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The Mountbatten Lodge

Ranakpur, Rajasthan

Mountbatten Lodge is a colonial style luxury retreat located close to the Ranakpur Temples midway between Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. With just four comfortable suites, this intimate lodge is an ideal way to get into the Indian countryside.

At a Glance

  • Located between Udaipur and Jodhpur, the lodge is ideal to break the journey and see a little of Rajasthan's amazing countryside

  • Just four suites, the lodge retains an intimate feel with a colonial Raj era theme

  • Fantastic lunches under the 400 year old Banyan Tree

  • Lots of experiences on offer from the Ranakpur Temples, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and visiting local villages

  • Superb rooms with four poster beds, private plunge pools and huge bathrooms

Couples, Culture

Insider's View

The magical champagne sundowner in the hills above the lodge is absolutely superb.

Jessica Campbell

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Mountbatten Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

It is always advisable when traveling through Rajasthan not to try and dart around too much, from one bustling city to another, but to blend this with some time away from the hustle and bustle when India's colorful rural charm comes to the fore. Mountbatten Lodge is an ideal stop between Jodhpur and Udaipur and positioned in the heart of the Aravelli Hills. It features just four suites, and has been designed in a pseudo-colonial style complete with Raj style bar and a country club feel. You half expect to turn the corner and see a gentlemen, complete with white-linen suit and matching pith helmet to greet you warmly, G&T in hand!

Let's set the scene - Mountbatten Lodge has been cleverly designed by its owner Reggie Singh to blend in with the surrounding forest and hills. It has something of a remote hunting lodge feel about it at first glance, complete with cosy crackling fires and an inviting bar where you can sit down to enjoy a 'chota peg' or two. The four suites are large and have four-poster beds, private terraces and huge bathrooms with wonderful showers and sunken bathtubs, which no doubt memsahib will thoroughly enjoy. Two of the suites have private plunge pools whilst the other two share a small pool (and interconnect for families). The staff are excellent, and provide those amazing little touches which make your stay so enjoyable, such as bringing you tea in bed in the morning or putting in a hot water bottle into your bed at night during the winter months. There is nothing better than having a lazy lunch under a 400-year old Banyan Tree in the garden, maybe tasting locally sourced spice-infused slow cooked lamb wrapped in banana leaves, washed down with a refreshing glass of white wine. In the evening, retreat to the candlelit dining room for a feast of epic proportions. The cuisine is generally Indian, with continental breakfasts often served outside on the terrace.

Many guests ask us how long to stay here, and many unfortunately only opt for a night - however a second day is especially well rewarded. You must try the champagne sundowner in the hills above Mountbatten Lodge - it really is rather magical. A visit to the rural villages is another highlight, as you will likely be the only tourists about.

Obviously the Jain Ranakpur Temples are well worth visiting. The Lodge is also right next to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary where you can possibly see the leopard, bear, deer, boar and a host of eclectic bird life. This can be done on jeep, on foot, on the back of an elephant or on horseback. If anything, it is an ideal short experience of Rajasthan's very overlooked countryside and natural highlights. For those who really want to show off to their friends when they get back from India, you can head to the village to Bera and meet the village chieftain before having a night at an exclusive mobile camp. After this sort of experience, you might very well think you have risen to the ranks of Viceroy!

Accommodation

There are four suites at Mountbatten Lodge, one of which can be adjoining if traveling as a family and these suites share a pool, the others have their own pool. The suites are styled in a Raj theme, with four poster beds. The bathrooms are huge, with large sunken bathtubs and twin cloudburst showers.

Facilities

The Mountbatten Lodge is a small intimate lodge with a range of public areas including a delightful lunch spot under the Banyan Tree, a dining room and bar.

Activities

There are a range of experiences on offer including visiting the Ranakpur Temples, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Wildlife Sanctuary, trekking, visits to local villages, horse riding and elephant riding.

Location & Directions

Ranakpur, Rajasthan

The Mountabatten Lodge is located midway between Udaipur and Jodhpur. It takes about 3-hours drive to each and about 15-minutes Ranakpur Temples.

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°C to 45°C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you don't mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45°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°C and 20°C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny 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 20s 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 Rajasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Mountbatten Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

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