Exploring Desert Life and Food with Suryagarh Resort, Jaisalmer
Before I forget let me write and relive the moments spent exploring desert life and food with Suryagarh Resort.
From the moment we landed in Jodhpur airport to till the moment we were taking off from Jodhpur airport the staff of Suryagarh Resort treated us like members of some royal family. We boarded the flight to Jodhpur from Bangalore; enroute 5 more guests to Suryagarh joined us at Mumbai airport.
Arrival at Jodhpur
At Jodhpur airport we were received warmly by the resort staff with placards carrying our names. We were led to our transport vehicles and as we reached our transport ice cold wet towels and cool water was served out to us. I was like WOW, this was much needed relief in Jodhpur’s heat! Having chilled ourselves a bit we started our journey to Jaisalmer… inside the vehicle it seemed like a drawing room with AC in decent blast and plate full of desserts and savories to munch along the way. There would be a halt for lunch on the way we were told. That put me on guard; else I would have wiped the entire plate clean… so tasty they were!
Bloggers can never talk less… and we chatted on warmly opening up to each other. Our connection which culminated to a strong bond just began in this journey! I was quite pleased, rather happy and complete with the reception I received, only I wasn’t aware of what awaited us at Jaisalmer. This was only a fraction of what is yet to happen. We witnessed the sunset of the day and did some road photography just for fun!
Warm Welcome at Suryagarh Resort, Jaisalmer
Approximately 1km from gates of the resort an escort van with two uniformed security personnel stopped us. Whatever can this mean… I wondered. Both of them walked up to our car, bowed and greeted us… Welcome to Suryagarh Resort! They then got to their vehicle and escorted us till the gates of the resort. Our welcome didn’t end there… surprises after surprises kept unfolding before us… 2 camels on either side of our vehicles slowly led us to the final gate of the resort. Here the resort team was waiting for us. Warm handshakes… sincere inquiries and greetings… I was beginning to enjoy this first-rate welcome! As we stepped into the enclosure of the resort drum beats and graceful lady dancers welcomed us to the beat of Rajasthani music. I wished these moments would never end. At the doorstep were welcomed with lamp and tilak on forehead.
And every step we took thereafter was showered with impeccable service!
They allotted a suite room to me which had a good luxurious set up! The room was strewn with little welcome notes, sweets, fruits, champagne and a photo frame with my pic in it! Last one left me stunned! So much of attention to details, personalized to core, needless to say I was flattered. I have shamelessly brought back the photo with me; more as a souvenir from Suryagarh than as a personal belonging.
Exploring Desert Life and Food with Suryagarh Resort
The next two days were stuffed with activities. Eating, eating and eating were some of them. I must have put on few kilos with all that pampering I got there. Trust me it is hard to ignore the food they have prepared with so much care and attention. Each well designed menu narrated an intriguing story delving into the history, lifestyle and cultural influences. Each and every item was lip-smacking. Just when I would think the meal is done another dish would be served! And a point came when I sadly had to say no to more food. I will be doing a whole post dedicated to food in Suryagarh Resort. All food lovers must visit the resort to taste their delicious dishes.
I could never imagine exploring desert life and food with Suryagarh Resort would be so much fun. Highlight is that I experienced 4 different kinds of dining destinations other than those at the resort itself. We had lunch just beside an oasis, dinner under full moon somewhere in the desert, high tea at a local villager’s house and finally Satvik Food at Kiradu Temple complex. Part of our Thar Desert Exploration included trip to Khaba Fort and ruins. And we also traced the silk trade route. I would like to underline here the fact that all of us were thoroughly overwhelmed at the arrangements made to pull off each of the events successfully with no glitch whatsoever!
Indeed a very well curated journey ‘The Desert Remembers, Ways of Our Ancestors’ by Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.