DARBARGADH POSHINA

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Location: Village Poshina, Via Khedbrahma, District Sabarkantha.




HERITAGE
The rulers of Poshina are descendants of the Chalukyas, who ruled much of central India and the whole of Gujarat in the 12th century. They conquered Poshina from the Rathore Rajputs in medieval times. The Jagir was much sought after by princely states of north Gujarat including Idar. The fortifications of Darbargadh were built prior to the conquest, and the principal Haveli in the 1640s.

THE EXPERIENCE
The Darbargadh has huge gateways, a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches. It offers pleasant courtyards, gardens, lawns, shady trees and terraces with views of the Arravalli mountains. Inside are a fine dining hall and attractive sitting room. Ancient fort walls and the old prison are reminders of the property's history.

Poshina Palace Resort in GujaratAround Darbargadh is an interesting village and myriad tribal hamlets. The property is run by the descendants of Rao Rai Sinh Vaghela who conquered Poshina, around 500 years ago. The owners are dealers in art, antiques and handicrafts, which makes the Darbargadh a revolving museum of curios and period furniture.

SIGHTSEEING
Poshina Village
The village of Poshina is home to a number of native artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver smiths, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. The 1240s Jain temple, the intricately carved medieval Shiva temple and the royal chattries (cenotaphs) of the rulers of oshina are worth seeing.

Sondadh Dam
A spectacularly located lake of Poshina surrounded by deep valleys, high peaks and rock formations. Tribal boat trips and folk concerts by the lakefront are possible.

Chitra Vichitra
Ancient tribal shrine, named for the Mahabharata princes, Chitraveer and Vichitraveer, at the confluence of 3 rivers - Aakar, Vaakar and Sabarmati - is the site for a very colourful tribal fair.

EXCURSIONS
Ambaji (30-km)
Ambaji is a holy place of pilgrimage visited by millions of Hindu pilgrims. Ambaji is also known for it's marble carving artisans, honey and forest produce. It is a good place to shop for marble tiles, marble sculpture, wood products etc.

Kumbhariyaji (Approx 30-km)
This place is famous for the 1062-1134 AD Jain temples with splendid marble carvings, which rival those of Ranakpur, Dilwara and Palitana.

Khedbrahma (45-km)
Temple town and religious fair with prayer flag procession during monsoons. *Idar (65 kms) : Historic fort and natural stone sculpture. * Gadada shamlaji (appx 45 kms) : scenic spot beside dharoi dam. The temple is known for it's magnificent idol of Lord vishnu. Good picnic spot.

GETTING THERE
Poshina is 51-kms from Abu road station, 140-km from Udaipur, 180-km from Ahmedabad. Poshina is also acts as a possible stopover between Ahmedabad and the destinations of Rajasthan such as Mt. Abu, Ranakpur, Udaipur, etc.



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