Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
What We Love
- Centrally located: Close to Jodhpur’s vibrant bazaars and just two miles from the airport and railway station
- The stunning pool area, framed by Moghul-inspired pavilions
- The hotel can organize a selection of Vivanta "Motif" experiences, including camel and jeep rides, and dining on sand dunes
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to three devices
- Spacious rooms start at 400 square feet
- The restaurants serve pan-Asian cuisine and top-notch Chinese food
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Built to resemble a 14th-century royal fort, this grand cream and pink retreat features Moghul-inspired domes, enameled murals and scalloped archways. The lobby has patterned marble floors in marigold, sage and cream, warm caramel wood accents, and a cerulean tile fountain. Surrounded by landscaped foliage, the courtyard offers alfresco dining around a centerpiece fountain, and the expansive pool area, which is framed by ornate pavilions, sparkles like a vast blue mirage.
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms are traditionally styled and feature carved wood furniture and Indian motifs. Superior Charm Garden View Rooms have high ceilings, large windows and crimson decor; Superior Charm Pool View Rooms offer enticing views, high ceilings and original paintings. Book a Premium Temptation Suite for a separate sitting room, a bathroom with a separate tub and shower, and a jharokha (an overhanging balcony with pool views). Bathrooms come with dual massage showerheads, Egyptian cotton towels and Forest Essentials bath products made in India from natural ingredients. The “Rest Easy” menu offers a choice of pillows for the discerning sleeper.
Executive chef Mahipal Singh Rathore is at the helm at Latitude, which offers a fresh take on pan-Indian cuisine, using local ingredients in such specialties as laal maas (spicy red mutton curry). For the finest Chinese in Jodhpur look no further than the Good Earth, a top spot for authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes (the Imperial Prawns in Szechuan Style are a particular highlight). Ola, the Rajasthani art–inspired lounge bar, has a carved-wood “Tree of Life” backdrop and serves unique cocktails such as the Yellow Scorpio, which is made of vodka, gin and aniseed.
In the Area
The Mehrangarh Fort, five miles from the hotel, is one of the largest forts in India and is home to an impressive museum, several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, and the Chamunda Devi Temple. On a Jodhpur village safari tour visit a pottery village, a Bishnoi village and a weaving village. Stop by Sardar Market, Jodhpur’s main tourist eating and shopping area, and pick up a pair of Jodhpur boots. Take a free art lesson at Umaid Heritage Art School, where you can learn about Rajasthani miniature painting and try your hand at it. If you like nature and a little adventure head to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and follow the trail of your choice.
How to Get There
Fabulous hotel in a fabulous old palace/mansion. I would call it haveli/mansion rather than a palace. Very friendly staff, beautiful garden with a lovely bird bath. The room was comfortable, with a few pieces of elegant old-style furniture. We were there at the height of summer and the air conditioner worked very well! Drinks and dinner on the lawn was really nice.
the place is very beautiful at night or day. really liked the place. there was a kitchen with our room which was very helpful. however there were no complementary breakfast and the reception was always displaying a fake smile which was a bit spooky.
It's a tired property with basic services. Hygiene is suspect, bathrooms are horrid, the food just below passable. Bring your own towels and a clean bedsheet or two. Eat at the restaurant next door. The Aircon works though and the lawns are expansive.