Mumbai: Inde Hotels, a platform for independent hotels providing end-to-end marketing and support services to drive revenue, has successfully added another feather to its cap by adding the Bijolai Palace Hotel, Jodhpur, under its umbrella.

The Bijolai Palace Hotel, a sprawling royal palace built in the 19th century by the ruling family of Jodhpur-Marwar, is nestled between the Aravali hills surrounded by lakes, creating an oasis in the desert.  Currently, Bijolai Palace Hotel is owned by a Foundation and the income it gets from the hotel goes to support its work in providing drinking water to the communities of Thar Desert. More importantly, as a part of responsible tourism, the palace meets 100 per cent of its water requirement through a unique method of rainwater harvesting.

The Palace design exhibits the meticulous planning of the old rulers. The 150-year-old Bijolai Palace Hotel is one of the oldest residences in Jodhpur built in 1859 by Maharaja Takhat Singh as his summer home, which has been declared as a ‘Heritage Property’, by INTACH.

Shamita Singh, Executive Director, Inde Hotels,said, “Adding Heritage property to Inde’s portfolio is a well-thought strategy for the brand’s expansion. Heritage properties have witnessed an upsurge of tourism in India as the properties are privy to the rich culture, history and have a story to tell. Bijolai Palace Hotel will offer not only marvellous heritage architecture but will offer a bouquet of royal services to its customers.”

The hotel offers a wide range of rooms: The Heritage Rooms, Vintage Rooms, and Vintage Suite. All rooms overlook pristine gardens, private courtyards or views of their own Lake Bijolai providing a rejuvenation of spirit and body.

The Bijolai Palace Hotel has excellent wedding and banqueting options for engagement, sangeet, mehandi, wedding ceremonies and reception, catering to dramatic needs of the star-studded destination weddings.

Other than the royal services, hospitality and feast, the hotel also offers ‘The Water Walk’– a unique learning experience designed to provide first-hand information about traditional water harvesting techniques. It’s a crash-course to understand the brilliant technology developed over a millennium in the desert.

The hotel offers a variety of activities from Village Safari that provides you a peek into the ethnic Marwari lifestyle, Desert Safari through sand dunes of Thar Desert, cooking classes for local cuisine to Spa treatments.