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“Home Away from Home “
I discovered a sort of home away from home, complete with an away-from-home “family,” in the little town of Ajmer. The Badnor House, one of several of India’s Heritage Houses I stayed in during a trip around the country, was comfortable, clean and reasonably priced, but most impressive was the hospitality of the hosts: Sanjay Badnor and his Dad, Raghu, and Mom, Lucky. I felt both an honored guest and a family member.

When I ventured out for a long stroll that extended into the night, Sanjay was a bit worried so was waiting at the gate when I returned. Later, he helped me set up train travel and a hotel reservation as I headed off to Udaipur. Lucky, a gracious lady with a keen sense of humor, brightened up my breakfast in the courtyard with her fine company and conversation. Then Raghu, a retired professor still active in the school’s programs, took me to Mayo College, founded as a school for the sons of Indian royalty in 1875, and set me up for a private tour of the college’s intriguing museum.

I stayed in the Badnor’s suite which, although not fancy and showing its age a bit, was entirely comfortable, quiet and spotlessly clean. Sanjay was adding three guest rooms while I was there and they’re now finished. I’ve only seen photos, but the rooms look quite snazzy.

A couple impressions of Ajmer: It’s a good town for wandering, a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of India’s larger cities. Along that line, the extraordinarily intricate display at Ajmer’s Jain Temple is kind of a subdued, refreshing change from India’s more renowned, more massive – and more crowded – attractions.


Beautiful Home, Family, and Ambiance
Since living and traveling in India, stress and confusion has become a part of my everyday life. At Badnor House, I was able to fully relax after experiencing their beautiful and peaceful rooms and warm hospitality.

Few tourists venture to Ajmer, which makes it a hidden gem to experience. When most arrive at the train station, people go to Ajmer. When I arrived, I was greeted by a driver, arranged by Badnor House and taken to a wonderful oasis.

Bhuj, India

Wonderful homestay in Ajmer

I stayed at Badnor House during June/July 2009 while passing through Ajmer. The accommodations were comfortable, spacious, clean, and charming. The owner, Sanjay Badnor was exceptionally knowledgeable about Ajmer and it was a pleasure talking with him. Sanjay also leads photo tours and is extremely knowledgeable about photography in India (and interesting places to visit!).

The only downside was that the hotel was a little far from the city centre but very conveniently located from the bus station. Rickshaws, were easy to find, of course, so getting around was no problem. I would definitely stay here again despite this fact.

Saint Louis, Missouri
A little oasis in the middle of a restless journey through Rajasthan. Thank you for some peacefull moments!

Erika Jeusi. Switzerland

Words are not enough to tell how comfortable my stay was. It was a home away from home, the rooms, the guidance, the arrangements to go to the Dargah were just wonderful. Would definitely come again!

Aruna Jaiswal . India
Thank you for your hospitality. The room was amazing and our time here unforgettable. We have been on our honeymoon in India and you have helped make it special. We shall visit again, many thanks!

Andrew& Nicola Woodman, Bristol, U.K.
A very comfortable and beautiful hotel. I hope I will come back again with my family and friends some day! I will never forget the beginning of 2011! Thank you very much for your hospitality.

Yosuke Kikuchi, Japan.

Sanjay Singh Badnor
Badnor House, Civil Lines, Next to Khadim RTDC
Ajmer, Rajasthan 305001
Phone : 91.145.2627579
Mobile : 91.9829077722
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