There are so many things that I liked that I don't know where to start! First of all, the family is amazingly welcoming and friendly, you can experience their lifestyle. You eat what family eats, hang with them, they let you participate in food making, or any other stuff that might interest you. The houses where we lived is made from clay and dunk, oldschool way of building in India, with the cherry on the top: the western bathroom with 24h hot water, which was such a relieve since in the normal hotels you usually get small boiler that is not enough for all the travelers. Here, I didn't have to compromise and could enjoy the best hot shower through all the trip (which is kind of ironic since I thought that there we won't have any hot water at all). The beds were very comfortable and inside the house it was nicely warm which is sometimes lacking in Jan-Feb at the hotels, since they're designed to cool during summer. Surroundings are very quiet compared to Indian cities. I didn't mind it, but for some people it can be a problem so I will just mention this. Winter season in India is wedding season, so even though it is very quiet at the homestay, in the evening you might here so celebratory singing and partying. Additionally, the prayer starts at 5 am, so for people who are sensitive to noise, you better put some earplugs before going to sleep. We participated in village safari and camel safari with dinner and dancing in a desert restaurant. That was great! During the village safari we got to see how people still live these days in the village (some people might not have electricity and facilities how we imagine them). We got to ride camels that belong to very sweet family who welcomed us at their home in the middle of the ride and gave us very nice Masala tea. The dancing and singing is a bit modernized and made for tourists: there are people from gipsies who perform; the food is very good in that restaurant. It is unique experience, even though it doesn't feel authentic for some travelers. That said, I don't expect some people just getting out of their huts to perform for fun for tourists every evening or whenever tourists expect :) so the setting is not so surprising. You get some performance at bonfire where you can enjoy some drinks and watch a bit of folklore from India. Additionally, the family gets you to a nice sunset point on a hill not far from their home. Also, Chhotaram's wife can decorate your hands with henna if you like so. They will answer all the most stupid questions that you come up with about their culture which is amazing. Another thing that is important: they don't have hidden fees! You pay what they tell you. This was important to us, because sometimes you can get cheated or have some hidden prices for some stuff that you won't even realize. Here they will tell you price for every service they provide you and it won't be more. I very recommend this place, it was like fresh breath after some cities and huge amount of people everywhere. Very warm, welcoming and refreshing.…
This place was amazing.The food was all freshly home cooked Indian food, which was the best Indian food I have tried. The huts are very beautiful and very very clean. The family was so friendly, helpful and just made you feel at home. Me and my partner done the village tour which is one not to be missed. I would 100% recommend. I would diffiently return if I come back to India. Its a beautiful homestay and very peaceful No car horns. Would love to give more stars if I could.
What a wonderful place. You truly feel welcomed into Chhotaram's home. Mamata's cooking is exceptional. There's always plenty of it yet it's fresh enough to never feel heavy. The huts are wonderfully comfy (and for once the 6ft guy didn't have his feet hanging off the end of a bed in India!) Don't hesitate to book and find out more about life in rural Rajasthan.
There have been many excellent reviews of this incredible homestay, all inspiring and true. Take our advice and treat yourself to a most unique and rewarding experience. Observe how to make a carpet and pottery in the traditional way, enjoy incredible home cooked meals over an open fire, ride a camel to observe the morning sunrise in the desert. We’ll definitely return with more friends and family! Thank you so much Chhotaram and Mamata ♥️
We were welcomed with a chai and a Hindi blessing to become part of this wonderful family. 15 people live in this homestay and make you feel totally welcome and cared for. We took the tour around the village and were shown the various crafts how they made pots and we were shown wild life as well. Our hut was comfortable and warm enough. We shared food with the family. It was an experience which I can highly recommend to people who want a budget rural experience. We enjoyed being shown how to cook the evening curry meal.We bought a lovely Dhurry made on the property by the family.