Jambughoda’s charm lies in its quaint environs and the warm countenance of its people. It’s a place that instantly feels so special and personal that you’d want to make it your own — whether you want to spend months working on a novel, or seek solitude to throw some oil paints on your canvas, or get married in an intimate ceremony — it’s all possible. The 12-acre family-run heritage home is part of the larger 100-acre property that accommodates an organic farm — which caters to every meal you have here — and a mango orchard withover 5,000 tress producing 16 different types of the fruit. Needless to say, a visit to Jambughoda can prove to be a gastronomic experience that connects you back to mother Earth and her roots. Once the epicentre of the erstwhile princely state of Narukote, the palace itself is now over 250 years old. While it retains its original bearings and design — with gigantic doors, courtyards, old furniture and even a Darbar Hall — a few new elements such as a splendid swimming pool, and redecorated bathrooms (in each room) have been added to the property. The principal part of the palace compound comprises the home of His Highness Maharaja Vikramsinhji and his family. Interestingly, HH Vikramsinhji is a renowned environmentalist who managed to acquire ‘Wildlife Sanctuary’ status for the adjoining Jambughoda forest. This gentle care for the environment is well reflected within the palace premises itself in the form of an organic farm, several mango trees, and animals, making Jambughoda an ideal place to reconnect with nature.
Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is home to varied flora and fauna.Rathwa Tribal Villages and Haats: The area is home to the Rathwa tribes, famed for their Pithora paintings. Champaner Pavagadh, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 20-minute drive away from the palace. Sankheda, famous for teak furniture, is an hour’s drive away.
Address: PO Jambughoda, Dist Panchmahal
Tel: 241258, 241212
Cell: 09427301641, 09428129804
Dining area, swimming pool, indoor games, organic produce shop, sight-seeing arranged on prior request
Vadodara is well connected by rail, road and air. You can either hire a taxi to reach Jambughoda in roughly two hours or contact the hotel to arrange for transportation