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“A quiet village experience”
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Indra Vilas
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Alsisar
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We had read about the Shekhawati region and wanted to visit it to experience it first hand. The region is close to Gurgaon, where we live - about 225kms, or 4-5 hours of road journey. The journey is largely on a state highway which is in reasonable shape, except for a 25-30 km stretch where the road is very narrow and largely broken which will doubtless give a hard time to the chassis of your car. That aside, we were pretty comfortable with the added bonus of lovely mustard fields contrasting with the stark, barren desert landscape all along the way which made the ride visually appealing.

Alsisar is a small village in the region, which probably was prosperous in the past but has since seen a large number of its people migrate to bigger cities leaving the village in half-ruins with a large number of deserted havelis most of which are being slowly and inexorably consumed by time. Indra Vilas is one such haveli which belonged to a wealthy trader in the past, but has since been sold to someone who has restored it and now running it as a resort. There isnt much to do in the village as such, except seeing the old havelis with their beautifully painted walls and frescoes and of course, the dusty-mouldy remains of an era gone by. Most of the villagers are involved in small trade with perhaps a small number subsisting on agriculture - whatever the harsh, arid desert land will let grow. The haveli is well maintained, with many rooms, each of which ranges in size from very large to huge.

We went in the winters, so couldnt take a dip in the pool, but it looked pretty nice nonetheless. Stay at one of the pool facing rooms on the ground floor - given the limited number of travellers the place gets, getting a room of your choice shouldnt be an issue. The staff are very courteous and will arrange for everything that you need. We had a small bon fire where the staff even arranged for some locals to perform a traditional Rajasthani dance. The food was decent, though I was hoping for something more Rajasthani (Dal Bati, Lal Maas etc) but unfortunately wasnt available. I was told that they could arrange for a camel safari, jeep ride in the desert but we couldnt take that up for the lack of time. There's a small liqour vend about 1 km from the haveli should you need anything, but dont expect it to offer anything but a basic selection of liquors. There is also a shop selling traditional Rajasthani handicraft etc bang opposite the entrance of the haveli, buying from which might actually help support the local community.

If a haveli stay is what you are after, also consider staying at the next door Alsisar Mahal which is much grander. If you have the time and the inclination, try and visit Mandawa which will be a more authentic Shekhawati experience.

Room Tip: Pool facing on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Pros:
- Awesome rooms, with excellent royal bed.
- Excellent interiors of room with hand paintings and drawings done on walls.
- Very good staff
- Good food by taste and quality (Indian standards)
- They arrange for everything you need.
- Clean rooms and bath. Big rooms.
- Really liked the garden area and paintings/drawings on wall all around the place.
- Loved the collection of artist in LA Boutique shop – very rare collection of excellent hand paintings with some very rare collection of very old postcards and paintings along with other stuff. Very polite and very nice to talk with.
- Early morning you can see peacocks in the garden around swimming pool.
- Very fresh air and pleasant stay

Cons –
- Missing dressing table in our room. It was difficult to dress, as mirror was only in bathroom.
- No TV in room – but it is sort of good as it gives more of village haveli feeling.
- Credit card machine not working – though they arrange for a guy to travel with us to nearest city jhunjhunu to collect the cash – once we have withdrawn the same from ATM.
- Some portions of walls below the table were having minor cracks – could be due to old haveli.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Had a wonderful stay. The hotel is a genuine 'Rajasthani Haveli' - a heritage property. The room was very nicely decorated and comfortable - there was an electric heater! The dinner charges are a bit on the higher side - but the food was very good.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

A very nice and big haveli welcomes you in a small village of Alsisar. Only sad thing if going from Delhi is there is NO ROAD for a stretch of an hour near Singhama. Rest assured ,the place is simply beautiful with Peacocks hovering around the whole village (it was easier to spot peacocks than pigeons here :) ). The wonderful staff is what makes the saty more pleasant with the cultural programs in the evening along with Bonfire. The food was awesum, do request them for great, authentic rajasthani food.

A minimum of two nights stay is required after and before a long and tiring journey.

Room Tip: Rooms near the Swimming pool are big and have a garden view and easy access to pool as well.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

An oasis in the desert. This restored haveli hotel in this little village is a true "find" Off the beaten track, but the track is worth the trip. Greeted on arrival with a much needed cold drink, the service continued to impress. Our lovely room was huge and as it was winter a heater supplied to keep us warm. The swimming pool looked amazing, with peacocks wandering around the rooftops to add to the atmosphere. The buffet had many interesting dishes to try.Although if you didnt want the buffet the menu was very limited. The best part was to wander through the village looking at the havelis and other old buildings. and have a taste of village life.

Room Tip: Rooms by the swimming pool get the sun.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

this one was one of those moment when i felt like i am a princess.. and this is my castle... this is hotel is located in a tiny village of alsisar, which makes luxury feel like decadence. the hotel is a large haveli with grandeur fitting the royalty. we stayed in a suite room in the hotel..and it was beautiful, luxurious, spacious. even the bathrooms were magnificent, since i am kind of very particular about the bathrooms. Food was amazing with a prompt and lovely room service. the hospitality of the hotel staff was equally wonderful and well-appreciated, not to say charming at least. The vast garden with its swimming pool added well to the image of a castke...and the whole experience kept me smiling. Being a fan of antique, i loved the interior decor of the hotel. overall it was an excellent stay for both of us

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

What a shame we had so little time to spend in Alsisar Mahal. It was our first stop on a tour of Rajasthan and what a first stop it was! This hotel is truly beautiful and we were treated like royalty. Our bedroom was the Bridal Suite - I could have taken up permanent residence in it. The dining room is a glory of painted walls and ceilings. There is a sapphire blue swimming pool and the visitor is entertained by the occasional calling of peacocks. I would highly recommend this hotel to any visitor to India in general and to the Shekhawati region in particular.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Alsisar 302001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jhunjhunu District > Alsisar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Alsisar
Price Range: £61 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Indra Vilas 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alsisar is one of the finest, yet untouched gems of Shekhawati. This we have endeavored to polish, protect and preserve for you, the connoisseurs, who care and feel for the great inheritance bequeathed by events of history. The hundred-room haveli built by Indrachand Kejriwal in a ten-acre compound extending to ancient wells built to grand scale, welcomes guests to stay in splendor of the past with modern comforts. Walk around the village to explore the art hidden in the profusion of mansions and temples dotting every street. Sit around the village pond chatting with inquisitive kids, artisans and wizened old folks. Ride a camel for dinner on the dunes, in the backdrop of folk dances and lilting tunes. Come, indulge yourselves with the legendary Rajasthan hospitality. While you are pampered, the village is reinvigorated, blowing off the sand from hidden frescoes and reviving the rich traditions of the bygone era. ... more   less 
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