A rhapsody in blue, the walled city of Jodhpur has always managed to capture the imagination of travellers. Be it the mighty Mehrangarh, or the enchanting Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is home to many of Rajasthan's treasures and one such treasure, located in the shadow of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, is Raas – Jodhpur's first boutique hotel.
Raas, in its present form, is a chic, modern conversion of an 18th-century haveli. The hotel comprises of four original buildings, with three additional contemporary structures. Every room in the hotel enjoys a spectacular view of the Mehrangarh Fort, which was rated "Asia's Best Fortress" in 2008 by Time magazine.
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The hotel has thirty-nine rooms, including eight suites, designed meticulously by brothers Nikhilendra and Dhananajaya Singh. The signature style of the hotel, an amalgamation of original Rajput residence with the sleekness and simplicity of contemporary design, is visible throughout Raas' modern artwork and age-old pink sandstone.
The ambiance at Raas transports guests to the royal splendour of the bygone years, while simultaneously being treated to the luxuries of the modern age.
Under the auspices excellence of chef Vishal Gautam, Raas has two restaurants:
Whether you are in the mood for some authentic Rajasthani specialities, Thai flavours or Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Baradari has fine fare to suit your tastes. The ingredients used to prepare the dishes are organic, and locally-grown in the hotel's own garden.
During your stay, if you're in the mood for some alfresco dining, Darikhana is your go to place. Perched on the first floor, above the old stables, Darikhana offers clear views of the Mehrangarh Fort. Each meal at the Darikhana is prepared with hand-ground spices, especially sourced from a 200-year-old shop in Old Delhi. Like Baradari, dishes at Darikhana are also made from organic vegetables picked from the hotel's garden.
For special occasions, the hotel staff also provides the option of a private dining service. You can choose from a stunning landscaped garden or even the serene poolside, exclusively for you and your special one, with a tailor-made menu.
₹10,500/night (includes buffet breakfast, excludes taxes)
The hotel is open throughout the year, but the best time to plan your stay would be from October to March.
You can easily reach Jodhpur by air by flying to Jodhpur Airport. It is served by internal flights from most Indian airports including Delhi, Bombay, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Jodhpur's main railway station is 1.5km away from Raas. You can board a train from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and easily reach Jodhpur.
Another convenient way to reach Jodhpur is by road. The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is well connected with Ahmedabad, Agra, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, and Udaipur.
• Get to know the fascinating history of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort with an audio tour. The fort is open from 9am to 5pm, but it's best to visit it in the morning.
• Experience the grandeur of Umaid Bhawan Palace, the monumental palace built in the 50s when the royal family of Jodhpur moved out of Mehrangarh. Not much of the palace is accessible to the public, but the few rooms that are open, as part of the palace museum, are worth a visit.
• Have a picnic in the gardens of Jaswant Tharda, the white stone cenotaph.
• Go on a drive to the famous, wondrously-carved Jain temple of Osiyan.
• Shop till you drop at Sarafa Bazaar.
• Talk a walking tour of the old city. The hotel staff will willingly arrange it for you.
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