Deogarh Mahal stands proudly on top of a hill offering a commanding view of the Aravalli Mountains and the numerous lakes strewn across the country side.
It is an imposing structure with its graying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas & huge gateway. It was built in 1670 by Rawat Dwarka Dasji, whose descendents have converted a part of the fort into a luxurious heritage hotel.
Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in 1670. At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. Built by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity.
The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the Mahal. Some of these traditions are still practiced. And the gates, that always remained closed, to ward off enemies, are now open to the guests. Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur.
Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen Umraos privileged to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur. Such, feudal estates called Thikanas were granted by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery. Deogarh is also renowned as a school of miniature painting.
Some Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls.The Mahal also has some exciting rooms to browse through Sheesh Mahal - the colourful hall of mirrors, is just one of them!