Review of Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
The Golden City of Jaisalmer has wooed travelers for decades. The imposing “living fort”, intricately carved Havelis, ornate temples, mystical dessert, intriguing legends, and the traditional cuisine has an allure that is difficult to resist. The fascinating city, built entirely in honey-colored sandstone, is located on the edge of the yellow sand dunes of the Thar desert – a perfect setting for a memorable vacation.
The scorching heat of the barren land is too much for most visitors and there is a lull in tourism in summers. However, from November-February, the city is flooded with tourists. The resulting commercialization is inevitable. Accommodations to suit all budgets and tastes have sprouted in every nook and corner of Jaisalmer – hostels, budget hotels, camps, and sprawling resorts. One Hotel that manages to stand out amidst the usual run-of-the-mill offerings is the palatial bespoke hotel, Suryagarh.
Suryagarh, encompassed within the fortress-like walls, stands in solitary splendor amidst the stark wilderness of the Thar desert. Located on the old Silk Route in the Thar Desert, Suryagarh looms large on a small hilltop. As you approach the sprawling resort, you will be awe-struck by the imposing entrance of Suryagarh. The resort made with blocks of local yellow sandstone might resemble n medieval fort, but it has been built 10-12 years ago. It was created to look like a luxury fort and merge perfectly with the surroundings. The curvaceous courtyards, elaborate gardens, intricate jaali work, enchanting jharokhas, beautiful stepwell, reflection pools, and high ceilings would take you into a by-gone era. The glorious Rajputana culture has been seamlessly blended with the contemporary lifestyle. Suryagarh aims to preserve the traditions of the past, yet cater to all modern comforts and conveniences. Attention has been paid to the finest details and the result is impressive. The unfailing hospitality, tempting traditional cuisine, tranquil grounds, and richly-furnished rooms will give a royal touch to your vacation.
Location of Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
Suryagarh is about 15kms from Jaisalmer city and 28kms from the local airport. It may be a bit isolated from Jaisalmer, but you can easily get a taxi from the airport as well as the city. Sam Dunes are about 23kms from Suryagarh. In recent years, Jaisalmer has been connected by flight to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Bangalore. However, the flights are only operational during the winter months. Other ways to reach Jaisalmer is via rail or road.
Accommodation at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
Suryagarh boasts 72 rooms including 26 suites and 4 standalone Havelis. The vibrant and airy rooms have been furnished and designed to suit the taste of the discerning guests. The rooms represent a timeless Rajasthan, yet have all the facilities that one can expect in a property of such stature. The lavish suites are embellished with local textures, handcrafted furnishings, heritage art pieces, and superlative comforts to suit personal preferences. The elegant Havelis come with courtyards, pools, and offers more privacy & space. They are often occupied by celebrities and Bollywood stars. There is an understated elegance in all the furnishings and décor. Not over-the-top but minimalistic. All the rooms, except the Havelis, face an expansive courtyard in the center, giving an old-world charm and homely vibes to the plush resort.
Food at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
This is definitely going to be the highlight of your stay at Suryagarh. The food is scrumptious, authentic, and a delight. What makes the experience truly phenomenal is the Rajasthani warmth & hospitality. Nosh, the all-day-dining, is located in the central courtyard and you can linger over your delicious meal as you soak in the grandeur of your surroundings. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant and the place to start your mornings with. Suryagarh prides itself on its “Halwai Breakfast”- an assortment of chaats, parathas, fried savory snacks, sweets, etc. (along with the usual international selection) are served right in the morning to tempt your taste buds.
If you want to delve deeper into the culinary secrets of secretly guarded princely recipes, visit Legends of Marwar – the specialty restaurant for legendary & traditional Marwari food. The signature Thali (Indian version of a multi-course meal) adds Persian flavors to the Rajasthani cuisine bringing unique flavors and textures to the native cuisine. It is a formal, adults-only restaurant. Draksh, the while-walled bar, serves the finest spirits from around the world. It is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day. You cannot leave without tasting the hotel’s signature Suryagarh Sunrise cocktail/mocktail. Room Service is available 24 hours a day. The dishes that should be on your wish list – Daal Baati Churma, Kachoris, Bajra roti, Mirchi Vadas, Jalebis, Badam Halwa, Poori Aloo, Barfis, Khajoor ki Rabdi, Badaam Doodh, samosas, chaats, Dahi Kebab, Parathas, and Masala chai.
Facilities and Activities at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
The remoteness of the resort doesn’t mean that you will be short of things to do. There is a fully functional spa (Rait), well-equipped gym (Akhara), Yoga classes, Archery Workshop ( Dhanurvidya), cultural evenings, and an indoor temperature-controlled pool (Neel). Besides these, the resort offers a variety of curated trails and experiences in and around the hotel to keep you entertained. If you have time and occasion, you should experience at least one of the F & B experiences like Thar Dinner at Celebrations Gardens, Picnic at Desert Oasis, Breakfast with Peacocks, Dinner on the Dunes, and Sundowners, Jaisalmer Curry & Grill Dinner. Each of them has some unusual and extraordinary offerings that are truly remarkable. The celebratory feast is served in magical settings amongst superb vistas – unmatched experiences.
If you want to explore the incredible beauty of Jaisalmer in style, privacy, and comfort, Suryagarh doesn’t disappoint. Thar Trail, Temple Trail, Chudail Trail, Bustard Trail, and Silk Route Exploration are some of the explorations planned by Suryagarh for its esteemed clients.
JW Marriott or Suryagarh?
JW Marriott, Jaisalmer belongs to one of the best hotel chains in the world. The quality, infrastructure, rooms, service, food, and amenities are all world-class. It has the advantage of being located in Jaisalmer. However, if you want to experience the heritage and culture of Rajasthan at its best, Suryagarh should be your choice. You have the opportunity to enjoy a royal lifestyle without compromising on the modern comforts in any way. A stay at Suryagarh is unique, grand, and highly recommended.
Things to know
- The service at the hotel is personalized and truly exemplary.
- You can get a room at 7000++ in the off-season. In the peak season, prices are generally 1200++. If you compare it to similar Indian hotels, Suryagarh rates are much better. So, visit it before the prices escalate.
- The hotel is generally fully booked in season, so plan your trip in advance.
- Suryagarh is a short drive away from Jaisalmer. Since Jaisalmer is the hub of most tourist activities, you have to take transport to Jaisalmer every time.
- Breakfast is usually included in the room tariff.
- Driver’s stay
- The resort is pet-friendly
- The property is following all the COVID protocols specified by the government
- There are no activities specifically for children. There is an on-site small animal sanctuary to keep kids occupied.
- Suryagarh is a popular destination for weddings/celebrations as there are lots of open & exotic spots to hold events.
Suryagarh is just not a hotel. It believes in excellence, comfort, and consistency. The luxurious resort aims to preserve the traditions of the past but in a modern framework. The aura, purity, and grace of medieval times can be experienced during your stay at Suryagarh.
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