Our four nights at the Malji Ka Kamra were the most memorable of our five and a half week trip to India.
We were originally looking for a place to stop for a night to break up the trip to Bikaner, but when we looked at the hotel website we decided to skip Bikaner and stay here instead as it offered several activities that appealed to us.
The hotel has large clean rooms that retain their original character of decoratively painted walls and ceilings, and are as shown on the website. The mattress was very comfortable. It was very quiet at night, and sleep came easily. The restaurant food was flavourful, and not overly spiced.
The staff and management were all friendly, attentive and highly professional. Special thanks to Lat Singh who served as our tour guide, Gopal our driver, Anand in the front office, and the restaurant team.
After looking at the activities listed on the hotel website, we sent a wish list a few weeks prior to our arrival, allowing the staff to draw up a program that made maximum use of our time.
We especially enjoyed our visit to the wildlife sanctuary, to the local school for special needs children, the jeep safari in the dessert, the havali walking tour, dinner by oil lamp in the desert, the temple visits and the camel ride - all arranged by the hotel for what we felt was a reasonable cost.
The hotel also arranged for its driver to pick us up in Jaipur and to return us there at the end of our stay.
Walking in Churu, a city off the beaten tourist path, is an experience in itself. Yes, the streets are narrow and dusty and yes there are animals (both stray and working) but this is not the tourist world you see and experience at Connaught place in Delhi or near the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is a city of ordinary people leading ordinary lives.
Westerners are not a common sight, so don't be too surprised if someone asks to have their picture taken with you.
Unlike Delhi, Agra and Bangalore, we were not bothered by people trying to sell us tourist crap or touts trying to trick us into taking an auto rickshaw to some overpriced emporium. It would have been hard to get lost - some of the people who saw us taking a walk smiled and politely pointed the direction back to the hotel.
Total cost of our accommodation for four nights, most meals, three days of activities including guide and driver, and transportation to and from Jaipur came to a very affordable 55,000 rupees (equal at the time to about $US825).
We strongly recommend the Malji Ka Kamra as a place to spend and experience three or four memorable days in Rajasthan.
Its a best place to visit and staying in u can see the old rajasthan cutler and interior decoration .. the property provides beautiful air-conditioned rooms with original paintings and wall murals Handmade King-sized beds feature in all the guestrooms. The en suite bathrooms are equipped with hot water showers....
We had a few days to spend in Rajasthan and chose Malji Ka Kamra as a base to explore. We purposely avoided the larger 'resort style' accomodation. It was a perfect choice. The guest house itself is extraordinary and I concur with the other positive reviews about the rooms, hospitality, food etc. It could not be faulted. However for us the most memorable aspect was that we were fortunate to be guided around the area by Mr Lal Singh and through him we were immersed in the life of Churu as well as it's history. The people of the town were so welcoming and friendly. It was humbling. It was one of those increasingly rare times where we felt we were having a 'genuine' experience rather than one provided for the benefit of tourists. Thank you so much Lal Singh. One other thing... I am forever disappointed in the environmental credentials of hotel accommodation so it was so good to see in this dry environment that containers are left in the bathrooms to catch the cold water that runs until the hot water comes for the shower. A notice says that this is then used to water the garden. This is certainly another plus in my view.
We would return in a flash.
MALJI KA KAMRA, is a unique property with odes of old world charm and authentic home cooked rajasthani food, we being rajasthanis were in for a treat from the very first dinner wherein hot phulkas were served. the courtyard style haveli is very beautiful from both outside and inside with a nice green manicured front lawn. All the furniture -bed, doors, tables etc are typical rajasthani styled with coloured glasses used in the ventilator windows.the carvings and paintings on the ceiling and walls transport one to the old era.....
the rooms and bathrooms are quite big and clean with tea maker in each room. quite a comfortable stay with the host being very friendly and accomodating. we requested for a particular food item and it was made available .
the property is simply a great value for money. ,MUST STAY IF TRAVELLING TO CHURU!!!
From the moment we pulled through the games of this stunningly removated haveli we knew we had stumbled upon something truely special. The well documented history of the property offeres a deeper understanding of the surounding area of Churu. Our rooms were very comfortable and the food was outstanding. The real value was in the hosts and support staff. We partook in most of the activities offered and each one was more educational and interesting then the next. The in house guide is wonderful!! After traveling the very/over popular cities of Jodhpur,Jaislmer and Jaipur we finally found what we were looking for in Churu and at Malji Ka Kamra, the eccense of India!