This Guesthouse has only a few rooms but are maintained in their original Haveli style and decorated beautifully. The roof-top restaurant I have reported on previously, but this year I decided to take a Desert Haveli Camel Safari. I have spent a lot of time in the roof top restaurant of the Guesthouse, and consequently have met and spoken with a number of guests who had already experienced a Desert Haveli Camel Safari, so going on their positive feedback over many years, I decided to take the plunge and arranged with Munna to go on a 2 day ‘non-touristic’ Camel Safari with 5 other hotel guests (an English couple, and three Canadian girls).
Munna patiently explained the whole trip in detail and even agreed to make arrangements for my specific dietary requirements without fuss, and at no extra cost. On the morning of the day we were to take off, one of the Canadian girls fell ill and despite the protestation of her friends, insisted on coming along, even though Munna said he would refund her in full if she pulled out (even at the last minute).
For the first day (afternoon) the girl seemed to come good but had deteriorated sufficiently by next morning to be of some concern. By this time we were some distance from Jaisalmer and in the middle of nowhere (the non-touristic route), but when the Canadian girls became distressed for their friend, Munna made a call on his mobile and as if by magic a jeep appeared across the dunes within minutes.
This guy, who has been operating the Desert Haveli Camel Safaris for years, had both the experience and foresight to have his jeep shadow the safari at a discreet distance for just such an eventuality. The young girl was in Jaisalmer Private Hospital and recovering within the hour, and was able to rejoin her travelling companions at the Guesthouse the following day. Munna also insisted she take a full refund for the trip she couldn’t complete.
I had worked in remote desert areas of Australia for 10 years and have some experience with travelling under these conditions, so I was interested to see how Munna and his crew operated with regard to Health and Safety aspects of their business. And I wasn’t disappointed, the health, safety and comfort of their guests was a high priority. But on top of that, the pace of the safari was good, the places visited interesting, the food was fresh and well cooked, the beer was cold and the cameleers sang beautifully around a well stoked fire (well after I’d had couple of Kingfishers, even the camels probably would have sounded good).
This is only the second Camel Safari I’ve embarked on it 10 years of visiting Jaisalmer, but it was a wonderful experience, and competitively priced in a crowded market. I’d highly recommend Munna and his crew for anyone contemplating one of Jaisalmers’ must do activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All time amazing opportunity to stay in the national monument/museum that is golden fort of Jaisalmer(main attraction of the Jaisalmer) ,specially for history-art loving tourists. This Fairy land building situated on south side of the rampart of the fort claimed to be more than 450 years old. It belongs to a divisional magistrate of state time from there and the current owner himself is the successor . The guest house has fabulous rooms and the building has been kept intact with original golden stone walls and full of characters acclaimed design. Its unique atmosphere makes it a great place to stay. The staff are all friendly and the roof-top restaurant provides not only good food but also acclaimed sweeping views of Jaisalmer's main attractions. The guest house provides access to other services including booking of bus and rail tickets. They have a long experience of desert(CAMEL) safaris and can do memorable-adventurous tours from one day to a week and beyond. many guide books and web sites have recommended very much highly for wonderful experiences - they have their own camel drivers who are experienced with tourists. Staying in the Desert Haveli is a relaxing experience for all age groups and offers a quiet heaven. This description is based on information provided by the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jaisalmer Desert Haveli Guest House Hotel Jaisalmer