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Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Best for: Off the beaten track, Family, Honeymoon
Located in an almost untouched 15th century village midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Rawla Narlai is a magical small heritage hotel that offers a unique opportunity to experience the spellbinding scenery and traditional cultures of rural Rajasthan.
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Ideally situated close to the breathtaking Jain temples of Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh Hill Fort, Rawla Narlai is a great place to enjoy the simple delights of rural Rajasthan. This former hunting lodge, owned and meticulously renovated by the Jodhpur royal family, has 30 comfortable rooms exquisitely decorated in the Narlai tradition, with ornate alcoves and recesses, frescoes and coloured glass panels which create a warmly inviting ambience. The rooms, some of which have private balconies, are dotted around the property, and vary in their size and décor. Some rooms in newly built wing offer huge accommodation overlooking the village and there are also comfortable luxury tents by the swimming pool.
The Rawla, or villa, is an oasis of serenity and offers splendid facing views of a huge granite monolith pitted with caves and temples, and crowned by the statue of a white elephant. The restaurant serves Indian, continental and regional cuisine made using the chef’s secret family recipes. There is also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s stepwell dinner, where you will be driven to a thousand-year-old well to have dinner in an enchanting forest setting lit by oil lamps and accompanied by traditional Rajasthani singing. Service here is very friendly, but English is not widely spoken, and to get the most from your time here it helps to have a relaxed attitude.
Rawla Narlai is an idyllic base for exploring the beauty of the local surroundings. The local village is caught in a time warp, and you can gain an in sight into a life that has continued pretty much unchanged for centuries. Walking and bird watching are both popular activities, and horse riding safaris can also be arranged. For the energetic, a half-hour climb up to the Shiva temple opposite takes you to a fine location from which to survey rural Rajasthan and watch the sunset.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
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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.
The Ranakpur Temple
Explore the exquisite marble Jain temple at Ranakpur.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover India’s most enchanting state, exploring rural villages, colourful cities, mighty forts and glittering palaces on this two week trip through Rajasthan’s most iconic and memorable landmarks.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Barli, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover Rajasthan’s essential highlights on this diverse and good value itinerary. Explore culture rich cities, iconic landmarks, and rural villages whilst staying at some simple yet characterful boutique accommodation.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pali, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover the cultural and historic wonders of India’s colourful desert state as you explore the highlights of Rajasthan. Travel with flair and elegance as you stay at some of Rajasthan’s most stylish boutique properties along the way.