Water Habitat Retreat invites you for the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival 2012


Started in 2007, the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) brings together more than 300 Musicians and performing artists from across Rajasthan and around the world to celebrate their musical heritage and create new sounds through innovative collaborations, for five days in October each year.

Timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Sharad Poornima, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort – voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Times Magazine.

The festival takes place from 26th – 30th October 2012 and the online booking for passes is open .

Jodhpur RIFF includes performances by master musicians from local Rajasthan communities, sensational headline acts showcased each night on the Main Stage, and global dance grooves that will keep the party going late into the night at Club Mehran. Interactive daytime sessions for visitors, school children and families are planned to stage against the backdrop of Fort.

Since you would be visiting the grand festival of Mehrangarh, we would like to introduce you to a beautiful retreat to relax and rejuvenate in Jodhpur.

The Water Habitat Retreat is an exemplary rainwater oasis within the 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.   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. 

PREMIUM SUITE: Our elegant Premium Suite includes a view of both the Aravalli hills, and theBijolaiLake. Here you will find a sitting & dining space, bedroom, independent dressing room, and bathroom. 593 square feet are yours.

HERITAGE APARTMENTS: We have two spacious apartments, each with two beds for 4. These apartments overlooking the garden can be booked in privately shared halves, or as a whole. They include two bedrooms each, a kitchenette, a study, and a sitting room with dining table. Each bedroom has a separate attached bathroom. With both apartments, you will have a splendid view of the gardens. Total floor space includes 866 square feet of privacy.


DELUXE HABITAT: 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 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.

RESTAURANT: The meals comprising of traditional Rajasthani and Continental cuisine cater to the most fastidious palate. The green vegetables used come crisp from our own kitchen garden where they are grown using only organic manures.

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Water Habitat Retreat Location: 15 kms. from Jodhpur Airport, 10 kms. from Jodhpur Railway Station.
Address: Water Habitat Retreat, Jal Darshan Marg, Near Kayalana Lake, Bijolai, Jodhpur – 342003

Also please find the Programme Schedule for the five days’ folklore of RIFF 2012 to book your stay with Water Habitat Retreat:-

26th October

Opening Night Variety City Concert

27th, 28th and 29th October

In Residence – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture

Fort Festivities

27th October

Day breaks with Bhanwari Devi & Patashi Devi

Dusk Devotions with the Meghwal of Marwar

Living Legends – I

Main Stage Performances

Club Mehran Performances

28th October

Dawn fakiri with Kartik Das Baul

Dusk Devotions with Gulabnath Jogi

Living Legends – II

Main Stage Performances

Desert Lounge (all acoustic, traditional – from Rajasthan)

29th October

Scottish dawn with Kaela Rowan

Children’s Folk Morning

Main Stage Performances

Club Mehran –RIFF Rustle with Scottish, Sri Lankan, Rajasthani and surprise guest artists (RIFF Roots on 29th October (TBC) – will be announced by 15th September)

30th October

Closing Dawn Concert Sahaja Kabir, suno bhai sadho by Prahlad Tipaniya and Party

For reservations and hotel bookings, you can contact us at the following address.

Alsisar Haveli Jaipur:

Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur 302 001 (INDIA)
Tele:  +91-141-236 8290, 236 4685, 510 7157  Fax: +91-141-2364652
email: alsisar@sify.com, alsisar@alsisar.com