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Travel Blogs from Jaisalmer
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- A 320km drive took close to eight hours. Roads rough, some chip seal, some patches washed out. Alot of bouncing around in the bus.
· Desert terrain is unusually green due to the just-finished monsoons. See scrubby shrubs, grasses and sporadic …
Our guide book says that 'between April and August we would be crazy' to come to Jaisalmer because ‘the city becomes hellishly hot’. So we boarded the train for the 6 hour rattle from Jodhpur to the middle of the Thar Desert. Although the guide book is often inaccurate, in this instance the warning was all too true. We stepped off the …
As I rumble along on the night train out of Jaisalmer and back to Jodhpur, I watched as the small dark figure of a cockroach crawled across the formica lining of our sleeper coach. He knows his way around the coach, I thought, as he quickly headed into the accessory electrical outlet as I made a slight move to pick up my note pad. I wondered if the …
We took a private bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. Again we are close to the Pakastani Border. This time it is about 100 KM to the east. Jaisalmer is located in the Great Indian Thar Desert. Kids grow to be 7 years old here before they experience rain outdoors. Jaisalmer's glory days faded with the advent of Mumbais port which now serves the world …
Hi everyone Welcome to our India trip part 9: Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is quite possibly the most beautiful, stunning city I have ever seen in India to date. We both completely fell in love with it. Set in the middle, quite literally, of a desert, all you can see for miles is sand and palm trees. Most buildings are made with the yellow sandstone which …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Fifu Jaisalmer
Where to start ? Well, perhaps by saying that Fifu Kewalia and his brother Jitu have made their guesthouse an incredibly welcoming and warm place to stay in Jaisalmer... In many ways, I'd wish we could keep this place an intimate secret shared by only a few lucky ones in the know, to make sure that what makes a stay at Fifu's so special remains intact... But, the fact of the matter is that the very warm and family like welcome Fifu and Jitu give their guests ought to be heralded as a model for many in India to follow.
Jaisalmer, the "Golden City" is a "must" for every traveler to Rajasthan, and "Fifu Guest House" the perfect place to stay.
I spent a few weeks in Rajasthan during December 2006/January 2007 and the Fifu Guest House was easily the nicest place I stayed during the entire trip, providing a level of comfort and service far above its price bracket. The guest house is run by two brothers, Fifu and Gitu, who go out of their way to make sure that every guest is made to feel not only at home but a part of the family. The staff are efficient and very friendly, unobtrusively taking care of the guests' needs at all times. The rooms are furnished simply but tastefully, with comfortable beds and spotless bathrooms. The roof space has tables, chairs and comfortable seating where you can meet and chat with the other guests or simply relax and admire the stunning view of the fort. The kitchen offers a varied menu and can produce almost anything, from a light snack to a full meal, at almost any time of day or night at prices that are extremely reasonable. The guest house is located on a safe and peaceful road about 1km (10-15 minutes' walk) outside the fort, but transport is very easily available. They can arrange jeep and camel safaris, as well as onward bus and train tickets. Hot water and electricity can be a little erratic, but that is absolutely normal for Rajasthan and it was much less of a problem here than at some much more expensive hotels I stayed in. Fifu promises hot water in the mornings and evenings - and he's not the kind of man to break a promise! In summary, this is a fine guest house and I would recommend it without hesitation. I shall be returning to Jaisalmer later in 2007 and will most definitely be staying at the Fifu Guest House again.
I hope by writing this, more people will have the fortune to stay with Fifu in Jaiselmer.
I have been to many places in India and worldwide. One of the nicest places I have found is Fifu Guest House in Jaisalmer.
I cannot fault this hotel. Arriving at Jaisalmer at 4am in the morning would be enough to put anyone off. However, Fifu sent a driver to come and collect us from the station. They took us swiftly to the guest house and showed us, bleary eyed, to our gorgeous rooms, and then led us up to the rooftop where they fed us with the most delicioius chai, made us a fire and gave us blankets. We stayed there and watched the sun rise over the desert and the fort and this was by far one of the most memorable moments of my trip to india.
We travelled all over Rajasthan and saved the best for the last. We booked the room in Fifu guesthous via e-mail. We stayed there 4 nights and were delighted by the friendliness of the owners (Fifu and Jitu), the impecabillity of the hotel, a perfect location (10 minute walk from the fort, but with amazing views over it and over the nearby village and lake), a lovely rooftop terrace with beds and cushions and very very comfortable and tasty decorated rooms. The owners try their best that you feel welcome and they help you with all possible advice (from organising a safari to buying a train ticket). For us it was very important that everything was super clean and that the rooms were new. Travelling on low-medium budget Fifu Guesthouse was by far the best hotel that we saw in Rajasthan.
An incredible guesthouse with an incredible staff
After traveling the world for almost 6 months, I must say that this guesthouse was the best by far. I ended up extending my stay by four days and was still sorry to leave the loving people and great accommodations. The rooms are spacious, well-decorated, and very clean. The location was peaceful and relaxing. Their restaurant on the roof is perfect for enjoying the sunset with a cup of tea. Most of all, the staff has the very best intentions to make your visit as good as possible. I strongly recommend this guesthouse to anyone wishing to visit Jaisalmer. In fact, the guesthouse alone is worth the trip.
This is one of the best hotels I've stayed at in India. Fifu Guest House is an oasis of calm in what is normally a crazy desert city. The hotel is run by two very friendly and outgoing brothers, Fifu & Jitu. They go out of their way to welcome you into their hotel and make you feel comfortable. Upon arrival into Jaisalmer, Fifu will show you your room and then treat you to a drink at the roottop terrace. He loves getting to know his guests, and is very eager to practice his french and spanish!
Who would have expected, in a "frontier town" to find the treasure that we did. Fifu, Jitu and their staff were amongst the most courteous and truly caring folks we found during our entire trip. We arrived on an overnight train at 5 am. Jitu settled us into a rickshaw and sped back to the hotel ahead of us to arrange a room for us to stay in till our room would be available!! There was no paperwork to deal with, or any questions, simply courteous concern.