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
Horse safaris can be arranged locally
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Rawla Narlai or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan
This fantastic little heritage hotel is located on the edge of a busy village, in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, at the foot of a huge, granite rock. Surrounded by forest and stunning countryside, it 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 favorite 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 rooms 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!
Accommodation comprises 25 rooms, suites and tents. 10 twin, 14 double, 1 single room. Certain rooms have balconies (6,19) and terraces and the 4 suites are large and spacious. All rooms are air-conditioned and have overhead fans, and en-suite bathrooms. 13 rooms have baths and showers, otherwise showers only.
Tents are very contemporary in style and design and are large and comfortable with attached, state of the art bathrooms (showers and baths).
Location & Directions
Located on the edge of Narlai village, in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, at the foot of a huge, granite rock, Rawla Narlai in Rajasthan sits midway between Jodhpur & Udaipur.
When to go
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 color 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.