Rajasthan, India

Rohet Garh

Rates from (ex tax)$108.48

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR8,190.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fabled family fort

Setting

Riding paradise Rajasthan

Just outside Jodhpur, Rohet Garh is a family-owned fort in a rural Rajasthani village. Towering terracotta walls, narrow corridors and shade-providing verandahs surround a central garden, inhabited by posing peacocks and passing birds. Murals and miniature paintings tell the tale of the days of the Raj, as do assorted family artefacts and antique silver furniture. The hotel is a haven for horse lovers – improve on your saddle skills by day, before enjoying elaborate Indian feasts to the sound of local folk musicians after dark.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

30, including six suites.

Check–Out

10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 11pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $108.48 (INR7,000), excluding tax at 17 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR8,190.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

Brush up on two life skills – horse riding and cooking – at Rohet Garh’s equestrian centre and cooking school.

Hotel closed

1 to 30 June.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, equestrian centre, gardens, laundry, valet parking. In rooms: free bottled water, tea and coffee, and a minibar.

Our favourite rooms

For the most serene view, book a room overlooking the lake to enjoy the tranquil water from your terrace. For more space, opt for a suite, which pack in traditional Indian flourishes of frescoes, murals and columns – as well as cosy, cushioned alcoves that make peaceful reading spots.

Poolside

There is an unheated, family-friendly pool in a courtyard, surrounded by dusky-pink tiles for sunbathing on.

Spa

The Tattva Spa offers impressive aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massages.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your jodhpurs for showcasing the sartorial riding staple in its birthplace; crops and hats optional.

Also

The hotel’s communal areas are accessible for wheelchair users, as is one of the bedrooms.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds and breakfast cost 2,500 rupees (about £30) a night for under sixes; and 3,400 rupees (about £40) for children aged six and up. Babysitting is not available.

Eco‐friendly

The food served at the hotel is all bought from local farmers’ markets and grey water is used in the gardens.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine under a canopy in the garden for respite from the heat during the day, or sit out under the stars on a candlelit table by night.

Dress Code

Fit for a king – this is the land of the Raj after all.

Hotel restaurant

Colourful murals grace the pool-facing dining room, where lunch is served (if it’s too hot or wet to head outside). Upstairs, the dining tent, with its saffron shades, low-hanging lanterns and embroidered ceiling, awaits come supper time. Expect to eat classic Rajasthani curries, including ones made with green tomatoes, gram-flour dumplings and gravy, and cashew and almond paste. All ingredients have a local seal of approval – they are bought at nearby farmers’ markets. Lunch is lighter, with salads and grilled fish more likely to make an appearance.

Hotel bar

Don’t forget to look up in the Dari Khana bar – the carved wooden ceiling is more than 300 years old. The walls are pretty interesting, too: old family portraits and photographs tell the story of the ruling clan who owns Rohet Garh. Bar snacks such as kathi rolls and a Rohet club sandwich are served here all day.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 6.30am until 11am; lunch is between noon and 2.30pm; and dinner is available from 6pm until 11pm. The bar is open between 10am and midnight.

Location

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Address
Rohet Garh
Rohet Garh, Village- Rohat, Dist. Pali Pin - 306421
JODHPUR
306 421
JODHPUR
India

Planes

The closest airport is Jodhpur, a 45-minute drive away. Hotel transfers can be arranged; prices start at about £25 (2,000 rupees) each way. From London, British Airways flies to Mumbai; from there, Air India has 90-minute services onwards to Jodhpur.

Trains

The nearest train station is also in Jodhpur; allow 40 minutes to make the car journey. Hotel transfers cost about £25 (2,000 rupees) each way. Indian Railways runs services from across the country.

Automobiles

Rohet Garh is just off the NH64, near the local village of the same name; pick up this road after taking the NH62 out of Jodhpur. There’s free valet parking when you arrive.

Worth getting out of bed for

Head into Jodhpur – the walled ‘Blue City’ of the Thar Desert, named for the sky-colour shade that many of its buildings are painted with – to see the majestic Mehrangarh, a 15th-century fort that is one of the largest in India; the maharaja-commissioned Jaswant Thada cenotaph; and the Om Banna shrine, which honours a deity with a motorcycle. At Rohet Garh, learn how to create traditional Rajasthani cuisine, ride the indigenous Marwari horses, be waited on by liveried servants on a royal picnic, or set off on a ‘village safari’ to learn about local life.

Local restaurants

A half-hour drive away, Mihir Garh is an intricate sandcastle formation brought to life, surrounded by desert and dunes of the same shade of beige. Its restaurant offers both Indian and international dishes, and some (chicken-tikka pizza) that are a mix of the two. Settle in for delicious Rajasthani dishes that come with a view of the Umaid Bhawan Palace at Hanwant Mahal in Jodhpur’s Umaid Hills.

Local cafés

Sweet-tooths should not miss a visit to the sugar-devoted emporium that is Jodhpur Sweets in the city to stockpile classic Indian confections for the journey home.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in India and unpacked their silks and saris, a full account of their break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Rohet Garh in Rajasthan

In the great Thar Desert, once ruled over by the state’s namesake Raj, the family who own Rohet Garh have done us all a favour and kept the doors of their fabulous fort open to guests. Having previously offered refuge to wandering travel writers in need of a pit stop to tap out a book (Bruce Chatwin composed The Songlines here, over a stay that stretched into several months), as well as esteemed Scottish historians (William Dalrymple called by to write The City of Djinns), Rohet Garh has an impressive guestbook, and it’s not hard to see why.
 
The hotel is maze of corridors and courtyards, with murals, frescoes and terracotta walls, amid lush lakeside gardens. It is south of the sky-blue city of Jodhpur, birthplace of unflattering riding pants, and a key indicator of the overriding equine theme – this is a land where the indigenous Marwari horses reign supreme and the on-site centre is the best place to ride them. Guests can also head into neighbouring villages by Jeep to learn about local life in the desert and farming communities. If you don’t want to leave, we have a solution: find an agent, get a commission and start writing that book…
 

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