A 20-minute drive from Jaisalmer’s honey coloured fort, lies the heritage hotel dubbed as one of the finest in the state. Suryagarh is a modern fortress set in the sprawling stark desert landscape outlined by elegant lines of golden sandstone. You’re swooped into a grand welcome with soulful welcome songs and the beat of the drums. A polite ‘khamaghani’ (greetings) with a nod of the head is sure to win you extra creds. Only when you get your bearings is when the gaze steers from the well-tended gardens, lake, a fossil hill, to trails that surround the fort in a verdant landscape. These double up as star-lit venues for musical evenings or private dinners. Since the fortress occupies a bluff atop a low hill, no matter where you look out from, breathtaking desert vistas greet you. Our personal favourite is the sight of the fortress itself turning salmon pink as the blazing sun retires for the day.