I recently planned a family trip and vacation to Rajasthan by road – Mom, Dad, Naina, Bharat, Aman & me! Packed in 2 cars, we chose to spend 3 nights in Jaisalmer & 3 in Bikaner. Jaipur & Jodhpur were one night stops on the way. For our stay in Jaisalmer we decided upon Suryagarh, which is an exquisite luxury boutique hotel away from the hustle & bustle of Jaisalmer and such a magical place to spend your time. In true luxury, Suryagarh not only gives you impeccable hospitality but also becomes a perfect partner for you to discover Jaisalmer at your own pace. This blog post is all about our stay and experience with Suryagarh (I honestly can’t get enough of this property and how special it made the entire trip for all of us).
The courtyard is a beautiful setting where you can have your meals and if you wake up early enough you can interact with the various birds & animals that are everybody’s pets – white pigeons, peacocks, a tortoise, a baby donkey named Romeo, two extremely friendly golden retrievers and more that you can find next to the organic garden of the hotel (They even have an Emu)
Suryagarh also offers some spectacular experiences through which you can explore more of Jaisalmer and the local way of life. My favorite was ‘Dinner on the Dunes’ where they arrange for a beautiful setup in the heart of isolated sand dunes to which others don’t even have access since it’s protected land. There is a group of fabulous folk singers and dancers who perform while you’re nibbling on appetisers like rabbit, bater (Japanese Quail) & more. After a few wines I danced along with the girls too! The folk music is quite an experience and nobody should miss it! For dinner we were served a thali with local cuisine and the ‘jungli maas’ is NOT to be missed – simply delicious.
Next day we were taken on the ‘Silk Route’ Exploration, of which, Jaisalmer was an important stop for the tradesmen in 16th to right up till the 18th Century. We visited the Khaba Fort which overlooks the abandoned Paliwal Village, believed to be cursed. Walking through the ruins really gives you a sense of the history surrounding you – isolated & barren, yet people find a way to live here. The trail ends with a picnic lunch by the reservoir of Joshida. It can get quite hot being out during the day but the people of Suryagarh have perfectly mastered the art of keeping you well hydrated and fed at regular intervals.
I HAVE to show you what our villas looked like at Suryagarh! They were spectacular! With a private infinity pool and porches with a stunning view, I took so many pics of this that I’m going to share it in a separate blog post but here are a few for now.
With Mom & Dad
I have to mention the fact that Suryagarh was such a special place for my parents as well. They were taken such good care of and treated with utmost respect and love. We were truly made to feel at home here and I will cherish this trip dearly!
Another experience that I thoroughly enjoyed with Suryagarh was the ‘Thar Dinner’ which was a culmination point for the ‘Silk Route Trail’. It represents the celebratory feast that travelers had at the end of their journey in a communal setting. We were seated in a beautiful garden with folk singers singing in the distance. Cosy seating on the ground and a huge communal Thali from which we all ate together! Again some brilliant rabbit meat!
A huge thank you to the Suryagarh team for giving us such an unforgettable experience and the best of times. Jaisalmer now has a very special place in my heart!