Chris really hit the budget button when he made the booking with Ganesh Guest House in Jaisalmer. At $AU9.00 a night it was by far the cheapest stay we have had on the road so far. I was a little concerned at what sort of accommodation we had booked, but was happy to be saving a few extra dollars on a couple of night’s sleep.
The little, family owned and run guest house located in the middle of Jaisalmer Fort is only accessible by foot or motorbike. After weaving our way down the narrow lanes we found ourselves at the front of a little shop on the stairs of the Ganesh Guest House. We met the owner, Mr Ganesh, who kindly showed us up to our room and said we can organise our check in later once settled.
Located up a couple of tight stairs, our room was plain, but actually not too bad considering what we were paying! It was simply decorated with only a bed and a couple of window seats with cushions and matching curtains. The bathroom, a cheap add-on, was a basic wet room but appeared very clean.
On further inspection, the bed’s mattress was thin and rock hard and the pillows lacked filling. There was no air conditioning, only a fan which was so loud no sleep was going to happen with it on. And there was no ventilation in the bathroom as it was just an open room within the bedroom lacking a fan or window. But for $AU9.00 a night what luxuries do you expect?
There was Wi-Fi in the rooms (although not the fastest connection), and a very pleasant view onto the Jain Temple. Up on the rooftop you could also experience views of the desert and Maharaja Palace. At the time we stayed, food was not available, however during peak times of year there is a vegetarian restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine.
There is also a little shop to get a few basics, make phone calls and book tourist activities of your liking. It is here you will find the owner of the hotel, who is exceptionally helpful and friendly. He was generous enough to allow us to use a vacant room on our last day (free of charge) for Jack to have a sleep and for us to work in. Mr Ganesh also provided some good recommendations on places to eat nearby the hotel and arranged our desert safari.
So it was a little hot during the night, the thread count on the linen is low and there is no mini bar, but this is a very comfortable, clean accommodation, ideal for travellers on a budget. We would certainly stay here again and can highly recommend it for those visiting Jaisalmer.
GANESH GUEST HOUSE
On Fort Vyas Para Jaisalmer
+91 2992 253 119