The raucous city life is strenuous on your nerves. Escaping into the wildlife sounds like a good idea. Doesn’t it? But traveling into the wildlife shouldn’t be bereft of luxury. This is what Singinawa Jungle Lodge provides you with. With 110 acres of deep forested land adjoining the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Singinawa takes you into tiger heartland. Huge cottages are lined up right next to lush green forests as you combine luxury with relaxation. You can take a trip into the wilderness with jeeps and trained naturalists to view the plethora of flora and fauna. You might just be able to spot a deer or the tigers who roam these massive jungles.
Built of stone and slate, the 12 cottages offer you a disconnect from the hustle of the city. With technology being far away from, the only thing that disturbs you might be an occasional wild animal. But the luxury never stops as you’re surrounded by top rate hospitality and amenities. The two jungle bungalows are surrounded by Sal trees and offer an unparalleled experience. You can even order food from your own kitchen with a personalized butler service.
What to do?
Although the Jungle Safari is one of the most important activities to do out there, it is not the only one. The safaris usually are from 3-5 hours and allow you the visualize the best of wildlife in the most relaxed of manners. The Paghdandi bicycle ride allows you to explore the forest all by yourself while taking a trip to the village of Jaldidand Baiga village. These quaint villages deep inside the reservation are agrarian societies untouched by interference of technology. The lodge also provides for some relief to the frayed senses.
The Jungle through the six senses provides for a rejuvenating experience as the overused senses get back to normalcy. The Aromatic and Fragrant trail lets you breathe in the aroma of flowers like wild Roses, Jasmine and Frangipani. A walk through the organic garden is much recommended. Tired after a whole day of wandering around the forests, take a session at The Meadow spa and let your body relax.
Tourism is a double edged sword in India. Although it brings in a lot of money and employment for locals, but over exploitation of the natural beauty leads to disturbance in the local ecosystem. Specially in an ecosystem as fragile as that of the forests, unregulated and irresponsible tourism can cause unmitigated destruction of the wildlife. This is where Singinawa Jungle Lodge stands out. Their motto of ecologically responsible tourism means that the natural habitat of the forest area is preserved. Not only this, their promotion of local artisans and villagers leads them to lead a better life.
This ecologically responsible resort allows you to rejuvenate yourself and plunge back into the grind of your daily life. Do try out this place when coming to the central part of India. You can make your bookings here.
Picture Courtesy: Singinawa Jungle Lodge
My love for horses started with Bryan Adams’ famous album Here I Am. The free spirited charge of a black stallion in an open field is a sight to behold. This is what we witnessed about 30 kms from Jodhpur at Mihirgarh which is under the house of Rohet.
Some Horses will Test You Some will Teach you AND some will Bring Out the Best in You…!! As The royal Marwari Horses walk away complacently into the canvassing wilderness… I shall stay and capture them in my lense..!! Thank you so much @mihir_garh @house_of_rohet for hosting us and letting us experience these marvellous jewels.. PicCredits :Snigdha Follow @saltandsandals . . #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #travelphotographer #luxury #royalty #royal #horse #horsesofinstagram #wilderness #wildernessculture #ecotravel #equestrian #India #dessert #thardessert #instago #rajasthantourism #instagood #wanderlust #incredibleindia #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #roadtotaste #wanderwithjo #bruisedpassports
The horses we are going to show you are the Marwar breed of horses. Contrary to popular belief, the ancestor of the horse Shivalisis is believed to have originated in the foothills of Himalayas. The Marwar horse is a close relative of the same. It enjoyed quite an exalted position in many cavalries across India. But with the coming of British, as was the case with many superior Indian practices it too fell out of favour. They were sold off to people without any knowledge of horse keeping. Breeding lines were diluted with multiple interbreeding. The independence with a further dissolution of the princely states struck a further nail in the coffin.
Slowly but steadily, the royals and the vassals of the princely states of India are reviving this lost breed. One such is the House of Rohet. The man behind the revival is Thakur Sidharth Singh , the 14 generation of the Rohet family to reside their 400 year old home now a heritage hotel, Rohet Garh. The stables at both the properties house about 15 horses and they offer unique equestrian experiences to their guests, a rarity amongst the hotels of India.
We were lucky to experience the flight of their horses. Four mares who gave the perfect poses for selfies along with a two month old foal who was still unsteady of its feet. But the star of the day was Sharang, a prodigy of the prolific horse Shandaar. Extremely strong, his flight against the stark backdrop of Rajasthani wilderness is a sight to behold. He shows off a bit of his skills to the camera as we enter the paddock. He does so by running extremely close and then changing directions a few inches away from you.
The Equestrian Experience
The Equestrian program is available on request and tailored to suit the riding capabilities. There are three types of programs you can avail. The first one is a day ride into the wilderness and visiting the villages of rural Rajasthan. A larger program entails an overnight stay at a desert camp. A royal meal is something that will give you an experience of hunting like the royalty. But it’s the last option I liked the most. We got on our horses and rode to the nearby village of Luni and then to Rohet. The sandy, semi arid region is perfect for the horses to ride.
These magnificent horses are not just used for riding but also for equestrian events like Dressage and show jumping. Watching these amazing creatures is once in a lifetime experience. You should definitely visit Mihir Garh to experience the stellar stable of Marwar horses there.
Rajasthan has been a strong hold of the Rajputana. The royal families built a plethora of forts and palaces all over the desert countryside. With the accession of these princely states post Independence, many of them were converted into boutique hotels. Although the Rajasthani fanfare and royal comforts are very enjoyable, a break in between all the history is much needed. The WelcomHotel, Jodhpur is one such modern amenity.
The WelcomHotel is fashioned after the desert itself. Not adhering to the traditional concept of fort hotels in the heart of Rajasthan, this ITC hotel‘s gem flows boundless like the desert. The are some very interesting concepts that will make your stay in Jodhpur that much more interesting.
Executive Chef Akshraj Jodha’s food is experimental and something that you must try out.
Read here about Chef Jodha’s progressive Rajasthani Food
Two dishes that I missed to tell you during my last post were during Lunch. The beautifully adorned Desert Rose hosts our meals The Mayo Mutton Curry is a throwback to the mutton curry made in Mayo College, Ajmer. He puts the mutton curry on top of a Bajre ke Roti. Now a Bajre ki Roti is something that is very dry. But the juices and the sauces from the meat soften up this Indian bread. The next dish that draws our attention is the Thar Pulao. The arid desert of Rajasthan has a lack of rice dishes. But this one comes from the areas of Sindh and gives out a complexities of flavours, akin to a Biryani.
What to do at WelcomHotel, Jodhpur?
The evenings are a scene to behold. Some cultural performances light up your evenings as the beautiful lawns of the hotel is covered in lights. The large walkways of the hotel are covered up in light yellow lights that you must truly see to believe. The swimming pool has a beautiful adjoining bar giving you the perfect way to relax yourself during the summer months. The multiple spacious lawns are perfect to celebrate all your events. The traditional artisans are also promoted
The WelcomWellness spa allows us to relax completely. With a room specifically for the dry Thai massage, the stretches and pulls eases out the knots in my muscles. Walking around in the surrealistic surroundings allowed me to unwind from the stress of daily life. So next time you’re visiting Jodhpur, base yourself at WelcomHotel.
Desert Rose is an idyllic all day cafe at WelcomHotel, Jodhpur. The cafe is steeped in quite elegance and serves something for everyone. With period furniture and artifacts pinned and stacked on every wall along with large windows letting the sunshine, it definitely makes for a serene and regal ambience. When in Jodhpur, Rajasthan make sure you take a break at the luxurious WelcomHotel Jodhpur. Do try out Chef Akshraj Jodha's @akshrajjodha progressive Rajasthani food. Pic Credits: Snigdha Follow @saltandsandals #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #photography #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #royalty #rajasthantourismofficial #royalty #jodhpurdiaries #rajasthantourism #India #condenastindia #lgindiapage #welcomhotel #itchotels #responsibleluxury
The Ranbanka Palace is a royal place to travel. The 80’s and 90’s were dominated with family travel in India. With 20 somethings earning like never before and travelling, the focus is shifting away from the travel of yesteryears. The instinct earlier was towards ticking off a list but today’s traveler wants to sit back and relax. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, luxury travel is fast becoming a necessity. Although the western world has woken up to it’s benefits, it’s time for Indians to also do so. Ranbanka Palace located at Jodhpur is perfect for this kind of travel.
Walk through of Ranbanka Palace
Located in the blue city of Jodhpur, this 20th century city palace is a throwback to the might of the Rajputana royalty. Built in 1927 by Maharajadhiraj Ajit Singh ji from the royal family of Jodhpur, Ranbanka Palace is now in the hands of their scion, R.K Karanvijay Singh. The 70 room Ranbanka Palace is a relief to overused senses. Be it listening to the chirping of the birds or straining to identify a constellation during clear nights, this place offers you a disconnect from the world not easily available.
Rajputana Architecture at Ranbanka
The opulent luxuries at the Ranbanka offer you a chance to feel like royalty without it’s stresses. The strong built walls hold stories of Rajputana valour while a collection of photographs on the walls gives you an insight into the most recent history of the family. Restored in 2000, the fort holds numerous knick knacks from all over Rajasthan. Be it a collection of weapons or musical instruments.
As you will have already seen in the walkthrough video of the property, the rooms of Ranbanka are divided into Deluxe, Club and Suites. With hardwood furniture and colours of red and saffron dominating the frame, your stay at Ranbanka will always remain colourful. The Jodhana experience is available to those who book the Jodhana suites. The private terraces on our rooms were something that gave us the opportunity to keep on blabbering without a care in the world.
What to eat?
A newly built large dining hall acts as the main restaurant of the hotel. Breakfast is a buffet with an Indian speciality along with eggs made to order. For lunch, we tried out the ostentatious Rajasthani thali. A plethora of dishes were arranged on our plate. The Gatta Curry, the Laal Maas and the Papad ki Subzi gives you an explosion of flavours you haven’t experienced before.
There is not a single second of boredom at the Ranbanka Palace. Activities like the Desert Safari to Bisalpur is one of the good options. The camel reserve at Bisalpur hosts safaris which are usually day trips. It starts off with a jeep ride to the forest. It is followed by a trip around the forest discovering wildlife such as Black Buck, peacocks and Nilgai. After a break for tea and the famous Jodhpuri Kachori, it was time to ride the majestic camels. Many authentic Indian penchants like Astrology, Palm Reading and Henna application are also available.
The Gold Room at Ranbanka Palace
The Gold Room is the pinnacle of Rajputana royalty. There are a plethora of taxidermied animals including deer, elephant and tigers. Heads of many of these animals adorn the walls while a life sized tiger roars at you from the corner of the room. Elephant’s feet have been used to make stools, while their tusks adorn the walls. A soft leopard skin overlays the old piano. There are also some old albums showcasing the days of hunt.
Ranbanka Palace is an option for those who love to travel slow and luxurious. It is an experience that will rejuvenate you thoroughly.
Ranbanka Palace was built in 1927 for Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh. This palace captures the prevelant colonial architecture of early 20th century and immerses it in the echoes of bygone Era. Ranbanka Palace hotel with royal heirlooms and lavish arches showcases the luxury, history, arts and culture of royal Marwar. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #luxury #jodhpurdiaries #like4like #wanderlust #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #roadtotaste #wanderwithjo #bruisedpassports
The house of Rohet is a family of jagirdars who dotted the scene of medieval Rajasthan for a better part of four centuries. Rohet Garh located at half an hour’s drive from the blue city of Jodhpur is perfect for a trip of relaxation in India.
Nearly 400 years old, the Rohet Garh along with it’s sister property Mihir Garh take the meaning of experential hotels to an altogether new level.
Although Rajasthan is filled with hotels which tend to offer you an insight to the Rajputana heritage, Rohet Garh is one of rare ones which offers you the comforts of royalty with a hint of a rustic feel. Away from the frills and thrills of the city, Rohet provided us with a chance to unwind and connect with your inner self.
What impressed us at Rohet Garh?
A huge mural depicting the lives of the royals is depicted on the entrance. A lush green lawn welcomes us along with Avijit Singh Rohet, the 15th generation of the House of Rohet. Our room is a cosy little place on the ground floor overlooking the lawns. The beds and cupboards reek royalty but it is an oddly placed pillar and a view to the lake that stumps me. A pillar which I suspected is due to the fact that our rooms used to house the steeds of the Jodhpur cavalry. A beautiful baithak looks out onto the lake with ducks swimming in it.
Food at Rohet Garh
Chef Sharma cooks up a few specialties of the Marwar area. Overlooking the swimming pool, the dining area offers a breathtaking view of the property. Rabori, Kadhi and a Subzi made with green tomatoes adorns our plate. The Laal Maas is present in all its ubiquitous glory. But it’s the sheer opulence of the bar that will make you fall in love with Rohet Garh. Hard desert wood on the ceilings along with the illustrious history of the family being showcased in photographs. Heavy chandeliersand the use of maroon and red complete the look. We sipped on a glass of wine as Avijit regaled us with stories of hunting expeditions and horse breeding.
Activities at Rohet Garh
The Horses, Aha! Rohet Garh and Mihir Garh offer an unique equestrian experience along with a plethora of other options. The activities include cooking classes, desert safari and a trip into the heart of rural India. I will be dedicating another post for these.
Rohet Garh is a luxury property that will offer you an unique experience of Rajasthan away from city life. You can make your bookings here.
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The four hundred year old @house_of_rohet Garh fort was the place where the famous historian William Dalrymple penned his City of Djinns. It is located about half an hour's drive from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India At night, the lights create a serene yet royal atmosphere which isn't forgotten easily. The ornately decorated bar is something that you must check out while visiting. It is as if walking in history. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #royalty #royal# #hospitality #heritage #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #crazemag #roadtotaste