We spent a few hours in Fort Pokaran, on our way from Jaisalmer to Bikaner by car. The fort is a small one, as Indian forts go. But it is picturesque and romantic, if a bit run down. The property belongs to a nobleman who still resides here. We had a look around the grounds and the ramparts, but did not go into the small museum. The kids spent a lazy afternoon playing in the sunlit simple lawns, while we wandered around looking at the old photographs dotted all around. The staff was friendly enough and informed us that the hotel was mainly used by tour operators and groups, not so much by individual travelers. We had a simple yet delicious lunch, of roti and laal-maas (local red meat chilly curry). We were the only folks in the large high ceiling hall, overlooked by portraits of ancestors and display cases etc.
Since we did not stay overnight, and did not see any of the rooms, I cannot comment on these aspects.But the whole place looked like it was trying desperately to make the most of the romantic and historic feel, but the owners did not have enough money or vision to make it a really top notch historic hotel - which is sad because Rajasthan is the one state in India which really overflows with such restored beauties. Handled with care, this could be one of them in future, but it isn't one now. Even if you dont want to stay overnight, it is well worth a stop over.
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