We arranged for a car and driver to take us through Rajasthan for a few days. Our first night in Pushkar we stayed at a hotel recommended by the tourist association. It had seen better days. The mattresses were wooden and everything was more than slightly shop worn.
It took a lot of maneuvering to lock our door.
After that experience we would stay in places recommended in Lonely Planet.
The Cozy Inn in Jodhpur was at the top of a steep hill that was impossible for the car. Ravi, our driver, nervously watched us treck up the hill with a promise to meet in the morning.
We found a sweet refuge with clean cozy rooms, a rooftop restaurant and a book exchange.
It was there I found “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. What a treat it was to read it while still in India! Well written with an insight into the intricacies of the caste system.