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!

Exploring Desert Life and Food with Suryagarh Resort

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.

Desert Camel

Rajasthani Dancers

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.

dining-at-suryagarh-resort

kiradu-temple

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.

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50 Responses

  1. Wow! Sounds like a great trip:)

  2. Yogi Saraswat says:

    Bloggers can never talk less… and we chatted on warmly opening up to each other. You were at Kiradu in Night ? as the background shows , How did you feel there ?

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      It didn’t feel scary at all. I wonder why media creates such negative hype about tourist destinations.

  3. Sims says:

    Sure you had a beautiful time in Rajasthan, time wouldn’t be enough to explore this land.

  4. Nisha says:

    Suryagarh treats its guests royally, no doubt about that. The photoframe thing was excellent thought to personalize it.

    I haven’t been to Kiradu so can’t comment on that.

  5. This sounds like a dream resort.Will look this place up.I wish there was more food pics

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      The different kinds of food we had deserves a separate post by itself. I will be doing that soon Amrita. Thank you for the visit and comment. 🙂

  6. I like to go this place again and again. I have visited Rajasthan in the year 2000. Want to explore it again. Nice write up Indrani. Inviting you to visit my blog also and contribute story.

    Thanks
    Debarup

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      Thank you for the kind compliments Debarup! Thank you very much for the invitation to write, will connect with you soon.

  7. It was great reading about your experience. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  8. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    A great trip with memories to cherish lifelong… 🙂

  9. I saw some of your updates on FB and twitter of this trip and was waiting for the post. Seems like you had a lot of fun! 😀

  10. You had a great time. Its always beautiful to see these type of places, nice pics.

  11. Rajasthan, the adorable and colourful place to be and this post on Jaisalmer is so very refreshing…

  12. That plate of food looks delicious! Been wanting to visit Suryagarh since a long time. 🙂

  13. Good coverage. Reminded our visit

  14. Jen Morrow says:

    Oh, the camel escort sounds fun! Sounds like they really rolled out the royal treatment for you.

  15. This such a great area in India to visit. We were there last December and loved the country and place. We found this part of India to be fun and so different from the East. I loved the photos and will keep this place in mind if I return to this part of India.

  16. Mimi says:

    Desert life in India must be different than what I know from the UAE. Great experience you’ve had there!

    Thuymi

  17. Blair Villanueva says:

    India is one of the very interesting place here in Asia, and I would be happy to explore it someday.. with my camera of course to capture those moments 😀

  18. This is a very interesting place. I have been to India but never seen nor experience something like this. Definitely a must see place. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Carmyy says:

    I love how detail oriented they were with you and your suite. Little welcome notes are such a lovely touch!

  20. This sounds like such a dream like stay!! Eagerly waiting for your Suryagarh food post. We had visited Khaba Fort during our Jaisalmer roadtrip. We were lucky to find the place with flock of peacocks, hope you also got a glimpse of these beautieswhile you were there :).

  21. Sounds like a truly fascinating experience! Loved your photos, everything looks absolutely amazing! I am quite curious about the food, as it sounds delicious 😀

  22. The Suryagarh Resort looks perfect for foodies! I was getting hungry just reading your post and seeing the photos. 😉 I can’t wait to explore India some day. There are so many sights to see and experiences to have…not to mention all that delicious food!

  23. Christina says:

    I’ve been to Jodhpur and love it but didn’t quite make it to Jaisalmer. My friends went there last month and loved it. The resort looks nice.

  24. Verushka says:

    The north of India is still on my to visit list. I love the desert so I would defo be in my element. The pic in the photo frame is such a personal touch ! Road photos sound amazing. This resort is a place I would defo enjoy.Looking forward to the food post.

  25. Rajasthan is one of my favourite places in India. I have only been to Jaipur but would love to go back and explore the Western side as well. Suryagarh has always been on my list for my Jodhpur travels but lets see how it goes .

  26. Asha says:

    Awesome ! This sounds amazing

  27. Anju says:

    Awesome post, amazing place! this makes me want to travel and explore India more and more, something I haven’t got the chance to do yet!

  28. Shane says:

    Happy to hear you were treated so well! Looks like an enlightening and exciting experience. I would love to get to India soon!

  29. Ami says:

    Wow… Suryagarh really spoils one… I know I would be… So much fun and luxury.. The folk dance and music seem soo much fun. Glad you had a lovely time.

  30. Sounds like such an amazing experience – what a way to be welcomed to the resort! Adding Suryagarh Resort, Jaisalmer to the bucketlist!

  31. Ana says:

    Looks like you had an amazing time at Suryagarh Resort! I’d love to stay there and explore their royal hospitality!

  32. Your posts bring back memories of my time in India! I enjoyed Jaisalmer quite a bit, particularly the ornate and intricate architecture around they city of the various landmarks and temples.

  33. Mar Pages says:

    Every part of the trip sounds like a dream! the resort sounds like its worth making a trip down there already. Yes to all the pampering absolutely beautiful photos!

  34. Cristina says:

    It looks like you were treated very well and that the time spent there was amazing. Lucky you :).

  35. Natasha says:

    The food in the desert looks quite delicious. I can see why you had such a great time!

  36. I love all the personal touches! I’ve never heard of a resort having a guests picture, but that certainly helps them to stand out!

  37. Tamshuk says:

    Rajasthan has some wonderful resorts like these. This one at Jaisalmer is one of the best really especially due to the desert stay experience. And the food is wonderful too I agree.

  38. The hotel staff was so sweet! Leaving you a champagne and photo frame no less!

  39. Carmy says:

    I love that they greeted you from 1K away! And it looks like it became a great spot for a quick photo op too! What a wonderful experience.

  40. FS says:

    The photos are really nice. Food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Brianna says:

    That resort looks incredible! And the food too! I guess I’m making Indian food for dinner tonight 🙂

  42. Kallsy says:

    This seems like you had an incredible time! I would absolutely love to try some of the delicious food that you tried as well. It seems that food is always what entices me while traveling and I always end up eating too much! 🙂

  43. Sarah says:

    This looks like such a fantastic experience! Looks like a lovely resort & the accompanying hotel is easily accessible! Win, win!

  44. Nikki says:

    This looks like such a great and authentic experience! The food sounds particularly lush! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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