Relics of history, as fierce and formidable as they may have once been, can surely adapt to a new life—if lovingly restored. Such is the dramatic case of Alila Fort Bishangarh in the Bishangarh village of India’s Jaipur District. It’s an epic, stunning structure to say the least. Standing boldly atop a rocky hill—like a beacon of hope or power in some fantasy film—the fort is a unique example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, coming from both Mughal and British influence. It’s also ready to become your new favorite getaway.
This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is perhaps the only warrior fortress that’s been converted into a luxury resort. In the same structure that houses openings for firearms and turrets (known as burjs), you'll find multiple styles of royal suites and lavish public areas. It’s definitely one of a kind.