Chandeloo Garh - Jodhpur / Rajasthan
Enter the hotel through the magnificent stone archway and you are welcomed into another world. Before you stands the elegant original residency, it's red Jodhpur sandstone carved in elaborate 18th century Rajput style. Within the central building is a small colonnaded courtyard, where meals are served.
The hotel rooms are located around the outer wall. The helpful and friendly staff will assist you, and you will probably meet Praduman Singh, direct descendant of the Thakurs who owned the Chandelao Garh and its surroundings.
The hotel has 23 double rooms, each room, carefully but simply decorated and furnished with antiques. Beds are comfortable and covered with hand-embroidered Rajasthani bedspreads. Blankets and quilts are available for when the nights turn chilly. All the rooms are provided with air-conditioners. Every room has a spotless private en-suite bathroom.
Each room is different and has a story for example room no 9 was the old toshakhana where the valuables were kept. There is a secret place in the room, see if you can find it.
Our kitchen provides three wholesome meals each day. Food is prepared in a traditional kitchen using ancient Rajasthani recipes with local ingredients and cooking methods. For instance, fresh home-made chapatis – served with every meal – are made of unrefined whole wheat flour, hand-kneaded and rolled, and cooked over a wood fire for a delicious, slightly smoky flavour.
Locally-grown, seasonal vegetables, home made yoghurt and paneer (cottage cheese) are regular ingredients. Rajasthani food is not highly spiced but is deliciously flavoured with judicious use of a wide range of freshly ground herbs and spices.
Breakfast is western-style, with your choice of fruit juices, home-made yoghurt, cereals, fresh fruit, toast, butter, marmalade, tea, and coffee along with a traditional Indian dish such as parathas or puris. Eggs cooked to order in the style of your choice are also included.
Lunch and Dinner are traditional Indian meals. Dinner starts with a tasty vegetable soup. Then enjoy a delicious buffet of chapatis, rice, spicy vegetable dishes, daals (lentils), salads, and a meat dish. You will find yourself coming back for more. The meal ends with a traditional sweet for which the Jodhpur region is famous.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the colonnaded main building. When the weather is fine and the nights are warm, dinner is served on the balcony above the main gate of the Garh, where you can enjoy the cool evening breezes, with the lights of Jodhpur in the distance, and above, the magnificent desert sky.
Do not expect tennis courts, gift shops and swimming pools at Chandelao Garh. Here one learns to savour life's simpler pleasures.
On the upper level of the central building, a sitting room with comfortable chairs and a small library is an excellent spot for reading. The tiger and leopard skin floor-rugs recall the atmosphere of old India.
The terrace is furnished with comfortable cane chairs where you can enjoy conversation and relaxation with friends old and new.
Walk up to the terrace above the gatehouse for magnificent views of the village and the Rajasthani countryside.
The grassy central square of the courtyard makes a safe and protected area for children to play and there are many interesting corners for them to explore.
Bird lovers will enjoy a stroll round the courtyard, and may be rewarded by sightings of many beautiful and colourful birds including peafowl, parakeets, bulbuls, rollers, bee-eaters, and hoopoes.
There are many activities to occupy your time while you are visiting Chandelao Garh. Chandelao is a typical Rajasthani village, with about 2,000 inhabitants, surrounded by fields and pastures. The hotel can assist you by organizing walks, jeep trips, camel and horse rides, or you can strike out on your own. Check out our organized activities on the following pages and our free activities below.
Sundowner & Barbeque
Bazaars of Pipar
Address: Village & Post Office Chandelao,, SH 58, Chandelao, RJ 342027
Hotel Type: heritage
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