Nestled in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan, the spectacular Tijara Fort in Alwar district is the venue for an exclusive, meditative retreat called “Sounds of Silence : Mystic Poetry from Spain and India” from 26-28 October. Organised by Casa de la India, Valladolid and Teamwork Arts, New Delhi, the programme is designed as an Indo-Spanish Women Writers Meet that encourages interaction between invited female writers and poets from Spain and their counterparts from India. With deep spiritual traditions and humanistic philosophies in common between Spain and India, it is possible to strike a chord of mutual understanding. This unique and creative retreat will focus on the invisible yet vital connectivity between the outer world and the inner mystic experience.
Themes such ‘Body Mind Soul’ and ‘What poetry means to me’ will engage the audience in conversations with internationally reputed writers from both countries. The poets will share ideas and experience through citing from their own works and that of others. English being the working language of the sessions and experiments in translating poetry in a cross cultural context will also be demonstrated.
Tijara is a vast hilltop fort belonging to the early 19th century situated in the Alwar region of Rajasthan and sits within the National Capital Region, only 100 km from Delhi.
Designed and built by master masons from Mughal Delhi and Kabul, Tijara was begun but never finished as Maharaja Balwant Singh, ruler of the princely state of Bharatpur to which Alwar belonged, died only 13 years after the building work commenced.
The Neemrana team has restored and revitalised Tijara sinking many facilities below the ground and laying out splendid hanging gardens which dominate the green countryside below. While the Hawa Mahal and Kanch Mahal are the dining and public areas, the Rani and Mardana Mahals house guests in 65 rooms and suites which have all been done up by India’s leading painters, designers and aesthetes.
While most heritage hotels in Alwar district are endowed with the beauty and legacy of history, not one offers such a spacious and dreamy space which exudes peace and ensures you have a memorable stay.