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“Very Disappointing Experience!”
Review of Bhadrajun Fort

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Bhadrajun Fort
Ranked #947 of 1,932 Rajasthan B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Bhadrajun Fort had been booked for us, as part of an 8 hotel/city tour, by an agent but, unfortunately for us, we preceded our night there by a 2-night stay in a 5-star hotel in Jaisalmer, the standard of which was similar to most of the other 6 hotels; obviously, the agent failed miserably in this particular case. Sadly, it was a case of chalk and cheese. The Fort hasn't seen a coat of paint for years and, at best, is an amateur attempt to be a hotel/guest house which ended up being a big disappointment for us. The Raja is playing (very badly) at being a hotelier and, if he wants to be taken seriously, I suggest that he visits his sister's place in Udaipur to find out how to do it. We were the only guests on the night in question but, the following night, there was a party of 8 or 10 due - God help them!!
Our 'welcome party' consisted of 2 children and one adult and, after a few minutes, the Rani joined us for about 5 minutes. That was the last we saw of her and her husband, the Raja, was in Jodhpur that evening.
We were given a plate of biscuits and some chai masala (both very nice) but served on a table with a highly stained tablecloth! That evening, dinner was fine, if very basic, and we were given a half bottle of wine which we thought was included in 'our package'. Big mistake - we received the bill next morning!
Our 'suite' (Kach Mahal) was full of history (all sorts of different mirrored glass dating back a very long time) and, on first glance seemed like a wonderful experience was to be had. The reality was far from that as the mattress was 'rock-hard' and the pillows even worse (they were both made of solid neoprene foam with no 'give' in them at all). More than 50% of the lighting either didn't work or had bulbs missing. The corner of the room consisted of a lump of badly laid bare concrete with a supporting pillar that displayed some serious cracking. The bathroom, a basic built-on extension offered a basin without a basin plug, a towel rail that was falling down, the most basic shower I have ever seen (apart from an African bush shower) and the shower curtain, itself, was stained a filthy brown colour. Needless to say, we did not shower!
Surprisingly, there were some plus points! The people in the Fort were warm and welcoming even though they didn't actually have a clue as to what they should be doing and, during a walkabout around the village, we met so many smiling and happy people even though it was clear that their living standards were relatively poor.
We will not be returning.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

this is a hidden gem because no one actually knows about it .. we had seen pictures in the website and were excited about our stay .. when we reached we were garlanded and welcomed in a great manner .. the same day we went on a village safari to see beautiful landscape with hundreds of sheep and goats with their herdsmen .. later to the temple for a big ceremony .. loved it !!

our room was basic but enormous, overlooking the entire village and the valley.. the fort is spread into a huge complex and you'll love exploring it .. we spent most of our afternoons reading books and doing nothing but relax !! they had some dance and entertainment program in the evening during our dinner which was very amusing .. we finished dinner by 9 and sat down on our private terrace to gaze at the stars .. totally loved it .. had a fantastic stay !!

Room Tip: "ask for kach mahal @ mirror room" if you traveling in winters
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Phatkaal
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Not sure of the pricing on this place (as it was booked as part of a tour), but I really enjoyed the food, rooms, service, along with the Raja's hospitality.

We were even treated to an open Jeep ride to a secluded desert cliff to view one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
9  Thank BMelanie
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

If only the place looked as good as the website or even the glossy pamphlet they gave us! A good coat of paint would go a long way.

After initially making contact with these folks, we had difficulty with them and any further communication. Only when someone from India contacted them on our behalf did communication resume. We should have taken that as an omen of what was to come. We didn't and unfortunately we have since then been told that this was because the present incumbent Raja was not there while we stayed at Fort Bhadrajun, and that therefore the staff/manager did not live up to the promises.

When we arrived we were escorted into a reasonably dingy bedroom. I had forgotten until the day of our departure that I had specifically asked for the Hawa Mahal room, which is supposed to be quite nice. When I brought this up to the manager, he made all kinds of denials and then excuses. I wasn't charged for the better room, but of course this is what I had wanted when I had booked months before.

They also made very little effort to make our stay nice. The meals offered were very basic.
We were sold a 4 hour afternoon jeep tour, which was quite nice with the highlight being a very impressive visit to a temple ceremony for the evening prayers. The price for the two of us was 1500 IRS, which I thought to be a bit high. We were encouraged to leave tips at all of the sites they took us on during our tour, but I really believe that for the amount of money charged, they should have made contributions to those we dropped in on.

When I got my bill, the meals and the tour were on a different bill than the room charge, which of course leads you to wonder who actually pocketed those sums. India is very complex when it comes to the subject of money.....

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank travelonVirginia
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Bhadrajun, Dist. Jalore, 307031, India
Region: India > Rajasthan
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Ranked #947 of 1,932 B&Bs / Inns in Rajasthan
Number of rooms: 15

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