This extraordinary small fort is perched on a sand mound, surrounded by scrub desert, just south of Jodhpur. It makes the perfect base for visiting Jodhpur for those who are not keen on cities/feel they’ve had their fill of them! Come here to experience a little desert, village and country life and stay in the height of sophistication, style and comfort that you simply wouldn’t imagine existed ‘in the middle of nowhere’. “Mihir Garh” aptly means ‘Sun Fortress’ and it stands majestically, basking in the desert sun with 360° views, surrounded by swaying grasses, sandy paddocks and colourful bougainvillea.
This little gem provides a haven of great comfort with glorious, giant suites - each stunningly decorated in soft, earthy colour themes and with a Moroccan /African /Rajasthani influence. Each has its own terrace, with either a heated plunge pool or Jacuzzi. It boasts endless inner courtyards and spacious roof terraces for peaceful yoga sessions or romantic dinners under the stars. Or collapse onto an inviting daybed, lie back and have a snooze, or watch the wandering shepherds and desert life unfolding around you. A gorgeous infinity pool, shady sitting areas and a barbeque area all open out from the dining room which is wonderfully airy in summer and warm and cosy in winter. Grassy lawns fanning out from the lovely sitting room also provide a wonderful contrast to the dry desert vegetation, both visually and underfoot.
The idea at Mihir Garh is to give people an authentic desert or equine experience whilst being luxurious and different. The brains and inspiration behind this magical hotel, built of mud, wattle and wood, are the Rohet Family who are brilliant horsemen and who own some of the country’s finest horses. Come here to ride, explore the wonders of Jodhpur, wallow in acres of private space, go on a camel or village safari, or pamper yourself in the small spa. For keen riders they also run excellent day and longer (staying in tents or small hotels) riding safaris on the famous Marwari horses with their trademark ‘turning in’ ears. The stables at Mihir Garh have to been seen to be believed and horses live in real style here – a sign of how much they are loved and valued by their owners who are amongst the best horsemen in the state.
Dining here is also an experience and a veritable feast of Indian cuisine and western delicacies – they are proud to be a member of Relais & Chateaux. Not to be missed, however, is the experience of one of their grand, canopied desert picnics or a fabulously romantic bush dinner out in the desert. Privacy, space, romance and intimacy are the bywords here. A unique place where the outdoors comes indoors and guests have time to experience a bit of rural life and Marwari hospitality at its best.
The owners of Mihir Garh (also Rohet Garh and The Wilderness Camp) - the Rohet Family - have been very successful in employing local people by making them their partners in tourism through local activities, hence making it mutually beneficial all around. The simple rural folk that they work with are also employed in all their hotels.
Guests are discouraged from giving money or any thing else to the local children. Instead they are encouraged to contribute to the Village Welfare Fund. The Fund enables the Rohet family to take up a new welfare project every year, thus also making their guests partners in the welfare schemes of Rohet Garh, which they are welcome to visit and interact with. They have taken up several welfare projects over the years which include:
A stunning small ‘mud’ fort in the desert outside Jodhpur. With just 9 sumptuous suites, it’s ideal to take over for a private party and there are charming tents nearby (The Wilderness Camp) which work well for ‘overflow’. With many terraces, gardens and a great poolside area, this place is made for partying over several days! Varied entertainment possible.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,
or the hotel.
Enjoy a magical bush dinner or picnic lunch in the desert; go riding at dawn or dusk.
By air or train to Jodhpur, followed by a 40 minute road journey.
By car from Khimsar, Osian, Nimaj, Deogarh, Narlai, Jodhpur, Luni and Bhenswara; or by a longer road journey from Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Shahpura and Ajmer.