Kuldhara, Jaisalmer

The Desert Hostel (Jaisalmer)

Bed’s Starts from INR ₹499 /person

The one of the many things that makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. So of all the paths you take in life, make sure few of them are dirt. For this very reason we bring to you a one of its kind unique hostel. Settled in the vicinity of the ancient and abandoned village of Kuldhara in Jaisalmer which is said to be one of the most haunted places in India that people love to visit. Just behind the village lies the one-off its kind and rustically majestic complex of ‘India’s first Desert Hostel’. Located about 18 km west of Jaisalmer this hostel is a pure bliss of tranquillity and a place where you don’t just intend to go but also on reaching will feel like you have ended up in just the right place you needed to be in to experience the real Rajasthan.

Falling in the extreme interiors of Rajasthan ‘Desert Hostel’ is one such place that will definitely make you look for a connection between the desert and your soul, instead of searching for a connection on your phone in the middle of the Thar Desert. This place exposes you to parts of the desert which remain untouched by modern day humans and shows a glimpse into the real indigenous culture of Rajasthan. The traditionally constructed rooms with hammock and cots in the courtyard is the perfect countryside setting to give you the sentiment of a village stay that most only wish to live at least once in their lifetime.

This rural farm stay cum hostel has everything you can wish for in a village. From their hospitality to the rustic mud houses everything has a perfect blend of culture and folklore attached to it. The desert hostel offers you a chance to not just witness but also experience life in the middle of nowhere by fulfilling your pursuit of exploring the village life of Rustic Rajasthan in all its authenticity.

With variety of flora and fauna around there is no chance that you’ll feel bored and start missing your city life. If you dare to go of this beaten path they say one can also stumble upon thousand years old fossils and an ancient step well with 150 steps. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, this place also offers access to a scenic oasis that acts as a blessing in disguise in the wild desert. A secret places frequented only by magnificently beautiful peacocks near the famous Kuldhara Heritage Village. The secret space in the sand dunes still stands undiscovered by tourists as it awaits to be explored by real seekers and travellers.

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You’ll get to experience the most authentic village experience of life of the tribes in Rajasthan. Reaching the place is an experience in itself with an off-roading ride till the hostel as there is no proper road to reach the property as you walk on fine sand as you enter the dream like ‘The Desert Hostel’.

The hostel has 8 private cottages each with its own separate washroom and a small veranda (balcony) to spend your early mornings and late evenings with conversations with your own after thoughts. Besides these we also have two 6 bed mixed dormitory for the budget travellers. All cottages are constructed specially to suit the hot climate of Jaisalmer. Made of mud and clay the roof of these cottages is built using local thatch which help in keeping the rooms cool during the scorching summers and warm during the winters.

The veranda offers a hammock made out of local wood and yarn. They say all you need is a hammock a day because only once you lie down in a hammock with the touch of warm wind we remember why we are in love with life and living. Which is why it’s a real pleasure to just spend your afternoons relaxing and lazing around in the hammock with the sounds of nature or your favourite track humming in your ears.

Each cottage is constructed keeping in mind the privacy of our guests. Therefore, there is around 70-80 feet difference between two cottages where there is no chance of anyone intruding into your space and mood.

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With the hospitality tagline of “Padharo Sa” and flavours that have mastered the art of keeping the taste buds happy and the soul content, food in Rajasthan is almost close to a fine art form.

Breakfast is a selection of continental breakfast options with boiled eggs, butter toast, fruit jam, fresh mix fruit salad. Everything being grown and procured from our very own dairy farm. Lunch/dinner offers a wholesome meal of a Rajasthanithali with mix vegetable, dal, raita, rice, chapati, padap etc. If you thought the meals couldn’t get any more authentic then wait until you see all your meals being prepared on an earthen chulla adding that distinctive taste of simple life and charcoaled firewood in your meal. Besides these the frequent barbeque dinners in the open desert night sky is something that will definitely make dinner time memorable. As you spend your night under the starry night and relish a lip-smacking barbeque.

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We often yearn for solitude and a breather from our hectic urban lives. Which is why this hostel being exactly the place that will meet all your yearnings of the solace you daydreamt of where you spend your days with yourself in the countryside. Away from the city clouds, this place is ideal to discover the real unexplored Rajasthan. Going for those deep desert expeditions offering sights of life in desert which you cannot believe to be as real.

They say the desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body. And here at The Desert Hostel there is a lot to explore in the surrounding area. If truth be told, the legends say that sometimes even months in the desert is never enough to completely explore it. Which is why we believe that the exploring must never stop as you never know what you might uncover and see in this largely unmapped and deserted part of Jaisalmer& Rajasthan. Be it the much talked about Heritage Kuldhara Village with its hidden facts and history tales about how it got abandoned or climbing the dunes nearby to see the ruined cemetery of Paliwal Brahmans with its spectacular view.

An ancient traditional step-well which was used to store water in old time is said to have lot of haunted and interesting stories waiting to be narrated at every 150 steps of the well. The beautiful private oasis and adjoining sand dunes in the area are untouched by tourists. As they say the desert reveals its secrets to only those who dare to walk it in search of the most precious possession of the desert which is the oasis reflecting an answer to all the seekers who happen to find meaning of life in the harsh desert. If this sounds like you then all this and much more is what you will stand to witness only at the dreamlike experience of staying at the Desert Hostel. But if you are not an adventurous soul, then also this place is an ideal tranquil to your soul.

With our very own ‘Desert Safari’ your days will flow doing nothing without a drop of guilt because sometimes doing nothing is all you need in life.

You can spend your afternoons reading books on the hammock under the sweet shade of nature or writing those proses with all that inspiration hitting you like the wild desert wind that craves for rain but refuses to make peace with the clouds as it knows better than to ignite a longing for that which has neither a beginning nor an end.

Be it cooking meals for self or just enjoying the warm hospitality of ‘The Desert Hostel’ folks by enjoying their salivating meals, your tummy and your soul will be content. And if on the rare chance of being bitten by boredom, you don’t have to hesitate for borrowing our motorbike and going for a short ride in the village. The Camel Safari to the picturesque dunes of Thar and witnessing the glorious sunset in sands of time is an option that can never go wrong here. Hence, the ‘Desert Hostel’ is one of those exceptional village stays in India that are rustic and unexplored with thousands of stories hidden and unheard under its cosmic night sky and vast stretches of sand dunes.

Frequently asked questions

How to Reach the Desert Hostel

Fondly known as the ‘Golden City’, Jaisalmer attracts a huge number of travelers from all around. It is festooned with stunning palaces, attractive havelis, magnificent Jain temples and the very popular sand dunes of the Thar. Reaching Jaisalmer is an easy task:

By Air
Jaisalmer Airport is a military airport and thus only chartered flights fly to and fro from here. The nearest domestic airport is Jodhpur Airport located at a distance of 285 km from Jaisalmer city. Regular flights connect this airport to important Indian cities like Udaipur, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. Rent a private or prepaid taxi from the airport. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.

By Road
A good, well-maintained network of roads connect Jaisalmer to nearby cities of the state and the country. Travelers have option of buses and private taxis. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore and Ahemdabad are the nearby cities to which Jaisalmer is connected.

By Train
Located 2 km eastwards of the city, Jaisalmer railway station is connected widely with network of regular trains to important cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and so on. From outside the airport, you can rent a can or can hire an auto-rickshaw.

What all I can do in Jaisalmer

Imagine this, a golden yellow majestic fort rises amid the yellow stone buildings and surrounded by the great Thar desert. And put the golden baked sun on top as a cherry on cake. One look at the town and you spellbound by its beauty.

Things to do in Jaisalmer
  • Fort Palace
  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Patwa-ki-Haveli
  • Jain Temples
  • Kothari’s Patwaki Haveli Museum
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Bhang Shops
  • Shopping in local Markets
  • Discover BadaBagh
Where to eat in Jaisalmer

The city of Jaisalmer has a rich cultural heritage and thus it boasts of a rich cuisine as well. The western part of India has a distinct food culture of its own and it is very different from the other Indian cuisines. If you have done with the oily and sticky dishes they serve in Delhi, try murgh-e-subz. The murgh-e-subz - succulent, boneless strips of chicken stir-fried with shredded vegetables -- is one not to miss. There are other options for non-vegetarians too. Alternatively, you can try the kersangri (desert beans and capers), which is unique to a region that is traditionally vegetarian in its outlook. If you find your stomach to be very sensitive then its better you try kadipakora; flour dumplings cooked in yogurt sauce, or bhanonaloo, potatoes stuffed with mint paste and simmered in gravy. All of it washed down with the coldest beers and beverages available in the state.

'Trio' is one of the most famous restaurants serving authentic Rajasthanicusienes. This unassuming eatery, with its open walls and thin cotton flaps providing a welcome through-breeze (not to mention views of the town and the maharaja's palace) is Jaisalmer top restaurant and one of the best in Rajasthan. Witness the traditional Rajasthani reception. It's not just that the food is delicious, but the chef brings a few interesting variations to signature Rajasthani dishes- a welcome relief to someone who has exhausted the almost standardized North Indian menu. 'ChokhiDhani' is another famous restaurant, which can be trusted. Though it is not as good as 'Trio' but you will get a long list of cuisines to select from, under one roof. Besides, all major High-end Hotels have their own in house Restaurants.

As far as fast food joints are concerned, Jaisalmer has lots of them. Famous Indian fast-food chain such as Nirula's has already made its presence felt in the city. Other major fast foods joints such as Pizza Hut, Pizza Corner and Mc. Donald's etc have also opened their outlets in the city.



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