Luni Vilage is situated 35 kms away from Jodhpur, it is a charming and cloistered village which reflects the royal past of Rajasthan. In Luni many artisans are still pursuing their ancestral profession of carving metal, clay or wood into intricate forms. Luni’s Fort Chanwa is an outstanding piece of elegance and proportion in Indian Architecture of the last century. The village of Luni is situated in the shadow of fort walls. This small bustling village invites innumerable tourists to the nearby fort.
History of Luni
In 1941, however the village of Chanwa became “Khalsa” ( belonging to the State ) as, ironically Muraridanji fell victim to a law introduced by him in the best interest of Marwar, whereby feudal estates lacking a male successor and without a recognized adoption in the life time of the deceased Jagirdar were automatically resumed by the state, after his death.In the year 1948 Chanwa was granted in “Jagir” to Maharaja Dalip Singh, the youngest son of Maharaja Umaid Singh, However over the years the Fortress sank into years of neglect and decay.
In 1992 inspired by a wave of successful restorations to heritage properties and encouraged by the burgeoning tourism traffic into western Rajasthan Maharaj Dalip Singh, the 24th generation of direct descent from Rao Jodha, ruler and founder of Jodhpur in the 15the century decided to throw open the gates of Chanwa to these new ‘invaders”.
Today Fort Chanwa restored to its pristine glory and charm by its proud owners Maharaj Dalip Singh and Rani Madhu Devi, warmly welcome travellers from distant lands offering princely hospitality in an inimitably enchanting setting- a Heritage Hotel in the finest traditions. Fort Chanwa has Forty Five authentically renovated rooms ( with attached bathrooms) each different from the other.
Major attractions in Luni
The traditional paintings on the walls harmoniously reflect the skill of the master craftsmen and the bygone days. The village of Luni nestles in the shadow of the Fort walls and is a hub of activity with its many artisans fashioning metal, clay or wood into intricate forms and demonstrating the skills passed down over the centuries by their ancestors.
The climate in Luni is semi-arid. The best time to see the excellent nearby forts falls between October to March, when the weather is quite pleasant. Geography and Climate. Luni It has an average elevation of 232 metres (761 feet).Temperatures are extreme throughout the period from March to October, except when monsoonal rain produces thick clouds to lower it slightly. During these periods of heavy rain, however, the generally low humidity rises and this adds to the normal discomfort from the heat. From November to February, luni is warm to very warm during the day but pleasantly cool at night.
How to Reach Luni
Nearest railhead and airport is of Jodhpur (35km away), which is connected with every major Indian city.
The nearest railway station, connecting it with all the major cities of India, is also at Jodhpur.
Buses and taxis are also available from Jodupur and Jaipur.