MIHIR GARH: House of Rohet
Khandi, Rajasthan, India
From its rich history of iconic castles, palaces, and temples, to its dynamic present of limitless architectural potential and possibilities, India continues to inspire dreams and visions. Some see a desertscape as endless emptiness. Others, like visionary Sidharth Singh, see enchanting mirages of imagination rising from the dunes. For the tourist already dazzled by the imposing wonder of Mehrangarh Fort dominating from high above the Blue City of Jodhpur, the wonder of a majestic palace arising from the nearby desert dunes seems magically plausible in its modern rendition of beauty and regal serenity. The stunning Mihir Garh is the realization of the inspired vision of Sidharth Singh, ultimately rising from the sands of the Thar desert only 40 miles from Mehrangarh Fort. The dreamlike palatial hotel was designed by Sidharth and decorated by his wife Rashmi, seamlessly blending ancient with modern in the golden stone of the desertscape, the cultural elements, wood and metal works, colorful rugs and textiles of the indigenous desert villages, the arches, alcoves, towers and walls of palaces of old, distinctive courtyards and fountains. With the skilled workmanship of local artisans and craftsmen, the hotel was completed in 2009 becoming the exemplar of boutique chic in a retreat designed for intimate romantic getaways, a unique adventure holiday, or family destination.
Impressive in providing contemporary luxury, sumptuous comfort, and personalized royal hospitality catering to every guest’s needs and expectations, this has become a jewel in the Relais and Chateaux Five Star luxury brand. The nine elegant suites, each appointed with singular details of design and decor in furnishings, art and woodwork, are over 1700 square feet of relaxed retreat. Each suite boasts amazing views of the Thar desert and either a private jacuzzi or plunge pool. Spacious interiors feature bespoke furnishings, deluxe sleeping choices from king to 2 twin beds, curved stone soaking tub in designer baths, top of the line Forrest Essential amenities, sitting/lounge area, flatscreen with DVD player, stocked minibar. Highlights are numerous with artisan sculpted traditional fireplaces, infinity pool and terrace sheltered by lounge umbrellas, attentive service, sublime spa, eco friendly gardens, dining under the stars and a seldom encountered surprise.
Mihir Garh, the Fort of the Sun offers the ultimate Rajasthan experience with the superlative stables of the Singh family’s prized Marwari stallions. An equestrian’s dream and an opportunity for even novices to experience a desert ride. A camel safari across the dunes is a possibility to encounter wildlife and view botanical elements. A jeep venture into the neighboring indigenous villages brings a connection to the people and culture, with tourism supporting the community and local artisans.
Your breakfast buffet begins your day and Chef Bahadur prepares meals representing the varied cuisines of Rajasthan with lamb, chicken and vegetarian specialties along with western offerings to please every palate. Spectacular sundowners under magical skies and dining on the rooftop terrace under a canopy of stars complete your day. The bar ensures a flow of cooling refreshments from icy gin and tonics, Indian Sauvignon Blanc, and local craft beers. Nightly entertainment resonates with the music and dance of local performers. All of this can be transported as a Royal Picnic experience in the desert with impeccable white tablecloth dining under a lantern lit tent for an unforgettable romantic interlude.
For all this and more, Lonely Planet has named Mihir Garh the World’s Most Extraordinary Hotel, Conde Nast has featured its wonders, and Mihir Garh has also been awarded the World’s Best Boutique Hotel for the years 2013, 2016 and 2017 by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Modeliste joins in celebrating this contemporary palace and the exemplary experience it brings guests immersed in the beauty of the desert and the cultural charms of Rajasthan.