Hotel Singhvi’s Haveli in Jodhpur, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 28, 2019

Review of Singhvi's Haveli in Jodhpur, India.

Singhvi’s Haveli – Long-standing hangout with old-world charm and a sublime rooftop.

This budget-minded place has been owned by the same family for hundreds of years, and stands out among rivals for several significant reasons. Well-established, it caters perfectly to westerners, some of whom stay far longer than initially anticipated. Service is highly attentive with only eight rooms, each individually decorated with suitably old-fashioned furnishings, and facilities from the friendly guest lounges to the rooftop café are very inviting. Rooms are cozy and compact (as is typical in the Old City), and two offer flawless views of the mighty fort. Importantly, the guesthouse is also in a quieter area of the chaotic Old City.

Singhvi’s Haveli – The Location

  • Address: Just off Old Fort Road (really just a lane), in an area called Navchokiya in the western part of the Old City. Look for the sign at a junction where auto-rickshaws hang out, and then follow the alley for about 200m. It’s a light-orange 5-level building, higher than almost anything else in the area.
  • Area: In the Old City, with all the vibrancy (and chaos) that it entails.
  • How to Get There: About 7km (20-minute drive) from the airport. At the attractive (and low-key) terminal, there are pre-paid booths for taxis and auto-rickshaws, but note: taxis cannot enter this part of the Old City. The train terminal (3km, 13-minute drive) and main bus station (3.5km, 14-minute drive) are easily accessible by auto-rickshaw.
  • Handy to: Old City. Mehrangarh Fort.

Singhvi’s Haveli – The Basics

  • Guests: Budget-minded and independent travelers of all ages.
  • Views: As it’s one of the tallest buildings in the immediate area, most rooms provide street views, although some do look partially into another building close by, and a couple boast direct views of the fort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected or provided at a historic inner-city guesthouse like this in Jodhpur.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)291 262 4293
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: singhvihaveli.com

Singhvi’s Haveli – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • Other Facilities: Laundry. Travel advice/bookings. Money-changing. Yoga classes on demand.

Singhvi’s Haveli – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The finest rooftop café with the best views in this part of the Old City because it’s so close to the fort. Hearty meals (vegetarian only) and beer available. Seating at a lower level overlooking the courtyard as well, but no views.
  • Breakfast: May be included, but this depends on the room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Tea and coffee served to the rooms but nothing much else, as is expected at this sort of guesthouse.

Singhvi’s Haveli – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Super Deluxe Rooms • Suite Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but tolerated elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Suites are considerably more spacious, with a regal décor and furnishings a 5-star resort would charge 5 times more for. These suites provide full views of the fort.
  • For Families: One room has 2 single beds and a twin bunk bed, so it’s ideal for a family of 4.

Singhvi’s Haveli – Local Transport

  • Walking: The Old City is fascinating to wander around, but there are no sidewalks, so all pedestrians share the scarily narrow streets and alleys with maniacal motorcyclists and anarchic auto-rickshaw drivers. And watch out for huge piles of fresh cow dung.
  • Public Transport: Nothing of use for tourists anywhere in Jodhpur.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) can be ordered through the guesthouse for longer day-trips, but can’t possibly enter the Old City. Auto-rickshaws are good enough for anywhere around Jodhpur. These hang about junctions in the Old City. Taxis and auto-rickshaws can also be ordered through the Uber app.

Singhvi’s Haveli – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Nothing better than eating or drinking at one of the (surprisingly few) rooftop cafés offering expansive views of the streets and fort, which is especially stunning after sunset. Places listed below are along Old Fort Road, the main lane through this part of the Old City.

  • Rani Mahal – Superb hotel offering the classy Jeeman vegetarian restaurant on the ground floor, which is worth visiting just for the setting. Same food in the rooftop café. 2-minute walk (180m).
  • Jewel Palace Haweli – Cute guesthouse offering the same tasty Indian and western food on the rooftop and in an air-conditioned area at a lower level. About 100m along an alley that starts almost opposite the Rani Mahal.
  • Raj Mandir +91 98290 23390 – Open-air, faultless views, and pleasing prices. Ideal for a sunset beer. Follow the signs down from the junction. 3-minute walk (230m).
  • Castle View – Impressive setting and long menu of Indian, Chinese, and western food. The winding lanes and numerous steps are worth it. Look for signs from the junction.
  • Inside the fort are: Chokelao Garden Café (lunchtime buffets), Mehrangarh Fine Dining Evening Restaurant (spectacular views, dinner only, and booking required), and Palki Café (snacks and drinks). 3-minute walk (230m).

Shops & Markets

  • Facilities in the general area are for locals, not tourists, so take an auto-rickshaw to Sardar Market, based around the iconic Clock Tower and opposite the renowned Pal Haveli hotel. Open all day every day, the market is clean, quiet, and hassle-free, so it’s fun to wander around. 8-minute drive (1.4km).

Attractions

  • The overwhelming attraction is the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the Old City. The secondary entrance is only 230m away – follow the sign opposite the guesthouse entrance (3-minute walk). The ticket office is at the main vehicle entrance at the other side of the fort (2.4km, 9-minute drive). Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Also check out the lake on the way to the secondary entrance to the fort.
  • Jaswant Thada – Also known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar, a marble marvel amidst lush, landscaped gardens and next to a serene lake. The intricate marble lattice screens as well as the city views are superb. Easily paired with a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort. 9 am to 5 pm. 10-minute drive (2.5km).
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace – An architectural marvel; one part of the palace still serves as a Royal Family residence, the rest has been converted to the Taj Hotel and museum. Only the museum is open to the public, and it’s very popular for the vintage car and clock collections and vast gardens with peacocks. Great spot for a romantic meal. 10 am to 4.30 pm. 22-minute drive (7km).
  • Mandore Garden – Historic garden, home to beautiful empty tombs of the Royal Family. The Hall of Heroes, temple of 330 Million Gods, and Government Museum are worth seeing. Visitors can also explore the Mandore Fort ruins or have a picnic on the grounds. Located just outside the city. 24-minute drive (9km).

Singhvi’s Haveli – The Hotel

The guesthouse is located in a quiet alley away from a busy junction.

The guesthouse is about 200m up a quietish alley that leads from this junction.

The guesthouse is located in the middle of the Old City.

Singhvi’s guesthouse is deep within the fascinating Old City of Jodhpur.

Many rooms in the tall guesthouse offer good views.

The guesthouse is taller than most buildings in the immediate area, so many rooms provide views.

The guesthouse is popular with guests who wish to stay longer.

The guesthouse is well-established and a popular hangout for visitors who stay a while.

The owners live on-site.

The Singhvi brothers run the guesthouse and still live on-site.

The rooftop cafe offers panoramic views of the Old City.

A standout feature is the rooftop café with expansive views of the Old City.

The rooftop cafe also offers view of the Mehrangarh Fort.

Some tables at the rooftop café face the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort.

The ground floor dining area overlooks the courtyard.

On a lower floor is another eating area. It overlooks the courtyard, so there are no views.

The guest lounge is also very welcoming.

Also appealing is the communal lounge where guests can chill out and meet fellow travelers.

The guest lounge features Rajasthani decor and furniture.

The guest lounge is packed with charming Rajasthani decorations and old-fashioned furniture.

Rooms are spread across various levels.

Rooms are dotted about the various levels of this ancient building.

The standard rooms are also nice.

Even the standard rooms are immensely likable.

Raji Mandir close by is a great place to enjoy meals, beers, and fort views.

A terrific place for a meal and/or beer with slightly different (but more distant) fort views is Raj Mandir. Very near the junction, about 200m down the alley from Singhvi’s.

Castle View café's rooftop cafe nearby is also terrific.

The rooftop café at the aptly-named Castle View guesthouse is impressive. Look for the signs at the junction.

Rani Mahal's Jeeman restaurant serves great food on the ground floor as well as the rooftop.

The marvelous Jeeman restaurant is on the ground floor of the Rani Mahal hotel, just up from the junction. The same food can also be enjoyed on the hotel’s rooftop.

The neighborhood facilities are more for locals.

Facilities around the guesthouse are more for locals than tourists.

The directions to the Mehrangarh Fort are easy to find.

A sign opposite the guesthouse entrance leads to the amazing Mehrangarh Fort.

The fort's secondary entrance is close to the guesthouse.

The secondary entrance to the fort is just around the corner from the top of Old Fort Road, about 250m from the guesthouse.

Visitors can see a lot within the fort before buying a ticket.

Much can be seen within the fort before needing to buy a ticket at the main vehicle entrance on the other side.

The ticket office is by the main vehicle entrance at the northern end of the fort.

The ticket office is at the main vehicle entrance at the northern end of the fort, and is accessible from the secondary entrance in the Old City.

The fort is best enjoyed leisurely.

Don’t rush; there is so much to see and explore in the majestic fort.

The fort also offers zip-lining for the adventurous.

Incredibly, there is even a zip-line within the fort for adrenalin junkies.

The Chokelao Garden Café is located about 300m from the fort's secondary entrance.

The graceful Chokelao Garden Café is within the fort, about 300m from the secondary entrance in the Old City.

Dinner at the Mehrangarh Fine Dining Evening Restaurant is a great experience.

It’s certainly worth booking for dinner at the Mehrangarh Fine Dining Evening Restaurant within the fort.

Auto-rickshaws are advisable in the Old City to avoid getting lost.

Getting lost within the Old City is inevitable, so look for an auto-rickshaw to take you back to the guesthouse.

Sunset views of the magnificent fort are impressive.

The fort is even more impressive for a few hours after sunset.

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