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Mihir Garh, Near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India


This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar desert, right in the heart of Rajasthan. Mihir Garh, designed throughout by Sidhart Singh and his wife Rashmi, was born out of their desire to share this heaven on earth. The fortress mirrors the architecture of the local villages, with its rounded edges, open fireplaces and alcoves, and the colour of the stone merges seamlessly with the surrounding sand.

Mihir Garh is a tribute to all the things Rajasthan is best known for - A rich culture, warm hospitality, the majestic desert and of course, an experience that lingers on in a land swept by the desert winds and has been designed as an eco-friendly hotel. Each suite provides a unique place to relax, where luxurious appointments act as a foil to the mineral sand of the surrounding desert.

Maître de Maison - Bhupendra Pratap Singh says “Mihir Garh acts an envoy of Rajasthan's rich heritage and culture. The majestic fort seems to emerge from the desert and complements the rugged beauty of the land”.

Where is Mihir Garh Located?

Mihir Garh is located about 45 minutes south of Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in north-western India. Jodhpur is accessed by air from major cities like Jaipur, Mumbai and New Delhi, and by road from popular destinations in Rajasthan including Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Shahpura, Nimaj and Jawai Bandh.

It can very easily be incorporated in a holiday covering the highlights of Rajasthan and is particularly good for those interested in history, architecture and traditional crafts, horseback riding and rural life.   

What sort of accommodation is available at Mihir Garh?

This charming mud fort features nine spacious suites, making it ideal for a takeover for a large family or group of friends. The range of activities and experiences available in the region make it excellent for celebrating special occasions. Each suite is tastefully decorated in quintessential Rajasthani style with earthy colours and soft furnishings and features its own terrace with either a heated plunge pool or a Jacuzzi.

There are charming gardens, spacious terraces and an infinity pool creating a serene atmosphere of a lush oasis in the middle of vast wilderness. In order to ensure sustainability and harmony with natural surroundings, the fort has been built by local craftsmen using locally sourced materials. One of its most unique aspects is the flooring within the rooms, which has been done using an indigenous technique known only to one man in the whole region.

All the rooms boast a flat screen TV, a Tea & Coffee station and a mini bar, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet and an en suite bathroom.  Each suite is adorned with a hand crafted fire-place that has been created by the local women from nearby villages.

Food at Mihir Garh is nothing short of a masterclass in Rajasthani culinary traditions and fanfare. From grand dinners at the fort and rustic picnics to exotic bush dinners under the stars in the desert, Mihir Garh offers a perfect opportunity to relive the bygone era and take in the romance, charm and exclusivity that was once available only to the kings and queens.

What activities are available at Mihir Garh?

Mihir Garh is a fabulous destination for active travellers whether you are interested in history, culture, crafts and architecture or the great outdoors and wilderness. As guests of the Family of Rohet, you are extended the same courtesy by the locals, which an incredible privilege. There is plenty to do in the region, but the nearby town of Jodhpur and horseback riding top the list of highlights which include:

  • Village Jeep Safaris

The ’Village Safari’ enables you to experience life in our villages and offers an opportunity to interact with the local folk. Guests have called it the highlight of their trip to India, as your safari brings you up close and personal with Indians and discover rural India.

  • Equestrian Program

The Marwari horses at Mihir Garh are the pride of the property. Mihir Garh and Rohet boast of the best stables of the Marwari Breed of horses in the country. You get the unique opportunity to ride this beautiful breed of horse. We also have quieter horses for beginners! Itineraries are tailor-made to suit each guest, keeping riding ability and time duration in mind. You also have the option of doing the overnight ride out of Mihir Garh. A superb mobile camp is set up at a picturesque spot about 20–25 km from Mihir Garh. You ride to the camp and overnight there. The tents are very comfortable and fully furnished with proper wooden beds, chairs, luggage racks and an attached bathroom with running water and flush toilets! Lunch on this day is very special as it is with a local farmer’s family in their kitchen! The food is traditional, fresh and absolutely delicious. Served hot as the women of the house cook right in front of you. You could also ride to the nearby properties of Rohet Garh and Fort.

  • Shikar Dinner

Transporting you to a bygone era. The ‘Shikaar’ dinner is organized in the vast wilderness that surrounds Mihir Garh. You are requested to mount camels or climb on to beautifully bedecked camel carts to start your journey towards the Shikaar camp. You are welcomed in true traditional royal style with a glass of refreshing welcome drink and the famous Gypsy musicians of Rajasthan - The Kaalbelias. Large mattresses with bolstered cushions and the traditional ‘Chaar Pai’ beds surrounding the fire beckon you. You dine royally and the menu is full of traditional delicacies from the Rohet kitchens consisting of an array of barbecue delights.

  • Royal Picnic

This is truly picnicking like royalty! A beautiful location by one of the many small lakes that dot the region. An abundance of migratory birds for company, along with the occasional shepherd coming to water his sheep on the far bank, all this while you recline on bolster cushions under the shade of the ‘Jaalki’ tree with a tall glass of something cool and refreshing or you can order wine or beer. Lunch is served under our specially designed tent with ornate tassels, on crisp covers, attended upon by our staff. The food served is hot, and straight out of the Mihir Garh kitchens. An experience worthy of royalty.

Does Mihir Garh cater for families with young children?

Children are welcome and the hotel can provide extra beds and arrange babysitting. There are no special facilities for children but painting and drawing materials are available and Rajni, one half of the couple who run Mihir Garh, is artistic and will help keep little ones creatively amused.

Best for: Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation: The Mihir Garh and adjoining Black Buck suite is ideal for families to share.

Kids Activities on site: Older children will love the horse-riding expeditions and Jeep safaris.

When is the best time to visit Mihir Garh?

Mihir Garh is open all year round. Weatherwise, October to April is the peak season. May and June are just too hot for many at 40-45F. July and August are monsoon time, though the brief showers and occasional downpours can radically green the landscape overnight. But it can be muggy and humid then too, and an explosion in the bug population can be a nuisance in outdoor lounge areas. December and January are the top months as they're much cooler (sometimes down to 6-10F at night, though the open fires will keep you warm) and are less busy than November and February.

How does Mihir Garh protect and nurture the local community and environment?

From the start, Mihir Garh has focused on responsible tourism, with local craftsmen involved in its construction. Today, this approach continues through the hotel’s deep connections with local communities and the region’s heritage.

A centrepiece in these is Mihir Garh’s Village Welfare Fund, which invites guests to donate to a range of community projects. The hotel has helped build infrastructure for schools, installed cisterns for clean water storage in local villages, and operates educational medical camps that cover issues from eyes, through epilepsy, to young women’s health. It is also heavily involved in the protection of an indigenous regional horse, the Marwari. The breed now thrives at Mihir Garh, with the hotel playing an active role in the Marwari Horse Society, of which the UK’s Duchess of Cornwall is a patron.

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