Suryagarh, a boutique fort hotel outside of Jaisalmer, opened its 62 rooms less than four years ago and is doing everything in its power to become a poster child for India's "Incredible" campaign.
It starts with the ride to the hotel, during which you're escorted by "guards" standing in the back of a jeep and holding the hotel's signature flags.
Inside the main courtyard, you're greeted by drums, traditional singing, rose petals that flutter down from the sky, and the fort's priest, who blesses you before inviting you inside.
The location, in a desolate strip of desert, makes your stay even more realistic. After all, forts were always built in the middle of nowhere and they, like Suryagarh, were self-sufficient. Everything you could ever ask for is here--evocative rooms that manage to be modern, a swimming pool in the shade, blazing fast WiFi, hummus, cheese and olives!!!, cocktails, nightly snacks on your bedside table, and a staff that knows your name and remembers you're allergic to eggs.
Suryagarh isn't a hotel. It's a destination in itself, one that showcases the best of Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert by getting you off the the tourist trail and into a whole different frame of mind.