to the webpage of Hotel Water Retreat Habitat, Jodhpur
in Rajasthan. Water Habitat Retreat was a part of
the Bijolai Palace which has now been converted
into a comfortable residence. It lies nestled amidst
the picturesque Aravali hills of Jodhpur. It is
located close to the famous City of Jodhpur. This
is the more recent addition to our bouquet of hotels,
and we think it will be appreciated by the most
demanding of tourists as one of the better managed
and maintained heritage hotels in Rajasthan. Meticulous
care has been taken while refurbishing Water Habitat
Retreat making sure it caters to all your needs.
Large water bodies within the hotel premise lend
the hotel a unique quality. Windows give way to
spectacular views of the hotel, and large airy spaces.
The hotel has an assortment of 30 rooms with aesthetically
done interiors which are well-equipped with all
modern day conveniences, insuring our guests to
have a comfortable stay.
Water Habitat Retreat is an exemplary rainwater
oasis within this same desert climate. Nestled in
between the Aravalli range of hills, just outside
of Jodhpur, it is both closely in touch with nature
and entirely self sufficient of its water needs.
The retreat, part of a recently renovated area of
the Royal Bijolai Summer Palace, has fresh water
available throughout the year due to an ingenious
water-conscious design. It is an excellent example
of traditional rainwater harvesting; though built
over 150 years ago, is more in tune with the modern
eco-movement than buildings of today. You will find
the surrounding landscape, with its bold but not
obscuring hills, a peaceful and pure match to the
Water Retreat. Nearby the Retreat lies Kayalana
Lake, a body of water that quenches Jodhpur City's
thirst, and is a beautiful hotspot for leisurely
boat rides and couples. The Palace design is sure
to amaze you, as it exhibits the meticulous planning
of the old rulers and a bygone era when people knew
they live or die by proper rainwater management..
Water Habitat Retreat is guided by a vision to address
the great disparity of drinking water access between
the rural Marwar villages and urban centers. This
is done through the restoration of ancient traditional
rainwater harvesting systems, and by creating village
institutions for sustainable self-reliant water
management. Here, we encourage people to stay with
us and become part of the "water for all" initiative.
Profit from the Water Habitat Retreat supports the
Foundation to meet the acute demands for safe and
sustainable drinking water. Regaining control over
safe drinking water, quenching thirst and securing
health, marks the first crucial step out of poverty
by desert communities in Marwar.
Bijolai Summer Palaces were renovated in 2008 to
create the Water Habitat Retreat Heritage Site Hotel.
It lies on a small range of hills just 7.5 miles
outside of Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan.
Jodhpur, called the Blue City by some, or the Sun
City by summer, is a unique city in the Marwar area
of the Thar Desert. Still home to many traditional
artisans, you will find it a great place to purchase-
among other items- traditional handicrafts, colorful
scarves, famous Jodhpur breeches, or unique Jodhpur
shoes. The Water Habitat Retreat lies conveniently
close to the city, but far enough away for the nights
to be quiet and the air clean. During your stay
with us, we encourage you to visit one of the many
must-see tourist attractions within the city.
Retreat is a part of the Bijolai Palace which was
built by Maharaja Takhat Singh [ 1843 - 1873 ] as
a summer retreat for the royal family. It lies nestled
amidst the picturesque Aravali hills. The red sand
stone palace stands on the bank of a small lake, a
traditional water harvesting structure, which ensures
a perennial supply of fresh water thus creating an
oasis in the surrounding desert landscape.
Bijolai Palace was
transformed into a” Water Resource Centre”, with the
support of UNDP and Italian Development Corporation
by the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation ( JBF) headed by
Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur.
To house the delegates,
a part of the Bijolai Palace, was converted into a
comfortable residence now called the” Water Habitat
Retreat”, which provides boarding and lodging to participants
in the activities organized by the “Water Resource
Centre” At the same time, the Water Habitat Retreat,
through its operating profits from visitors, provides
an important contribution to the drinking water initiatives
supported by the Foundation.
THE HABITAT ROOM: We encourage you
to stay in any of the three styles of habitat rooms,
all with full furnishings, a bathroom, and twin beds.
We have 18 Habitat rooms available, with lakeside,
garden, or courtyard views. Our lakeside rooms offer
405 square feet of space, while our remaining rooms
offer 300 square feet of luxury.
THE HABITAT DELUXE:Our 7 Deluxe Habitat
rooms are a step up from our habitat rooms, and offer
even more comfort for your stay. These rooms up to
500 square feet, and offer perfect views of the surrounding
hills and lake
THE HABITAT GRAND DELUXE: Our elegant
Premium Suite includes a view of both the Aravalli
hills, and the Bijolai Lake. Here you will find a
sitting & dining space, bedroom, independent dressing
room, and bathroom. 593 square feet are yours.
THE HABITAT SUITE: Our elegant Premium
Suite includes a view of both the Aravalli hills,
and the Bijolai Lake. Here you will find a sitting
& dining space, bedroom, independent dressing room,
and bathroom. 593 square feet are yours..
in Jodhpur at Bijolai Restaurant The Bijolai Restaurant
lies conveniently close to the Jodhpur city, but far
enough away for the surroundings to be quiet and the
air clean. The Palace design is sure to amaze you, as
it exhibits the meticulous planning of the old rulers
and a bygone era. Picture the Bijolai Lake, caressing
the adjoining rocky hills, beautiful temples, canvassing
the colours of the setting sun, fresh breeze, ambient
music, and ambient light, flair and sensuality. There
are three areas where guests can be seated. The Terrace,
The Indoor Dining and The Lakeside. All these three
spaces are directly attached to water. You can enjoy
your time here watching the magnificent geese in the
lake and some wild animals on the surrounding rocks
and boulders. The décor features a sunny travel feel,
with chic cabanas and landscaped gardens. The Terrace
is open everyday for dinners as well as lunches (winters
only) and can also be booked for banquets. Bijolai's
interior attempts to reflect the encounter between the
traditional and the contemporary. Consequently, the
restaurant is characterized by simplicity with its crisp,
clean and uncluttered lines that reflects the 1559 AD
spirit and atmosphere. The ambience at Bijolai presents
a harmonious balance between the classic and the modern,
between the known and the wild.