Bhavna and Chandra run a genuine homestay in a quiet neighborhood, close to all the sites and the Old City.
We have 10 single, twin and double rooms. All rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Internet and laundry services are available. Dinner with the family is always recommended to sample home-cooked cuisine.
The family are happy to arrange sight-seeing trips and assist with bookings of transport and further accommodation. Arrival and departure transfers are available.
We started with a solitary room and did our best to promote and receive guests but at the end of the season, it was a big disappointment because only 03 guests arrived during the whole season !!! Many other Hosts did not even get these and so we all got together and went to RTDC and told them to send guests ! But they flatly told us that their job was to give licenses and to promote then to an extent. Most went back unhappy but we decide to stay on and promote ourselves and requested RTDC for help. Luckily there were dynamic people at RTDC in Jodhpur and were very helpful all the way. They decided to promote (all) of us on their website, took out many brouchures and were generally very encouraging. We also visited various local Travel Agencies to give us business but were naturally suspicious – would the guests like a private home to stay in with all the restrictions and habits of Hosts and other shortcomings. They were thus reluctant to give business. But there was a silver lining – there were three peak periods during each season and Travel Agents were seen running from pillar to post to get accommodations for their guest during the Oct/Nov Pushkar period; Christmas-New Year period and The Desert Festival in February in Jaisalmer. These were the periods the Agents required room and any kind of decent accommodation was good enough to see then through. These were the times when the local Travel Agenst passed on business to us Homestay owners. Thus our business grew slowly, though not in leaps and bounds !!.
Slowly and steadily we gained confidence and realized there was potential in this and so built/renovated some more rooms and now total five in all. We renovated all baths/toilets, added modern furniture to the existing collection of Chandrashekhar’s grandfather and generally made the rooms more appealing to the guests. RTDC sent us Editors of Guide Books, Travel Agents took notice of us because we helped them in thime of their distress and guests themselves started talking about us giving us immense word of mouth publicity. There is nothing like word of mouth publicity because a potential guests would rather believe someone who has experienced what we have to offer rather than all the other written material. Even today, 70% of our guests are recommended by those who have experienced us/our hospitality. The Rough Guides, The Special Places to Stay in India by Alistair Sawday and others visited us and saw for themselves how well we looked after our guests that they gave us fabulous reviews; The Trip Advisor and other Portals had several guests writing about their experiences with us. Thus slowly our guests started arriving without any suspicion or hitch.
Our philosophy is very simple – look after the guests as well as one can and give them the best – something that they will never get in a hotel. Therefore we almost insist the guests have dinner with us as well, apart from Breakfast which they do. The dinner time is the best time when the interactions between and Guests and the Hosts is the best. We sit in the Drawing Room or our Courtyard sipping a Sundowner and talking about everything under the earth – History, Culture, Caste System, Recent News – anything under the sun. The Gusts thus know that there are very good human beings in India too – educated, learned and confident to discuss things very meaningfully. We advise guests where to go and what to do, where to have their lunch and where to go for shopping etc. They become very close friends and trust us totally because they know we are not going to mislead or misguide them. Often we have guests who have been roughed up in Delhi and Agra and wanted to go back home by the earliest flight but when they came in contact with us and experienced the humane touch, they felt much relieved and carried on with their tour. Many, having fallen ill, thank God that they fell ill in Jodhpur at our Homestay because they were taken care as a family. And when we look after them so well, they feel much grateful and obliged and want to give us the world !!! We also have a lot of retired, single guests who come and stay for six weeks at a stretch. They get so attached to us and our ways that they want to come again and again !!!
We build up so much trust in the Guests that they begin to have implicit faith us and our guidance. The friendship and relationship is long lasting and forever – we ar ein touch with 90% of our guests since inception through Birthday/New Year greetings ! An we often go abroad and believe us, we do not have to pay any money for our accommodations and meals – and sometimes sightseeings. Often we are not able to oblige our Hosts abroad by not being able to be with them in their own country and there is immense mutual disappointment.