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Ajit Bhawan

Built almost a century ago, Ajit in the Hindi language means – The invincible and Bhawan is the synonym to home. True to its name, this architectural grandeur built in 1927 as the private residence of Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Shri Ajit Singh Ji, then The Prime Minister of the princely state of Jodhpur. Today, his descendants welcome you to experience history, culture and luxury in their gorgeous family home. It is imperative for us to share the legacy that once was an exclusive way of life for the aristocracy in India.

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai is a 17th-century manor, sitting in the shadow of a granite monolith in the atmospheric village of Narlai, between the royal cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur. Inside, you will find frangipani-scented courtyards, curated dining experiences and lamplit terraces. Outside, there is the stark beauty of the Aravallis’ leopard country, meals in ancient stepwells and the most welcoming locals. Come, experience an authentic slice of rural Rajasthan from a beautifully restored country home.

Swaroop Sagar

A five-bedroom Audhi close to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaroop Sagar is the ultimate hideaway for a small family or a few friends looking for a nature-themed break. Take jungle drives in leopard country, explore the majestic fort known as India’s Great Wall and enjoy specially curated meals with local delicacies. Swaroop Sagar combines the best traditions of Marwari hospitality in a location that is off the beaten track.

Bisalpur Dhani

Bilaspur Dhani is a rustic retreat set amidst a private natural reserve. A forty-minute drive from Jodhpur, the Dhani’s ambience is meant to help you slow down and take in the fresh air, away from the bustle of the city and commercial tourist hotspots. Enjoy a nap in the courtyard after a Rajasthani repast on winter afternoons, and then invigorate yourself with the kulhad elaichi chai, a speciality in these parts. We will arrange the drive to the property and back.

About Rajasthan

The enchanting state of Rajasthan is blessed with a variety of landscapes. The Aravalli range, older than the Himalayas, cuts through the state diagonally, dividing the dry western desert plains and the more fertile eastern plains. Dotted across the state are plateaus, scrubs and hilly mounds often topped by majestic forts and atmospheric temples. The crown jewel, of course, is the vast Thar Desert, with its endless sand dunes and memorable sunsets.

These diverse landscapes host a range of stunning wildlife in national parks and sanctuaries. The tigers of Ranthambore may get most of the press but the other wonders of Rajasthan include the leopard country of Bera and the raptor paradise of Tal Chhapar. On the way from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, you can stop over for some birding at Kheechan, where you can watch the migratory demoiselle cranes congregate in the winter. The wetlands of Bharatpur can provide another avian spectacle.

The forts and palaces of Rajasthan carry echoes of a royal past filled with tales of valour and intrigue. The locals are fond of colour, pattern and texture, and you will find these wherever you travel in the state, from the turbans of the men to the ghagra-cholis of the women. Rajasthani folk music has a long and diverse tradition. Across the state, you will hear earthy vocals accompanied by the strains of stringed instruments like the ektara and the ravanhatta. Get enchanted by the graceful twirls of the ghoomar dance and marvel at the dexterity with which bhavai performers balance a tower of earthen pots on their heads. 

No one does hospitality quite like the Rajasthanis. When it comes to food, you will be treated to delicacies that are very much a product of the environment. Take the example of ker sangri, a dish made of the caper-like berry called the ker, which grows in the desert scrub. To dine like the kings of yore, try the laal maas, a slow-cooked curry of mutton and Mathania chillies.


History of The Ajit Group

The story of the Ajit Group is inseparable from the history of Jodhpur and the heritage hotel business in India. The Ajit Bhawan was built in 1927 for Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Shri Ajit Singh Ji, The Prime Minister of the princely state of Jodhpur, which was then ruled by his elder brother Umaid Singh Ji.

In the late 1970s, Maharaj Swaroop Singh Ji, son of Shri Ajit Singh Ji, decided to convert a portion of the family home into a hotel and It was the first time the tag of Heritage Hotel was given to a Royal Palace and this is how we became INDIA’S FIRST HERITAGE HOTEL . Along with his wife Rani Usha Devi, he committed to building a luxury hotel that would be a homage to the culture, crafts and history of Rajasthan. Each rooms & suites inspired by the tasteful elegance of Jodhpur’s royal past and the comfort of the modern traveller with a vision where you come in as tourist, stay as a guests and go as our Ambasador.

In 1996, The Ajit Group opened the doors of its countryside manor in Narlai for guests. The Rawla Narlai a 3 decade old heritage building with 35 equipped rooms & suites situated in the shadow of a granite monolith called Elephant Hill, Rawla Narlai quickly became the choice of getaway for connoisseurs of discrete luxury in a countryside setting.

The designs and the ambience of the properties reflect the vision of Maharaj Swaroop Singh Ji, and his wife Rani Usha Devi. Today, The Ajit Group is owned by Rani Usha Devi and her sons Maharaj Raghavendra Singh Ji and Maharaj Suryaveer Singh Ji.

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Welcome to the Ajit Group. Our luxury heritage hotels and properties embrace the rich cultural tapestry of India—its colour, cheer and charm. From the moment you set foot into one of our hotels, you’ll be transported to a realm where past and present merge seamlessly. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. Every corner reflects the vision and passion of our founder the late Maharaj Swaroop Singh Ji and his family. Their commitment to showcasing the craft and finesse of Rajasthan’s artistic tradition reflects in every carefully curated ambiance.

Guest Feedback

20. July, 2023.
Amazing experience
17. July, 2023.
Very nice ajit bhawan
Lavesh Ramchandani
Lavesh Ramchandani
16. July, 2023.
Very polite staff nd had very good experience
Janki Enterprises
Janki Enterprises
15. July, 2023.
Royalty speaks. One must visit for true experience of Rajasthan