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#SunFortress: Exquisite Rajasthani fort named world's MOST EXTRAORDINARY HOTEL

MihirGarh

A fort constructed out of wattle, mud and wood and located in the middle of the Thar desert in Rajasthan has been named the "World's Most Extraordinary Hotel" by Lonely Planet.

Mihir Garh - or the fort of the sun - is a nine-suite boutique hotel built five years ago by hoteliers Sidharth and Rashmi Singh who employed dozens of local craftsmen to help build the exquisitely designed destination.

Mihir Garh - or the fort of the sun - is a nine-suite boutique hotel built five years ago by hoteliers Sidharth and Rashmi Singh who employed dozens of local craftsmen to help build the exquisitely designed destination

Each of the 1700-sq ft suites feature its own plunge pool, furnishings from the colourful neighbouring town of Jodhpur and a fireplace constructed from dried cow dung, keeping with local tradition.

"Few hotels are created without compromise, Mihir Garh is a rare example.

This is not just a unique place to stay, it's a shrine to the artistic and architectural traditions of Rajasthan in general and Jodhpur in particular," Lonely Planet said.

Situated just west of the village of Khandi, Mihir Garh is built on a sand mound surrounded by parched desert and scrubland. The main structure is built much like the countless forts that abound in Rajasthan.

The idea behind the hotel is to give people a genuine "desert experience": the hotel offers riding, picnics, safaris and excursions.

Planet Baobab - another traditionally designed hotel property, this time in Botswana - came second with the single-suite Prediparte B&B in Bologna, Italy, the Qasr Al Sarab in Dubai and the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania rounding off the top ten Most Extraordinary Hotels in the World.

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