“Fanciful cottage suites perched around a small lake with killer views, in the rocky 'badlands' of central Rajasthan”
The hotel prides itself on its Marwar heritage but keeps a sense of humour about its history. Two 19th-century hunting lodges have been converted into airy dining and lounging spaces, decorated with whimsical touches: alcoves painted candy-floss pink; light fixtures made from milk cans and cooking pots. Your cavernous cottage is full of fun touches, too: our bright orange storage table was once a steel drum; the laundry basket formerly a baby’s hammock. Food, however, is serious business here - the cooks turn out consistently delicious dishes, all of them sophisticated interpretations of regional Rajasthani fare. You’ll return to the chaos of urban India with a full belly and a soothed soul.
- A romantic, nature-lover's retreat: fresh air, starry skies, walking trails, migratory birds and a lake full of fish
- Total privacy: your own stunning and spacious cottage with private plunge pool (all tucked away from each other)
- An unusual glimpse into rural Rajasthan, it's worth staying 2-3 nights to fully appreciate the calming atmosphere
- Great value - the price is all inclusive and covers several activities (nature walks, vegetable picking)
- Delectable and innovative set-menu Rajasthani food served on an open-air terrace overlooking the lake
- The location is remote - a 2.5-hour drive from Jodhpur Airport - and there are no restaurants or shops nearby
- With its rocky paths, steep steps and high drops, the property is neither wheelchair-accessible nor child-friendly
- Lunch and dinner are pre-set, so you get what you're given (though they can cater for dietary requirements)
- From July-Sept it's not safe to venture out post sunset without a resort escort; this is due to increased wildlife in the area - keep your windows closed at night!
- No WiFi, TVs or phones, and no extra beds
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- Rural Hotel
- All meals included
- 12+ year olds only
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Board games
Your private cottage is made of mud and stone, with a wood-and-thatch roof. It is absurdly spacious: a high-ceilinged foyer; a large living room with cushioned sofa area, a bar (with fridge, Nespresso machine, local syrups and snacks) and a built-in fireplace; a sprawling bedroom and a stone bathroom with a rain-shower area. We loved our bathroom sink: a stone spigot that emptied into a rough-cut stone basin, itself perched upon a tree trunk base. How’s that for luxury camping?
The interiors are cheerful and bright, with colours borrowed from the saris of local village women. In keeping with the eco ethos, everyday products from the villages are repurposed: bedside lamps are made from metal spice scoops, petrol funnels serve as vases for peacock feathers. Fun little trinkets - Rajasthani puppets, embroidered juttis (leather shoes) and bangles - fill painted niches along one living room wall. It’s a cluttered look, but a fun one. We especially loved a collection of brass bells, copper pots, wooden spoons and pestles that dangled by thick ropes from the ceiling in the entryway. It was like a floating kitchen drawer.
And if the interior’s feeling too busy, you can always step outside for some fresh, desert air and a dip in your private plunge pool.
- Air conditioning
- Board games
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
The food at Lakshman Sagar was a delightful surprise. But you better like northern Indian cuisine because that’s what you’re going to get - and lots of it! Meals are set, although dietary requirements can be catered for by the attentive staff.
Lunch was a tasty veg thali (dhal and a selection of cauliflower, potato and veg curries) with a fresh crunchy side salad and poppadums with tangy chutneys - we loved the pungent garlic paste. Dinner was even better: crisp and light pakora with spicy grilled chicken and green veg soup, followed by a thali of outstandingly rich mutton curry. Plus as much wine as we could knock back. Brilliant.
Breakfast was simple, but perfect: potato-stuffed paratha (flat bread) with homemade yogurt and spicy pickles; eggs cooked to order; fruit salad and fresh-pressed sweet lime juice.
Meals are served on the open-air Mardana terrace overlooking the lake, in the pretty little Zanana dining rooms, or privately if you prefer. When we stayed, a trio of musicians serenaded us under the stars.
- All meals included
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Organic produce
- Picnic hampers
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Go on a sunrise walk through henna fields, then enjoy a hearty Rajasthani 'field breakfast' at a local farmer’s hut. You can help churn the butter and watch bread being made over an earthen oven as you drink hot masala chai
- Take a guided tour of the local villages, a horse-back trek to a nearby fort, or an afternoon wildlife safari to the Todgarh Sanctuary, home to leopards and sloth bears
- Prefer to stay put? Cooking, pottery and turban-tying classes can be arranged, as well as vegetable picking in the surrounding fields (everything from dark green okra to rich purple brinjals and tangy green chillies). There's angling in the lake, too
- Have a massage or do a yoga and meditation class in the open-air 'machan'
- Lie out by your private plunge pool, the rock-carved main pool or the lake, where bird-watching is at its best - spot heron, myna, kingfishers and bee eaters
- Taste local liqueurs on the terrace at sunset
- At night, gaze up at the Milky Way - so rare a sight in India! - and watch shooting stars
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Pottery classes
- Private guided tours
- Star gazing
- Traditional cultures
- Vegetable picking
- Well being
- Wine tasting
Lakshman Sagar is a quiet, nature-lover's retreat with uneven, rocky terrain and a high dam wall that drops directly into the lake below. As such, it is not suited for children. There are no extra beds nor twin rooms.
Teens (over 12)
Lakshman Sagar is 2.5 hours' drive from Jodhpur, near the village of Raipur in the district of Pali, Rajasthan. It's 2 hours from Ajmer.
Jodhpur (134km away) is the closest airport. It has regular domestic flights from Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Jaipur and Udaipur - click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
The drive from Jodhpur airport takes 2.5 hours - transfers can be arranged at an extra cost.
Train services run to Jodhpur from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Ajmer, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. From here you can transfer onto a local line; Haripur railway station is only 3km away from Lakshman, so you can take a tuk-tuk for the final leg.
It's an easy drive from Jodhpur, Khimsar, Nagour, Manwar, Osian, Narlai, Ghanerao and Deogarh, and a longer drive from Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar, Roopangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur. If you want to arrange a car and driver for a wider tour of Rajasthan, enquire through our Tailormade Tour Operator.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Rajasthan and getting around
- Jodhpur 134.0 km JDH
- Beach 550.0 km
- Shops 5.0 km
- Restaurant 50.0 km