Finding a nice place to stay while on vacation based on online information can be a bit difficult sometimes, especially when looking for places in India where information can be sparse sometimes. We took our chances with Mandir Palace and were not disappointed at all!
Mr Virendra, the manager was very helpful in setting up our booking over the phone and a great host while we were there. The property was built as a palace outside the fort and is still the royal residence. The royal family stay in a private part of the hotel. Virendra explained this to us along with a brief tour of the place. The rooftop dinner offers some magnificent views of the fort.
The next day Virendra set us up with a map of the city, places to visit, rough estimate of prices for guides and auto-rickshaws etc. Invaluable information where it is not uncommon for tourists to get ripped off! The palace is walking distance from all the attractions in Jaisalmer. He set us up with a desert safari at a very reasonable price and even had some takeaway sandwiches prepared for the drive. It was the personal touches that made this stay a memorable one.
I would recommend Mandir palace to anyone as an affordable and authentic place to stay while in Jaisalmer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A two centuries old palace converted into a hotel, WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace offers a concoction of medieval charm with the modern amenities. The main portion of the two centuries old Palace was built during the reign of the late Maharawal Jawahir Singh. This palace is testimony to the history of Jaisalmer with different portions of the palace being built by different rulers of Jaisalmer till as late as the beginning of the twentieth century. ‘Badal Vilas’, a unique tower like structure at Mandir Palace is the tallest structure in town below the hill-top city fort, reminding us of the incredible historical relevance attached to both the palace as well as the city of Jaisalmer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandir Palace Jaisalmer
- Mandir Palace Hotel Jaisalmer