Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
At a Glance
A modern, design led hotel - quite unique in style for this part of India
Fantastic central location which allows you to wander out of your hotel and explore
Stunning views of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort which no other hotel in Jodhpur can offer
The pool area is over looked a little bit by the surrounding housing but as the property is so centrally located this would be hard to avoid from all angles
Guests have mentioned being able to hear the call to prayer from the nearby mosques, however some like the ambience this creates
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more color to the landscape.
October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.
To start planning your vacation to Raas
Raas is a stunning hotel, uniquely situated in the heart of the walled city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan and at the foot of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. Raas is Jodhpur’s first luxury, boutique hotel and undoubtedly the chicest address in the city.
Raas is stunning, successfully fusing stylish contemporary design with traditional, restored palace architecture. The 39 rooms of this hotel (8 of which are suites) all provide a high level of comfort and sophistication and have been decorated with great attention to detail in a modern, understated style but yet one which draws heavily on traditional techniques and materials. This is best exemplified by the use of pink Jodhpur sandstone features in all rooms used for wall panelling, bed headboards and impressive balcony shutters (which also have energy-saving eco-credentials)
Despite Raas’s central location in a bustling city, the hotel offers an oasis of calm and feels remarkably quiet once you enter its ramparts. All of the hotel buildings overlook a serene and spacious courtyard with a beautiful pool area. An area that becomes magical at night when illuminated by small candles.
The central location however, gives guests a great opportunity to step out and explore the labyrinth of lanes and markets that form the walled city and make Jodhpur a truly special place to be. The location at the foot of the fort is also great for those wishing to climb up to explore the fort and look down on the blue city.
For those not feeling energetic to explore by foot Raas has acquired a fleet of customized blue auto-rickshaws to ferry guests around town and to charmingly deliver guests to the hotel - a very enjoyable way to arrive and a great way orientate ones self!
The owners of Raas have created something truly unique in Jodhpur if not the whole of India. The result of which is a property that certainly gives Umaid Bhawan Palace a run for its money in terms of wow factor and also in terms of offering an alternative palace experience in the perhaps the best preserved, largest and most complete urban noble residence in the whole of Rajasthan.
Raas offers twenty nine rooms and eight suites. Most of the rooms have views of the Mehrangarh Fort, the remaning four have private gardens overlooking the old, restored buildings. Rooms are highly comfortable and have been decorated with great attention to detail in a modern, understated style drawing heavily on traditional techniques and materials.
Raas accepts children of all ages and inter-connecting rooms are available for families. No extra beds are permitted in the rooms. Babysitting is available at an extra cost. The hotel also provides board games and painting materials.
Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants (one covered, one al fresco) serving Indian and Continental food, as well as a trendy bar for those wishing to quench their thirst with a fresh cocktail. There is a heated swimming pool and spa center with three massage rooms.
Activities in and around the hotel include swimming in the hotel's stunning pool, a newly opened spa, golf at one of the most famous golf courses in India and cultural tours of historic Jodhpur and the surrounding area. Visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, Jain temple of Osiyan, the hill-top Umaid Bhawan Palace, the Sadar Market to buy spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts or go on a village safari to see how the local Bishnoi live. Others include the Mandore gardens and the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
Raas comes as quite a surprise in the middle of the old city of Jodhpur, its new age architecture looking seemingly out of place in the shabby town, yet its fusion within the walls of an old haveli behind the grand, ancient gateway, works well with the older parts of this nobleman's home which still remains. Rooms are well appointed and contemporary in style, luxurious and fuss free, all with views of the fort, towering above. While there is no central bar, there are plenty of cubby holes in which to enjoy a drink and staff are sharp to notice where guests are in order to serve them. A delightful pool surrounded by sun loungers and canopied double beds provides a glorious respite from a hot days site seeing and two restaurants serving a selection of Indian and continental food ensures you dont go hungry I know it wasnt very Indian but the flourless chocolate cake is highly recommended!
Emma Neale (Staff)
I loved being so centrally located staying at Raas, I also loved how stylish and contemporary the hotel was whilst still being sympathetic to the surroundings. I was especially wowed by the view of Meherangarh Fort towering over the hotel and the romance of the hotel when at evening it was set up with hundreds of flickering candle lights. Raas was a real highlight of my trip to Jodhpur.
Jodhpur - A Walk through Jodhpur
Take a walking tour through Jodhpur beginning at Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 by Rao Jodha after whom Jodhpur was founded. Continue to the Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph, before having a walk through Ghantaghar (Clock Area), Jodhpur's busiest market.
Udaipur - Vintage Car Ride
Explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside by vintage car up into the hills to enjoy dinner (inc) on the Open Terrace Restaurant at Chunda Palace which has amazing views down into Udaipur and the Lake Palace.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai & Udaipur
from $5900 pp 14 nights
- Private driver and a range of tours and experiences all included using the best guides in Rajasthan
- A fantastic itinerary and in depth introduction into one of the most colorful and romantic regions in India
- No trip to Rajasthan is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal
Location & directions
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Below Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort and a few streets from the clock tower by the north-eastern Sadar Market entrance to the walled city.
How to get there
9-hour International flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight. Jodpur has daily flights to and from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. The airport is a 20-minute drive from Raas.