This boutique property is in the middle of nowhere but perfectly situated for a relaxing stopover between Jaipur/Jodhpur and Udaipur. Its setting is stunning...below a huge granite monolith (imagine Yosemite's Half Dome) and in a small rural village with its many Hindu and Jain temples. The hotel used to be a hunting lodge for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and the family still owns the property as well as the village. As a result, it has been restored with care and feels like you are staying in someone's home. There are photos and knick knacks everywhere, and comfortable couches and daybeds tucked away within this walled property on the porches and lawns. Rooms are in two buildings, one the historic lodge and a second modern 5 story complex. While the rooms in the modern complex come with every convenience (flat screen tvs, phones), the lodge rooms respects the original layout and features of this 300 year old building (check out the original light switches!) but have added modern bathroom facilities (no phones or tvs). We preferred rooms in the lodge. The hotel has a beautiful pool and lawn with chaise lounges with a view of the granite monolith. Breakfast (adequate buffet plus made to order eggs) and ala carte dinner can be taken outside under the stars or inside the dining room. We didn't partake in the Stepwell Dinner; I believe the cost is a steep 4000 rupees per person. Don't miss a walk in the village. Totally untouched by tourism, all of the shops cater to the locals, not visitors. You won't find any of the tourist gifts you'll find everywhere in India! And the villagers are friendly and welcoming. And don't miss walking up the monolith...750 steps to the top and the view...360 degree view of the countryside. We watched the sunrise and it was breathtaking. Unforfunately, we stayed only one night at this beautiful place and would have wanted another two nights to truly enjoy the setting, people and achieve relaxation. If you can, stay more than one night here. While India is an incredible journey, it can be hard work. Make time for relaxation at places like Rawla Narlai or Samode Haveli in Jaipur. You'll be glad you did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stepwell Dinner : Guests are taken on a magical journey from the Rawla through the village streets into the jungle before arriving at the 1100 year old “step well”. The magical setting is brought to life by dimly lit oil lamps that illuminate the setting through flickering light. The very private dinner is laid out in a traditional manner, it promises to remain unmatched experience to anything you will ever experience for a long time. The entire evening is like a secluded sanctuary inspired by the mystical past, bracing Indian spirituality and the unique experience of one being completely with nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rawla Narlai Hotel Narlai