Formerly the palace of the Maharaja of Jodhpur's younger brother, the Ajit Bhawan was one of the first concept heritage hotels.
Pal Haveli belonged to the family of Thakur Umaid Karanji, who accompanied the new Maharaja from Gujarat to Jodhpur in the 19th century, serving as their home from the 19th century until 2000. Now a characterful hotel, the property provides a homely base as you explore the delights of Jodhpur’s old city, with its central location putting you right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of daily life.
To preserve the past, the owners have retained traditional features such as teakwood furnishings, stone staircases and materials crafted by local weavers, creating an interesting and authentic environment. With comfortable rooms, a choice of restaurants and wonderful views of the fort from its rooftop, the hotel makes a great base for exploring this colourful city.
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Accessed via stone staircases and painted corridors, the hotel’s en suite rooms are light and airy and offer ample space. Simply but tastefully decorated, local artwork and photographs adorn the walls and large windows provide views of the fort, lake and cityscape. The hotel offers Wi-Fi access, safes, hairdryers and TVs for guests’ convenience.
Pal Haveli is centrally located near the clock tower and bazaars of Jodhpur's old city, opposite Lake Gulab Sagar.
Food and drink
The hotel offers open-air and indoor restaurants serving traditional wholesome dishes local to the area. The open-air restaurant on the terrace provides fantastic views across the city, with the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, clock tower and lake all visible as you dine by candlelight. The hotel also has a café and a bar serving a variety of beverages, while evening entertainment such as dancing can often be enjoyed.
While some of the furnishings can appear a little tired due to the age of this heritage property, we think this haveli is ideal for those who want to be in the hustle and bustle of the city and who are happy to explore on foot to get a real taste of life in Jodhpur's old city.
It's worth noting that there are a number of very steep and uneven steps around the hotel, including up to the restaurant.
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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.
Raas perfectly blends old and new, with parts of it dating back to the late 18th century and its rooms housed in modern buildings. Situated beside Jodhpur’s incredible Mehrangarh Fort, it’s ideally placed for exploring the Blue City’s many attractions.
This friendly guest house is owned and run by a family of polo enthusiasts whose memorabilia fills the drawing room.
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.