A fort palace that has been in the family for eight generations, DarbargadhPoshina shows its history in the varying styles of architectural detail across its façade. Some parts are over 450 years old. The 32 guestrooms are furnished with a tasteful opulence and a lively attention to detail, both practical and aesthetic. Lots of nooks for solitary relaxation and social spaces have been carved out, not just in the main courtyard or the drawing and dining rooms, but in balconies, terraces, and the courtyard of the old zenanamahal.
Meals are adapted to guest’s tastes — be it spice levels or eschewing the use of onion and garlic, and your hostess is happy to teach you her recipes to take home with you. The host himself accompanies you on excursions in his jeep, be it to see the army of terracotta horses for votive use instead of live tion, to attend an archery demonstration by the Garasia tribe, visit with the pastoral Rabari folks, or just walk.
Through Poshina village and its market-place. There are picnics to plan amidst old ruins or by a water body in the daytime; folk performances by torchlight after dusk. Expect warmth, comfort and care for all tastes, with slightly opinionated service/management, but not televisions and minibars; there is a somewhat patchy wifi. Do inquire into the hostess small shop with a curated collection of souvenirs, including a selection of post cards with vignettes of local life.
There is a set of Jain temples dating back to 1214 AD in NearbyKumb-hariyaji as well as a richly carved Shiva temple at Ambaji, 29 km away. You could explore the historic town of Idar, or one of India’s only three Brahma temples at Khedbrahma. Both Hindu and Jain temples from the 15th century are found in Polo, with ruins in the jungle recalling Mowgli’s forest home.
Dining hall, souvenir
It’s a 180 km drive from Ahmedabad.