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Rajasthan has the ability to surprise you with its marvelous hidden jewels. While Jaipur and Jodhpur are widely popular as holiday destinations for families as well as couples, one rather unexplored honeymoon spot in Rajasthan is Jaisalmer. A mention of Jaisalmer conjures up images of the hot desert and feels more adventurous than romantic. However, if you pick the right month, between November to February that is, and the right activities, you can just pull off a memorable offbeat honeymoon full of romance as well as adventure. Also Read - BWF Freezes Rankings Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Standings Backdated to March 17 to be Basis For Entry in Future Events
Here’s all you need to know:
Jaisalmer may be close to sand dunes but that doesn’t mean there are no luxurious and comfortable accommodation options here. There are places for all kinds of budget here which often cost cheaper than one would expect. If you can get a room overlooking the Jaisalmer fort, the view at night when the fort is magnificently lit up is spectacular to say the least!
Address: Opp Nagarpalika, Bera Road, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Phone: 02992 251 450
Cost per night: Around Rs 4350
Hotel Pleasant Haveli
Address: Chainpura Street, Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Phone: 02992 253 253
Cost per night: Around Rs 2900
Image: Hotel Pleasant Haveli Facebook
Hotel Brys Fort
Address: Plot 7, Hotel Complex, Jodhpur Jaisalmer Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone:02992 269 100
Cost per night: Rs 7000
Image: Brys Fort Facebook Page
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Jaisalmer offers a wide range of eating options right from Italian to Tibetan to local Rajasthani cuisine. The pleasant evening breeze with a candle-light on your table makes for the perfect romantic setting.
Address: Mandir Palace,Gandhi Chowk, Near Bank of Baroda, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 252 733
Timings: 7.30 am to 10.30 pm
Cost for two:
Cafe the Kaku
Address: Malka Pol, near suli dungar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 096727 03070
Timings: 9 am to 11 pm
Cost for two:
Address: Aaakhe pol, Fort First Gate, Gopa Chowk,, Fort Rd, Khejer Para, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 253 504
Image: Jaisal Italy Facebook
Desert Boys Dhani
Address: Near Nagar Palika, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 094622 50149
Timings: 11 am to 4 pm, 6 pm to 11 pm
Address: Near Sunset Point, Kalakar Colony,Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 098290 30701
Timings: 7 am to 11 pm
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Once you are well-settled in, take a walk to the Jaisalmer fort. Explore the majestic view of the golden city from the cannon point. If you are lucky, your partner and you could be the only ones at this point as many tourists are busy taking the guided tour.
Then head to the Bada Bagh cenotaphs and admire the historic architecture there. From there, you can move on to the Gadisar lake for a quiet, romantic evening by the water.
If you are a religious couple, then your next day should be reserved for the Tanot Mata temple. Take the 2-hour desert drive which is the most scenic desert route you will see. Vast stretches of desert with no signs of anything but brown sand with the odd village once in a while will make you feel like your partner and you are the only ones in the whole wide world. Pay your respects and seek the Goddesses’ blessings at the Tanot Mata temple and head back.
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The next day, you can drive down to Sam or Khuri for another amazing experience worth cherishing – a cold night in the middle of the desert under the stars. If you like cultural activities and tented stays, you can head to the Sam sand dunes where several packages are available (your hotel will help you with the bookings) inclusive of food, folks singing and dancing activities and night stay. If you are interested in a slightly more rustic and secluded experience, head to the Khuri village which is about 50 km from Jaisalmer. Here, you will be taken on a camel safari from the village to the sand dunes where you can enjoy the most romantic sunset you will ever see! You can sit with your partner on the sand dunes and watch the sun go down as the color of the sky changes from blue to various shades of orange. Few landscapes in the world come close to being as romantic as this one!
This is followed by a meal cooked by your camel riders, who usually put up at a distance in the desert to give you enough privacy. Once you are done with dinner,they set up your bed consisting of nice warm mattresses and thick, comfortable rugs on the sand where you can lie down gazing at the stars for as long as you like. When you wake up the next morning, they serve you tea and parantha before the ride back.
With so many options for great stay, food and activities, doesn’t Jaisalmer look like a terrific choice for honeymooners? Let us know what you think.