Rohet Garh, near Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Situated on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, just south of Jodhpur, this lovely family run fort is an ideal choice for those wanting to stay outside the city, in a rural environment. Very much a family concern, it is an extremely friendly place with rooms scattered around the premises and facing onto the gardens or overlooking the small lake.

The rooms all vary in shape and size and have been prettily decorated with traditional Rajasthani fabrics and varied colour themes. A glistening swimming pool occupies one of the courtyards, overlooked by the dining room and gorgeous upstairs, tented dining terrace.

Throughout the premises there are peaceful roof terraces, gazebos and courtyards for quiet contemplation and chic but inviting sitting rooms for colder nights. The cosy bar and delightful al fresco restaurant in the flower filled garden, are equally lovely places to while away the hours. Whatever time of day, you will find the perfect place to sip a sundowner or to rest and read in a comfortable, shady spot during the daytime. The family are lovers of nature and are highly respected and involved locally.

They are also keen horsemen and Rohet offers some of the best riding in Rajasthan - both day safaris and longer (staying in tents or small hotels) riding safaris on the famous Marwari horses with their trademark ‘turning in’ ears. They also arrange fabulous jeep safaris out to the desert villages and farming communities and enlightening cooking demonstrations.

Similarly, the grand, canopied picnics and bush dinners that they arrange are second to none and something never to be forgotten. A well-priced, intimate place of great charm and character, steeped in family history.

Eco / environmental / responsible tourism policy

The owners of Rohet Garh (also Mihir Garh and The Wilderness Camp) - the Rohet Family - have been very successful in employing local people by making them their partners in tourism through local activities, hence making it mutually beneficial all around. The simple rural folk that they work with are also employed in all their hotels.

Rohet's signature program, The Village Safari, was pioneered by Rohet Garh to enable guests to get an insight into rural Rajasthan and to get genuine and unobtrusively closer to local people. This is made possible as the family have always been very involved in the local government and welfare systems and are much respected by all villagers. This Village Safari is now copied in lesser ways by many others and it offers their guests a chance to interact with the local village folk and visit their homes in a genuine and authentic way as it is part of the family's daily rounds.

Guests are discouraged from giving money or any thing else to the local children. Instead they are encouraged to contribute to the Village Welfare fund. The fund enables the Rohet family to take up a new welfare project every year, thus also making their guests partners in the welfare schemes of Rohet Garh, which they are welcome to visit and interact with They have taken up several welfare projects over the years which include:

  • Eye Camps. They have had three successful eye camps at Rohet. These included cataract laser surgery. The total number of people who received this surgery free of cost in all the three camps was 189.
  • Every year Rohet Garh hosts a medical camp in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Jodhpur. On average 750 / 800 patients are examined by 12 - 15 doctors from different departments. The patients then receive free treatment, including surgery, for their ailments.
  • They have also contributed in the development of schools. Two years ago, with the help of one French group, Rohet Garh contributed the entire set of furniture, ceiling fans, two computers and uniforms for the entire girls school of Rohet. They have also contributed to adding a hall and stage in the middle school of Dhoondli village with the help of the cast and crew of the film 'Darjeeling Limited'.
  • Apart from that a number of smaller works like making of a 'ghat' (steps leading down to a lake), or making of cisterns for water etc., have been taken on over the years. This year, being one of the worst drought years, their endeavour is to make water available for animals, both domestic and wild, by filling and making troughs in the country side. They are also allowing grazing on their land to help save the animals from starvation.

Party Moments

A lovely, personal, family run hotel with very pretty gardens, pool area and terraces which would be perfect for hosting magical parties. Part of the hotel could be taken for a smaller celebration due to the nature of the layout of the rooms. Or it could be taken in its entirety for a larger group of people or an intimate wedding. Varied entertainment possible.

reservations

For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,
or the hotel.

must do

Take a jeep safari into the desert and local villages.

Access

By air to Jodhpur from Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur or Bombay, followed by a 40 minute road journey.

By train to Jodhpur from Delhi, Jaipur or Jaisalmer, followed by a 40 minute road journey.

By road from Khimsar, Osian, Nimaj, Deogarh, Narlai, Jodhpur, Luni and Bhenswara; or by a longer road journey from Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Roopangarh and Ajmer.

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