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The Hosteller Bijolai Palace: India's 1st palace backpacker hostel

The Hosteller Bijolai Palace: India's 1st palace backpacker hostel

By Ninad Parikh

17 Aug, 2023

At least once in our lives, we all dreamed of living in a palace, but who knew it'd be this easy? The Hosteller Bijolai Palace Jodhpur is India's first palace-turned-hostel near the enchanting Kaylana Lake. This hidden gem invites you to experience the grandeur of a bygone era while enjoying the best of contemporary hospitality.

A Glimpse into the History of The Hosteller Bijolai Palace Jodhpur

Exterior image of Bijolai Palace

The Palace's open garden, decorated with lights and flora

Imagine waking up in a palace that once served as the summer residence of The Maharaja of Jodhpur! The Indo-Saracenic architecture fused with Rajputana design elements creates a breathtaking spectacle that feels like a scene right out of a historical drama.

Bijolai Palace, the epitome of meticulous planning, dates back to 1859 and is one of Jodhpur's oldest residences. The present Maharaja of Jodhpur-Marwar, His Highness Gaj Singh 2, gifted the Bijolai Palace in 2004 to the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. After the restoration period, the palace was opened to guests in 2012 after being fully refurbished with modern amenities. Hold onto your hats, because starting from August 2023, it's rocking a whole new vibe as a backpackers' hostel!

Palatial Grandeur and Comfort of Bijolai Palace Jodhpur

Garden area Bijolai Palace

Bijolai Palace's Indo-Sarcenic facade

Every detail of this palace-turned-hostel exudes elegance, comfort, and luxury. The palace has had the privilege of hosting Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Victoria Bernadotte, Crown Princess of Sweden and many other dignitaries. Here, you can immerse yourself in polished rooms that exude Rajasthani royalty, complemented by common areas that offer relaxation and socialising opportunities with fellow travellers. The sprawling grounds boast lush green lawns adorned with cast iron tables and chairs, creating a picturesque setting under the shade of local Jodhpuri fabric umbrellas.  

A Dreamlike Oasis: Bijolai Palace Jodhpur

Step outside, and you'll find yourself in a dreamlike oasis. Cobblestone lanes lead to charming lamp-lit spaces and a leisurely pool area. The proximity to the serene lake sets the stage for a tranquil boating experience, where you can lazily glide through the water and observe geese and ducks gracefully swim by. Traditional Jodhpuri trims and vibrant lanterns grace the walls, providing captivating backdrops for your photos.

A cosy indoor restaurant calls you over with its comfy seating, tempting you to indulge in scrumptious dishes while soaking in the vintage atmosphere. On the rooftop, a delightful café awaits, treating you to breathtaking views of both sunrise and sunset. Meanwhile, the garden café exudes a charming old-world feel, letting you soak up the sun in style.

Night aerial view of Bijolai Palace

The gleaming night view of Bijolai Palace's lake

Your Regal Getaway Awaits at The Hosteller Bijolai Palace Jodhpur

The Bijolai Palace lies less than 8 km from the Jodhpur city centre. A short journey of approximately 8.3 kms will take you to the renowned Mehrangarh Fort, a majestic stronghold that stands proudly atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the city below. With its intricate architecture and rich history, the fort is a treasure trove of tales from Rajasthan's past.

If you're in the mood for more exploration, a 20-minute drive will lead you to Jaswant Thada, an elegant marble cenotaph that pays homage to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Its intricate carvings and serene surroundings provide a peaceful escape from the city's hustle.

Venturing 13 kilometres away, you'll encounter the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace, a true architectural marvel that boasts a mix of Indian and European styles. For a glimpse into Jodhpur's historical roots, take a journey of a 25-minute drive to Mandore city and gardens. This ancient site is adorned with charming gardens, cenotaphs, and temples, all reflecting the city's cultural and historical significance.

Lake side view of Bijolai Palace

Swarm of ducks surround the stately Bijolai Palace

A harmonious fusion of old-world charm and contemporary convenience, The Hosteller Bijolai Palace Jodhpur promises an experience that will linger in your heart long after you leave. So, whether you seek a serene escape from the city or an opulent setting to just celebrate a weekend with friends, The Hosteller Bijolai Palace Jodhpur is designed to amaze you!

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