Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cheap & cheerful meets good value & comfort at Ranakpur Hill Resort, Rajasthan

Resort - view from the gardens inside the property

Entrance to my room
The window of my room- had a window seat overlooking the lawns

I am just back from a Rajasthan work visit – we added some fun to it. This is the second part of a blog series on Rajasthan.

Last week we were In Ranakpur on a 2 night work trip. Who visits Ranakpur? Tourists to see the 15th century Jain temples and/or Kumbalgarh Fort.

The client booked us into Ranakpur Hill Resort  saying its “cheap and cheerful” so wasn’t sure what to expect.

The resort surpassed my expectations and how…

A lovely resort 2 notches above basic, well maintained. Service with a smile. Buffet breakfast in the restaurant which is included in the price

What made it special is the feeling of space and greenery - the lawns, the vegetable garden, the secluded pool area, the greenery, visiting peacocks  and stables nearby where one can go riding…

We had afternoon tea on the lawns… and a bonfire and dinner here too, right under the starlit sky.. quite magical

The rooms were better than basic, clean and modern with a high ceiling. Had a fridge, a small dressing area and window seat. White walls adorned by Rajasthani  stone and mirror inlaid work. The modern spacious bathroom provided hot water both morning and night. One morning I did have to let the water run a bit…

Breakfast was a buffet in the restaurant: prepared egg (hard boiled one morning and bhurji the next) puri bhaji once, idli sambar the next, banana, toast, butter, jam and cornflakes. With tea /coffee. Somewhat basic and no frills attached  but was good to get this at 7 am on a cool morning ….ready when you walk into the dining room.

Dinner of Lal maas, roti and other local delicacies was excellent.

Given that this resort is half the cost of others nearby if you want  good value in Ranakpur, this is it. If you want luxury and something special, opt for the WelcomHeritage Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat, Ranakpur.

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