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Lake View Hotel, Mt Abu

Nakki lake, Mount Abu - 307501(raj)

Tel: 9414222383 or 92974-238659

A basic hotel offering very good rates. The main bonus is the location; great views over the lake and it is just far enough from the centre of town to be quieter than most.

Nayee Haveli Guest House,Udaipur.

55, Ganguar Ghat, Udaipur

Tel: +91 9829511573

www.nayee.haveli.com

A great little spot looking out over the Picholi lake, basic, clean and offering a range of rates depending on room style. We had a double with bathroom for 400rs per night. See their web site for photos.

The Saffron Guest House, Jodphur.

Panna Niwas Road,

Near clock tower

website: www.the-saffron.in

This lovely little guest house sits in midst of the old town, just off the clock tower square. Painted blue in tradition of Jodphur it offers beautifully decorated, air conditioned rooms; each like a mini suite. There is a relaxing rooftop restaurant which serves excellent local food made to order. The owner is also developing another nearby location with a more extensive rooftop restaurant with stunning views over the city. To be completed in the next few months.

We found the staff to be incredibly helpful and friendly, one of the best places we have stayed in India so far

please see photos below.

Deep Mahal Guest House - Jaiselmer

Inside fort, Vyasa Para, Jaisalmer-345001(raj)

Tel: 02992-250390 Mob:9414365509

Email: gajjajsm@hotmail.com

 A wonderfully tradition guest house within the intricate maze of the walled fort. Incredibly cheap rooms ranging from RS 150-500 all with own bathroom and double bed. Each room has been lavishly decorated with traditional furniture so it feels like your are staying in a medieval castle! There are five rooms with a further five just down the road equally as spectacular.There is a rooftop restaurant in each guest house with stunning evening views over the city.The staff are really friendly and helpful and speak excellent English. If you book ahead they will pick you up from the bus/ train station (even in the middle of the night!) and they were very willing to organise our travel tickets back to Jodphur for us. You can arrange a desert safari from here if you wish (see notes below about this!)

Hints for booking a camel safari:

Best done as a larger group, can be cheaper and tend to get lass hassle off the guides(the more people they have to look after the less time they have to pester you).

Make sure you state you want a camel per person, some companies try to double people up to cut costs.

Get camels with stirrups if possible, this will make the ride quite a bit more comfortable.

If you can afford to it may pay to take a tent, it is nice to sleep under the stars but if you are unlucky like us you may have a sand storms to sleep through.

Don't let the guides or salesmen bully you into set package, say what you want.

In retrospect we decided it would have been alot better to insist on a shorter evening trip rather than all day. We found that 3 hrs is plenty of time on a camel for your first trip and on a fully day trip you end up spending 3-4hrs laying under trees in the desert because it is too hot to travel.

Atithi Guest House, Pushkar.

near Hr, Sec, School, Chhoti Basti Pushkar 3050022(raj)

tel:0091-145-2772503 Mob:9829097973

www.atithiguesthouse.com

A Lovely little guest house just 5min walk from the lake and the centre of Pushkar. It is situated in a nice quiet part of town which is a major bonus if you actually want to sleep. The centre of town is constantly noisy with horns, music and shouting men trying to sell you anything they can. The guest house has lovely clean rooms with attached bathrooms and a roof terrace with amazing views which serves food. Rooms ranging from 150-250 rupees. See their web site for photos.