|Hotel room at Ratan Vilas in Jodhpur|
As tourism and business travel to India increases, so do options. However, it can still be tough to find decent rooms somewhere between guest houses and five-star hotels. A recent trip across Rajasthan proved that some real gems exist, and Ratan Vilas in Jodhpur is one such gem.
Without sticking to tourist spots and tour guides, you can still travel well within India. Unless extreme luxury travel is what you are seeking, you might find a home stay or heritage property which provides a great room, delicious meals and warm atmosphere.
My husband and I recently traveled across the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Our first night was spent in the elegant Taj Hotel, though our favorite stay was less than one-fifth the price. Most nights were spent in wonderful places, all priced under seventy-five dollars. Rajasthan is known for its bright colors contrasted against the desert. It should also be known for its wonderful home stays in contrast to 5-star hotels of the big cities. Give the Blue City a visit, staying at the wonderful Ratan Vilas. Tell the owner's dog, Mallot, hello for us.
|Mallot, "guard dog" of Ratan Vilas|
|Sean enjoying an ice-cold Kingfisher in Jodhpur|
|Table-side fire pit at dinner in Jodhpur|
|Ratan Vilas courtyard|
Click here for more information on our stay in Jodhpur. And here for photos from our visit to the Blue City.