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On first look, Mi­hir Garh looks like a fort ris­ing from the Ra­jasthani dunes. Ev­ery­thing about the prop­erty near the Khandi vil­lage is tied to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The work­men hail from the re­gion and the soft fur­nish­ings are mostly sourced from Jodh­pur, which is the near­est air­port. The fire­places are built by the vil­lage women us­ing clay and cow dung. Its mud walls are hand painted with prints that res­onate with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Each of the nine suites of this bou­tique ho­tel come with a pri­vate ter­race, court­yard, plunge pool and a Jacuzzi. The F&B o‚er­ings range from a se­lec­tion of com­mon con­ti­nen­tal dishes to unique tra­di­tional recipes. Amongst its ex­pe­ri­ences, the high­light would be the vil­lage sa­fari where one vis­its homes of the vil­lagers to un­der­stand their way of life. house­ofro­het.com/mi­hir_­garh

All four cab­ins at Shakti 360° Leti in the Hi­malays have one glass wall with stun­ning views of na­ture. The ex­pe­ri­ence is built for those who want Hi­malayan ad­ven­ture, but not with­out lux­ury. The lodge is a five and a half hour drive from the Ku­maon vil­lage in Ut­tarak­hand, near the Nepal bor­der. The en­tire visit is cus­tomised to in­clude a guided vil­lage walks, hikes and per­sonal time with chefs in the kitchens. A min­i­mum three-day reser­va­tion is re­quired, although five days can pass by in a ji‚y. shak­ti­hi­malaya.com/ku­maon

Once a hunt­ing lodge for Jodh­pur’s royal fam­ily, Rawla Nar­lai is now a her­itage re­sort sit­u­ated near Desuri in Ra­jasthan. The ar­chi­tec­ture and hospi­tal­ity of this lux­ury prop­erty re­volve around Ra­jasthan’s cul­ture and tra­di­tions. The 32 rooms of Rawla Nar­lai have rich In­dian dé­cor fea­tur­ing hand-block printed lin­ing, vin­tage fur­nish­ings and white mar­ble work.

Rawla Nar­lai’s F&B out­lets in­clude an in­door-din­ing restau­rant ad­ja­cent to a sky palm court­yard, and JBar serv­ing fin­ger food along with a fine col­lec­tion of cock­tails and spirits.

To up the ex­pe­ri­ence, you can en­joy din­ner by the 16th cen­tury old Step-well of Nar­lai, savour tea by the lake, or go horse rid­ing.

Set amidst forested hills and rocky out­crops, Rawla Nar­lai also o‚ers a coun­try­side sa­fari, a stroll through a vil­lage, leop­ard sight­ing, a visit to a cave tem­ple, a train sa­fari and trekking for ad­ven­ture junkies. rawla­narlai.com

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