Where to Stay in Rajasthan & Agra

Where to Stay in Rajasthan & Agra

Mihir Garh

This small mud fort is perched on a sand mound, surrounded by scrub desert, just south of Jodhpur.

Each large suite has an adjoining sitting room decorated in soft, earthy colours and with Moroccan, African and Rajasthani influences. Each has its own courtyard and terrace facing out to the surrounding countryside and with either a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi. A beautiful infinity pool, shady sitting areas and a barbeque area all fan out from the dining room which is wonderfully airy in summer and warm and cosy in winter.

The idea of Mihir Garh is to give people an authentic 'desert or equine experience' whilst being luxurious and different. The inspiration behind this small hotel, built of mud, wattle and wood, are the Rohet Family who are exceedingly keen horsemen and who boast some of the country's finest horses. Just 45 minutes from Jodhpur, Mihir Garh is perfect for those who prefer to be based out in the country rather than in the bustling cities. Stay here to ride, explore Jodhpur, go on a camel or village safari, or pamper yourself in the excellent spa.

Why We Love It

'Mihir Garh' meaning 'Sun Fortress' provides an escape from the bustling cities of Rajasthan.


Rawla Narlai

This delightful 17th century property, surrounded by forested hills, represents a Rajasthan that few see today and is in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

The Royal Family owners have invested vast amounts of time, money, love and care into restoring this little gem and it's now looking better than ever.

The rooms - including luxury tents - lead off a variety of balconies, porches and loggias crammed with charming pieces of old furniture where you can recline with a drink looking out on the large holy granite rock which looms benignly over the lodge with 200 temples surrounding it.

Many of the rooms retain their original frescoes and stained glass windows - the diffused light is excellent for afternoon siestas.

Why We Love It

Once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur Royal Family and still owned by young members who play an active part in the running of the hotel.


RAAS Devi Garh

The ingenious owners have given life back to what was a derelict hilltop palace and it is now a luxury 'palace' hotel, the epitome of modern India, with an emphasis on design and detail using local marbles and semi-precious stones.

The huge suites are decorated predominantly in marble with individual colour themes. Panoramic views, a large green marble swimming pool, superb cuisine and caring staff make this a must for anyone visiting Udaipur.

The Serena Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies, spacious rooms, with relaxing sit out areas. There is a gym, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi.

The views from the fort are magnificent - out over the village and the Aravalli Hills. From Devi Garh guests can enjoy riding and camel safaris, walking and shopping in the village, picnics, excursions to Udaipur, the temples at Nathdwara, Eklingi and Rankanpur.

Why We Love It

Because Devi Garh is an entirely modern interior design within the framework of a traditional 18th century fort-palace complete with endless wings, balconies, turrets and towers.


Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas - Sanskrit for 'Eternal Haven' - is set among lush and serene Mughal-inspired pools and terraced gardens.

Ancient and traditional Persian and Moorish influences combine with the very best in modern Indian interior design. This fusion is exhibited to spectacular effect in the cobalt blue and gold domed entrance hall, whose windows frame a fabulous vista of the Taj Mahal. Sixty-four fountains, filigreed stone bridges and pillars greet guests as they cross the torch-lit forecourt of the ceremonial entrance pavilion of what appears to be a Mughal palace. Remarkably, all 105 bedrooms and all the suites enjoy uninterrupted breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal.

Why We Love It

This is the only hotel with direct, uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal; not only from the main reception areas but from every bedroom.


Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas stands on the banks of Lake Pichola facing Udaipur and with views across the water to the 17th century palaces of Jagmandir and Jagniwas.

A fabulous resort hotel set among fifty acres of former hunting grounds, Udaivilas itself is nothing short of palatial. Domes, turrets, fountains and reflection pools feature regularly throughout the hotel and are complimented by the beautiful bright and airy bedrooms and suites. The décor throughout is traditionally inspired, featuring dark wood furniture and elegant, ornate design, however all modern conveniences are catered for. Opt for either a garden facing room one of the rooms with a private or semi-private pool.

When it comes to dining guests will be spoilt for choice of options, with both indoor and al fresco restaurants offering a variety of international and Indian cuisine. Suryamahal and Chandni is open throughout the day and offers fantastic views across the lake, while Udaimahal is an evening spot with a night sky domed ceiling and traditional musical performances.

A stay in Udaipur is undoubtedly about exploring the rich culture and beautiful palaces; however a luxurious hotel base will never go amiss. To complete your stay in Udaipur save some time to relax and enjoy the gardens and the views at Oberoi Udaivilas, and visit the stunning Banyan Tree Spa, with yet more views over the lake.

Why We Love It

A pristine version of an original Rajasthani Mewari moated palace, Udaivilas took ten years to build.


RAAS Jodhpur

RAAS is situated at the foot of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur's (Blue) Walled City.

RAAS is Jodhpur's first boutique hotel and the only luxury property to be based in the old town, in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, just a stone's throw from the Clock Tower. In fact, the location is so good that guests barely need a car and driver, as everything is within walking distance.

The views are spectacular of the fort which looms above you, and it is very easy to wander out into the surrounding maze of streets to explore the markets.

The hotel comprises four charismatic restored old buildings in Jodhpur's 'rose-red' sandstone. This is combined with stylish, contemporary new buildings which have been designed by an acclaimed architect. Modern, slick designs with contemporary décor combine beautifully with remnants of the past in the old restored buildings.

Why We Love It

If you don't feel like exploring on foot, opt for one of the hotel's own blue tuk tuks as your means of transport.


Samode Haveli

Built over 150 years ago as the Samode royal family's suburban house, the hotel stands as a reminder of the past, beautifully restored.

The hotel has a fantastic central location, standing as it does in the heart of the sprawling walled city of Jaipur. It is home to some fabulous frescoes and, with its large gardens, it is difficult to believe that from this sanctuary you can stroll out into one of the city's busiest streets.

The bedrooms are scattered around the rambling building and are superbly decorated, all with air conditioning and mini bars.

The main dining room serves traditional Rajasthani food as well as a mixture of Asian and European cuisine. Meals are also available at the poolside, garden and courtyard.

Facilities include a fitness room, steam room and an Ayurvedic massage centre.

Why We Love It

Much-needed respite from the city, the hotel has a huge outdoor pool, one of Jaipur's finest and a draw in itself.


Taj Lake Palace

Built on top of a small island in 1746, the structure was purposely designed without any land visible beneath or around it, creating a surreal and enchanting atmosphere.

It has since been converted into a luxury hotel, complete with fountains, gardens, and other palatial amenities. The hotel became hugely popular after playing a starring role in the 80s James Bond film Octopussy, and after a loving restoration and a renewed emphasis on quality service thereafter, it was reinstated as the best heritage hotel in Udaipur.

The Palace was originally the summer residence of the Royal Family of Udaipur and is a beautiful combination of white marble and mosaic. The rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, with various dining options and sit out areas.

Why We Love It

Arguably the most romantic hotel in India, this gorgeous marble palace appears to hover on the surface of Udaipur's Lake Pichola.



Amanbagh, or 'peaceful garden', was previously the site of the Maharajah of Alwar's tiger hunting lodge and pleasure garden and is now one of the superb Aman resorts properties.

A sumptuous renovated 'haveli' or private mansion, faithful to the impressive architecture of the Moghul dynasty, this is a walled oasis in a spectacular rural location.

Rooms are 'havelis' in their own right, with private courtyards, some having a swimming pool in their private gardens.

Enjoy Indian and Western cuisine in the dining room, eat by the swimming pool, on the Library Terrace, or the Roof Terrace with sweeping views over the surrounding landscape.

Pamper yourself in the spa or take a tour of the organic gardens with the chef or take a walking or cycling trail into the surrounding hills, local villages and farming hamlets.

Why We Love It

Explore the surrounding hills by horseback, elephant or bicycle; or even on board Aman's pet camel.


Samode Palace

The hotel offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere, and the owners, (the existing royal family of Samode) play a very active role in running the property.

Exquisite frescoes and mirror-work run throughout the property, one of Rajasthan's finest boutique hotels. A sprawling palace with endless different wings, terraces, courtyards and levels, the rooms are scattered all over the building, each unique.

The rooms are beautifully appointed and have all the modern amenities you would expect, plus there is a lovely swimming pool.

The food is fantastic, comprising of Indian and international menus, with an extensive wine list. A walk around the village is a brilliant way to discover a more rural side of Rajasthan, alternatively a camel ride out into the desert hills at sundown and supper in the dunes will leave you with strong memories.

Why We Love It

The flagship Samode property - one of the first heritage palaces to open its doors to visitors - is a magnificent example of Rajput-Mughal architecture.


Shahpura Bagh

This beautiful 45-acre heritage estate was a summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura and is now an elegant heritage hotel.

Dinner tends to be a communal affair with all guests seated round one table, with many ingredients coming from the local village of Shahpura and markets which are so interesting to visit. Being run by an environmentally conscious family, the hotel has excellent eco credentials and is a peaceful rural retreat for wildlife lovers, and the ideal overnight stay on the journey between Jaipur and Udaipur.

Why We Love It

The huge infinity pool is surrounded by trees, and has been positioned to ensure optimal sunlight and privacy.


Rohet Garh

Very much a family concern; the Singh family still reside here and run the hotel, which has been restored in the traditional Rajput style.

The hotel is an extremely friendly place on the banks of a small lake, with well decorated rooms scattered around the gardens.

The family are lovers of the great outdoors and will take you out to visit the local tribal (Bishnoi) villages and farming communities. They are also keen horsemen and this is one of the best places to base yourself if keen on riding. An ideal ride is out to the Wilderness Camp, where you can stay the night in a wonderful tented camp.

Alternatively, rest by the glistening swimming pool or find a secluded spot on one of the breezy verandahs or in the gardens to read, spot birds, and while away the hours.

Why We Love It

This lovely, family run fort is an ideal alternative for those wanting to stay outside the city, in a rural environment.


Chhatra Sagar

Nestled in the heart of rural Rajasthan, overlooking a lake teeming with birds, Chhatra Sagar is an idyllic haven, comprised of a collection of luxurious tents pitched on a dam.

The tents, 20 in total, are serene and stylish with magnificent views of the lake. The interiors are elegantly furnished and all of the tents feature spacious verandas. With both air conditioning and heating, the tents are comfortable year-round, making them a wonderful retreat after spending the day in the wilderness.

The food served at Chhatra Sagar is some of the finest Rajasthani home cooking you will find, with local organic produce and age-old family recipes bursting with flavour. After dinner, take a seat in the camp's lovely tented sitting room, for a sundowner beside a blazing fire.

Besides its sublime views and a large swimming pool, the real highlight of the property is its location. Surrounded by farmland and small villages, a stay here enables you to experience rural Rajasthan in a way that few other properties allow.

Why We Love It

The Nimaj family are all personally involved in looking after guests, and will ensure that you want for nothing.


The Serai

The Serai is a romantic Relais & Châteaux collection of luxury tents in the heart of the majestic Thar desert, near the beautiful city of Jaisalmer.

The luxurious canvas tents are divided into three categories - fourteen with their own verandahs, drawing rooms, and spacious air-conditioned bedrooms; six with additional private walled gardens with plunge pools; and, the 'Royal Suite' with its own private spa, pool, and lounge tents for the ultimate in desert luxury.

A campfire is lit every night, and a bar is set up under the stars. Guests may dine, al-fresco, around the fire or anywhere on the 100 acre estate. A selection of food and refreshments may also be ordered in the tents. The Dining Tent serves western dishes and delicious local delicacies using much produce from the camp's organic vegetable and herb garden.

The Tented Library Bar is the ideal place to sink into a comfortable leather club-chair with a book and the pool was inspired by the ancient step-wells that dot this region. The spa offers a variety of treatments, designed to relax and rejuvenate and created by the renowned spa company Raison d'Etre. There are four individual treatment tents in the garden.

Why We Love It

The cooking classes here are fantastic and will see you impressing friends back at home with some newly learnt skills.


Umaid Bhawan

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, the palace offers guests a taste of royal living, once only available to kings and princes.

Set in 26 acres of gardens, it has a commanding view of the 'blue city' of Jodhpur. Designed by famed Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, it took 15 years to build, and in 1943 when it was completed, it was a 347 room palace.

Now, the rooms and suites in the hotel part of the building are decorated with lavish furnishings which retain the art deco style.

The hotel has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a Taj Signature Spa.

Why We Love It

Built in pink sandstone, this is one of the largest residences in the world; part Maharaja's palace, part museum and part hotel.


Rambagh Palace

Located in the heart of Jaipur, this palatial hotel has the best of both worlds – a central position yet set in 47 acres of gardens. It captures the elegance and charm of a bygone era - peacocks play in the large gardens, the architecture is nothing short of impressive, and the rooms are opulent and lavish enough to make one feel rather royal.

Originally built by the maharaja of Japiur as a private residence in 1835, Rambagh Palace is still very much fit for a king.

There are 73 rooms in total, including suites, all adorned with opulent furnishings and decorated in rich colours. Finishing touches such as intricately carved pillars, rich silks and Rajasthani artwork complete the palatial picture. Despite the somewhat elaborate nod to its royal beginnings, all of the rooms are decked out with the latest technologies and are kept up to speed with modern times.

There is a choice of five restaurants at Rambagh Palace, including the traditional Suvarna Mahal restaurant which serves delicious Indian cusine; the Polo Bar, which, decked out with trophies and polo memorabilia, captures the glamour and romance of the princely sport; and Steam, a restored steam engine set in a reconstructed Victorian style station.

Facilities at the hotel include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a fantastic spa, fitness centre, yoga pavilion, croquet lawn and mini golf course. The gardens are home to some spectacular birdlife, and are also fantastic just to walk around.

Why We Love It

Home to the Jaipur royal family until 1957, the opulent décor and regal feel is entirely fitting, and it is no wonder that Rambagh Palace has long been known as the 'Jewel of Jaipur'.


Rajmahal Palace Jaipur

One of the oldest buildings in Jaipur, the Rajmahal Palace has been carefully restored to its former glory in a regal yet contemporary style

Belonging to the Royal family of the famous 'pink city', the Rajmahal is a treasured legacy, and as such it has been designed to emulate the opulence of its owners. With 14 rooms ranging from Palace Rooms to the Royal Apartments, each has been carefully and uniquely refurbished to the highest standards. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom, and also a private dressing room.

The Colonnade is the location to eat within the palace walls, and a 24-hour service offering anything from coffee to cocktails, light bites and meals is also available. In good weather, guests can also eat in the exquisitely manicured gardens.

The hotel has an art deco swimming pool which allows unparalleled views across the grounds, and there is also a small spa offering a range of therapies and treatments. In a central location in the capital of Rajasthan, the Palace can arrange sightseeing, walking tours and culinary experiences too. With many sporting events a highlight of the local cultural heritage, the Rajmahal will organise a Royal box polo match experience, elephant polo and safari, alongside clay pigeon shooting and vintage car adventures

Why We Love It

The enclosed and magnificent Rajmahal Palace will appeal to anyone who likes a bit of colour. Fans of monochrome or greyscale design might want to look elsewhere.


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