Rawla Narlai, Narlai, Rajasthan

This gorgeous little hotel lies, hidden away in a small, busy village, in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, at the foot of a huge, granite rock. Surrounded by forested hills and rocky outcrops, the area is reminiscent of a Rajasthan that few see today and is in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

Being so close to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, it is the perfect stopping off point on a journey between Jodhpur and Udaipur and could not be more rewarding.

Rawla Narlai is a delightful 17th century property which was once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur Royal Family. It is still owned by members of the Jodhpur family who have invested vast amounts of time, money, love and care into restoring this little gem.

Over the years it has transformed from a simple lodge into a stunning, stylish boutique hotel – albeit with all its original character and structure retained. Family history adorns the walls and many of the staff are loyal, local family retainers. There are characterful, traditional rooms in the original building and stylish, more contemporary rooms in the new, adjoining garden wing which overlooks the pretty pool and garden. Each room varies significantly in shape, size and décor. There are flower filled gardens and courtyards, roof terraces and a cosy bar.

The surrounding village is a delight to explore, along with visits to nearby lakes, horse rides in the hills, jeep/leopard safaris, a climb up the rock at sundown, picnics by the lake, or a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars at the beautiful stepwell!

Rawla Narlai remains charmingly small, tasteful and immensely calm - arriving here, to be greeted by your affable host, is like reaching a refreshing oasis.

Eco / environmental / responsible tourism policy

  • Rawla Narlai is very aware of and maintains the sanctity of its holy sites, temples and the local culture.
  • Every year they plant 1000 trees in and around the property.
  • They grow their own vegetables.
  • Local villagers are being educated by Rawla Narlai staff and given training to provide local services to guests, in order to maximize local employment and ensure their increased income.
  • They donate clothes and blankets to local charities.
  • They have and maintain their own temple in the property.
  • They employ local villagers in the hotel and also as guides for guests.
  • They are planning to have solar energy to power the property.

Party Moments

A charming little hotel situated in a stunning area of the state, this medium sized hotel with two parts to it, could be taken in sections or in its entirety if a larger party is being planned. There are plenty of gardens, courtyards, terraces and indoor areas which would provide lovely venues for a series of dinners or parties. Not to mention stunning step wells and pretty picnic sites. Limited local entertainment possible.


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

must do

Enjoy a truly special, unique dinner at the stepwell, and walk up the granite rock at sundown.


By air to Jodhpur or Udaipur followed by a 3 hour road journey or by a shorter journey from Nimaj, Delwara and Deogarh.



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