India is a country that is well-known for its hospitality, and luxury hotels in India are no exception. While there are many well-known luxury hotels and grand palaces stays in India, there are also many lesser-known hotels that are just as luxurious and offer an unforgettable experience. We have selected some of these secret boutique luxury hotels in Rajasthan, India, that offer world-class amenities, exceptional service, and a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
1. The Raas Chattarsagar, Nimaj
How about experiencing Rajputana royalty in a lavish tent located right in the middle of a stunningly crystal clear lake? At Raas Chattarsagar, dive into history while capturing the essence of love in a romantic setting. As you bask in the stunning views of the lake, you’ll appreciate the unparalleled attention to detail that permeates every aspect of your stay. Each tent is thoughtfully designed and furnished with locally made furniture, adding to the authentic charm of the setting.
The culinary offerings comprise of age-old, traditional recipes that have been meticulously handed down through generations and are expertly prepared using fresh and locally sourced produce in the homely kitchen of the family. The camp organizes farm & village visits and also conducts bird watching tours!
2. Six Senses Fort Barwara, Near Ranthambore National Park
A stunning fortress from the 14th century, Six Senses Fort Banwara is a palatial, all-suite retreat, which is set within a lovingly restored, historic 700-year-old Fort that once belonged to the Rajputana Royals. The design of the resort revisits the courtly and noble ambience of a former age dating back seven centuries. Accommodation comprises of 48 spacious suites, housed within the walls of the historic fort with two original temples.
Positioned in proximity to the Ranthambore National Tiger Park, the it provides a serene and optimal setting for wildlife enthusiasts who seek to embark on a quest to spot the magnificent tiger.
3. Sujan The Serai, Jaisalmer
Sujan The Serai is a luxurious tented camp located in the heart of the Thar desert, approximately 40 minutes away from Jaisalmer city. The camp is spread over 100 acres of land and is designed to give an authentic desert experience without compromising on luxury. This Relais & Châteaux property offers 21 luxurious canvas tents, each boasting all the facilities one expects at a typical hotel rather than a tent; including a private veranda, living area, spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a stunning en-suite bathroom.
One can enjoy freshly concocted Indian delicacies while basking under the glittering night sky, or relish in the warmth of contemporary safari-style sofas while sipping on a luscious cocktail at the bar.
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4. The Mihir Garh, Rohet
Commanding a wonderful setting in the middle of the desert, around an hour drive from blue city Jodhpur, the Mihir Garh offers a stunning retreat like few others in Rajasthan. It boasts of several unique design features and elements, such as hand-carved stone facades, intricate ‘jali’ work, and elaborate frescoes. The accommodations at Mihirgarh Rohet include luxury suites and villas, each with their own private plunge pools, terraces, and courtyards. The interiors are opulent and tastefully decorated, with a blend of contemporary and traditional aesthetics.
There is a main infinity pool and sun terrace along with a spa for those who simply want to relax and unwind. Dining is an intimate affair with a focus on authentic Rajasthani cuisine, made from fresh and local ingredients.
5. The Ranvas, Nagaur
Part of the magnificent fort of Ahichhatragarh, Ranvas is literally a palace ‘fit for queens’. Built for the sixteen wives of Bakhat Singh, each haveli is a complete unit with living spaces, bedrooms, quarters for the maids in attendance, kitchens and courtyards. The havelis open out to a central large garden, beautifully landscaped with a pavilion in the center and surreptitious paths to the main fort. The entry to the havelis of Ranvas is through narrow alleys till you arrive at the bardari; the pool and the gardens around add to the sense of mystery. The furniture and furnishings in rich, warm tones and delicate prints take nothing away from the medieval palace feel and yet add a subtle charm.
Experience meals in the most blissful settings – hearty breakfasts in the open courtyard, sundowners by the fort ramparts and enchanting dinners surrounded by lanterns.
Parinita Salaria is Co-Founder of Indus Bound. Indus Bound is an award-winning, specialist boutique travel company offering bespoke, luxury private India tours and tailor-made India holidays.
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