There is little doubt in the fact that India has a diverse culture, but some places within the country are especially renowned for it. One such destination in India is the Blue City of Jodhpur, located in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Golden sands, dotted with blue houses, create a rich visual contrast. The most famous city attraction is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, renowned for its architecture and collection of paintings, palanquins, howdahs, paintings, textiles and weapons. Umaid Bhawan Palace, a vast sandstone and marble building, is equally impressive. Now functioning as a hotel, its museum collection includes stuffed leopard carcasses, old clocks and vintage cars. Khejarla Fort, Chamunda Mata Temple, Ranisar and Padamsar Lakes, and Jaswant Thada are other notable attractions here.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Owing to the increasing number of tourists, more and more hotels are coming up in the city. Two properties, where travellers can seek comfortable accommodation, are Park Plaza and The Fern Residency.
An upscale property, Park Plaza Jodhpur is at a distance of around 3 km from the city airport and railway station. It features 65 guestrooms, categorised as Superior and Deluxe rooms, and Suites. All rooms are airy and brightly lit, and feature coffee-coloured wooden flooring. A flat-screen TV with satellite connection in every room assures guests of non-stop entertainment. People can use individual temperature control to make the hot summers and cold winters bearable. They can take care of business through Wi-Fi internet and make use of writing tables. Space has been provided for all to conveniently organise and store their luggage. Guests have a mini-bar at hand to enjoy their favourite spirits in complete privacy, whereas a tea and coffee maker ensures instant recharge.
Park Plaza Jodhpur
A refreshing swim in the on-site pool will relieve people of tiredness and worries as will a massage at the on-site spa. Those, who like to keep their body in shape, can exercise at the fitness centre of the hotel. Park Plaza Jodhpur makes arrangements for training programmes, workshops, weddings, exhibitions and office meetings in its four conference-cum-banquet halls. Guests can give a great start to their day with freshly brewed coffee at Oasis, the in-house coffee shop, which also serves Indian and Continental snacks. For lunch and dinner, they can pick from Pan-Asian delicacies at The Oriental Spice and Tandoori delights at The Kebab Express. Skky 63 Bar and Lounge and Geoffreys, the English style-pub, house a fine selection of all kinds of wines and other spirits.
The Fern Residency
Located off State Highway 61, The Fern Residency Jodhpur features spacious rooms with vibrant colour tones and bright lighting. The 50 rooms of the hotel are named Winter Green and The Fern Club rooms, and Hazel Suites. A flat-screen TV with Indian and international channels has been provided to everyone staying here. They can connect their laptops and smartphones to the high-speed Wi-Fi, available in all rooms and suites. Individual work desks allow guests to read, write or take care of business in privacy. En suite tea and coffee makers give people instant refreshments, while mini-bars ensure they do not have to go anywhere for drinks. Valuable things can be kept in digital safes, provided to everyone, staying at the hotel.
The Fern Residency Jodhpur
Ocean, the multi-cuisine restaurant of The Fern Residency Jodhpur, has options for buffet and a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. The View-Grill and Barbeque is apt to enjoy North Indian delicacies like kebabs, grilled to perfection. ROS (Republic of Sound) is the in-house nightclub, where a range of spirits and cocktails is available. For parties and office functions, people can pick from three banquet rooms and conference halls.