Upon arriving at Jodhpur’s train station, a pack of 10 auto rick-shaw drivers fought amongst themselves for our fare following us on foot every step of our way to the Govind Hotel, 200 metres down the road.
After waiting for our room to be vacated & cleaned we were mystified as to where we had actually set foot in. Our room was painted a bright canary yellow with green window shades, blue door & framed paintings of flowers. The room had a humungous air-cooled fan that was almost as large as the queen bed, hot water, chair, low coffee table & high ceilings which is a blessing in the desert town’s stifling afternoon heat. The bed sheets weren’t just ur dodgy 1970’s style cheap fabric but real patterned bed sheets with matching pillows that weren’t tacky or dirty. I couldn’t believe it, we paid $900 rupees for 3 people & didn’t get a dirty drab garbage-heap of a room.
It was the first place in india that we had been to that didn’t have dodgy management, shoddy rooms or overbearing staff with outstretched hands looking for a tip. Unfortunately there was no internet, not even the slow dial-up that many places have.
The rooftop restaurant is ur normal backpacker-style eatery. There is nothing spectacular about it nor the food, it serves ur normal café menu like most places with Indian & western choices. The restaurant is actually a gazebo on the flat roof & a few plastic tables & chairs with a decent view of the fort in the distance. A plus is that they serve their drinks cold. A minus is that there is only 1 gazebo that shelters patrons from the desert sun, it seems not many people venture up there for lunch.
I would recommend this hotel for people looking for a unusual place to stay on a budget. Its amazing what a room with a bit of colour can do, more so than a museum in a desert fort.
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- Also Known As:
- Govind Hotel Jodhpur