Arrived at Jodhpur early morning on the1st of January 2014 and based on the information that we had we decided to stay clear off of the auto-rickshaws. We walked from the railway station till the old city all the while being pestered by one particular auto driver who at one point even tried to scare us by saying that we will not get a place to sit and that the old city is very, very far. As it turned out the distance was not much and we had a wonderful walk.
We stopped in between at a roadside tea stall near a saraai, built in the 19th century by the king and the place was really cheap but completed occupied. We forged quite a bond with the tea stall guy who also felt that our decision to hunt for living spaces on our own was a good idea. He has one of the best tea's that we had in Jodhpur.
Anil's Sunrise is one of the first guest houses one comes across. We did look at a few others but then decided to stay at Anil's owing to the fact that it was in our budget, actually less than what we had planned for. The room was very cosy and felt warm. It did not have windows but for the two of us it was fine. We mostly needed a place to sleep at night and store our luggage so there are no complaints. It had 24 hour hot water and attached bathroom and toilet.
They have a terrace which has covered and open area and it was nice to welcome the morning sun. Like 90% of the places they also have a fort view. We got some nice picture of the Clock Tower as well. It was nice to just sit around, be a bit lazy and have a lazy breakfast under the sun but not for more than 2 days. Most of the time we ate out at various places.
The service in terms of food is not that great here, except the mutton rice that we had one day. They take a longer than expected time to serve coffee or tea which will not go down well with people likes who would like to be out on the city streets by 8:30 am. The cooks and caretakers are friendly. Saleem makes nice mutton rice and Raees the kid is very shy. They are all very polite and friendly but Mangi Lal might try to get you to go to places by offering cheap bargains but the best is politely refuse and look around on your own. If you are going there do carry some books in Hindi or simple English for Raees. He does not go to school but spoke to him and he might read if he had books.
Overall it was a nice experience and we would not mind going back and staying at the same place. The prices range from Rs.300/- to Rs.2000/- but do make sure to bargain.
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