It has been about two years since I stayed at Darbargadh Palace and I have been dreaming about returning ever since. From the minute we were welcomed with flowers and music until (sadly) the day we moved on I felt like an Indian princes. Not only that but the Sinhs have done much good for Poshina and surrounding villages. This is a MUST visit.
fvb06on 24/04/2017 08:30
This is a human experience and a trip into history at he same time these 2 days and nights were the best of our Gujarat visit : real contacts with the tribes, votive horse ceremony, and last but not least the best meals of our trip. Poshina sits in a magnificent hill area, far the tourist crowd. The 450+ year old palace is in the middle of the village. Still lived in by the owner, and considering its respectable age, it is in fairly good condition. Full of charm and history - so luckily this is not another aseptic place. This is an old rather large palace with guest rooms and not a palace transformed in hotel. Take the time to go through the rooms, little stairs and corridors, the women's quarter, plenty of places you can sit and relax. - warm welcome by the maharadjah himself. - Large and comfortable room, furnished with antiques and a nice sitting corner (take a deluxe room for all comfort) - Excellent air conditioning (it was 40°C outside). The maharadjah secured a late afternoon tour of the village Poshina with visits of an ancient temple and local market with tribe people The next day, with the maharadjah, we had a unique experience visiting and sharing meals with tribe people, driving remote little roads. Not the usual tourist visit. But a real contact that helps understand life in that part of Gujarat. We learned a lot about daily life and concerns, traditions…etc The last day, we had our « wish ceremony » with Poshina votive horses, unforgettable souvenir To top it all : the meals were the best we had in Gujarat. They offer cooking classes, and I wish I could have stayed an extra day. It is worth quoting that the maharadjah is doing his utmost to help local people in education and in daily life, and certainly sacrifies money that could help restore his palace otherwise. And we could see how appreciated he was by the locals.
Very atmospheric palace with loads of charm
Helen Son 02/02/2017 17:30
This palace oozes charm and much of this can be attributed to the family that owns and runs the palace. The hosts are extremely caring and thoughtful so any little eccentricities in the plumbing are quickly forgotten. Our room which was reached up a flight of stairs was very pretty and large. The garden area is charming as is the courtyard, the restaurant and food very pleasant. We were the only guests for one mealtime and it was very thoughtful for the hosts to ask what we would like to eat. A very enjoyable stay.
Ancient and atmospheric.
frenchteddywwwon 30/01/2017 11:02
Young Mr and Mrs Singh are making their best at renovating this heirloom property located in the middle of a colorful village.
I had a large comfortable room and bathroom with period furniture, and Windows opening over 3 aspects. The grounds are equally picturesque and the main building and dining hall full of character.
The evening menu is delicious, but ensure that you ask them not to sprinkle fresh herbs on the dishes.
There was hot water and ac. Plenty of local staff eager to help.
If you want character and do not expect 5 star luxury, you will not be disappointed.
Leigh Con 02/01/2017 03:54
We very much enjoyed our stay at Darbargadh Palace in Poshina, India at the end of 2016. We were greeted with a shower of marigold petals and a refreshing mango juice, as Hanu, our host, warmly welcomed us. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was delicious and everything was freshly prepared. Eggs to order for breakfast, for a lunch a refreshing cabbage salad with other items, and we even got to request some dishes we liked for dinner. The property is grand and gorgeous and our room was very comfortable; everything inside was fresh and clean. The staff was friendly and went above and beyond to be accommodating to our needs. Our visit here also allowed us to visit two tribal villages and saw the magnificent ceramic horses facing the temple on the mountain nearby. Our excperience in Poshina was definitely the highlight of our trip. I would recommend staying here to anyone and we to visit again soon.