A visit to this beautiful property got me to Jaisalmer, also known as “The Golden City”, a place where I have wanted to go since long.
This beautiful town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort which is believed to be one of the “Living Forts” in the world. One look at the city and you would be mesmerized by its alluring and picturesque beauty. Truly a spectacular sight to behold! Jaisalmer is named after Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati ruler who founded the city in 1156 AD. Jaisalmer means the Hill Fort of Jaisal. It is a world heritage site and lies in the heart of The Great Indian Desert “Thar Desert.”
But hey! Let’s leave all the city talk for a later time, and talk about the property I stayed in while in Jaisalmer.
Kanak Jaisalmer is a Luxury Boutique property nestled in the heart of the desert and conceptualized over a vast landscape for a great camping experience amidst the sun-drenched sands with an amazing amalgamation of architectural aesthetics, modern amenities, cultural activities, and authentic cuisines. The fact that Kanak is located away from the chaos of the city; it offers the inhabitants a rejuvenating escapade and oasis of charm while preserving the culture of Rajasthan.
The very minute I stepped foot in Jaisalmer, I realized it was going to be an experience worth telling and guess what, I wasn’t disappointed. It was a very beautiful 45-minute drive from the station to the property, all thanks to Padam Ji , the man who escorted me through the city. I reached Kanak amidst the failing first light of the sun while still being surrounded by the dark but was left awestruck by the serene view. Blown away by its calmness, the first impression left a mark which cannot be described in words, and it only got better from there!
I was brought back to the fancy and deluxe amenities when I was escorted to my super luxurious Tent (Jaisalmer Tent) which beautifully stood there to match the color palette of the city. Each element of the tent was intricately designed in tandem with the rich cultural heritage and integrated it with lifestyle of Jaisalmer to ensure that the experience is authentic and true to the essence of this place.
The tents look traditional and modern at the same time. Each tent comes with a desert view and with only 10 tents in the property; you can be rest assured that privacy is of utmost importance here so you can enjoy the company of your partner or your family here.
They have 3 categories of tents-
Jaisalmer Tent, Jodhpur Tent and Jaipur Tent!
All the tents are created to match the colour palette of the city it is named after & is designed in such a way to give you an authentic experience.
Jaipur tent is the suite category as it comes with an exclusive front porch and a private plunge pool.
Sharing a few pictures of this category from my stay:
To know more in detail about the tent categories:
Coming to the food-
The first night of my stay there, a special cultural evening was arranged followed by dinner at Paakhi (in-house restaurant). A beautiful bonfire sparked in the centre, around which sat plump seating arrangements for us on one side, and on the other, folk musicians and dancers to offer a first-hand experience of the deeply rooted history and widely practiced traditions of the state accompanied by scrumptious meals and wine which was only highlighted by the Rajasthani folk music, dance and the august company of the other guests with whom the conversation flowed easily! I can easily call it the best dinner in a long, long time!
Not to miss: Breakfast and lunch were superb too- a great introduction to the local cuisine. I also had the honour of trying their special “Laal Maas” that was cooked by the owner himself- Mr. Bhanu, it was delicious delicious delicious!
While in conversation with Mr.Bhanu, he spoke of his desire to create a unique experience for his guests and while it is still early days (this was Kanak’s first season), him and his team have really created something special. The hospitality is top notch – staff makes sure that if you want something, you get it.
And if this isn’t enough, the boutique property offers a range of signature experiences, each better than the one before. They take immense pride in their history and culture and make sure that their guests get the real taste of the golden city, while staying at their property. The experiences are carefully handpicked and created to leave a lasting impression of the flavours of Rajasthan on the guest’s mind and heart.
I got to experience few of their many signature experiences like:
If you are in Jaisalmer, you cant just miss this!
An amazing amount of golden sunshine over the unending vast sands of the desert for as far as your eyes can see lets you experience the thrill of the Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer. At Kanak, they make sure the guests experience the exact thrill. They took me for the Desert Safari in an open jeep, and with the desert winds getting caught in my hair, I knew I was experiencing the raw Rajasthan! A few snippets from the same:
Camel Safari & Desert Festival:
Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is the most awaited and famous cultural and colourful event of Rajasthan. Camel races, Turban-tying and Mr. Desert competitions are organized. It is held in the month of February every year. The festival showcases Rajasthani folk songs and dance and it is very attractive to foreign tourists. This is the best time to visit Jaisalmer and I was happy to reach the city around the same time. I was escorted to the festival by kanak and they made sure I get to experience the “camel safari” too. They be the best! Words cant do justice to the fun I did during the festival, hence, pictures-
High Tea at Khaba Fort !
The visit to Khaba Fort was part of Experiential Stay from Kanak Jaisalmer. The history and stories associated with this fort are interesting and that makes the visit very worthy. Once a native place of the Paliwal Brahmins, Khaba fort is said to be deserted overnight under mysterious circumstances. The ruins of some of those deserted villages are visible from Khaba Fort. On arrival at Khaba, to my surprise, was a beautiful high-tea set curated by kanak secailyl for its guests that brought a huge smile on my face.
The kanak staff told me as to why Paliwal Brahmins left the Kuldhara villages. The story is:
A minister or Dewan of the kingdom saw the young daughter of the village chief. Bewitched by her beauty he desired to marry her. The girl’s father refused to give his daughter in marriage to him. This angered the minister and forced the village chief for marrying off his daughter. He gave a deadline for marriage after which he would forcefully enter the village and take his daughter. The chiefs of all 84 villages met that night. To safeguard their pride and honor they decided to leave the villages in the dark of the night.
Here are a few pictures from my visit to this fort and around:
Last but not the least,
Sun-Downer at Kanak!
Fine drinks under the canopy of marmalade skies are as exhilarating as it is serene. Though the sun-downer was without a sun, thanks to the weather! I still had a wonderful time and managed to click few amazing pictures.
It was an enriching experience and I enjoyed every bit of it!
Few of their other signature experiences constitute of Parasailing, Quad Biking, Dinner on dunes. I hope to enjoy those in my next visit, which is not far, I can sense it!
Staying at Kanak is definitely an experience one cannot afford to miss! My stay there was full of amazing food, exemplary service and gorgeous views. The pictures do no justice to the real beauty of the property and the well curated experiences. You have to see it to believe it.
If I ever get to visit Jaisalmer again, I would definitely go back to Kanak without any second thoughts!
If there’s anything else that you’d like to know, please feel free to drop your questions in the comments section and I will make sure to answer them!
Love & Cheers,