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Travel Blogs from Jodhpur
You can't miss the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur: it's larger-than-life and, judging by the elephant ramming-proof gates, totally impregnable. Around Mehrangarh's base, the old city, a jumble of Brahmin-blue cubes, is just as attention grabbing.
...but, alas, that's as far Jodhpur came to capturing our imaginations.
Maybe we've been travelling for too long, or perhaps the unbearable heat is finally taking its toll, but we were far ...
... along with the other 200 people using the round about, the two of them exchanged the money as if they were Maxwell Smart passing off confidential documents in Istanbul. Both of them looking sideways as they gently bumped together and the exchange was made. We had witnessed Indian bribery first hand. Billoo said that the officer had pulled him over for not wearing his seatbelt, which he never wears and still continues not to. From beyond the city ...
... kind. Some of these priests are legitimate, and some are not. Some are very very aggressive (I would guess that the aggressive ones are the illegitimate priests just trying to make some money). These priests insist that you go down to the lake and pray with them. After you pray you must make a donation. After you pray and make a donation you get a red bracelet, which is known as a Pushkar passport, and the priests will leave you alone when they see this Pushkar passport. If you're going to ...
... to heading down south to the beaches next week! Hopefully meeting my cousin Matt and his best friend Riaad in Goa. At 7.30 we met Camille ( the girl who I took photos of in the desert but then befriended). She's on the same Rajasthan route as us. Fell into the same scam to put it frank, so she has a driver and stops at the same places and stays at the same hotels. We went to a rooftop restaurant for dinner just the 3 of us and stayed there chatting until 10.30. Sleepy time, Udapuir ...
... of the hill and boy what a climb it was, our thigh muscles still hadn't rested from all our climbing at kumbalgarh yesterday so we groaned up the hill like little fatties and had to rest a few times. Big girls. We spent a good 3 hours meandering around the glorious fort and seeing things like how the maharaja got carried around in a hand carried palaquin that required 20 men to lift it. And s******ed at the audio guide as they were describing how the king was fanned all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur
Das Hotel hat sehr schöne Bungalows, einen fantastischen Pool (der im Winter allerdings recht kühl sein kann) und freundliche Angestellte. Das gesamte Haus ist wirklich schön gestaltet und leider etwas teurer (obwohl es während der letzten Jahre einen Preiskampf in Indie gab). Das Hotel bietet aber trotzdem ein gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Das Abendbuffet kann man getrost auslassen, es gibt aber wirklich gute Restaurants wie z.B. das 'on the rocks', das auch eine sehr gute Bar und DJ hat.
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Ich war ein wenig von diesem Hotel enttäuscht. Jedes Zimmer war eigentlich nur eine Hütte, die einmal als Jagdhütte fungierte. Den Service musste man erst suchen und die Rezeption war ebenfalls weniger hilfreich. Das Hotelzimmer war dunkel (keine Nachttischlampen). Es scheint, als hatte man mitten in den Renovierungsarbeiten aufgehört. Die Klimaanlage war laut. Nachdem wir 4 tage in den Taj Hotel verbracht hatten, war dies natürlich ein Reinfall. Werde das nächste Mal im Taj Umbar wohnen, auch wenn ich dafür etwas mehr zahlen muss.
So much character
This dusty old former palace is an unlikely location for a top notch hotel, the original building is certainly worse for wear and it was with great unease that I moved the lobby, dreading what was to come. Thankfully when we moved out the back into the gardens and were led to our cottage I had the most pleasant of surprises. We stayed in a charming little hut called the Warrior cottage and I couldn't help but raise a smile at the decor of this room, saddles for seats!!!. we had a little verandah with a swing to sit on which at night gave us the perfect location to view the live entertainment in the garden and was just yards from the open air restaurant. The beds were firm but comfy enough for a good night sleep. The food is OK but the restaurant next door is far better. The buffet breakfast was great. I'd stay here again but only if I was in one of the cottages, I don't think I'd be quite so pleased if I'd been in the main building
Was a little disappointed with this hotel. Each of the rooms is basically a hut used orginally as a hunting lodge. The service was a little hard to find. Front desk was not to helpful. Hotel room was very dark (no bed side lamps) ac was loud. Looks as if they were remodeling the room and stopped hallfway. After spending 4 days at the Taj hotels this was a let down. Will stay at the Taj Umbar next time for just little more cost.
The hotel is set up as a village of small bungalows and ours (29) was really great. We had a peek at some of the older ones and they did not look so good. The room was new, great with super quiet a/c. the best part of the hotel is the pool, but you have to be there early to catch a good spot. We went there around 9 AM and it starts filling up around noon. Evening meal was ok, although they spiced up the pasta. There is evening performance (music and dance) every night. There is also a small shopping arcade next to the hotel with a great store called Anokhi where you can buy some well designed clothes in embroidery and silk, but very wearable and cheap.
Very Nice hotel
We stayed for six nights at the Ajit Bhawan in late January 2006, staying four nights, leaving, and returning for two. The hotel itself is beautiful. The grounds are incredible and the pool (which was very cold...no heating) is very picturesque. The staff were incredibly nice and helpful. The hotel is on the edge of town which makes it quieter; it is easy to get to town by hiring a rickshaw so location isn't a problem. For our first stay (the four nights) we were upgraded to a deluxe room, located right next to the pool. It had a stone patio with a love seat swing which was great. The room itself was huge, with a stone floor and walls, which made it very cold inside. The plumbing was not great (bathtub didn't drain) and generally we felt a bit swallowed up as if we were in a huge castle. On our second stay (two nights) we were in a "normal" room that was very nice, still with Rajasthani touches and charm, smaller and more manageable, with better plumbing! If you want the "heritage" aspect of the hotel, getting one of the older rooms is the way to go; you'll feel like you are indeed in an old palace. We preferred the newer room which still gave great ambience with slightly updated amenities. The nighttime buffet dinner was excellent, and the hotel's restaurant next door, "On the Rocks" was also terrific. If we were to return to Jodhpur we would definitely stay here again.
Warning warning.Do not request room 104 or any of the 3 rooms above the pool.They look very appealing until all hell breaks loose. The bed was definitely third world, no support and curved, unbelievable. We had to sleep on the sofa bed halfway into the night.Correction, we didnt sleep, as our room was next to the kitchen they were working all night- banging doors, moving furniture. I blasted management and they didnt care.It took 5 attempts to find a manager after 24 hrs.They didnt appologise and had to work hard to get my money back.The hotel itself is very appealing.We spoke to the massage therapist and said that people move out of this room regularly.They naturally said we were the first to complain.I said to manager you are a liar.
Make sure you get a modern deluxe room within this resort.Ours was old (room 104)and not fit for humans, until we moved to room 29 which was great.Why didnt they place us here first.
Make sure you take bacterial wipes in India.(3 or 4 per day) . Avoid eating their spicy food at all costs, unless you are game.A lot of western people who are there for two or more weeks get ill at some point. Stick with basic foods. I was very very ill for 24 hours and that was being careful and a non Indian style eater. I think it was from the outdoor buffet on new years eve in Jaipur.
N and J
Fun & campy, but don't get the "Royal" tents!!
Overall, the hotel is nice, if overpriced. It has nice grounds with a good-looking pool (though a bit dirty from all the pigeons), lots of trees and bushes and flowering vines. There's a windy stone path to all the rooms and a campy village theme with cottages/rooms named things like "weaver's cottage," "warriors cottage" etc. The food at the Jodhpur cafe is pretty good actually, and the breakfast buffet is one of the best I came across during my two week visit in India. Just don't stay at the "royal tents" which are not only the most expensive rooms at the hotel at 5500 Rs a night (about US$130), but rather shoddy and run-down looking, with probably the worst views as well. Our room had a dusty brown carpet that rolled up at the corners, lots of chipped stucco on the walls, a mildewy shower curtain, slightly dusty furniture with cup ring stains all over them. It felt depressing. Other types of rooms, I noticed, seem to have stone floors, which are preferable in dusty Jodhpur. Also, because it has a tented ceiling (which was brown and looked pretty dusty as well), there was less sound insulation than with a regular room so you can hear the trains screaming by and dogs barking all night long. The "views" from the tents are no good either. From our tent, you could see the air conditioning units of the other tents, the dusty porch area, which was not at all charming or inviting, or a group of cows that lived at the back of the hotel. I stayed for three nights, but wished I had only booked two.
The hotel features nice bungalows, a fantastic pool (can be quite chilly during winter though) and friendly staff. The whole place is really nicely decorated and though slightly on the pricy side (though there apparently has been a price hike going on in India over the past few years) it's good value. The buffet dinner is definitely not worth the money but there is a decent dining place just next to the hotel called 'on the rocks' that also has a bar & DJ.
Do not go there!
We were at the Ajit Bhawan at the end of Oct 2005. I booked this hotel directly via email. The manager claimed that there were no standard rooms available. Only deluxe rooms were available, and we took one. Through email, I had negotiated for complimentary two-way transfers for two people to and from the airport/train station, and the hotel did *not* disagree with us on this. However, when we arrived in Jodhpur, there was no one to pick us up from the airport. We had to ring them and then, they arrived 1/2 hour later! We were also told after we arrived at the hotel, that they did *not* transfer to the train station and that we had to pay for transfers! The "deluxe" room they gave us only had hot water between 6-10 pm, our airconditioner didn't work properly and the room looked as though it hadn't been dusted for months. When we checked in, we were told that one of the two bottles of water in our room was complimentary. When we checked out, they told us that we had drunk the *wrong* bottle of water (although these two bottles of water looked identical to us when we saw them in our room fridge. So obviously, one of the bottles was recycled - their staff could differentiate between the two bottles but we could not. Fortunately, we drank from the correct bottle!). Our accommodation included breakfast but the food looked stale and unappetising.
Our friends had warned us about staying at "Heritage Hotels" in India. They didn't specify why. We have, and we won't be staying at any "Heritage Hotels" in India in the future! We were concern that all hotels would be similar for the rest of our trip, but thank goodness, the other hotels, be they cheaper or more expensive than Ajit Bhawan, were fine.