My love for horses started with Bryan Adams’ famous album Here I Am. The free spirited charge of a black stallion in an open field is a sight to behold. This is what we witnessed about 30 kms from Jodhpur at Mihirgarh which is under the house of Rohet.
Some Horses will Test You Some will Teach you AND some will Bring Out the Best in You…!! As The royal Marwari Horses walk away complacently into the canvassing wilderness… I shall stay and capture them in my lense..!! Thank you so much @mihir_garh @house_of_rohet for hosting us and letting us experience these marvellous jewels.. PicCredits :Snigdha Follow @saltandsandals . . #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #travelphotographer #luxury #royalty #royal #horse #horsesofinstagram #wilderness #wildernessculture #ecotravel #equestrian #India #dessert #thardessert #instago #rajasthantourism #instagood #wanderlust #incredibleindia #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #roadtotaste #wanderwithjo #bruisedpassports
The horses we are going to show you are the Marwar breed of horses. Contrary to popular belief, the ancestor of the horse Shivalisis is believed to have originated in the foothills of Himalayas. The Marwar horse is a close relative of the same. It enjoyed quite an exalted position in many cavalries across India. But with the coming of British, as was the case with many superior Indian practices it too fell out of favour. They were sold off to people without any knowledge of horse keeping. Breeding lines were diluted with multiple interbreeding. The independence with a further dissolution of the princely states struck a further nail in the coffin.
Slowly but steadily, the royals and the vassals of the princely states of India are reviving this lost breed. One such is the House of Rohet. The man behind the revival is Thakur Sidharth Singh , the 14 generation of the Rohet family to reside their 400 year old home now a heritage hotel, Rohet Garh. The stables at both the properties house about 15 horses and they offer unique equestrian experiences to their guests, a rarity amongst the hotels of India.
We were lucky to experience the flight of their horses. Four mares who gave the perfect poses for selfies along with a two month old foal who was still unsteady of its feet. But the star of the day was Sharang, a prodigy of the prolific horse Shandaar. Extremely strong, his flight against the stark backdrop of Rajasthani wilderness is a sight to behold. He shows off a bit of his skills to the camera as we enter the paddock. He does so by running extremely close and then changing directions a few inches away from you.
The Equestrian Experience
The Equestrian program is available on request and tailored to suit the riding capabilities. There are three types of programs you can avail. The first one is a day ride into the wilderness and visiting the villages of rural Rajasthan. A larger program entails an overnight stay at a desert camp. A royal meal is something that will give you an experience of hunting like the royalty. But it’s the last option I liked the most. We got on our horses and rode to the nearby village of Luni and then to Rohet. The sandy, semi arid region is perfect for the horses to ride.
These magnificent horses are not just used for riding but also for equestrian events like Dressage and show jumping. Watching these amazing creatures is once in a lifetime experience. You should definitely visit Mihir Garh to experience the stellar stable of Marwar horses there.
The Ranbanka Palace is a royal place to travel. The 80’s and 90’s were dominated with family travel in India. With 20 somethings earning like never before and travelling, the focus is shifting away from the travel of yesteryears. The instinct earlier was towards ticking off a list but today’s traveler wants to sit back and relax. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, luxury travel is fast becoming a necessity. Although the western world has woken up to it’s benefits, it’s time for Indians to also do so. Ranbanka Palace located at Jodhpur is perfect for this kind of travel.
Walk through of Ranbanka Palace
Located in the blue city of Jodhpur, this 20th century city palace is a throwback to the might of the Rajputana royalty. Built in 1927 by Maharajadhiraj Ajit Singh ji from the royal family of Jodhpur, Ranbanka Palace is now in the hands of their scion, R.K Karanvijay Singh. The 70 room Ranbanka Palace is a relief to overused senses. Be it listening to the chirping of the birds or straining to identify a constellation during clear nights, this place offers you a disconnect from the world not easily available.
Rajputana Architecture at Ranbanka
The opulent luxuries at the Ranbanka offer you a chance to feel like royalty without it’s stresses. The strong built walls hold stories of Rajputana valour while a collection of photographs on the walls gives you an insight into the most recent history of the family. Restored in 2000, the fort holds numerous knick knacks from all over Rajasthan. Be it a collection of weapons or musical instruments.
As you will have already seen in the walkthrough video of the property, the rooms of Ranbanka are divided into Deluxe, Club and Suites. With hardwood furniture and colours of red and saffron dominating the frame, your stay at Ranbanka will always remain colourful. The Jodhana experience is available to those who book the Jodhana suites. The private terraces on our rooms were something that gave us the opportunity to keep on blabbering without a care in the world.
What to eat?
A newly built large dining hall acts as the main restaurant of the hotel. Breakfast is a buffet with an Indian speciality along with eggs made to order. For lunch, we tried out the ostentatious Rajasthani thali. A plethora of dishes were arranged on our plate. The Gatta Curry, the Laal Maas and the Papad ki Subzi gives you an explosion of flavours you haven’t experienced before.
There is not a single second of boredom at the Ranbanka Palace. Activities like the Desert Safari to Bisalpur is one of the good options. The camel reserve at Bisalpur hosts safaris which are usually day trips. It starts off with a jeep ride to the forest. It is followed by a trip around the forest discovering wildlife such as Black Buck, peacocks and Nilgai. After a break for tea and the famous Jodhpuri Kachori, it was time to ride the majestic camels. Many authentic Indian penchants like Astrology, Palm Reading and Henna application are also available.
The Gold Room at Ranbanka Palace
The Gold Room is the pinnacle of Rajputana royalty. There are a plethora of taxidermied animals including deer, elephant and tigers. Heads of many of these animals adorn the walls while a life sized tiger roars at you from the corner of the room. Elephant’s feet have been used to make stools, while their tusks adorn the walls. A soft leopard skin overlays the old piano. There are also some old albums showcasing the days of hunt.
Ranbanka Palace is an option for those who love to travel slow and luxurious. It is an experience that will rejuvenate you thoroughly.
Ranbanka Palace was built in 1927 for Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh. This palace captures the prevelant colonial architecture of early 20th century and immerses it in the echoes of bygone Era. Ranbanka Palace hotel with royal heirlooms and lavish arches showcases the luxury, history, arts and culture of royal Marwar. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #luxury #jodhpurdiaries #like4like #wanderlust #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #roadtotaste #wanderwithjo #bruisedpassports
The house of Rohet is a family of jagirdars who dotted the scene of medieval Rajasthan for a better part of four centuries. Rohet Garh located at half an hour’s drive from the blue city of Jodhpur is perfect for a trip of relaxation in India.
Nearly 400 years old, the Rohet Garh along with it’s sister property Mihir Garh take the meaning of experential hotels to an altogether new level.
Although Rajasthan is filled with hotels which tend to offer you an insight to the Rajputana heritage, Rohet Garh is one of rare ones which offers you the comforts of royalty with a hint of a rustic feel. Away from the frills and thrills of the city, Rohet provided us with a chance to unwind and connect with your inner self.
What impressed us at Rohet Garh?
A huge mural depicting the lives of the royals is depicted on the entrance. A lush green lawn welcomes us along with Avijit Singh Rohet, the 15th generation of the House of Rohet. Our room is a cosy little place on the ground floor overlooking the lawns. The beds and cupboards reek royalty but it is an oddly placed pillar and a view to the lake that stumps me. A pillar which I suspected is due to the fact that our rooms used to house the steeds of the Jodhpur cavalry. A beautiful baithak looks out onto the lake with ducks swimming in it.
Food at Rohet Garh
Chef Sharma cooks up a few specialties of the Marwar area. Overlooking the swimming pool, the dining area offers a breathtaking view of the property. Rabori, Kadhi and a Subzi made with green tomatoes adorns our plate. The Laal Maas is present in all its ubiquitous glory. But it’s the sheer opulence of the bar that will make you fall in love with Rohet Garh. Hard desert wood on the ceilings along with the illustrious history of the family being showcased in photographs. Heavy chandeliersand the use of maroon and red complete the look. We sipped on a glass of wine as Avijit regaled us with stories of hunting expeditions and horse breeding.
Activities at Rohet Garh
The Horses, Aha! Rohet Garh and Mihir Garh offer an unique equestrian experience along with a plethora of other options. The activities include cooking classes, desert safari and a trip into the heart of rural India. I will be dedicating another post for these.
Rohet Garh is a luxury property that will offer you an unique experience of Rajasthan away from city life. You can make your bookings here.
Image Credits: Snigdha Bhowmick
The four hundred year old @house_of_rohet Garh fort was the place where the famous historian William Dalrymple penned his City of Djinns. It is located about half an hour's drive from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India At night, the lights create a serene yet royal atmosphere which isn't forgotten easily. The ornately decorated bar is something that you must check out while visiting. It is as if walking in history. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #royalty #royal# #hospitality #heritage #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #crazemag #roadtotaste
The ITC Grand Bharat recently won the Best Resort in Asia by Conde Nast Traveller U.S.A and it is a momentous occasion for Indian Tourism. The reason being the Make in India ethos of ITC’s brand which has become a nation’s cry during recent years. The hotel opened in November 2014 as India’s first and only all-suite luxury retreat. Embodying ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’, the 104 suites retreat ushered in a new era in the Indian hospitality industry.
Why ITC Grand Bharat?
It epitomized the expression of ‘Unhurried Luxury’. Set amidst a 1.2 sq. km. estate, the retreat encompasses premium accommodation. It includes 4 Presidential Villas mirroring different dynasties of India along with 100 luxury suites with semi-private pools and terraces. It also houses Asia’s first and only 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The food reflects ITC’s tradition of culinary excellence. In addition, ITC’s internationally acclaimed indigenous spa brand Kaya Kalp covers an entire floor with 9 therapy rooms.
Set amidst the ancient Aravali hills, the luxury destination retreat is conveniently located 45 kms. from the capital city of New Delhi. The hotel falls within the Golden Triangle thus making it a prime location for travelers coming to India. It’s ‘Slow Tourism‘ concept allows you to take a break between the hectic travails through India. It also echoes ITC Hotels’ ‘Responsible Luxury’ by being one of the most environment friendly hotels in India. The ‘Kitchens of India’ program makes sure that you taste the best of Indian food while relaxing. So, next time you plan a trip to India stay at ITC Grand Bharat and experience “Bharatvarsh”. You can check out their website here.
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The exquisite Fort Barli is located about 75 kilometres from Ajmer in Rajasthan. This 340 year old fort’s architecture is apt for photography and we fell in love with it’s tight staircases and alleyways. Although you can read more about Fort Barli on our blog as our Editor Sudipto De and Travel photographer Snigdha Bhowmick reviewed the property, this slideshow is just a visual treat for your eyes.