Beautifully restored to its regal glory, the Rawla Narlai offers chic accommodation with bags of character. This is a real gem of a heritage property where you can fully escape and recharge your batteries, soaking up a slice of Rajasthani life. During the scenic drive into the countryside, you’ll feel yourself relax into a slower pace; this hotel offers a complete contrast to the city buzz, with an almost retreat feel.
Throughout the property, the architecture and design skillfully bring forward the period features (notably in the historic wing where every detail is laced with heritage and legacy), while contemporary style meets tradition seamlessly in the modern wing. The intricate archways are one of many stand out elements throughout. Each suite has been individually decorated and restored with distinctive features including hand-painted murals, rainbow stained glass, lush rugs and rich linens. A sumptuous delight.
Sitting beautifully between the hills of Rajasthani, Rawla Narlai is around 3 hours from both Udaipur and Jodhpur: the ideal halfway point to slow things down a little.
Open-air swimming pool
Refreshing spa treatments
We've found something a little bit special here; the location, the history and the friendly staff. Safe to say we will be coming back.
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One of many highlights during your stay will be the opportunity to dine in the atmospheric stepwell lit by hundreds of candles - a truly romantic and memorable experience. Set the scene with cocktails in the courtyard followed by an ox cart ride to the tumbling stone pools where your dinner of several mouth-watering courses will be served. Listen to local musicians play folk music by candlelight as you relive moments from your travels - we can’t think of a better way to spend an evening.
If you have the time, and the inclination, then stopping here for a few nights, with the towering hills and lush countryside as your backdrop, is extraordinary. Relax the pace in your busy itinerary through India, and get away from the sensory overload of the cities. Take time to stroll through the manicured gardens, kick back with a book, or go on a local railway adventure and experience a traditional Indian train ride!
Take a dip in the sheltered open-air pool, lay back on a sunlounger, and treat yourself to some pampering at the spa. If you’re up for something more intrepid, trek into the surrounding hills, explore the granite cave temples, visit a local village, go horse riding, or enjoy a mini safari - you might even spot a leopard!
Rawla Narlai is working towards better sustainability wherever possible. They are currently committed to recycling, sourcing local ingredients to use in the restaurant, and contributing to projects which support local communities. They’re always looking for more opportunities to contribute, and are dedicated to becoming even more eco-friendly.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.