Hotel Garh – a gorgeous, great value spot to stay in Jaislamer Fort


Perhaps the best place to stay in Jaisalmer’s fort wall is Hotel Garh.

This tall narrow home has been converted into a hotel full of charm, located around a courtyard at the top of a lane.

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It’s roof top restaurant has spectacular views.

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It shoulders up against other hotels (in fact, the brave can walk between roof tops). Hotel Rajmandir is right next door and Hotel Surja Guest House (good for an easy meal) the next hotel along.

The staff are kind, thoughtful, honest and sincere. Requests are happily and readily accommodated.

There’s no room safe, but belongings are secure. There’s also no room fridge, but complimentary chai, coffee and water are always available (and lovely to enjoy in the gorgeous window seats.)

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Each of the seven rooms is beautifully decorated in a different colour. My favourite was the Sweet Purple room, that is huge, with a large bathroom and extra single bed.


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But the Opium Room is also lovely…

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And there’s the Green Room…

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The Blue Room and Red Room…


…and the Scarlet Room

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Hotel Garh is great value, at less than $AUS60 per night in low season, including a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, juice, eggs, masala chai/coffee, banana pancakes and Indian breakfast choices like Poha (flattened rice cooked with spices and vegetables).

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Jaisalmer – a unique experience to stay in the fort wall


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Jaisalmer, in desert far west Rajasthan, is the ‘Golden City’ and perhaps my favourite place in India.

It is a unique experience to stay in the fort wall ….


…and watch the sun rise and set….

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…and the rain roll in….

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…and life below….


….from a roof top restaurant


…or a lovely window seat.

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Good lunch spots between Jodphur and Jaisalmer


The best way to travel between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is by road.

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The road is good and the trip takes about 4 1/2 hours.

Along the way, there are two good spots to stop for a break, conveniently located about half way.

Samsara Resort and Camp (Lunch from 12:00-15:00) Mains about $AUS 8 each, Lassi $AUS3

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Manvar Resort and Desert Camp (Mains about $AUS7, Lassi about $AUS2)IMG_0018 IMG_0012

Kathi rolls about $AUS6

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Manvar Resort also has a lovely gift and book shop and nice accommodation (it also offers a desert luxury camp 7km away).

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Breakfast when travelling – a great time to try Indian specialties


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Dal and Pakwan                              Baked yogurt, idli

Breakfast in India, when travelling, is a great opportunity to try a wide range of regional and national specialities. Often a buffet selection of a range of Indian dishes is offered so it’s easy to try a little of lots of things. If breakfast is a la carte, usually there are one of two Indian breakfast options included.  And it’s even worth trying the same dish several times as each cook has their own style.

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Marsala Dosa                                  Baked yogurt and more

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Pao Keema                                                       Dal Makarni and Pakwan

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Dal Chakori                                      Poha

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Poha, Puri and Sambhal, Indian sweets       Marsala Dosa

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Chakori, Mirchi Pakora, Samosa                    Poha

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Goan Pao bread                                    Besan ka cheela

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Medu Wada, Aloo Bonda ,Goan breads Vegetable Xacuti, Butter Pao , Aloo Pakoda, Upma, Poori bhaji, Sambhar and coconut chutney


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