4 Unique Destination Dining in Jaisalmer by Suryagarh Resort
Stuffed to brim with food and happiness – That is what ‘Destination Dining in Jaisalmer by Suryagarh Resort’ all about! They transported me away from my routine struggles to lands with unfamiliar pleasant sights and mouth watering flavours! I am talking about the 4 unique destination dining programs Suryagarh Resort arranged for us. Imagine in the middle of nowhere, middle of a desert, an exotic set up and all you have to do is gorge, stuff, fill, again gorge, stuff, fill on and on till you crash out! Those 3 days Suryagarh Resort made me forget my home in Bangalore; instead they created a memory for me which now seems too magical!
Destination Dining is a great concept for the guests. It can be defined as: Destination dining is how people go to particular destinations specifically for the dining experience that it offers. Boutique hotels like Suryagarh Resort are now successfully dishing out this kind of experience to their guests. If you have not experienced destination Dining yet, Suryagarh Resort is the right place to start with.
Destination Dining in Jaisalmer
Desert Dining Experience Begins at an Oasis
After our tour of Khaba Fort we drove through the shifting sands and thorny scrubs of Thar Desert to Jaziya Talao. All through the drive my eyes were soaking in the incredible beauty of the vast stretches of land now dotted with green shoots after the rains in August.
Jazia Talao, an oasis has an aura around it! This oasis never dries up! It sounded so mysterious to me. Our dining arrangement was done in the banks of this oasis. Two wonderfully done up seating arrangements facing the oasis, chefs busy preparing the dishes, couple of goats loitering around (one of whom I tried to feed), a flute player, cool soothing breeze… I wish time stood still then and there.
Dining under Moonlit Sky in the Middle of Thar Desert
That day evening after the Silk Route Trail through a Bheel settlement and Kuldhara Cemetery we reached the next Destination Dining. Do I call it Paradise of Dishes? It was an open area, 2 tents set up in similar fashion as in the oasis, a fireplace, dancers swaying to the beat of drums and welcome drinks… I was mesmerized to silence! (This Rajasthani culture and style of welcoming guests is unbeatable. I have been to different states of India but only in Rajasthan I have seen this beating of drums and welcoming guests. I am not talking about weddings of north but the receptions at tourist destinations. )
This is one place where we bloggers enjoyed and interacted the most, talking our hearts away, playing little word games, friendly-heated discussions and amidst all this Nakul Hada our tour guide gets our food. I should say a procession of food! Men in white uniforms marched in huge veiled thaalis (plates). They were placed centrally. And we all were supposed to share from that big thaali. It is the traditional way of eating food in those areas.
This celebratory feast was served to us in a communal setting. Starry skies, tasseled canopies and mattress style seating made this a most comfortable, enjoyable dining experience.
High Tea in a Tribal’s Hut, Jaisalmer
While on our way to Kiradu Temple complex we halted in a village. Suryagarh Resort team arranged high tea in one of the local’s house. The owner of the house, an aged man stood at the door and welcomed us. Interiors was done up like a 5 star hotel’s restaurant! All of us settled inside, seated ourselves comfortably around the lavish spread of food. The village head man too joined us. There was a hushed silence, all of us totally awestruck at the royal pampering. Most unique destination dining in Jaisalmer, hard to believe I really experienced it.
The village headman and the owner did not eat anything but they kept looking whatever was going on with warm hospitable eyes. It was an awkward silence initially but our ever cheerful guide eased the situation and soon the locals too joined in our conversations. The children of the village too were excited lot. Later we had photos with the local women who were giggling away suggesting the unmarried ones among us to get married. Very rarely we get chance to inter act with locals during travels. Most of the times we have to take the initiative to get into conversations but here the local women were very eager to know more about us.
Satvik Food at Kiradu Temples
Setting foot inside Kiradu Temple complex, we were greeted with sight of 30 pujaris chanting mantras in the main temple. A smaller temple just beside the main one had elaborate set up for dining. And the seating arrangements were in traditional styles. We could sit cross-legged on the chowki style seats with little tables right in front. The thalis were elaborately stuffed with satvik menu. Satvik Food is a very holy concept of Hindus. Consumption of satvik food provides positive energy to the functions of the five vital energies (Panch-Pran) which spread to the entire body.
Read on to find the menu. Couple of them like aloo mungodi ki subzi and mirch ka kutta I had never tasted before. They are so typical dishes of Rajasthan. Then there was continuous supply of pooris, pineapple rice pulao, and the mandatory dal-bati-choorma. Finally there were the desserts. Satvik food at the end of ceremony added a lot of value to the event. Chef from Suryagarh Resort prepared the dishes at the site and the food served was hot. Indeed lot of planning and coordination has gone into executing such an experience for us.
Chefs of Suryagarh Resort have presented culinary art allowing the beauty of the food and its surroundings to speak. Which of these 4 unique destination dining in Jaisalmer did you like most? Do let me know in your comments.
[I was invited on this trip by Suryagarh Resort as a part of the #DesertExploration campaign. Experience and opinions are solely my own.].