Boutique Hotels of Rajasthan
February 15, 2013
Relive the days of Maharajas, of Havelis and regal grandeur in the boutique hotels tucked away in the state of Rajasthan. Enchanting folk music and camels cruising through the golden sands towards forts resounding with the echo of their glorious past define the experience of contemporary Rajasthan. Discover the pleasure of escaping into a hidden sanctuary where time rewinds itself at the following royal retreats:-
Somewhere between Udaipur and Jodhpur, lies a 17th century village amidst the Aravallis with a fortress at its core- The Rawla Narlai. Everything about this heritage boutique hotel is enchanting, right from the view of the hills to the regal interiors of the rooms. Experience warm hospitality with a simmering cup of breakfast tea at the lounge in the swinging sofa and relive the glorious days of yore or dine at the centuries old step well in the tiny lights of the oil lamps leading to an evening that will linger on your memory for a long time to come. If you’re keen on revisiting the past at your next holiday, then Rawla Narlai is the place to be.
Take a step closer to life in Jodhpur as you drive through its baffling streets and discover The Raas, an exquisite boutique hotel situated at the fringe of the scenic Meherangarh Fort. Raas is about real people and raw appeal. The bustling streets beyond the boundaries of the hotel lend a local identity to its surroundings and ensure a unique experience for the wanderlust struck globe trotter in you. The view is never an issue at this fabulous retreat where 35 rooms face the fortress of Meherangarh and the rest four overlook the Haveli from their private lawns. Outside, the lively city waits to welcome you with its original charm.
The Serai, Jaisalmer
Ever thought of camping in the desert as a romantic getaway? If not, think now. The Serai gives myriad reasons for planning a plush escape from the routine, dedicated to you and your special one. In the midst of the mystical desert sands of Jaisalmer, this encampment features 21 luxury tents across a pool that lends the essence of an oasis to this fantasy. For a private paradise check into one of the tented suites, after all you don’t get to plunge in your very own pool walled within a personal garden at the desert every day. Go for a safari at the daybreak and come back to relax for the dinner out in the lounge for a view of the night sky which is nothing short of a fairytale.
Indulge your royal dream and experience the traditional settings that echo the princely residences of Rajasthan at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer, which is situated on Sam Road and is approximately 12kms from Hanuman Chowk. Discover the imperial lifestyle of erstwhile princes at Suryagarh where opulence combines with medieval architecture, thus letting you discover the regal lifestyle amidst all the modern creature comforts. Pamper yourself at its various suites where everything spells royalty in big bold letters. Sit and enjoy the beautiful from the private alcove and sip the signature kesari tea of Suryagarh or dine in elegance as you enjoy the traditional Rajasthani cuisine, prepared by the rural folk. Enhance your royal experience by engaging in a mock dual of sword fighting at the hotel or show your creative talents in the Art Room as you learn the age-old art of tie-dying, enamelling and lacquering from the renowned practitioners of such arts and the reward of your efforts is that you get to keep your work!
Udai Kothi, Udaipur
Is there a wedding on the cards? If yes, marry your prince in a princess style at Udai Kothi, a royal escape in the heart of the romantic city of Udaipur. With its alluring yet humble décor that enshrines authentic antiques and moments of the past captured in sepia toned photographs, the hotel’s palatial structure will give a regal touch to any ceremony celebrated in its complex. The property is equally fantastic for a weekend getaway. Have a sumptuous breakfast on the terrace across the rooftop pool or dine in the dimming lights of the sunset with candle lit lamps casting a reflection in the waters of Hanuman Ghat, weaving a magical spectacle for the rest of the evening. At Udai Kothi, it’s all about living life king size.
Rejuvenate and re-energize high atop a cliff that disappears into the depth of the Chambal River at the captivating Bhainsrorgarh fortress that dates back to the 18th century. A rare jewel in the crown of the land of Maharajas, Bhainsrorgarh is endowed with eternal beauty that draws people to this spot throughout the year. Water lovers can invigorate their senses while rowing through the stream, spotting Gharials or angling fish for the dinner. As for soul searchers, a sunny afternoon atop the fort amidst the panoramic views of the adjoining village and historical temples can be quite indulging. So pack your bags for an unruffled weekend at the magnificent Bhainsrorgarh heritage hotel.
No it’s not a dream and you’re not hallucinating. It’s the Devigarh effect, intimately, uniquely and royally yours. That’s what you need to know when you wake up to an exotic bath in your private pool within an ornate regal suite offering a stunning view of the Aravalis and someone knocking on the door. Well that’s your butler waiting to serve breakfast with a heartwarming smile that makes you feel at home (you’d wish it could be your home). Welcome to Devigarh- located northeast of Udaipur, it places emphasis on overdoing luxury within its 39 suites designed to deliver a holiday that simply cannot be defined by the word royal itself.
Savista Boutique Heritage Hotel, Jaipur
Located at a distance of just 22kms from the city centre of Jaipur, Savista Boutique Heritage Hotel is an ideal retreat from the hustle bustle of the city life. Tucked away amongst the lush green countryside of Rajasthan, Savista estate is a destination in itself with its tranquil and green stretches that invite a variety of avian species, and is a perfect blend of a traditional lifestyle with modern amenities. The haveli was originally constructed in 1901 as a country mansion by the then Kacchawa Rajput chieftain of the group of nearby villages surrounding Savista. The haveli has been restored in recent years and is an imperial and graceful structure, which blends traditional architectural style with modern interiors. Relive the royal grandeur as you step into the suites that boast of locally inspired interiors, or breakfast under the canopy of trees. Experience the warm hospitality as you taste the scrumptious home cooked food that is a blend of north and south Indian vegetarian dishes along with the local Rajasthani fare. And if you have any dietary instructions you can inform the chef and your meal will be tailored according to your taste and restrictions because your will is their command!
Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur
Experience the warm hospitality of the owner and the manager Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur as he throws open the doors to his home and his heart for you at the Royal Heritage Haveli. Constructed in the 18th century by Maharaja Madho Singhji of Jaipur, the Royal Heritage after a gap of more than 150 years has opened its doors to the public as a boutique hotel. Relive the days of the yore as you holiday in traditional opulence perfectly blended with all the modern comforts sought by a contemporary traveller. Spread over an area of 100,000 square feet, complete with sprawling green lawns, tranquil courtyards and plush interiors adds on to the royal experience. Enjoy a lazy breakfast in the long and stylish verandah, which opens to the sun. Savour your imperial lunch and dinner in the company of sounds of nature at the inner courtyard. If you are looking for a serene haven of space and luxury then Royal Heritage Haveli is the place to be, so come and live your royal fantasy here!
Chomu Heritage Palace, Jaipur
Reverberating with the regal and aristocratic memories of the past, Chomu Heritage Palace is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace that has been converted into a heritage hotel by the Rajasthan Tourism so that visitors get a firsthand experience of royal grandeur in perfect harmony with all the trappings of the modern comforts. Considered as a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, Chomu Heritage Palace revitalises the gracious lifestyle of the princes of Rajasthan and the Indian heritage. Designed according to the Vastu shastra philosophy, Chomu Heritage Palace is an authentic and historic palace that allows visitors to indulge in their imperial dream in its traditional environs. Dig into a royal cuisine at Darbar Hall or savour a drink or two at the Sheesh Mahal –the lounge bar or pamper yourself like royalty at the Sansha Spa at the Chomu Heritage Palace.
Karni Bhawan Palace, Bikaner
Step into the imperial era, at this royal residence of Maharaja Karni Singh, the Maharaja of Bikaner! Karni Bhawan Palace was built in the deluxe art deco style, which was very popular in the 1940s in the US and Europe. The Doric pillars, ornamental staircases and huge windows are the testimony to the artistic splendour of the yesteryears. The well-preserved paintings, old photographs of the royal houses of both Bikaner and Mewar, period furniture and curios all add up to the old world charm at Karni Bhawan Palace and creates an individualistic ambience that soothes the travel weary guests. This old world charm is further visible in the tastefully decorated traditional suites that boasts of modern comforts that suits the taste of a contemporary traveller.
Bijay Niwas Palace, Rajasthan
Located somewhere off National Highway 79, Bijay Niwas Palace is a charismatic and romantic boutique hotel nestled amongst the vast private farmlands and orchards and can be accessed from Jaipur and Udaipur. Constructed more than 100 years ago by Rao Bijay Singh as a getaway retreat almost at the same time he founded the town of Bijaynagar after his name, Bijay Niwas Palace is a family run heritage hotel, which offers personalised service and attention to the minute details that warms the hearts of the visitors and makes their stay an unforgettable experience! The Bijay Niwas Palace is a place to be if you want to switch off the world and relax in the expansive gardens filled with floral scents, and interspersed with the sounds of nature. Experience the royal grandeur at its traditionally designed suites that boasts of every modern facility a contemporary traveller seeks. Relish your lunch under the huge trees in the lush green gardens beside the pool or savour a drink or two also near the pool or just relax beside the pool and live your royal fantasy as you are served with the royal pride and courtesy!
Kushalgarh Lodge, Rajasthan
A three hour drive from Delhi, Kushalgarh Lodge is the place for a perfect solitary weekend getaway. Built in the early 1900s by Maharaja Jeh Singh of Alwar, overlooking the Aravallis, the Haveli is nestled on the edge of Sariska Tiger Reserve. The restored palace has opened its doors recently for guests to stay and explore its untold mysteries and legends. Luxury tents along with lavish suites and personalised attention and care are the USP of Kushalgarh. With their specialised cooks, you can experience home style Indian food, healthy continental cuisines and also savour authentic Rajasthani dishes. Explore the seven acre property, visiting the Kushalgarh fort and the renowned Sariska Tiger Reserve next door. The Lodge is a perfect hide-out from the daily chaos of city life. Kushalgarh Lodge is redolent of the old world charm coupled with modern technology.