Raas is stunning, successfully fusing stylish contemporary design with traditional, restored palace architecture. The 39 rooms of this hotel (7 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 customised 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 32 rooms and seven Suites. 35 rooms have views of the Mehrangarh Fort, the remaining 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 centre 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.
When to travel
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that 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 fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
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Location and directions
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.