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June 24, 2008
September 15, 2004
Our low expectations only made what we found all the more extraordinary - the hotel building is a perfectly lovely piece of Mogul architecture. The courtyard -- despite the terrible drought in the area -- contains a pristine swimming pool and a lush, cool lawn inhabited by two star tortoises. Overlooking the courtyard, are the beautifully carved balconies of the second-floor rooms, each with a cushioned seat and a tiny minaret above it. The rooms' windows are made of panes of colored glass, which show up brilliantly against the white walls. The doors are enormous, made out of interlocking slabs of wood and reinforced by brass fittings - you lock them by sticking a five-inch padlock through a ring on the bolt. I could have stayed forever, sipping fresh lime soda on the lawn and dabbling my feet in the pool.
And once we saw the lake, we realized we were almost better off without the view. Between the drought and the dry season, the lake had sunken considerably, and, while still lovely, was somewhat eerie to look at.
From journal Mumbai, Rajasthan, and Delhi