We are on the last lap of 2016 and as the year bids us good bye, we wish you a great festive season and a successful end to 2016. In this edition we take you to the golden city of Jaisalmer, its stunning Fort turned Hotel, the colourful Desert Festival and more.
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A timeless treasure of Maharajas of Rajasthan, Suryagarh is a wise assortment of the modern and the medieval. Aesthetically opulent and unique in every aspect it is a 19th century fort turned beautiful Boutique resort offering personalised service and elegant décor with fine dining experience.
Truly an escape into the princely era of royalty, it makes a perfect choice for an indulging getaway. There are 62 regal designed suites and palace roomscomplemented with antique décor, ethnic furnishings, stunning courtyards, an indoor pool, fitness and business centre, and a one of a kind desert spa along with other modern room amenities.
Guests can also enjoy authentic Rajasthani and global cuisines at their restaurants and cocktail lounge. For a more indulging experience guests can participate in the traditional cooking lessons, learn lacquer painting or take a camel ride through the desert.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Once a year during winters, the sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colors, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels, of course, play a stellar role in this festival, where the rich and colorful folk culture of Rajasthan is on show. Through the day, visitors can come face to face with the desert craftsmen. Exquisitely embroidered skirts, hand-woven shawls, rugs, carvings on wood and stone, camel decorations, embroidered leather bags, ethnic silver jewelry and terracotta are brought in from all over the desert. These skillfully achieved crafts are objects d'art for the handicraft buff. The festival closes with an enchanting sound and light show amidst the sand dunes on a moonlit night.
The Jaisalmer fort provides an ethereal backdrop to the annual desert festival. Sponsored by the Rajasthan State Tourism Corporation, this festival is a joyful celebration of the traditional performing arts and creative crafts of Rajasthan.
When:8th February 2017 Where:Jaisalmer
Rolling Sanddunes, fun and experiential camel rides, camping on the desert, traditional folk and music, exotic rajasthani cuisine, local villages and magnificent Forts.. Jaisalmer is all this and more! A city nicknamed as Golden City by Rajput clans,Jaisalmeris the must visit destinations of India. The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. No place better evokes exotic camel-train trade routes and desert mystery.
Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan, The golden and yellow mixed sandstone offer magical look to the Fort and displays the magic of Rajasthani Architechture.
Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century.
Patwon ki Haveli
Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.
Desert Safari on Sam Sand Dunes
Desert Safari on a Camel back or Jeep is a must when in Jaisalmer. Desert festival is organized in the months of February and March. If you are around this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here.
The Thar Heritage Museum
Located in the main market, museum presents you the history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert.
The people of the desert city depended on this tank for their water needs. You will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris around the banks of this lake.
Jeep Safari through Desert National Park
One of its kind National Park where flora & fauna live on a Desert edge, one can spot migratory birds. You could take a jeep safari to enjoy the magnificent landscape, which offers view of extinct lakes in this park.
Silk Route Art Gallery
Great place to shop for exquisite fabrics and souvenirs.
From the Kitchen...
Hara Bhara Kebab
One of Indian’s favourite vegetarian starter, Hara Bhara Kebab, is a vegetarian kebab made with potatoes and green veggies like spinach and peas. Serve them just like that with come mint and coriander chutney or ketchup or use them to prepare sandwiches, burgers, wraps and rolls!
Spinach 10 leaves
Green peas shelled and boiled and mashed 3/4 cup
Potatoes boiled, peeled and grated 3-4 medium
Green chillies chopped 3
Ginger chopped 2 inch pieces
Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons
Chaat masala 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Cornflour/ corn starch 2 tablespoons
Oil for deep-frying
Blanch spinach leaves in two cups of boiling salted water for five minutes. Drain, refresh in cold water and squeeze out excess water. Finely chop.
Mix spinach, peas and potatoes. Add green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, chaat masala and salt to taste. Add cornflour for binding.