We stayed in Jodhpur for three nights before going on a camel safari in the Thar desert.
Our room was simple but comfortable. We had everything that we could need. The ambiance of the hotel was gorgeous. We could see the fort from the staircase leading to the upstairs living area. We loved the views and the architecture was unique and fascinating.
We loved the restaurant and the staff took such good care of us. I had quite a bad headcold, and they were able to offer remedies and made sure that we were well taken care of and had everything that we needed.
The downsides weren't numerous, but upon reflection, they were rather significant. Firstly, there was a locked door in the bathroom, which obviously once served as access to the bathroom from another bedroom. There were three holes in the door, and we were able to see through those holes into the staff quarters which were next door. This means that the area where the shower was, was visible through these holes from the other side. I noticed quickly, and was able 'plug' the holes using tissue paper. At the end of our second day, we returned and the tissue paper had been removed. I was very annoyed, and spoke to the owners about it. They were quick to act, and claimed to be unaware of this issue.
They arranged a camel safari for us, which was a phenomenal experience. The communication between the host family in the desert and Snghvi's Haveli was confusing and at times rather frustrating. We were dropped off in a square in town, and waited for an unknown person to pick us up in a car and take us to the desert. Nobody knew who was driving or seemingly, where we were going. Being two girls traveling alone, we found it most unsettling that nobody could tell us who this man was, and how long we would be in his jeep for. As it turned out, we got there with no problems, other than the driver's obvious reckless attitude to road safety. It turns out that he knew where he was going and who we were, the entire time. The main problem was that we had no idea.
They told us that two nights in the desert would have been sufficient, despite our request to do three. When we returned after two nights, as was communicated to the camel safari director, the staff at Singhvi's Haveli seemed confused, and convinced that we were to be in the desert for another night.
These two problems weren't greatly worrying at the time, and didn't affect our experience too much. I only wish that somebody would have explained our transport to the desert a little more clearly, and that the driving had been less reckless.
In saying all that, it seems that the relaxed attitude to safety and organisation are all a part of being in India. We tried to embrace it as much as possible.
The food in the restaurant was delicious and the rooms were absolutely gorgeous with a fantastic atmosphere.
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