I visited Suryagarh Jaisalmer for the first time in 2012 and I have been a fan ever since! So when I was invited to visit for a third time in July 2016, I happily accepted, and I am glad that I did! Suryagarh remains as beautiful as ever, if anything it has only improved with time! Right from the grand welcome to the time I left, I had a gala time! Come along with me on a visual treat of the trip first, because I feel that is the best way to talk about a trip as special as this!
We were greeted with music and dance right at the entrance! It does wonders to the mood after the long drive from Jodhpur. While I do remember the grand vehicles that greet the guests about a kilometer or so before, I don’t remember the dances at the entrance! So I am guessing this is new.
One of the first things I did after arriving was to sit down for high tea! There was so much food on the table, that I could not even get the tea in the same frame! When it comes to food, Suryagarh does it well, but then same is true for every other thing they do too!
I have stayed in different room categories on all my three visits. Of all that I have seen, the luxury suites are the most lavish!
And even these two pictures just give a glimpse of my room. The bathroom had a huge bathtub but being in the desert I didn’t fill it up even once!
I love the spaces within the hotel, like its main courtyard! At breakfast there are pigeons, peacocks and a turtle roaming about in this space! A musician plays flute in the morning hours! They now have put tables outside too! I love the outdoor arrangement!
When you visit and see a guest sitting on the ground with their camera, you know they are, like me, chasing the reflections. The good bit for me is that I know people there, like Nakul, whom I have met on every visit and he is now the general manager of the resort! So they are tolerant about my antics!
And if you are looking for more reflections, head to the swimming pool. I guess you would head there anyway for a swim!
I am confident that you would head to the pool because you will eat a lot of good food. Starting this year they have introduced healthy options too, but more on it in a subsequent post! I loved their daal pakwan which is a traditional Rajasthani dish. I ate so much that I need the pool for the rest of the year actually! There is a gym within the premises too. They have an excellent spa called Rait!
Not only does Suryagarh is beautiful inside, they know how to curate beautiful trips outside the resort too. They would show you the unseen in the desert.
I discovered the Temples of Kiradu near Barmer with Suryagar on this trip! It was the highlight of all the outdoor activities! I am sure for a lot of you this is the first time you came across the name Kiradu! If so, go Google it and then visit it!
And if my write up sounds like a sell out, it is because I am sold out on the beautiful place called Suryagarh. If you are looking for a luxury vacation in Jaisalmer you know exactly where to go!
PS. I was invited to visit Suryagarh as a blogger.
It is usually before a trip I feel most tired. It is logical to remember a wonderful spa experience at such times! I somehow never got around writing about my experience of the spa at Suryagarh. They call it Rait which means sand. This was my second visit to the Rait, both the times I had fabulous experiences. All the facilities at Suryagarh (Jaisalmer, Rajasthan) are on the ground floor which includes the restaurants, the bar, the swimming pool, the gym, spa etc and higher floors have rooms. I have written many times on this blog about Suryagarh. I really like the place.
A Room at Rait- the Spa at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
I asked for aroma therapy this time. I will let you into a secret, I hardly know anything about spas and almost always I choose aroma therapy because the name sounds so exotic and hints of nice smells. After all there no rule that forbids me from using a spa even if I don’t know much about them. And there is no harm in choosing a treatment that sounds good!
Jacuzzi at Rait Spa, Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
Last time when I was at the spa I had a great time. This was my second visit to the spa at Suryagarh and this time too it was no different. My therapist was a slender young girl, it was difficult to believe that she had such strong hands. This time they offered me a reiki experience as well. I would say once again that staying still for an hour and not staring at a flat surface (TV, laptop, etc) is a bliss. If being still also includes a nice aroma therapy massage with soothing music, it is all the more relaxing. I consider it ultimate luxury, a luxury I had indulged only on my trips on invitation other than the fish spa at Siem Reap!
As a rule, I am not a big fan of monsoons. There are two reasons for it. One is my commute for work. When it rains the commute becomes hell. The second is trekking. When it rains on a trek, life becomes difficult again. But monsoons are beautiful if you are not trekking or commuting. I was doing neither on my vacation at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer. I was doubly lucky as I was invited to a blogger’s FAM.
A Boy with Camels, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
We were clicking pictures by the side of the road after stopping the SUV. Out of nowhere suddenly this boy with the camels came into the view. But what happened afterwards is a clear indication of how far India has to go. He saw us clicking pictures with our fancy cameras. He came near us and asked for money, not because we clicked the picture but because he needed it probably. Or because tourists in the past gave money to him.
Monsoon Skies, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
I have been to Rajasthan in October and January. The land dons an ocher cover, the skies are deep blue. It was a pleasure to see the greens in the desert this time. The clouds of course added to the drama.
A Filed at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Manvendra Singh Shekhwat, the owner of Suryagarh was driving the vehicle. He mentioned that the rains have been so good in the past years that people have started farming. This he said, was leading to a shortage of stone masons which has been the traditional occupation in the region.
Jaisalmer in Monsoon, Rajasthan
With the rains the land was turning green, it was shedding the ocher temporarily. It was a little after this place we spotted a Great Indian Bustard, which is on the critically endangered list.
Drama in the Sky, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
We would stop the SUV in middle of nowhere if we thought it would make for an interesting picture. This has been my one of my most beautiful monsoon days, one that I am going to cherish for a long long time.
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