Neglected parts of Jodhpur renovated by the Raas hotel owners

With plans to turn Maharaja Sumer grain market into a “food laboratory”

A view from The Stepwell House restaurant at the newly renovated Raas hotel, Jodhpur
A view from The Stepwell House restaurant at the newly renovated Raas hotel, Jodhpur | Image: Noor-Priya

Few cities on the planet can match Jodhpur for sheer atmosphere and few hotels capture the essence of their city as wholly and stylishly as Raas (www.raasjodhpur.com; from Rs20,500, about £202), with its artful merger of Rajasthani heritage and right-now cool (as if Bertoia chairs have always fitted seamlessly into the decor of a Thakur haveli). So it’s welcome news that Raas’s owners, brothers Dhananjay and Nikhilendra Singh, are bringing the same vision to some long-neglected sections of their city, starting with one of Jodhpur’s most magnificent stepwells, Toor Ji Ka Jhalra – once stagnant and rubbish-lined, now drained, sandblasted and restored to its significant architectural glory. The decrepit Maharaja Sumer grain market will be renovated as a “food laboratory” – complete with pop-up stages featuring chefs of international renown – along with the restoration of several abandoned havelis, destined as residences (to rent or buy) and workshops showcasing the dhurries, textiles and fashions of the Blue City’s finest artisans and craftsmen.

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