Suryagarh

Location: Rajasthan | India

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

A luxurious, palatial hotel in the style of a sandstone desert palace, Suryagarh is a gateway to Jaisalmer fit for a Maharajah. Sitting in the Thar desert just to the west of the Golden City of Jaisalmer, Suryagarh is perfect for exploring this ancient desert city and the rolling dunes and ruins which surround it. It’s also home to authentic Rajputana cuisine in its restaurants, yoga and meditation sessions, and luxurious accommodation in traditional Rajasthani style.
Perfect forBeing within easy reach of Jaisalmer.
In the know
  • Beautiful sandstone palace in a traditional Rajasthani style
  • Camel safaris into the desert
  • The eerie ruins of Kuldhara lie nearby
  • Yoga and meditation classes on offer at the hotel

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  • City Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Surrounded by the stark beauty of the Thar desert, yet within easy reach of the ancient city of Jaisalmer, Suryagarh is perfect for a classic Rajasthan holiday. Though a relatively young hotel, it has been beautifully built from yellow sandstone in a traditional Rajasthani style, giving it the atmosphere of a perfectly preserved Maharajah’s palace.

Rooms at Suryagarh

Rooms and suites at Suryagarh are traditional and luxurious in style, with antique dark wood furnishings, high ceilings and traditional Indian rugs and fabrics on the tiled floors. The opulent Jaisalmer Suite features ornate arches with windows overlooking the Thar Desert, and a beautiful carved sandstone four-poster bed; there’s also a private terrace with your own pool overlooking the desert. The Signature Suite is more modern in its design, with dark wood polished floors and tastefully patterned wallpaper, but retains elements of the hotel’s traditional style with high arches and intricately carved wooden decorations. The standalone Havelis, arranged around beautiful courtyards, offer ultimate privacy.

Food and drink

Traditional Rajputana cuisine is served up at the hotel’s speciality Indian dining room, the Legend of Marwad, where the skilful chefs use ancient recipes and techniques to produce distinctive, flavourful dishes. At all-day dining room Nosh, classic Indian cuisine is served alongside international favourites, and if you’re thirsty after a day’s desert adventuring, head to Draksh for a choice of wines and spirits from across the world. Chaat Chai, meanwhile, serves up a range of Indian chai alongside chaat, traditional savoury snacks.

Facilities

Suryagarh has a range of facilities to make sure that your stay in the desert is as enjoyable as possible, and as active or relaxing – or both – as you want it to be. At the Akhara fitness centre, you can work up a sweat with the state-of-the-art weights and cardio equipment, or practise yoga, and you can seek refuge from the desert sun and cool off in the beautiful indoor pool. At Rait, the hotel’s spa, a range of treatments are available based on ancient Indian wellness traditions, and the Taash cards and billiards room is the place to go for traditional relaxation in a refined setting.

Activities at Suryagarh

Suryagarh is a gateway to the ancient Golden City of Jaisalmer and the desolate expanse of the Thar Desert. Guided tours are available of nearby sites associated with the Silk Road between the 16th and 18th centuries, such as the Khaba Fort and the ghost town of Kuldhara, which prospered until being suddenly and mysteriously deserted in the early 19th century. The bustling Jaisalmer Fort, a living museum which continues to comprise the centre of town, is a must-visit, and out in the desert, camel safaris are a great way to explore the sand dunes, little villages and ancient ruins. Back at the hotel, Sivanada yoga classes are on offer, as are meditation and Buddhist chanting sessions.

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Hotel location

Suryagarh is around 20 minutes’ drive from Jaisalmer Railway Station, with the nearest international airport in Jodhpur, a 4.5 hour drive or 5.5 hour train journey away.

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