Mihir Garh

Location: Rajasthan | India

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

A luxury desert fort hotel built from scratch using the expertise of local craftsmen and time-honoured techniques – fireplaces are made from cow dung, for instance – Mihir Garh is an uncompromising homage to the extraordinary cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Lonely Planet named Mihir Garh the world’s most extraordinary hotel in 2014, having been open just five years, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Perfect forHorse lovers! The Mihir Garh is home to rare Marwari horses and has an acclaimed equestrian programme. 
In the knowEnjoy immersive outdoor dining experiences accompanied by Rajasthani folk music. 

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Eco-tourism
  • Riding
  • Romantic

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Perched on a sand dune in the Thar desert south of Jodhpur, Mihir Garh is mercifully free of light pollution and is covered by beautifully clear skies. The hotel’s creation was a labour of love by owners Sidharth and Rashmi Rohet, and their passion and hospitality extends to their hand-picked staff.

Rooms at Mihir Garh

Each of Mihir Garh’s nine magnificent suites is individually designed and decorated, with all of them sharing an elegant, traditional Rajasthani design. The ground-floor Alishan suites each have a plunge pool and personal courtyard, while the first-floor Shandaar suites each have a private terrace and open air Jacuzzi.

Each furnishing and design item has been hand-picked, with attention paid to the smallest detail: the beautiful floors, for example, were constructed using a special plastering technique apparently known only to one man in the entire Jodhpur region.

Food & drink

Dining at Mihir Garh is an immersive affair, with traditional Indian barbecue dinners served outside accompanied by a crackling bonfire and the sound of Rajasthani folk musicians. For an unforgettable dining experience, a royal picnic can be arranged by the lake under tents, with attentive staff and the accompaniment of traditional live music. Breakfast can be taken in a similarly al fresco setting, with a camel or horse ride taking you to a secluded spot where you’ll start the day off in the best way possible, with a lavish breakfast spread.

Facilities

Mihir Garh has a swimming pool where you can cool off and relax after a day’s adventures in the desert sun. There are also three courtyards to enjoy and a deck terrace with beautiful views of the sunset. The Tulsi Spa, meanwhile, has a variety of treatments on offer and is a great place to rejuvenate after physical activities.

Activities at Mihir Garh

This region is famous for Marwari horses, a rare breed instantly recognisable by their distinctive, inward-curving ears. Mihir Garh has its own, renowned, equestrian programme, and you can ride these unique creatures across the surrounding desert, spotting the various birds and blackbuck antelopes which call this region home. The winter months in particular attract avian life, with over 200 bird species flocking to the lakes around Mihir Garh.

The hotel also runs trips to local Bishnoi tribal villages, where you can visit traditional Rajasthani communities and get to know the local people of rural Rajasthan. Culinary workshops are on offer where you can learn how to cook traditional, authentic Rajasthani food based on recipes from a cookbook by the hotel owner’s mother.

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Hotel location

Mihir Garh’s remote location is one of its biggest draws, but it’s not too difficult to get to, with Jodhpur Airport a 1.5-hour drive away.

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