An April 2005 trip
to Jodhpur by mcnosky
Quote: Staying at Sinla Haveli was cool. I like that place, and my friends also like the people. The family that ran the guesthouse was too generous.
It is beautifully restored, with an authentic ambience. Folk musicians play typical Rajasthani music, and birds chirp through the day. The rooms are a delightful fusion of old-world charm and modern amenities. It has a magical atmosphere.
We made that place our base and travelled to Jaisalmer, Pokhran, Osiyan, Ajmer, and Pushkar. Our experiences were richly varied: the starkness of desert sand dunes in Jaisalmer; the grandeur of the 600-year-old forts of Jaisalmer, Pokhran, including the most-breathtaking Meherangarh Fort of Jodhpur; the beauty of the sufi dargha in Ajmer, the only Brahma temple at Pushkar; the 2,000-year-old Jain temples at Osiyan; and the "modern" palace, Umaid Bhavan, in Jodhpur. Each place offered a different experience, each simply stunning in impact and altogether unforgettable. You really can't put the beauty of these places into words.
Travelling around, you are constantly surprised by peacocks and camels casually crossing the road!! Beautiful women are decked up in all the finery, even in the morning, so you realise that all the pictures of Rajasthan are not posed pictures, but of the way they actually live!!!
We made Jodhpur our base and hired a full-time air-conditioned car with a driver to transport us around. We had to travel a little more, and I'm sure you pay more this way, but staying in such a beautiful place was worth it, and it saved us a lot of time. And the roads were awesome. We've never seen such beautiful roads, so travelling was never difficult. We travelled 1900km over 7 days and never felt the heat or strain.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2005
Sinla Haveli Guesthouse
Ghoron Ka Chowk, inside Sojati Gate
colleyville, United States