by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
Dera Rawatsar – Small, quiet, and personable, a worthy alternative to an overpriced palace-style hotel.
This charismatic guesthouse offers many of the amenities found in trendy heritage-style ‘palace’ hotels costing many times more. For example, the pool is fairly large and lined with trees and lounge chairs; the views are decent, with windows not facing other rooms just meters away; and the location is along a quiet suburban street. The terrace setting of the café and friendly guest lounge also add to the appeal. Rooms could do with some updating, otherwise, they’re just as good as those in more fashionable rivals, but with considerably lower rates. And it’s the finest option within walking distance of the main bus station.
Dera Rawatsar – The Location
- Address: D-194/C, Vijay Path. Behind the Sindhi Camp bus station. Not easy to find among the backstreets. Best landmark for rickshaw drivers is the Laxmi Palace hotel alongside the guesthouse. For those on foot, remember the Ginger Takeaway stall almost opposite the guesthouse.
- Area: Along a quiet backstreet within a suburban area of middle-class housing. Streets are comparatively safe, quiet, and clean, but there’s little of interest nearby for guests.
- How to Get There: From the airport (13km, 35-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (1.6km, 8-minute drive), main bus station (270m, 3-minute walk), and nearest metro station (400m, 5-minute walk) are also close by.
- Handy to: Main bus station at Sindhi Camp.
Dera Rawatsar – The Basics
- Guests: For anyone seeking a charming guesthouse without the price tag charged by more fashionable rivals.
- Views: Far better than many other guesthouses. All rooms face the gardens or quiet side streets.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city guesthouse in Jaipur.
- Extras: Superior Deluxe Rooms include car with a driver for use within Jaipur each day. All guests are offered a free airport pickup.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)141 220 6559
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: derarawatsar.com
Dera Rawatsar – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there is one, and it’s quite large for the limited number of guests. Some shade and lounge chairs.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
- Other Facilities: Communal lounge room. Library. Money-changing. Laundry.
Dera Rawatsar – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The small but inviting café mostly serves breakfast to guests, but can rustle up something tasty and filling for lunch and dinner if requested in advance. Seating inside among walls of regal paintings, or outside along the terrace.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates. Can be delivered to the room.
- Room Service: Limited to breakfast. At other times, tea and coffee can be served to the rooms.
Dera Rawatsar – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Super Deluxe Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas. Check with the management before lighting up anywhere else.
- Best Room: Super Deluxe Rooms are very elegantly furnished. Spacious and plenty of windows. Includes daily use of a car with a driver within Jaipur.
- For Families: Super Deluxe Rooms feature 2 queen beds, with space for an extra single bed. Ask the helpful management about other configurations as required.
Dera Rawatsar – Local Transport
- Walking: Streets around the area are safe and easy for walking, but nothing much to see except houses.
- Public Transport: The Jaipur Metro is of limited use to tourists – at least until the 2 new stations in the Old City are completed in about 2021. The nearest station to the guesthouse, Sindhi Camp is 400m away (5-minute walk) and attached to the bus station.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) are poorly-marked and almost impossible to find without help from the hotel reception, and useless in the Old City anyway. Otherwise, Uber and Ola work effectively. However, just about anywhere, including the airport, is accessible by abundant auto-rickshaws. Some are electric and feature 2 small benches.
Dera Rawatsar – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Unfortunately, very little to choose from in this suburban area.
- Ginger Takeaway – Only 50m up the street, this hole-in-the-wall is also a useful landmark. Hearty portions of Indian, Chinese, and Western food, but take away only, so eat at the guesthouse.
Otherwise, get an auto-rickshaw to the nearby Atithi Guest House, between M.I. and Motilal Atal roads (900m, 6-minute drive). Many decent options (as well as travel agencies and moneychangers) are very close by, including:
- Signature Restaurant – In Hotel Aangan next to the Atithi. Fashionable décor and tasty Indian food. 1-minute walk (30m).
- Hole in the Wall +91 86191 47200 – Well-named, it offers simple Indian and Western food at local prices in a miniscule building. About 40m from the Atithi towards M.I. Road. 1-minute walk.
- Topaz Restaurant – In the grey-colored Natraj Hotel, on the corner, 100m from the Atithi (ie away from M.I. Road). Better-than-average selection of vegetarian Indian, Chinese, and Italian food. Even some Mexican dishes. 1-minute walk.
- Nothing within walking distance, so head to the Old City (see below). Also, a fairly decent selection of shops and tourist facilities near the Atithi Guest House (see above).
- A frenetic maze of shops, markets, traffic, and more traffic, the Old City is both fascinating and frustrating to wander about. In the center, the City Palace (open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm) is a marvelous example of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, and is packed with courtyards, gardens, and museums. The nearest entrance to the Old City, Chandpole Gate is 1km (5-minute drive) from the guesthouse, while the City Palace is about 2.8km (13-minute drive). Both are best accessed by auto-rickshaw.
- Jantar Mantar – UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the world’s largest stone sundial and 18 other instruments. 1 of 5 astronomical observatories built in north India in the 18th-century by Maharaj Sawaii Jai Singh II. Right opposite the City Palace. 15-minute drive (3km).
- Hawa Mahal – This 18th-century sandstone summer palace features 953 windows which let in cool breezes during the summer, and allowed the Royalty to view the streets below without being seen. Visit early morning to watch the sun’s rays filter through the latticework. 19-minute drive (3.5km).
- Amber Palace – UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as Amer Fort among locals, featuring 4 must-see courtyards (Shila Devi Temple, public audience hall, private audience hall, and Mirror Palace), and sound and light shows in the evening. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. 35-minute drive (11km).
- Nahargarh Fort – Historic defense fort overlooking Jaipur. Houses the Jaipur Wax Museum by the entrance, and features a second, updated Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). 50-minute drive (17km).
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