Located a few kilometres away from ‘The Golden City’, aka Jaisalmer, Suryagarh is a luxury five-star hotel that has drawn inspiration from the beautiful Amer Palace near Jaipur. If a luxury getaway in a traditional setting is what you seek {and have the pocket to afford}, this is a place worth considering.

A Royal Design

130716_Suryagarh Suryagarh: An Oasis Of Desert LuxurySuryagarh’s design beautifully echoes the architecture of an actual fort—an arched gateway flanked by cannons, a three-level courtyard with stone pillars, jharokas, latticed windows, and a glistening marble floor. With over 60 rooms, they have a range of options {rooms, suites, and havelis} to choose from, based on your preference and budget. Apart from everything the suites have to offer {large bedrooms, a living room, a fancy bathroom etc,}, the havelis have the added benefits of a private terrace and a full-time butler. Well, if you ain’t gonna live like royalty…

There are a bunch of facilities you can make use of during your stay here—a fitness centre, a cards and billiard room, a spa, and an indoor pool. We gave the fitness centre a miss {we firmly believe in not getting any form of exercise during a vacation}, and indulged in a spa session instead.

Dining With A View

130716_Suryagarh1 Suryagarh: An Oasis Of Desert LuxuryThere are several dining options you can pick from—a meal at Nosh, their all-day dining room, or a cup of chai in the open Central Courtyard. We preferred their outdoor dining options, though. Our picks? The Thar Dinner for its wide selection of kebabs {such as Meat Kaleji Samosas, barbequed quails, and spiced cottage cheesecakes with figs} cooked to perfection and enjoyed in a relaxed communal setting; the Halwai Breakfast for some awesome halwai food; and not to forget, Breakfast with Peacocks, which, as the name suggests, is a meal had at Khaba Fort while being surrounded by scores of peacocks.

Of Trails And Trials

130716_Suryagarh Suryagarh: An Oasis Of Desert LuxuryYou can, if you wish to, choose not to step out of the leisures that the hotel provides. If you want to get moving, there’s a ‘Dhanurvidya’ {a warrior art form} class that the hotel provides, where you can test your archery and combat skills. For those who wish to head outdoors, the hotel provides a drive on the Thar Trail, where you can explore the nearby villages, ancient watering holes, and cemeteries. There’s a Chudail Trail you can embark upon as well. It’s a midnight drive to all the secret spots where the spirits of chudails are known to roam. We wouldn’t recommend this for the faint-hearted.

Dream Destination

130716_Suryagarh3 Suryagarh: An Oasis Of Desert LuxuryAlong with the vibes and architecture of an era bygone, Suryagarh is equipped with every bit of comfort of the modern world that makes for quite an indulgent experience. And if there’s a destination wedding you’re looking for, we can’t imagine a setting more royal than Suryagarh for a picture perfect wedding.

Where: Suryagarh Kahala Phata, Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Nearest Airport/Railway Station: Jodhpur Airport {296 km}; Jaisalmer Railway Station {16 km}

Contact: + 91 7827151151

Price: Starting at INR 14,000 per room {prices vary depending on season}

Find out more on their website here.

Photos: Suryagarh


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