In the small town of Rohet, close to Jodhpur, Rohetgarh has been the home to the Singh family since the 17th century. In the 1990s, it became one of the leading heritage hotels in Rajasthan. Guests can relax in the spacious garden and several courtayrds, one of which houses the swimming pool, where meals are often served poolside. Several famous authors including Bruce Chatwin and William Dalrymple have spent extended stays here to enjoy the peaceful setting as they write.
There are 29 rooms and 6 suites, the latter being very spacious. All are air conditioned, have ceiling fans, TV, internet access and ensuite bathrooms. The suites also have tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms vary in shape, size and decor and are scattered throughout the rambling building.
Rohetgarh is famous for its traditional food, and you can learn about Rajasthani cooking by attending a cooking class here. The restaurant also serves continental dishes as well as traditonal Indian food. Snacks and drinks are served by the pool and on the large rooftop terrace, which is a popular place to enjoy a sundowner. Rohetgarh is also famous for its stables, and horse riding trips can be arranged for visitors. Rohet is a great location to base yourself to explore the surrounding local communities, and during a village visit you can learn about the Bishnoi villages and wildlife of this desert region.
Open: Rohetgarh is open all year.
Location: Rohetgarh is located in the village of Rohet on the edge of the Thar Desert, in Rajasthan. The nearest airport and railway station are in Jodhpur, about a 45-minute drive away. The hotel is situated on the banks of a lake in a rural setting with pleasant landscaped gardens.
Rooms: There are 34 spacious guest rooms and suites, all air conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. They feature frescoes and attractive furnishings. Each room is unique and may feature window seats, stain glass windows, alcoves and wooden beamed ceilings. Modern amenities include â€˜phone, safe, tea and coffee makers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms look out onto gardens or the lake. The suites are larger and have a separate sitting area. The hotel offers room service.
Activities: Exploring local villages and the desert, picnics, bird watching, cycling, cookery workshops. The hotel arranged excursions to local places of interest such as the temples at Osian, the Jain temples of Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh Fort. Rohetgarh has a stable of horses and offers an extensive riding programme. October to March are the best months for horse riding. You can watch cooking demonstrations in one of the pretty courtyards.
Facilities: The hotel is set in gardens near a lake. There is an outdoor swimming pool with 4 pavilions. Dinner is often eaten outdoors and folk musicians perform on some evenings. Guests can relax indoors and out, in the 2 sitting rooms, complete with cards and board games, and on the terraces and verandas. The hotel has an open sided restaurant overlooking the pool which serves Indian and continental cuisine. Meals can also be enjoyed on the tented dining terrace. On some evening music and dance performances take place. There is a spacious rooftop bar overlooking the lake. The spa offers Ayurvedic treatments and massages. The hotel has a travel desk and offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting is available on request.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access in the main office, but service can be intermittant.
Travel through the colourful state of Rajasthan to see forts and palaces, lakes and desert, cities and villages.
"A tropical Oasis at the end of a bustling village close to the desert. Very relaxed atmosphere, wonderful food, plenty of shade when needed. We could see why Chatwin & Dalrymple found it so conducive to writing here."