RAAS Haveli, Jodhpur
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
RAAS Haveli has a privileged location, inside Jodhpur’s walled city with an impressive view of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and close to the lively Clock Tower and its bazaar. The architecture combines the traditional Rajput style with the new modern design, cleverly using the famous Jodhpur blue and the local red sandstone that blends nicely with the city.
Stay The hotel accommodations surround a shaded courtyard with 39 sandstone-walled guest rooms. All the rooms are decorated in an understated modern black and white design, with traditional elements (latticed chandeliers) and hand-crafted Jodhpur red sandstone jhali (windows). The standard rooms either have Moghul-style gardens or dazzling views of the 15th-century Mehrangarh desert fort.
The seven suites also feature a separate sitting room, larger balconies. En suite facilities are enhanced with a separate shower, cast iron tubs and plush bath robes and can be shared by large group or families.
Dine The all day dining, Baradari offers a range of local and international cuisine. The cuisine ranges from Thai flavours, Mediterranean-inspired dishes, to Rajasthan specialities. Darikhana, the alfresco restaurant perched on the first floor is the best location for evening meals, where you can see the illuminated fort above and our candlelit Haveli courtyard below. The three tiered Step Well Café hovers above the Step Well and is a city favourite for its unique location. With its ground-floor air-conditioned and the upper floors open, the café serves lunch and dinner; and coffee, tea and cocktails in between. The menu offers a mixed fare of European and Indian favourites. Alternatively, eat in the comfort of your own room with in-room dining service, available 24/7.
Relax The world class Ila Spa is run by authentic British brand Ila. Renowned for their earth-to-skin ethical, environmental and sustainable practices, Ila-directly source wild harvested ingredients, many from India herself. Enjoy Rajasthani damascene rose otto oil, jasmine from Tamal Nadu, sandalwood from Mysore and tuberose - which helps to connect us to our soul light - from Himachal. Each is chosen for its ability to nourish not just the skin but the heart.
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If you wish to splash out then ask for The Raas Suite, located by itself above the hotel's boutique. There are three "Heritage Suites", two of which can be joined together, but they don't have a direct view of the lovely fort. Viewing is via a mirror in the suites' patio areas. The Raas Suite is a stand-alone suite that not only has great space and views of the fort but also a rooftop canopied terrace that is great for relaxing.
Most major airlines fly to India’s main airports. Delhi is the best point of arrival for Rajasthan and north India. Fares are dependent on the season, with the highest being roughly November to March.
There are regular flights to Jodhpur from Delhi, Bombay, Jaipur and Udaipur. The hotel is a 20 minute drive from the Jodhpur airport. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Most airports and train stations offer a pre-paid taxi service that allows travellers to book a taxi for a fixed price. The hotel can also arrange airport transfers.
The hotel has 39 rooms and suites, each of which have been constructed to a distinctive style that balances the historic charm of the original Rajput residence and the simplicity of contemporary design. Modern artwork and age-old pink sandstone blend in perfect combination, interspersed with polished black terrazzo and flashes of Jodhpur blue. This magical atmosphere allows guests to enjoy the royal splendour of bygone years, whilst simultaneously being treated to the luxuries of the modern age.
Each of the four Garden Rooms combines historic charm and modern-day luxury in its design. Located on the ground floor they come with a private sit-out garden and a well-tended flowerbed. These rooms feature King Size bed, modern bathroom with separate shower. Total: 4, Size: 45 sqm
Located on upper floors, these rooms have traditional hand-crafted red sandstone jhali (windows) with uninterrupted views of the Mehrangarh Fort. Decorated in a contemporary style and monochromatic colour, they feature a King Size bed and include a spacious bathroom and a private balcony. Total: 28, Size: 45 sqm
These Suites are located in the modern block of the hotel with traditional hand-crafted red sandstone jhali (windows) overlooking the Mehrangarh Fort. Furnished in an understated modern black and white design, these suites consist of a separate duplex bedroom and living room, a perfect choice for large groups or families. All have private balconies, where a covered seating area offers protection against both sunshine and rainfall. Total: 4, Size: 68 sqm
Heritage Suites 107
These Suites are located in the original 18th-century Rajput residence and equipped with all modern amenities. Each Heritage Suite has its own terrace and private courtyard, with two suites sharing a common balcony with a stunning panorama of Mehrangarh Fort. Bedrooms have a spacious bathroom with a separate shower and a cast iron bathtub. Total: 3, Size: 107 sqm
This Suite has a large outdoor seating area with a view of the Stepwell. The Suite includes one Master bedroom and en-suite bathroom Kids bedroom with twin beds and has a bathroom. Also it has TV and an intercom to parents bedroom. Facilities include a small kitchenette with microwave, induction cooker and fridge – Stocked with local home grown organic seasonal vegetables, beers and aerated drinks with complements. Total: 1, Size: 116 sqm
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Experiences Located on a high hill, the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, is one of the largest and magnificent forts in Jodhpur, or probably, in Rajasthan. Close to the fort is the royal cenotaph, the imposing white marble memorial to mark the site of royal crematorium of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The Jodhpur Museum is reminiscent of the history of Jodhpur, especially of the royal past and includes art and artefacts from the region. If interested in historical and archaeological exploration then visit the Jain temples built in 1178 AD and the exquisite Umaid Bhawan Palace, built in hand-chiselled sandstone blocks as late as the 20th century. For those interested in cultural exploration should visit a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi community is probably unique in their love for the preservation of nature and wildlife.
Shopping India is a country of bargains; if you are good at it you can make the most of it! We recommend our guests to be accompanied by their tour escorts when going shopping. Having a local person with you helps in negotiating better price and selecting good quality. It can sometimes be hard for tourists to negotiate with shopkeepers and distinguish inferior quality products from good ones.
If having a tour escort is not an option, then we recommend you shop from reputed emporiums, government handicraft shops and fixed price malls. At all times, keep a close eye on your handbag and / or wallet. With a population of more than a billion, pick pocket is not uncommon in crowded places in India, so please be vigilant at all times.
Tipping Tipping is a personal expense and depends entirely on the quality of services provided to you and your appreciation of those services. Whilst tipping is not mandatory, it is expected at restaurants and by drivers, guides and tour escorts. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider in India. Restaurants 5-10% of bill, if not included. Tour escorts and local guides between Rs 500-800 per day. Drivers between Rs 350-500 per day.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. The Indian winter months (November-February) are high season for Rajasthan when the skies are perfectly clear with sunny days and crisp evenings. It is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. Although the word "monsoon" often brings to mind images of torrential floods and landslides, the monsoon season is not a bad time to travel to India. Although it rains nearly every day, the downpour tends to come and go quickly, leaving behind a clean, glistening landscape.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.