In Rajasthan you can find accommodation for just every taste, from places for pennies to real and very expensive palaces.
Even if we like to travel on a budget, we like the places we sleep to be clean, tidy and well maintained. We like budget or lower mid range places because of the relaxed atmosphere that is usually there and that there you can meet and talk to fellow travellers that are traveling the way we are, exchange news and experiences. We found that many families with young kids are travelling to this part of India (in comparison with Ladakh where we didn’t meet any traveling family). Usually kids always find a way to communicate and play even if they speak different languages. And an evening at a hotel terrace while waiting for dinner is ideal for new friendships. All hotels we were staying at had amazing terraces on rooftop with great restaurants (except the apartment in Udaipur where we prepared the food ourselves, but still ate it on a lovely terrace). We think this is an excellent added value for every place.
For us these are best places to stay in Rajasthan, because of the atmosphere, loveliness of the place, views and friendliness of the staff:
1. SUNDER PALACE guest house, JAIPUR
We really enjoyed staying in Sunder Palace guest house – we stayed there both times we visited Jaipur. It’s 10 min drive by tuk tuk from the city center, but great value and in a nice neighbourhood. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Rajasthani style artifacts, plus the staff is very nice and helpful. We especially liked the room, where we had a swing which our son really loved. On the rooftop there’s a nice restaurant on the terrace with a lovely ambience.
2. EVEREST HOTEL, PUSHKAR
This basic, but nice hotel is full of character. There are fresh flower petals on the staircase every day and all hotel smells wonderful! The staff is very nice, always ready to talk and help you if you want. There’s a nice terrace restaurant with great views over the city and relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The mornings and evenings spent there were very pleasant. The hotel is located on a quiet street, but close enough to main street, market and the lake.
3. CASTLE VIEW HOMESTAY, JODHPUR
When you arrive to this homestay, you feel like you are in a museum. We enjoyed it so much. It’s an old family building transformed into an atmospheric hotel with great decoration. It’s located in the heart of the blue area of the city and just 5 minutes walk to the fort and the iconic blue streets. The rooftop restaurant has amazing view of the fort and the city, but very slow service (due to not enough staff). The staff is nice and helpful though.
4. SILVER MOON HAVELI, UDAIPUR
This was by far our favourite accommodation in Rajasthan. We had our own well equipped studio apartment – lovely decorated room with amazing terrace. On our arrival the refrigerator was already full of fresh food for breakfast next day. The host Helena and her family are super helpful and very friendly. The place has a great location (next to City Palace) in a nice, quiet neighbourhood and walking distance to most places. We felt really really good there and had an amazing experience.
We chose carefully all accommodation on our trip to Rajasthan. They were all kid friendly, clean, nice and we felt good at every place and we wouldn’t change a single one. Each one was so different from others and had a special Rajasthani charm.
If you are about to visit Rajasthan, here is our quick travel guide to this colorful indian region.