Rawla Narlai

Narlai, Rajasthan, India

At a Glance

  • Rawla Narlai is a great heritage option located between Jodhpur and Udaipur

  • Charming rooms in a traditional Indian style

  • Option to have a Stepwell dinner - just ask at the hotel

  • The local Shiva temple in a cave up the nearby hill

  • Great for couples, this is a romantic retreat

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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 colour 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.

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Insider's View

If you fancy getting a different view of Narlai climb the huge boulder next to the hotel - do remember to take some water though as its thirsty work!

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Rawla Narlai is set at the heart of a typical Rajasthani village within the Aaravali Hills, bustling with activity and bursting with colour. This 17th century heritage villa offers thirty two comfortable rooms, all styled in a unique and boutique feel.

Rawla Narlai is a fantastic little heritage hotel, located on the edge of a busy village. Set in the heart of the Aravalli Hills at the foot of a huge, granite rock the hotel is surrounded by forest and stunning countryside. In short, Rawla Narlai provides a great juxtaposition to busy city life.

With its close proximity to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, Narlai is the perfect stopping point between Jodhpur and Udaipur. The building itself dates back to the 17th century and was once a favourite hunting lodge if the Jodhpur Royal Family who to this day still own it, and have spend considerable time in renovating the property to bring it up to its current standard.

The thirty two rooms at Rawla Narlai are dotted all around the property and each varies significantly in shape, size and décor. There are also some smart, luxury tents in the garden by the pool.

The property remains small and well run, and depending on your preference, works well as either a stop over between cities or a pleasant place to spend a few days and relax and unwind. If you're feeling energetic then we suggest a climb to the top of the huge rock dome next to Fort Rawla with its elephant monument at the top. After, why not enjoy a stepwell dinner by torch light - an impossibly romantic way to end the day.

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Accommodation at Rawla Narlai comprises thirty two rooms and suites. Certain rooms have balconies and terraces and each suite is large and spacious. All rooms are air-conditioned and have overhead fans, and en-suite bathrooms. Please note, some of the rooms have bathtubs instead of showers.


Children are welcome at Rawla Narlai, but we recommend this hotel for couples travelling alone.


Facilities at Rawla Narlai include: Swimming pool and a separate children’s pool, comfortable roof terrace for sunbathing and Wi-fi . There is also a yoga and massage centre as well as a Jacuzzi to relax in.


Explore Narlai during your time at Rawla Narlai. Its a great base from where you can explore both Jodphur and Udaipur. Enjoy a private dinner at the local stepwell, a romantic evening not to be missed. There's also horse riding, a village walk and cave temple visits. And for those wishing to simply relax, the Narlai Spa is just the ticket.



Daniel Smith (Staff)

Its very easy to overlook the rural areas of Rajasthan in favour of the high profile highlights in the cities, but a stay at Narlai is a great way to see the real countryside. I really enjoyed my stay here, and a cold drink on your room terrace at sundown is a great way to finish the day.


  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Rajasthan

    Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai & Udaipur

    from £5100 pp inc flights & transfers for 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 colourful and romantic regions in India
    • No trip to Rajasthan is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal

Location & directions

Narlai, Rajasthan, India

Rawla Narlai is located on the edge of Narlai village, in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, at the foot of a huge, granite rock. Rawla Narlai sits midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur.

How to get there

There are daily flights from New Delhi to both Jodhpur & Udaipur. Drive time from ether two cities to Rawla Narlai is approximately 2 to 3 hours.

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