With home journey booming in a giant manner due to covid, an increasing number of individuals, together with myself are at all times looking out for these untouched, well-kept secret locations that we will escape to away from town and uncover extra concerning the land that we reside in. Which is how I found Vilasa Luxury, a journey portal that creates and curates bespoke journey itineraries only for you that cater to your tastes and journey preferences. I used to be discovering extra about Rajasthan despite the fact that I’ve visited it so many instances earlier than and boy did they ship! My good friend and I had a tremendous highway journey from Delhi to Dera Vilage, Kalakho after which onwards to Dera Dune, Jamba and we obtained to see Rajasthan in a totally new mild – proper from the heat of the individuals, to the middle-of-nowhere places we obtained to see, to the meals we ate and ofcourse the completely sensible experiences we have been whisked away on. We got here again so refreshed!
We began with Dera Vilage at Kalakho which is a few 6 hour drive from Delhi. Nestled in an obscure location on the map, the property is in the midst of gourd plantations that get visited by hyenas at nights and witness the native farmers firing their air-guns within the air to scare them away. With 16 cosy cottages, Dera Village nearly jogged my memory of the instances I loved the Infantry Officer’s Messes again when my father was nonetheless serving within the Army – a detailed knit household vibe, lush inexperienced lawns with an outside bar setup, choices to play badminton, a pool room outfitted with a good looking fire for cold winter evenings and a standard eating space for all of the visitors to assemble and eat collectively. I LOVED it!
I have to make a particular point out of how unbelievable the meals at each the Clement Retreats properties was – they largely use contemporary, natural produce grown in their very own farms surrounding the properties whereas the remaining is obtained regionally to assist the neighbouring farmers. It reminds you of yummy ghar-ka-khaana with unmatched freshness whereas on the similar time introducing you to typical Rajasthani dishes and preparations that you could be by no means have heard of. Brilliant!
Dera Dune, Jamba is one other 8 hour drive from Dera Village however will also be simply accessed through Jodhpur for those who favor flying. Again, positioned smack in the midst of nowhere, atop a sand dune, with 16 cottages and gorgeous 360 diploma views of the land round, you get to witness some spectacular Rajasthani sunsets, have stunning areas all around the property to calm down by your self, compensate for some studying and a stunning pool as nicely!
We additionally obtained to expertise some wonderful locations like close by salt pans in a village referred to as Baap, a neighborhood potter who opened up his dwelling to us, visitng a weaver’s dwelling the place he and his spouse hand weave essentially the most on-trend rugs, witnessing hundreds of Demoiselle Cranes flying in from Mongolia to cease over in Khichan to feed on Jowar that’s stored for them in a protected enclosure to guard them and assist them on their extremely lengthy migratory journey and ending our keep with a desert camel safari and a good looking sundowner (with the perfect banana bread you ever had, no jokes). Can’t wait so that you can see the beautiful pics from this expertise with Vilasa Luxury and The Clement Retreats.
Chilling outdoors our cottage
Simply wonderful to sit back within the winter solar with some piping sizzling potato wedges and beer!
We even managed to get in a recreation of badminton and a number of video games of pool.
Dera Dune within the distance whereas we went for a sundowner stroll to the close by sand dunes
Our lunch spot underneath the winter solar on one of many days
Inside the weaver’s dwelling
The close by temple in Jamba which is completely gorgeous throughout the sundown
Like I stated, the sunsets we obtained to expertise have been a factor of utmost magnificence.
Our cottage at Dera Dune
It was nothing in need of phenomenal to witness these hundreds of Demoiselle Cranes in Khichan early morning to return feed and take a brief break earlier than flying off of their wonderful arrow formed formations.
At the salt pans at Baap
At the potter’s dwelling
The sundowner on our remaining night at Dera Dune. Such a stunning night spent with Anjali of The Clement Retreats!
Touristy issues on our sundowner stroll across the sand dunes of Dera Dune
Extremely touched by the nice and cozy hospitality of the complete workers. It was additionally very particular to be part of the flag hoisting on Independence Day whereas we have been there. We sang the National Anthem and ate laddoos after. Felt as enthusiastic about all of it as we was once after we have been kiddos!
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