Mihir Garh
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Mihir Garh, Village, Khandi, Rajasthan, India
A stylish, award-winning retreat in the Thar Desert
Mihir Garh

About 75 minutes-drive south of Jodhpur lies the village of Khandi at the edge of the Thar Desert. With far reaching views of the of sand dunes, semi-arid shrubs and a stellar night sky, this is a place to retreat and relax in luxury. Explore indigenous flora and fauna on either horse back or jeep and interact with tribal people like the Bishnoi’s whose home this has been for centuries to learn how specific customs and ceremonies govern their lives rooted in tradition.

Perfectly Rare

Tucked away in a rural hamlet, Mihir Garh is a multi-award-winning boutique hotel built like a small mud fortress. Built atop a sand-dune, it is stylish, luxurious, earthy and traditional all at once. Expertly curated immersions with an emphasis on equestrian themes and a delectable culinary experience...

Know Your Host

When Mihir Garh opened in 2009, it was the culmination of a dream and vision of owners Sidharth and Rashmi Singh, who at the time ran the charming Rohet Garh, an hour south of Jodhpur. As a child growing up in the area Sidharth fell in love with Mali Nathji ka Dhora, a sacred dune dedicated to the...

Mihir Garh, literally ‘Fortress of the Sun” is an oasis standing tribute to the land swept by desert winds. It seems to emerge from the desert and complements the rugged beauty of the landscape at the edge of the Thar Desert.  Everything about the property exudes understated luxury from the silk cushions in the three lounges to the sumptuous suites designed with an eco-touch and richly decorated with the best art and craft from Jodhpur. Numerous alcoves and common areas commanding spectacular views have been designed to experience intimacy - with yourself and another. The team at Mihir Garh is handpicked, motivated and eager, ensuring the highest level of service and hospitality that complement the magnificence of Mihir Garh.

Nine magnificent suites form the accommodation at Mihir Garh, each offering over 1700 square feet of private space and named after fine Marwari Stallions from the Rohet Stables.

Alishan is the name given to the suites on the ground floor which come with private plunge pools in a personal courtyard. Suites on the first floor are called Shandar and have an exclusive open air jacuzzi and private terrace. Both come with the promise of fulfilling guests needs of solitude or intimacy, opulence or meditation or indeed all.

The suites combine the best of local craftsmanship with furnishings fit for royalty. The flooring of each room has been done using a special plaster technique known to only one man in the entire region. To ensure absolute comfort, each suite is equipped with all modern amenities like flat screen TVs, DVD players, Tea & Coffee stations and a mini bar. Hand crafted fire-places created by women from neighbouring villages add a touch of tradition to the contemporary chic.

The owner’s sense of design and décor ensures each suite oozes royal comfort and design. Glance across any suite and you will see bespoke furniture, brightly coloured furnishings, beautiful hand-made rugs and mirrored fireplaces as well as curvaceous stone bath tubs. All suites have antique teak beds, air con, TVs, DVDs, minibars and tea and coffee stations.

Bedrooms open into striking sitting rooms with desert views with comfortable seating and a coffee table and writing desk. The bathrooms have all the mod cons, with separate showers and freestanding/embedded baths, double wash basins and a range of toiletries, and are a symphony of mellow sandstone, dappled light and rounded edges.


Social spaces throughout the hotel include peacock-painted and colourful open-sided lounges, a princely drawing room with library, and a sunset-viewing roof terrace.

Dining

Traditional Rajasthani delicacies take centre stage at Mihir Garh, there is also a wide selection from the barbeque and a variety of international options. The dishes from the all-day dining menu are inspired by recipes that were lovingly created, over the years, by the lady of the house, Late Thakurani Jayendra Kumari, a well-known local culinary expert and author. In addition to the restaurant, one can dine by the poolside or in the suites as well. For a special occasion, a magical bush dinner under a star lit sky or royal picnic lunches in the desert promise a memorable experience.

Mihir Garh is family friendly and there are a number of activities for children that mostly include immersions into the surrounding countryside either on horseback or in a jeep. Village Explorations, Bird Watching walks, Cooking Classes, board games and books ensure that the young (and the not so young) are kept interested and engaged. Pop in to see the tiny working temple at the entrance of the property where 'puja' is performed every morning. The curvy, infinity swimming pool set at one edge of the property offers sweeping views of the wilderness at any time of the day or night. Relax in one of the comfy couches and cushioned loungers with a beverage of your choice as you listen to the sounds of the desert.

Mihir Garh's Vilasa Spa is the perfect luxury indulgence in the Thar Desert. The Spa comprises of two treatment rooms with interiors that pay tribute to the rural arts and create a sense of well-being set within a walled garden. A diverse menu of therapies includes rousing reflexology, cleansing scrubs and relaxing massages guaranteed to sooth aching muscles. Yoga lessons are available on request.

The Village Safari is one of House of Rohet’s signature experiences, that allows guests to feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan. Visit homes of the villagers to learn about their lives, like the Bishnois often called the ‘premier ecologists of the world’ who enjoy a special relationship with the black buck antelope and a rare and protected species. One can also encounter Raikas (shepherds) with their glorious costumes, and the Paliwals and Meghwals, the Brahmin farmers and weavers.

Learn how to make Laal Maas, Ker Sangri, Lasan (garlic) Chutney, breads made from millet flour and other Rajasthani delicacies in a culinary workshop conducted by the trained chefs at Mihir Garh and inspired by the Late Thakurani Sahiba Jayendra Kumari's cook books and hand written recipes. You can choose to observe or partake in the cooking itself but either way sample the delicacies at a special dinner.

Perfect for

Anyone looking for an idyllic retreat deep in the desert, miles away from other habitation. Individuals, couples, groups of friends will love the luxe atmosphere. Families with children of all ages are also welcome. The property is particularly suited for celebratory occasions like birthdays and anniversaries and equally for a rich equestrian experience.

The House of Rohet family has had ties with the region and community for generations, and there are many ways that the House of Rohet work with and support them. This is in the form of employment, supporting local businesses, supporting local artisans, organising medical camps, supporting local schools and giving back to the community. The story of heritage permeates not just to the buildings but also in showcasing the traditional family recipes as well as village walks allowing a glimpse in to rural Rajasthan. The family were the pioneers of the concept of The Village Safari that created a perfect example of how responsible tourism involving the local community creates shared value. The family continues to be active in the upliftment of the community with various projects undertaken annually.

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RARE Tip
The Equestrian Program at Mihir Garh is among the finest in the country. The stables in nearby Rohet Garh house the best specimens of the Marwari breed of horses and one can get a sense of their sheer strength and freedom in the vast, virgin wilderness around Mihir Garh.
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A Unique Beauty
by R9074QZmarcor on 05/18/2022

What to say about this property other than it is absolutely gorgeous! Mihir Garh will forever be in our hearts as it is also the location of my engagement with my fiancé! That aside, let me start by...

Wonderful Oasis
by filmg on 04/14/2022

The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, with no signs of habitation in sight. No lights from neighbours. Looking like an ancient fort, the 8 room boutique property is a relaxing oasis, with a...

Luxurious resort in the desert
by Chaitanya A on 03/29/2022

We stayed here during the Holi weekend of March 2022, with our extended family and friends. The resort is a 1 hour drive from the airport and easy to get to. On arrival we were welcomed and shown to...

Nearest Airport : Jodhpur (1.5 hours, 65 kms)
Nearest Railway Station : Jodhpur Railways station

Cancellation Policy:

Refundable Rate - Guaranteed reservations may be cancelled 30 days prior to the date of arrival. Reservations cancelled within 30 days of the arrival date will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of accommodation charge. Should the reservation be cancelled within 15 days of arrival or results in no show, 100% of cancellation fee will be applicable.

Non - Refundable Rate (23rd December, 2020 to 03rd January, 2021) - To guarantee the reservation we require 100% advance payment and due to any reasons if the guest cannot travel they can still avail a date change, but will have to pay a surcharge which would be INR 3500 inclusive of taxes per night extra (Rohet Garh) and INR 5500 inclusive of taxes per night extra (Mihir Garh).
 

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