This is a hotel that is right on the railway tracks. So, you get to feel like you are in "My Cousin Vinny" with the trains running through. On the other side is a bus stand where they insist on making very loud announcement of buses coming in and going out every two minutes starting 5am. In between, you have a railway gate where when the train goes through, the gate is shut and there is a track block that takes 20 minutes to clear. The honking from impatient drivers add to the cacophony.
There is a whole lot of litter in the back which is a real eye sore. The staircase is something else-- full of garbage, spit, and other yucky stuff. In case of a fire, you are better off jumping off the window as you will not make it through the stairs. The restaurant is a basic road side Dabha on the roof that serves oily, spicy, restaurant-style Punjabi food that will get anywhere these days and all dishes will taste the same. The elevator is very small and if you hold your breathe two or three people can use it at the same time.
The inside of the room is somethingelse. It is as if you have traveled through a portal to a different world. It is actually aesthetically done and reasonably comfortable. Of course, there are no place to hang clothes or any wardrobe-- it is as if the designer did not expect anyone to stay here.
Junagadh is unfortunately a disgustingly dirty town. I am told that this was the case for at least a century now. The Nawab did not care for this place and neither does the local Panchayat. The only reason to go there is Chandragupta's fort (the Upkarkot) and perhaps the tombs of the Nawabs (which are great to look at during sunset). Frankly, I am not much of a tomb person; I am not sure I want to visit the dead of some unknown person however good he may have been. In that event, why punish yourself with this hotel?
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Vishala Junagadh, Gujarat