John Stirratt

Bal Samand Lake Palace

  • Where:Jodhpur
  • Why:Vacation
  • When:February 2013
  • Who:Me & My Family.
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400 year old peacock fountain. The sign reads, "When in use, creates a magical illusion. The peacocks themselves respond to the magic, as they often gather here to dance".

The path leading out of the rooms towards the trails. Massive peacocks roam the place and they say monkeys as well. We did see an ancient banyan tree full of giant bats.

The palace and outbuildings were built in the
late 19th century. These canals wind their way
through the grounds and include an aqueduct.

Comfy rooms- decent mattress and
GREAT shower...good after bucket baths.

View of the pool from the meadow. The lake on the grounds was created in 1159 A.D. and the red sandstone that built these structures was quarried there.

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Pretend you’re Nero or Merv Griffin
in the opulent and deserted marble pool.

View of the adjacent Bal Samond Palace- there are great trails around this lake and into the nearby hills. This is the one place in India where you don’t see anyone. Saw a world class sunset here.

Good traditional Indian and Western breakfast! Dining room style: Ponderosa meets Wes Anderson. Waiters might be chatty.

View from the terrace.

Bal Samand Garden Retreat is redone from
a local Maharajah’s stable- there’s an equestrian vibe
about the place, but it doesn’t feel stuffy.

Highs & Lows

  • The hotel and the accessible grounds and gardens are world class- excellent walks and hikes available replete with wildlife and lush flora.

  • The rooms, converted from the stables of the palace, are cozy and the environment is extremely quiet and relaxing- a welcome sanctuary from India’s frenetic pace.

  • The comp breakfast is delicious and elaborate and the nighttime BBQ, common with Indian heritage hotels, is more tasteful- no dancing shows- and has great food.

  • We were there with absolutely no other guests, so I can’t confirm the placid vibe would be there if a tour group was on site.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Heritage Resort

  • Vibe

    Bucolic getaway from the noise of India.

  • Location

    A quiet 15 miles from the center of Jodhpur.

  • Rooms

    26

  • Music

    Live Indian classical music played outdoors.

  • Year Opened

    Originally built in 1114 A.D. as a gateway for the Jodhpur royal family

  • Pool/Gym

    Palatial marble pool surrounded by a sandstone pergola.

  • Restaurant

    Yes

  • Bar

    No

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    The room rate will get you a Holiday Inn in the U.S.

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