Located about halfway between Udaipur and Jodhpur, the small town of Deogarh is a good place to break a journey through Rajasthan and explore the Aruvali Hills.
The imposing palace was built in the 17th century for the Rawats of Deogarh, one of the most important families in Rajasthan. It was completely restored from ruins by the same family, who operate Deogarh Mahal as a heritage hotel. It is a rambling structure, with a total of 50 rooms and suites scattered amongst several wings.
Each room is individually decorated with period furnishings but also feature modern fittings such as air-conditioning or air cooling and en-suite bathrooms. Suites also have tea and cofee making facilities and minibars. The rooms and suites all vary in shape and size and are located throughout the building on various floors.
The hotel has two restaurants. Chandra Mahal is a large room with ornate decor serving Indian and international dishes. Surya Mahal offers an a la carte menu. Snacks are available by the pool and private meals, such as kebabs, can be served on terraces around the building. There is also a bar and a heated swimming pool. Two treatment rooms provide Ayurvedic Massages.
Deogarh is a colourful small town with a bustling market that is well worth exploring, and Deogarh Mahal can organise jeep safaris in the surrounding countryside or visits to nearby villages. A unique feature of Deogarh Mahal is the rural rail, travelling from Deogarh to Phulad through wooded hills on a restored 1930s era train.
Open: Deogarh Mahal is open all year.
Location: Deogarh Mahal is in Rajasthan, equidistant from Jodhpur and Udaipur, which are the nearest airports. It is just 1km from the train station. It is on a hill above the village of Deogarh.
Rooms: Accommodation is in a mix of deluxe rooms, deluxe suites and royal suites, 50 in all. All have en-suite bathrooms with modern amenities. All are heated and some are air-conditioned. DÃ©cor reflects the Rajput era. Facilities include direct dial telephones. Suites also have minibars, kettles and safes. There is 24 hour room service.
Activities: The hotel has a stable and guests are welcome to ride the horses. Mountain bikes can be hired and the area can be explored by vintage car with chauffeur from the hotel or by jeep. This is a good area for walks and treks. There is a local metre-gauge railway. The local village and its market can be explored on foot. Guided village walks and bird watching tours are popular.
Facilities: There is a swimming pool, a separate childrenâ€™s pool and a Jacuzzi with a poolside bar. The hotel has a separate indoor bar with pool table. There are landscaped gardens and terraces. Ayurvedic massage is available. Other facilities include a lounge, library, gym, badminton court and coffee shop. The hotel serves a range of cuisine including Mewari and much of the produce is grown and produced on site. The hotel shop sells books, clothes and handicrafts.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the dining area or on the roof terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel offers a baby-sitting service.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access, to be paid for locally.