About twenty miles north of Phalodi on NH 15 there is a beautiful hotel. In the middle of the desert a gardened oasis awaits. Traditional Rajasthani decorations abound and the rooms are spacious and clean. The water is hot and the TV gets English stations. The staff is courteous. The flowering trees in the middle of the desert are a true pleasure. The restaurant on the other hand is a disappointment but I doubt that there are many options anywhere nearby. I ordered the mutton biryani but was told it is not available. This is an US $80 per night resort. If it's on the menu then they ought to have it. So I switched to the sweet and sour chicken which turned out to be neither. The desert vegetables which were delicious at KB Lodge in Jaisalmer disappointed. There was a plethora of undercooked roots and twigs but very few of the delicious desert beans. In frustration I ordered the tuna salad on toast. Big mistake. Imagine tuna out of a can placed on toast. That's it. When I complained it came back warm with cut vegetables in it. The thing is that you don't need bottled mayonnaise to make mayonnaise all you need are eggs, oil, and a little salt, even maybe a bit of saffron. Why have a tuna salad on toast on the menu if you don't have a cook who has a clue what it is? I actually told the manager to take it off the menu because it was the worst tuna salad sandwich that I had ever had. So the hotel is great but bring your own food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barsingha Villa Hotel is set in the vast Thar Desert of Rajasthan between Bikaner and Jodhpur and comprises 18 beautifully appointed bedrooms, all with private en-suites and air conditioning, two restaurants, four lounges, two bars and a beautiful rooftop garden. Owned and run by Kr. Narender Singh and designed by Australian Julie Salmon, Barsingha Villa Hotel near Bikaner provides visitors with a memorable Rajasthani experience, using local decor, colours, traditions and cuisine. From the Villa our staff can arrange safari tours to include ancient adobe villages, exposing the culture and colorful living of the desert people, as well as animal watching, camel rides and desert feasts. Stay with us for 3 or 4 nights and see the amazing delights and splendour that the desert has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barsingha Villa Phalodi, Rajasthan, India