Suryagarh Hotel Jaisalmer – absolutely delicious for food

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Suryagarh Hotel, 16km out of Jaisalmer, is beautiful, but isolated in the desert.

While rooms can be quite affordable, especially in the low season,  food and drink is expensive, at Australian prices.

That said, the dining is very, very memorable….and there’s a few ways to stay in budget.

Welcome drinks and snacks are amazing and extremely generous.

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Then, through your stay, little treats and sweets arrive mysteriously in your room.

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Breakfast is included in the room price and is incredible, including a ‘chaat bar’ (make your own snacks) and traditional Indian sweets, as well as Indian breakfast foods and marsala chai served in a variety of traditional ‘tea cups’.

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The setting for breakfast is lovely and peacocks wander around the courtyard.

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Dinner is silver service, glamourous and romantic in the courtyard and very, very good.

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Safed chicken, rice, misi roti $AUS25          Bundi ladoo

If you have enjoyed the arrival snacks and sweets that arrive in your room, then really, one main, bread and rice is enough for two people…and helps to compensate for otherwise steep prices.

The complimentary sweets are very lovely too.

Another tip to stay in budget is to take some pre-dinner drinks and snacks out with you (a welcome tip from a fellow traveller).

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Gin is $AUS3 for 750ml (a bargain)

 

Suryagarh Hotel – Jaisalmer

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There’s no substitute for staying in the fort wall in Jaislamer, but if you’re looking for something different, Suryagarh, 16 km out of town, looks amazing….and it is.

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Rooms start from about $AUS14o for a double (which is all you need) in low season, $AUS 200 for a suite.

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There are nice facilities and walk ways.

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And the property looks lovely as the light changes in the evening…..

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…when there is also some traditional music and dancing to watch before dinner.

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But it is really isolated. (It was good to know to take some drinks and snacks). Rooms have no view (which is why a double is enough, the extra space in the suite is not all that pleasant for sitting) and it’s easy to get ‘cabin fever’. Outside the room, there’s no air-conditioning, so when it’s hot, it’s really hot.  And the walkways are latticed after the ground floor, so it’s easy to feel a bit imprisoned.

Best to get to the hotel late afternoon. It’s not a place to spend the day at.

In fact the best parts are arriving, the evening and breakfast…in fact the food is absolutely delicious. But that deserves a whole story of it’s own…..

 

 

 

Lake View Restaurant – a handy spot for dinner in Jaisalmer

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If you stay at Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli, in Jaisalmer, it’s handy to know about Lake View Restaurant, at Hotel Surja Guest House, almost next door.

Hotel Garh offers a great breakfast, but doesn’t normally serve dinner. So at the end of a long day, to just go next door and enjoy an inexpensive but delicious meal with a drop dead view, can be perfect.

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Catering especially for backpackers, the restaurant is great value and Raj’s hospitality and helpfulness invaluable.

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Indoor seating                                                                                                                                                 Outside seating                                                                                The ‘music wallah’

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           Great view                                                                                                                                                               Dal Tadka, Dessert beans, Roti, Jeera Rice, Marsala Paneer

 

Warm hospitality and exceptional value at Castle View Home Stay – Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Castle View Home Stay in Jodhpur is a family home that has been converted into a guesthouse, by host Amit, and it has a hard to beat roof top restaurant view over the blue city against the backdrop of Fort Mehrangarh.

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Located in the old city, it is away from the busiest and most touristy clock tower area but within easy walking distance of Padamsar and Radisar lakes, amazing views from Elephanta Hill, interesting narrow lane ways and the Victory Gate entrance to the fort.

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There is a good feeling of being ‘part’ of local life, much of due to Amit’s knowledgeable but relaxed, thoughtful hospitality.

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Amit is also great for guidance on local foods, the best local places to eat (and where to be cautious of)  and how to see the best of Jodhpur. He can also organise great value tours for his guests, including a trip to surrounding villages.  IMG_0013 IMG_0001

But most of all, Amit takes great care of his guests.

Rooms have air conditioning, free wifi and ensuites. At around $AUS 20 per double, the price for this exceptional hospitality  and experience is hard to believe.