Nachana Haveli, Jaisalmer

Friday, February 19, 2010

We were put up at the Mandir Palace in Jaisalmer and the beauty about Jaisalmer is that you can walk it all up. Just keep strolling up and down towards the fort along the winding streets lined with beautiful and historic sanstone monuments. Even for an Indian, its exotica. With the lonely planet to guide us- we strolled next door into Nachana Haveli which houses the tented, rooftop restaurant called Saffron. And true to its name the place was awash with a warm fiery glow of red. Perfect for a winter dinner. While we went looking for Saffron, we didn't know that the Haveli which housed it was so gorgeous. But then again almost everything in Rajasthan is gorgeous- you kind of get used to it :)

You enter and see this lovely courtyard open up, with benches to sit and lounge around in.

I loved the wrought iron chairs and the pretty shadows they cast,
Its all in the details- I love the little brass and metal utensils that go with this antique wrought iron bench

I loved this mirror embedded wall

Bougainvilleas bloomed right into the tented windows where we sat.
And looked down to see this enchanted scene- I told you, all of it is gorgeous

View from the rooftop restaurant

This has such a haunted medieval look- like I walked into a film set or something
Even the most arbitrary door by local standards is still an interesting one by ours.
Image credits: Vineeta Nair

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