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Best for: Culture History, Off the beaten track, Wildlife
Rawla Jojawar is a charming Raj-era colonial heritage homestay near Deogarh in Rajasthan. A stay at the lovingly maintained Rawla Jojawar is like staying with wonderfully hospitable friends keen to share Rajasthan's rich heritage and culture.
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Set among the ancient Aravalli Hills outside Deogarh in Rajasthan, Rawla Jojawar is a lovely homestay that has retained its colonial charm dating back to a time when the British elite stayed here. The owners are part of the local nobility, and are very hospitable and willing to share their experiences with guests. There are 35 spacious rooms, all uniquely but tastefully decorated in classic Indian motifs and lovingly renovated, keeping the ancient architectural principles of Vaastu in mind. All rooms have air conditioning and are connected to equally pretty bathrooms with all the modern amenities. Comfortably large beds and furniture still leave generous amounts of room to move around.
The grand buildings of the Rawla provide ample options for dining venues by the pool, on the bar terrace or in the dining room. Dishes are expertly prepared and blend local and western cuisine, while serious foodies will be welcome to step into the family kitchen and learn authentic Rajasthani dishes. The beautiful swimming pool is located by the side of Zanana Mahal, once a ladies-only preserve, and is ideal for a relaxing swim and taking in the warm Rajasthan sun.
The best reason to come to Rawla Jojawar is to experience rural India, and the countryside around Jojawar boasts fascinating landscapes, with the picturesque Aravalli Hills and broken rocky hills interspersed with farms and scrub forests all around. Here you can engage with ethnic groups such as the camel-herding Rabaris who are only found around Jojawar. Rawla Jojawar’s motor safaris are a fabulous way of encountering authentic off-the-beaten-track India, as you visit traditional Rabari homesteads, pass through pretty little hamlets where time seems to have stopped, and take a break under the shade of a drooping acacia next to a very beautiful small folk deity shrine, all done by classic vintage vehicle.
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 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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Things to do
Nagaur cattle Fair (Feburary)
Explore Nagaur Cattle Fair and witness the thousands of bulls, camels, goats and cows brought to the fair to trade.
Romantic stepwell dinner at Rawla Narlai
Enjoy an oxcart ride followed by a romantic candlelit dinner in a 6th century stepwell in Rawla Narlai.
Explore the Havelis of Churu
Explore the villages of Churu and discover the beautifully painted Havelis. These Indian mansions offer an insight into the history of the British Raj.
Temples of Khajuraho
A tour to visit the temples of Khajuraho to explore their spectacular sculptures and impressive architectural elements.
Explore Amber Fort
Explore Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, visiting the Palace of Mirrors and The Hall of Public Audience. Discover its cobbled streets, gateways and enormous ramparts and transport yourself to 16th century Jaipur.
Kanha National Park Game Drives
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park, an excellent trip for keen birders. You can also expect to spot tigers and leopards!
Explore Nagaur Fort
Explore Nagaur Fort and its various temples and mosques within its walls.
Game drives in Ranthambore National Park
Heading out in the early morning and late afternoon are the best times to look for the amazing wildlife that Ranthambore has to offer in perfect light. Open jeeps give you an uncluttered view and offer the best chance of sighting the elusive Bengal Tiger.