The Best Hotels to Book in Jodhpur, India

Umaid Bhawan Palace was built for Indian royalty, but now you can stay here too
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built for Indian royalty, but now you can stay here too | Courtesy of Umaid Bhawan Palace / Expedia
Emma Sparks

Blue City, Sun City or just Jodhpur – whatever you call it, the second city of Rajasthan is a spectacle to behold, with a cobalt-coloured network of ancient streets surrounding the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates the skyline. Wondering where to stay? Take your pick from lavish palaces, historic havelis and luxurious hotels – these are our the best places to stay and hotels in Jodhpur (and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip).

1. Radisson Jodhpur

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A luxurious hotel room with gold tiled ceiling and filigree wood work at the Radisson Jodhpur.
Courtesy of Radisson Jodhpur / Expedia

Just a langur’s leap from the airport, Radisson Jodhpur has a pristine courtyard pool and opulent spa. Ample rooms have large arched windows, marble floors and intricate lattice details. On a plant-based diet? All three of this Jodhpur hotel’s restaurants are strictly vegetarian, but even ardent carnivores will enjoy dinner on the roof terrace, which has fabulous views of Mehrangarh Fort.

2. Welcomhotel Jodhpur

Luxury

The luxurious pool area and lawn of the Welcomhotel Jodhpur has lit up walkways leading between spaces and the hotel buildings after sun set.
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Spanning 4ha (10 acres) of lush walled lawns, surrounded by arid fields, Welcomhotel is an oasis of a luxury hotel near Jodhpur just a 25-minute drive east of the city. After a day exploring the Brahmin-blue lanes of the Old Town, book a sandalwood and turmeric body scrub or deep tissue massage at the spa, or cool off in the expansive pool. Cooking and mixology lessons are available, but if you’d rather leave it to the experts, don’t miss the free pre-dinner drinks.

3. The Marugarh Resort & Spa

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The pool at The Marugarh Resort & Spa and its palm tree fringed landscaped lawns.

Hugged by a rocky hillside, The Marugarh Resort & Spa features a freeform pool and an ayurvedic spa with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Clean, basic rooms have balconies, and encircle a lush lawn lined with palm trees. Central Jodhpur is a 25-minute drive west; other nearby attractions include The Thar Desert Museum of Rajasthan, where you can learn about rural Rajasthani culture.

5. Umaid Bhawan Palace

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The lobby under the rotunda at the Umaid Bhawan Palace as seen from the second-floor gallery is crafted from stone and marble.
Courtesy of Umaid Bhawan Palace / Expedia

It took 3,000 labourers 15 years to build Umaid Bhawan Palace, and the results will blow you away. Completed in 1943 using sandstone, Makrana marble and Burmese teak, the property was built for Indian royalty and remains one of the largest private residences in the world (Gaj Singh II lives in a separate wing). Part of the palace function as one of the best hotels in Jodhpur and rooms are grand art deco affairs – the best have views of the 10ha (26 acre) gardens. Join a guided tour to learn more about the history of the palace.

6. RAAS

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The outdoor pool at RAAS, Jodhpur, and a dining terrace above it are lit up at dusk.
Courtesy of RAAS / Expedia

Modern and ancient intertwine at RAAS, the 40 rooms and suites at this Jodhpur boutique hotel span a converted 18th-century haveli in the shadow of Mehrangarh Fort in the Old City. The rooftop bar has killer views of the fort – particularly at night when the latter is lit up – as does the heated pool. Willing to venture beyond these most luxurious of confines? Ghanta Ghar, a century-old clock tower surrounded by buzzy market stalls, and the ancient Toorji step well are just moments away.

7. Ajit Bhawan

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A luxurious hotel suite decorated in pastel tones at Ajit Bhawan.
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Once the home of the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s younger brother, the Ajit Bhawan – built in 1927 – displays the heritage proudly, with an eclectic mix of historic portraits, swords, antiques and mounted stag heads. You can lounge by the freeform pool, get treated like Indian royalty at one of the best spas ion Jodhpur, or tour the Blue City in a butler-driven vintage car.

8. Ratan Vilas

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Dining tables and chairs arranged on a patio outside the red-stone exterior of the Ratan Villas, Jodhpur.
Courtesy of Ratan Vilas / Expedia
This historic boutique hotel in Jodhpur was once the residence of Maharaj Ratan Singhji. Today, his great-grandson welcomes guests to experience his ancestral home – and what a home it is. Carved from red sandstone and trimmed with jaali (intricate perforated stonework), with a sparkling pool, manicured lawns and 21 characterful rooms, Ratan Vilas exudes old-world charm. An even grander palace and quintessential Jodphur attraction, Umaid Bhawan Palace, is a 10-minute tuk-tuk away.

9. Taj Hari Mahal

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The pool area is surrounded by the grand building of the Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur.
Courtesy of Taj Hari Mahal / Expedia

At the more affordable end of the Taj chain of global luxury hotels in Jodhpur, Taj Hari Mahal is a 20-minute drive south of the Old City, not far from the airport. The heritage-style rooms are spacious and calm – a much-needed contrast to the noisy main roads outside. The large courtyard pool is a welcome sight after an overnight trip to the Thar Desert.

10. Chandelao Garh

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The red-stone façade and columns at the entrance of Chandelao Garh, Jodhpur.
Courtesy of Chandelao Garh / Expedia
Time slows at Chandelao Garh, a rural hotel 40km (25mi) east of Jodhpur. Take a taxi, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a local bus – both take about an hour. Once you’re here there’s not much to do except lounge by the pool, indulge in ayurvedic spa treatments or wander the local village. Want to support the local community (and pick up a souvenir)? Visit Sunder Rang, a fairtrade crafts centre next door selling embroidery, clothing and accessories made by local women.

11. Indana Palace Jodhpur

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The grand exterior of the Indana Palace Jodhpur with its domed car pool and pink plaster work.
Courtesy of Indana Palace Jodhpur / Expedia

Rooms at the opulent Indana Palace feature cool marble floors, carved bedsteads and courtyard views. Some rooms look out at the hilltop Umaid Bhawan Palace – visit the museum there to learn more about the maharaja’s grand home. Back at the hotel, a knot-busting shiatsu treatment is the perfect pre- or post-flight treat; the airport is less than 10 minutes away.

12. Mandore Guest House

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The outdoor pool and hot tun on a checkerboard patio is shaded by trees at the Mandore Guest House.
Courtesy of Mandore Guest House / Expedia
There’s a villagey feel to Mandore Guest House; meandering paths in a leafy garden will lead you to one of 20-or-so cosy bungalows, and the grounds are dotted with al fresco seating areas and a glistening pool. Mandore Gardens are a short walk away – go to see the centuries-old cenotaphs dedicated to Jodhpur rulers and to learn about the period Mandore served as the old Marwar region capital.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Prachi Vyas.

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