Rawla Jojawar is created after lovingly renovating the old fort which has always been home to a stunningly beautiful boutique hotel. Here generations of the royal family have lived since 1780, where the patriarch Thakur or Chief in their position as garrison commanders of this border town of Marwar with Mewar – both ancient kingdoms and often bitter enemies, once guarded the volatile border and collected custom dues on the trade.
The renovation saw minimal wastage of material, instead was put back into the buildings as more rooms and hallways very excavated. All the woodwork including furniture, and carved stone work is recycled. Local masons and carpenters were found to be more adept in working with old styles and techniques then the highly technical city workers.
In an area of low rainfall and abundant sunshine, the entire property conserves every drop of rain which is diverted into a covered tank. The water is then used for the garden and the stables. Solar panels cleverly hidden from view heat up the water for the bathrooms, LED and CFL lights in public areas have saved us about thirty five percent of energy needs.
Waste water is recycled through soak pits and then used in the garden.
All the staff are locals and their employment has helped them not to relocate to bigger cities in search of employment and wages. The entire staff is from the town and its neighbouring areas. They are all trained in various fields of the hotel and are constantly transferred so as to keep the job interesting.
Food ingredients are locally sourced to support the community.