A home-stay. Where the home is a 300-year-old palace
Dreamingly grazing at the wooded Aravallis stands the palace of Chanoud Garh. It's unperturbed by the fast-changing world; knowing that its ramparts are strong enough to keep any sandstorm of change from threatening what it has preserved within.
Maybe it's just following the strict instructions left by Thakur Anoop Singh ji, when he built Chanoud Garh as a home for his generations to come. And thirteen generations later, the 200,000 square foot palace still loyally serves his present-day descendants.
Every bit of the palace has been carefully preserved to lead you back to the era of the gallant rulers. The delicate stone filigree Jharokhas, the rough marble pillared corridors, the Grand Durbars, the winding doorways that lead to courtyards or opulent lawns, the strong colonial and local influence in the rooms; all whisper small snippets of history.
And while the chirping of talkative parrots in the verandahs or the fluttering of pigeons bathing in the fountains may often break this historical reverie, the peacocks dancing in the courtyards will lure you into yet another trance.
With a little imagination, you can see the age-old palace welcoming you into the folds of royalty with its hands folded, saying "Padharo"