Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh

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The Blue City

The golden sun drenched the humble sized airport and in the distant I saw a structure, so grandeur and parallel in its line, much like a palace. If there was one thing I’ve been told countless times, it’s that Rajasthani hospitality is unparalleled. Its warmth cannot be mimicked anywhere else in the world. And so we made our way into the city passing walls adorned with painted works that depicted the masses proud nature of their city. Through the city limits and onto a stretch of road there were just a few cars, many cows and a single herd of sheep. As the streets felt more alone, we were nearing our destination. This is where our Jodhpur guide begins. We turned right and made way through dirt roads that the tires had to cautiously yield and slow down for. The sand picked up as we drove, but through the dusty cloud we saw people living their everyday life and children running behind the car to greet us with their hellos. Women were in colorful saris and men with their twisted turbans and white kurtis. Each moment was raw and pure, completely untouched. Rohet Garh was the perfect sanctuary at the end of the day, our home away from home! It should be added to your Jodhpur guide!

Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh

{day one}

We were greeted by the door like royalty. People waiting to meet us, place a tikka on our forehead and a flower in hand. Escorted to a lounge, pistachio in color, inviting by look, and served a fizzy lemon water and a single mint leaf. As we took in the spectacle that was the serenity of the hotel, we were then greeted by the manager. His impressive mustache, strong demeanour added to the ambiance. He showcased the highlights: the pool, lounge to view a sunset, breakfast nook, extensive gardens and finally to the room. The room had its charm. Completely reserved and original in structure with its full modern facilities {read: hairdryer and toilet roll}. In a global world, you want to bring the story and history out. With the advent of the internet, modern reign and you can easily lose culture and authenticity. Rohet Garh has ever so beautifully blueprinted a heritage hotel that takes you on a historical journey of luxury and class of the Rathore past, the royal lineage that rules Jodhpur. No Jodhpur guide is complete without enjoying the grounds, a spa treatment and then a few drinks. And as the crescent moon made its appearance, live Rajasthani folk music perfumed the air and we sat in the garden in candlelight enjoying local delights.

Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh

{day two}

We decided to make a trip to the city of Jodhpur. We started our Jodhpur guide with a rich imperial history full of conquests, wars and even a love story. First, we made it to Mandore Garden, a collection of temples and temples and monuments, it was an ancient town ruled by Pratiharas of Manavyapura who ruled in the 6th century CE-being the earliest rulers of Marwar, the people of Jodhpur. We drove just a bit further down and into winding streets near the army base camps that Jodhpur boasts and found our way on the grounds of the Bal Samand Palace, which sits on the very grounds of a park that houses many animals, including peacocks, and a large lake. Today it stands as a heritage hotel. Then not too far away we made it to Mehrangarh Fort, the largest most incredible fort of India. It was the home of the Rathore clan, originally credited to Rao Jodha that ruled Jodhpur. Within the wall gates are seven palaces with intricate stone work, imprints from cannonballs, and remains of the royal family. And just down the street from the fort is the Jaswanth Thada, the Taj Mahal of Jodhpur. It was built as a cenotaph built by King Sardar Singh for his late father in 1899. We then drove down and stopped at the entrance of the old city where the houses were painted blue to keep homes cool from the desert sun. From there we entered a bustling courtyard that still operates as the Sardar Market today-selling vegetables and fruits to carpets and clothes! Finally, ended the day at Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is a museum and Taj hotel, but also the home of the royal family today. The museum gives you a good digest about the royal family and their activities. We made our way to the hotel restaurant to enjoy a drink and a few bites before heading back to Rohet Garh for the night.

Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh

{day three}

After a leisurely wake up, reading a book under the sun, good cuddles with the hotel dogs, and a proper breakfast hosted overlooking the pool-we were invited on a village safari with Rohet Garh where we met people of the Bishnoi Tribe and the Brahman community. We escaped the hustle of the city and into the lands where oil lamps provided light. What an exhilarating experience it was and a truly unique experience to add onto your Jodhpur guide!

What would you add on your Jodhpur guide?

Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh
Jodhpur Guide with Rohet Garh

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