Formerly the palace of the Maharaja of Jodhpur's younger brother, the Ajit Bhawan was one of the first concept heritage hotels.
Standing in the shadow of the Meherangarh Fort, Raas is at once steeped in history and contemporary luxury. The hotel comprises of four historical buildings dating from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, and three modern buildings which house the guest rooms. All are built using the local red sandstone, blending in with their surroundings.
Situated in the heart of the walled city, the hotel encourages you to arrive on foot or by its own rickshaw to minimise impact on the local neighbourhood, allowing you to navigate the maze of streets before entering the calming atmosphere of the property. Interiors have been handmade by local craftsmen for a truly authentic feel, and each room has its own terrace with wonderful views of the fort, gardens or restored buildings.
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Accommodation is in tasteful modern buildings and comprises of both rooms and suites, with the latter offering separate sitting rooms and larger balconies and bathrooms. All rooms boast excellent views of the fort from private terraces, with the exception of four rooms which have their own private gardens overlooking the property’s restored buildings. Traditional lattice work screens are a feature of each room and are opened each morning to reveal the views. Decorated in a contemporary style, the rooms all feature air conditioning and central heating, overhead fans, hairdryers, electronic safes, TVs and telephones, with en suite bathrooms coming complete with cast iron bath tubs and separate showers.
Raas lies at the foot of the Meherangarh Fort, in the prestigious northeastern quarter of the walled city, just a stone's throw from Jodhpur's famous clock tower.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants, Darikhana, a covered dining room with a terrace offering views of the fort, and Baradari, an al fresco café by the pool, both serving Indian and continental cuisine. Guests celebrating a special occasion can also arrange a private dining experience in the landscaped garden or by the pool, featuring a menu tailored to their tastes.
Facilities and activities
Guests can make use of the heated outdoor swimming pool and the relaxing spa, which offers a range of natural and ethical healing treatments. There’s also a shop on site, and tuk tuks are available for those wishing to explore the city on these traditional vehicles.
Environmental and social responsibility
The hotel heats much of its water using solar energy.
Raas is the only boutique hotel to be based in the old city, and the views directly up to the fort, which stands proudly above you, are quite spectacular. It offers a fantastic mixture of traditional character and contemporary luxury.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Designed by the British Institute of Architects, this fantastic palace is set in enormous grounds.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Experience a typical Rajasthani meal with a local family in their home. You will be able to get involved and will be given the recipe to take away with you.