Rawla Narlai, Rajasthan
Tucked away amidst the Aravali’s, among the world’s oldest fold-mountain ranges, this one-time ‘Hunting Manor’ of the Jodhpur Royals now opens its doors to those on a hunt for blissful tranquillity. Today, this 17th century ‘Country Manor’, painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, caters to an exclusive clientele looking to explore the popular cities of Jodhpur & Udaipur—a comfortable 2 hrs ride from both.
The ‘Rawla’ (Manor) is in ‘Narlai’ village, a quaint little hamlet situated on what were once the dusty dirt-roads between the states of Marwar & Mewar (Jodhpur & Udaipur). Surrounded by an assorted landscape of rocky outcrops, lakes and forests to hike or sleep in, there is an abundance of wildlife for the favourite royal indulgence, ‘shikar’ (hunting).
The famous towns of Ranakpur and Kumbalghar are nearby with easy access to the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the temples of Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Ranakpur Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rajasmand Lake.
32 boutique rooms and suites have been exquisitely crafted in the spirit of the ‘Rawla’ with recent sections paying homage to the craftsmanship of the original structure by following in its artistic footsteps. The 5 accommodation types are:
Double or twin beds with garden or hill views and study tables. Painstakingly reconstructed by local craftsmen, some of whose forefathers were part of the construction team over 300 years ago, these masterpieces of heritage echo the legacy of the ‘Rawla Narlai’.
Double or twin beds with garden or hill views and study tables. Classically grand with immaculate interiors, these rooms sit above the original building. Arches, pillars and antique windows give these rooms the air of ‘living in the past’, elegant and comfortable.
Luxury Grand Heritage
Double or twin beds, separate shower and bathtubs with pool or hill views and study tables. Tradition meets contemporary in these lavish rooms. Despite the opulent interiors, the rooms blend sensitively with the natural surroundings as you enjoy the privacy of your personal sitting area.
Double or twin beds, separate shower and bathtubs with pool or hill views and study tables. Designed to capture the exotic character of ‘Narlai’, these rooms combine old-world charm with modern comfort. The brass, wood, leather & lattice-work really compliments the balcony view.
Two bedroom suites, one with King the other Double, separate shower and bathtubs with pool or hill views, study tables and drawing room. High style and large proportions, these new suites exude sophistication and elegance whilst playing off rustic ethnicity in the new wing.
WELLNESS & DINING
Most guests will spend their days out and about, exploring by foot or steed, the mesmerizing surroundings. The Narlai Spa uses traditional Indian methods of massage and relaxation to cure tired bodies and inspire creative minds.
The Jharoka Cafe caters to breakfast, lunch and dinner. This bright and cheerful coffee shop serves a multi-cuisine menu with a most charming and very private open-to-sky courtyard adjacent to the café. Dinner on the Ramparts is the fine-dining option, with a bird’s eye view of the ‘Rawla’ in its lit up glory. Light sets the scene with the mammoth granite rock silently standing guard, the desert sky and flicker of lights from the village temple illuminates the terrace whilst resident musicians complement each course. Drinks can be taken at J-Bar, an intimate and lively niche with ‘Rajasthan lattice’ and thatched mud, a rustic-chic ambience.
‘MUST DO’ ACTIVITIES
Think of ‘Rawla Narlai’ as part of the town. You can be as much a part of it as you want. Enjoy a surreal dinner at the 16th century step-well, high tea at the lake, riding thoroughbred ‘Marwari’ steeds that once mounted the royal cavalry and polo team, a village and crafts tour, or the leopard spotting adventure, everything is available here.
- HOW TO REACH Rawla Narlai By Air: The Jodhpur Airport/ Udaipur Airport is approx. 130 km from Rawla Narlai.By Train: Rawla Narlai is 30 kms away from Rani Station, Rani is well connected by railway lines.