The Spoonbill is a fairly cheap guesthouse (250 for a double room) that has much that certain people would like, while others could not stand. (Of course, I'm assuming you'll visit to see the wildlife at the 500-metres-away Keoladeo Park, as there's not much other reason to visit the town).
Mr Singh speaks good English, while his wife cooks great, fair price, Thalis. Mr Singh arranged a very knowledgeable guide for 100 rupees an hour who spoke very good English and knew the English, Hindi and sometimes Latin names of far more wildlife than I did. More importantly, he spotted some beautiful birds that I would have never noticed with my naked eyes (such as the scarlet minivet and a sleeping nightjar).
On the downside, my room had enough mosquitoes to make count dracula jealous. I killed about 75, which I enjoyed in spite of my Buddhistesque attitude to wildlife, before putting the fan on full, pulling up the blanket and taking my chances with the remaining 25 or so.
The rooms could definitely do with a makeover, the water pressuer is lousy, but the bed was comfy and I had a fine night's sleep after a nice meal.
So, depending on your budget and priorities, the Spoonbill could be fine or unimaginable, though I reckon the mosquito problem is shared all-around the other hotels too.
P.S... I was told there would be little water at Keoladeo, famous for its migratory water birds, and that was correct. The ridiculously bare amount of water had been pumped up from underground wells. This is a real shame and will disappoint many. But as a first time visitor I saw many beautiful, amazing birds (even a Spoonbill and a Spotted bill Duck) and loads of mammals including nilgai, jackals, and deer that made the afternoon and morning I spent there worthwhile the trip from Agra.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Spoonbill & New Spoonbill Bharatpur, Rajasthan