Ten-Second Takeaway

Like a scene straight out of the Game of Thrones, Raas is a fortress hotel in Jodhpur with winding passage ways, a stunning backdrop and the best view ever.

The Fortress

Set in the fortress town of Jodhpur, the Raas Boutique Hotel is a beautiful paradox; swanky new buildings set against the old red sandstone fort. Almost takes you back to director Christopher Nolan’s version of Nanda Parbat from the DC Comics universe.

The new parts of the hotel merge with age-old carvings {typical of Jodhpur}, and it’s quite exciting to wake up in a contemporary bedroom but be able to draw the curtains to the glorious past of the Mehrangarh Fort.

Luxe Living

RaasVilas-i Enter The Fortress For A Life Of Luxe At The Raas Boutique Hotel, Jodhpur

There are luxury rooms, each with a balcony for privacy and view. All in monochrome, the chic look is a fabulous contrast to the bright red sandstone jharokha windows. It’s as if the rooms are carved into the stone, which isn’t too far from the truth really.

If you’re the garden sort, there’re four garden rooms perfect for little Mad-hatter-style parties. Take things up a notch at the duplex-suites if you’re a group or family. They’re lovely for the view of the Blue City, but being built in the new wing, quite a bit of the fort charm is lost.

If it’s the royal touch you’re looking for, then by all means, splash out for the The Heritage suites. There are three of these standing tall in the 18th century Rajput residences, and still come with a massive bedroom, shower and a cast-iron bath tub! At the top of the fort, the suites make for top-notch vantage points, even if the opulence hasn’t already drawn you in.

Within The Walls

There’s not much around the fort to make a meal of, so you might as well indulge in some good Rajasthani {or Indian} food at their very charming restaurant, Darikhana. Low camping-style seating makes it distinct, and we’d love to sit here all night and gaze at the well-lit fort. But by day, armed with some excellent mojitos, expect to find us lurking at the Baradari Café by the pool. Focusing on Mediterranean fare, the food is the perfect match to the cool pool vibes.

Speaking of pool, how often do you get to relax in one surrounded by centuries-old fort walls and red sandstone? Not very frequently, we presume. So take the time to really bask in it, and then, as if you’re not pampered enough, hit the Ila Spa to rejuvenate. Or be lulled into a dreamy stupor, like us!

#LBBTip: If you’re planning to pop the question to your significant other, then you’ve got our approval {actually, encouragement} to do so at this fort hotel. Anyone would say ‘yes’ here!

Where: Tunwar ji ka Jhalra, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur

Price: INR 9,500 upwards {per night}

Contact: 0291 2636455

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