Rajasthan Heritage Hotel: Rawla Narlai Near Ranakpur

Rawla Narlai is a magnificent heritage hotel not far from the spectacular Jain Temple in Ranajpur and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the countryside on the way from Udaipur to Jodhpur.  Located in the heart of a 17th century village, the Rawla (Villa) is an oasis of serenity and offers a splendid view of a gigantic 350 feet high single rock of granite dotted with caves and temples, crowned by a statue of a white elephant, proud guardian to the open desert on one side and the crumbling Aravali hills on the other.  This 17th century fortress, which became an enchanting hunting lodge, was gifted by Maharaja Umaid Singhji of Jodhpur to his younger brother Maharaj Ajit Singhji. Two decades later, Maharaj Swaroop Singh, his son, together with his wife Rani Ushadevi under took the project to restore this exotic villa to its true origins.

I stayed in Rawla Narlai in January 2014 and enjoyed it very much. The solitude of the place, the excellent service and delicious food, the lovely gardens and the view onto the granite rock, make Rawla Narlai one of the most unforgettable places I have ever been.

You can walk to the top of the granite rock where you will find a small temple and enjoy sweeping views over the countryside. If you are lazy, you can lounge by the pool or on one of the large comfortable beds and sofas along the open-air corridors and balconies.

Rawla Narlai

One of the unique experience at Rawla Narlai is the step well dinner: guest are taken from the hotel by ox cart into the jungle before arriving at the 1,100 year old “Step Well”.  The magical setting is brought to life by dimly lit oil lamps that illuminate the setting through flickering light. The private dinner is laid out in a traditional manner with a local village folk singer from the Jogi community adding to the atmosphere.

Rawla Narlai

 

rawla narlai balcony

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai
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About Arnon Kohavi

Arnon is a tech entrepreneur and worldwide traveler. He writes hotel reviews and travel guides for Mapplr to help people find the best places and itineraries.