Suján The Serai

Suján The Serai

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

At a Glance

  • Suján the Serai is a stylish boutique camp made up of just 21 tented suites, each inspired by the caravans of Rajputana. Set in 100 acres of desert scrubland, it is a haven of peace outside the busy desert city of Jaisalmer, where you can truly relax.

  • Rise early to venture into the desert for sunrise, where you'll be accompanied with a luxury picnic breakfast. Be dazzled as you watch the red sand glow in the morning sunlight.

  • Relax at the Suján Spa with an array of rejuvenating ayurvedic treatments. Enjoy the calming sound of the wind and birds outside the tent as you begin to fall into a state of peace and tranquility.

  • As you indulge in a selection of sumptuous Rajasthani dishes, make sure to look up at the spectacular desert stars lighting up the night sky above you.

  • Jaisalmer was an important caravanserai linking Persia with India and Asia and, lucky for you, the team at Suján The Serai have an outstanding knowledge of this area and will share their knowledge of Jaisalmer's history and culture.

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Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more colour to the landscape.

October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.

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The drive from Jodhpur is now shorter due to a new road, and can take 3 hours only.

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The Serai is a Suján luxury, boutique desert retreat just half an hour from Jaisalmer in the desert scrubland where shepherds wander. A visit here gives guests a rare glimpse into untouched desert life and a calm stay away from the noise of Jaisalmer.

A luxury desert camp and spa, the Serai is a fantastic place to escape the crowds of Jaisalmer and experience the slower pace of desert life. The desert views and starry skies at night are something really quite special and from the terrace outside your tent, shepherds and villagers can be seen wandering around this extraordinary landscape.

There are 21 tents at the camp. One of these is the 'Royal Suite' with its private pool, spa and lounging tent. There are fourteen 'Tented Suites' with private veranda, drawing room, bedroom and ensuite. Additionally, the six 'Luxury Tents' have private walled gardens and plunge pools. The tents are designed in keeping with local styles and the bathrooms are large and luxurious.

There is a main dining tent but the emphasis is on choosing when and where you want to eat, there is total flexibility.

From the camp, excursions can be arranged to visit local villages and the fort at Jaisalmer and camel rides into the dunes can be organised. Alternatively you could choose just to admire the landscape from the privacy of your own verandah.

The Serai is run by Sujan Luxury Hotels (which Sher Bagh in Ranthambore also belongs to) The Sujan group pride themselves in providing luxurious and authentic experiences to their guests and the highest levels of personalized service they also place respect for the environment, local communities and the underprivileged as a high priority. They do not believe their guests should have to worry about how much water they use or how many towels and clothes they give for laundry. That is, in their eyes, for them worry about, and they take the necessary steps to minimize their guests' and their impact on the environment.

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The Serai offers 21 tents set in the stunning desert. The 'Royal Suite' with its private pool, spa and lounging tent. There are fourteen 'Tented Suites' with private veranda, drawing room, bedroom and large ensuite bathroom. Additionally, the six 'Luxury Tents' have private walled gardens and plunge pools. The camp has a beautiful pool made in the style of a traditional Indian step well.


Children are welcome to come and stay at The Serai. However, please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them.


The Dining Tent serves delicious local delicacies and tasty western dishes drawn from daily changing menus that are carefully planned to give you eclectic offerings using fresh ingredients. Alternatively, you may choose to dine anywhere on site and the staff are always on hand to create an experience to suit your particular desires, or moods to give you a memorable stay.

The Bar at The Serai oozes comfort and encourages travellers to slip into the large, deep chairs set around. The warming interiors are best enjoyed with cocktails or other refreshing concoctions.

The Spa is found hidden in the walled garden. Organic products, harmonious surroundings and professional therapists will help to relax and rejuvenate you.


The Serai offers guests complimentary desert walks. Activities at an additional cost include village safaris, camel rides, desert picnics and sightseeing at the Jaisalmer fort, one of the largest in the world and home to the Royal Palace and the Jain temples. Back at the camp, guests can do yoga and meditation in the yoga pavilion. The Raison d'Etre spa is also a perfect way to unwind.



Daniel Smith (Staff)

We love the Serai which has finally meant there is a truly wonderful hotel close to Jaisalmer. Using the knowledge and skills gained from their Ranthambore Tented Camp (Sher Bagh), the camp is well designed and very comfortable. For those wanting a very different experience in Rajasthan who may feel they might be seeing a few too many temples and forts, a sidetrip to the Serai is always worth the drive from Jodhpur.

Location & directions

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

The Serai is set on thirty acres of a hundred acre estate of indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert, about an hour (45km) outside Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

How to get there

9-hour international flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Jodhpur. It's a 3-hour drive from Jodhpur airport to The Serai.

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