in the past still holds the gravity in the present. The 37 feet high main entrance door declared as the tallest wooden door in India by the prestigious “Limca Book of World Records” is the proof of Chandel Rajput’s might, who were its rulers. They came to Bilaspur Himachal Pradesh as descendants of Chandel Dynasty whose Empire extended over entire Central India from the years 800-1182 AD. It was originally built 350 years ago.

As soon as one enters the fort, they can easily feel the breeze holding and unfolding the Rajput traditions. Simple, nonetheless gorgeous beauty, unravelling the architectural structure from the past.

History

Ramgarh was one of the independent states of The North India ruled by Chandel Rajput’s, whose original seat of power was in Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh and their might still echoes throughout the Central India as they ruled in the medieval period before the arrival of Prithviraj Chauhan. Ancestors of the Ramgarh family migrated from there to modern day Punjab about 1,300 years ago, and established the state of Kot Kahloor. The capital was eventually shifted to Bilaspur but one branch of the Raja of Bilaspur’s dynasty migrated to Ramgarh nearly 360 years ago and built the foundation of Ramgarh. Although, it’s power marked another cornerstone and it became one of the only three States from Raipur and Kotaha to emerge intact when chaos reigned the entire region in the 1760s. It travelled it’s own journey before it established its independence. It passed down from Sikh suzerainty, to Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh in 1750, and then it renounced Sirmour’s allegiance in 1804 marking its independency. One might wonder, that a fort built centuries ago stands, still. Then the truth is the passage of time have taken their toll on the fort, still instead of abandoning it, the family had continued to live there, and converted it into a hotel.

The later rulers added to the glory and territory of the state through their courage and martial exploits. In the three consecutive years (1806 to 1808), raids were made in creature by Maharaja Ranjit Singh on Ludhiana, Nalagarh and Ambala areas. It was openly announced by him that he intended annexing the complete territory up to the Yamuna. But the Chiefs of the area put up a stiff battle and he had to abandon his plans. On April 25, 1809, Maharaja Ranjit Singh signed an agreement with the British by which he surrendered his acquisitions south of the Sutlej. The treaty was followed up in May, 1809, by a proclamation of the British Government which limited Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s powers and avowed the Cis-Sutlej Chiefs sole owners of their possessions. “Each chief, great and small alike, had within his own territory absolute civil, criminal and financial jurisdiction, subject only to general expert of the Agent to the Governor-General”. Ramgarh was one of those States which excessively opposed the British and the British called it “Passive Obstruction Or Open Hostility”. In 1849, the Punjab was annexed by the British and power and freedoms of most of the Cis-Sutlej states, including Ramgarh, were momentously reduced.

In earlier times, The Fort Ramgarh comprised a much larger area. What now survives is essentially the zenankhana (women’s chamber) it boasts of 18-ft thick walls. Ravages of time have played havoc with the Fort but the family, instead of deserting it, continues to live there, painstakingly renovating and faithfully reconstructing it. It has been converted into a heritage resorts, a unique feature of which is that it is the one and first heritage hotel of Haryana and Punjab, and perhaps India’s only heritage resort serving only pure vegetarian food and no liquor at all.

Facilities & Core Features

From swimming pool for relax, it also has gym for exercise. Having an open dinning area and a restaurant, it’s an exotic place to organize a destination wedding with a traditional flair. The Ramgarh fort rooms are yet another example of beauty combined with technology. Traditional curtains, sofas, chairs, beds, everything lies within with a modern touch including LCD, air conditioning, mini bar and others, still, it never gives its visitors the impression that they are away from regal ambiance. Vintage, to royal suit to royal room. Every nook and cranny exudes royal charm.

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