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Killa Bhawan

Jaisalmer, India

Killa Bhawan is a unique and characterful property located in the ramparts of the fort at Jaisalmer. The property has quite possibly the best views in the town, and is a great boutique offering and an excellent choice for the more adventurous guest.

At a Glance

  • One of the few properties we recommend actually within the ramparts of the fort

  • A colorful style reminiscent of a Moroccan riad

  • Great panoramic views of the Thar Desert and Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort is in need of extensive preservation and is on the World Monuments Watchlist

  • There is no pool and very little outdoor space here, so you stay in this property for sightseeing rather than sun relaxation

Adventure, Couples, Culture, History

Insider's View

Ask the managers of this property for their stories about the region - they are happy to talk about journeys into the desert and are very informative about local traditions and customs.

Emma Mark

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Killa Bhawan or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

The Desert City of Jaisalmer was built of dry stone in 1156 and is known for its magnificent sandstone palaces, ornate Jain temples and the finely wrought manors of the palace. The Hotel Killa Bhawan is certainly one of the best places to stay in town. The hotel is run by a co-partnership between a Swiss-Italian who brings the design touches and manages the western expectations and a Jaisalmeri who brings a sense of service and Rajput charm. Manu, the manager, is always eager to please and meet your every need.

The Killa Bhawan comprises three converted town houses built right into the fort walls offering six rooms in two adjoining bastions. Rooms are decorated in vivid shades of crimson, lime and orange. Its three terraces afford some of the best sunset views in the city. Hotel Killa Bhawan has a simple charm that suits its remote, romantic Arabian Night setting. There is a delightful roof terrace covered with Indian floor cushions offers a spectacular view of the town, fort and desert beyond.

Enjoy a jeep ride around Jaisalmer through abandoned ancient capitals and historical monuments or ride a camel at sunset with dinner, music and fire. But if you want to kick back and unwind at the hotel there are private yoga sessions and massages available.

Accommodation

The Killa Bhawan offers guests 6 Rooms. We recommend the suites as the best choice as they are the only en-suite rooms. The suites are charmingly decorated, have stunning views and access to different terraces

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Killa Bhawan. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include a wonderful roof terrace dotted with bright Indian cushions for you to relax on and take in the views of the town, fort and desert beyond. The KB Cafe located in downtown Jaisalmer serves delicious vegetarian food made to order. There is a delicious range of Italian inspired dishes.

Activities

Enjoy a jeep ride around Jaisalmer through abandoned ancient capitals and historical monuments or ride a camel at sunset with dinner, music and fire. But if you want to kick back and unwind at the hotel there are private yoga sessions and massages available.

Location & Directions

Jaisalmer, India

Killa Bhawan is situated within the bastions of the watchtowers of the famous Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, India

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that 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 fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Killa Bhawan or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

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