“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
The Mystic Carta
Mystic Jaisalmer is more than a hotel, it is a retreat for the weary traveller, a home away from home, a place for relaxation and contemplation, a space of Indian design with an international appeal. We welcome you to come to Mystic and be yourself, or be by yourself, and enjoy the magic and beauty of Jaisalmer among friends.
“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”
The owner Ashraf Ali is an avid traveller himself, and enjoys to host guests from around the world in an exchange of ideas, stories and creative expression. An aesthetic of beauty and magic underpins our every effort in this city famed for its romantic appeal. Let the magic of Jaisalmer and the windswept dunes take you away to where dreams and sensations become reality. Let the mind and intellect melt away in a Sufi-inspired environment that prepares you for a deeper meditation of your own internal world.
The influence of the golden City of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, is a fort town founded by Maharawal Jaisal in the year of 1156 AD when the capital was moved from Ludharva (18 km away from Jaisalmer). The ruling family of the Jaisalmer state belongs to Bhati Clan of Yadu Rajputs of Chandrawasnshi (Lunar) race who claim descent from Lord Krishna himself. Jaisalmer was one of the nine forts constructed by the Yadu Rajputs, the others existing at Kashi, Mathura, Pragvad, Gajni, Bhatner, Digam, Dirwal, and Lodurva. A former princely state and medieval trading centre, Jasailmer became known as the Golden City as most of its temples and homes are built of the yellow sandstone that sets the tone of the environment. The town is dominated by the fort with its royal palace, sandstone homes and Jain temples. Sprawling around it is a peaceful golden city with bustling marketplace, golden hued homes and businesses, colourful locals and their livestock. The city itself lies in the Great Thar Desert, and as far as the eye can see in the horizon you can gaze at this natural wonder.
Today Jaisailmer is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a major tourist destination on the India travel circuit, however it also has a strong appeal for being a real living town of almost 100,000. The fort itself is considered a rarity as it is a living fort with almost one quarter of the population living within its walls. The town attracts merchants and villagers from a wider region of 700 villages. A mix of old and new, rural and urban, modern and ancient traditions gives a unique aura of mystery and intrigue.
Inspired by these traditions and the ancient Silk Route location, the new Mystic hotel invites the modern traveller to unwind and join in creating the new stories of our generation. With many places to rest your weary body, from comfortable rooms and a cool multi-cuisine restaurant, to a rooftop where you can have your chai with a majestic view of the fort, there is ample opportunity to let your imagination take over. Mystic also offers trips out into the desert where you can take your camel for a journey to the sand dunes and sleep under the stars, or visit some of the local villages, temples or abandoned village of Kuldhara, to name but a few of the local sight. For those inspired by a more participatory type of travel, we now have also launched our new Mystic Smiles Village homestay 14km from the town itself where you can experience rural living, organic farming, cooking over an open fire and tending to the local animals. Stay for a few days or a few months, get involved, share your art, or volunteer with the local school children. There are many ways to take part and be a part of the Mystic community. Another aspect of the Mystic philosophy is to bring people together through special events that inspire the soul and feed the heart.
Whether joining in a Sufi desert caravan of music to the Divine, a sacred journey of dance in the Persian mystic tradition, or participating in any of the dance, yoga, reiki,meditation and massage programs offered throughout the year, there are ample opportunities to explore the inner regions of your being. As Mystic is dedicated to bringing together all different types of people, from different cultures, countries and backgrounds, it also provides an opportunity to bring together the rural and urban, the privileged and more needy. As a socially conscious enterprise, a portion of all profits from all Mystic activities goes toward the Mystic Smiles Society which supports educational and life skill projects for children with need from Jaisalmer and surrounding communities.