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“Oasis in middle of no-where”

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Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hodka Village
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

I was thrilled to see what how a desert place can be converted a beautiful place of stay by villagers. In the middle of desert, the villagers of Hodka have taken the task to transform their village life to tourists in the form of Shaam-eSarhad. Though they might not be as courteous as found in big hotels, but they are surely great. One can stay in tents or Bhunga's as they do, eat food prepared as they prepare at their home and most importantly traditional dance and music performance that is organized in the evening as they do for themselves in their villages.

Bookings are like hot cake. They sell out at the pace of tickets for any Indian cricket match. So make sure that you get in touch with them early and book it very well in advance. If you are going to stay there, I advise you not to take any food or water or blankets thinking what might be expected from a place in a desert. The food is more delicious then in any of the grand multi star hotels that one finds in big cities. The traditional dishes for lunch and dinner were brilliant. Local Bajra ki roti and curries …..

The tents are big and luxurious. Being in middle of desert we did not face any issue of water or any other comfort. One can even sleep below clear sky staring at stars if they wish too. This place is very near to White desert. Places that can be covered from here are India Bridge and Kalo Dhongar. One can visit some of the villages if one has time.

A place I will visit again !!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank iakarsh
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We had dinner here with friends, after a long day in the white rann and kado dungar... Brilliant traditional food, very nice ambience with live kutchchi music... Nice place, what a simplistic and pleasing decor... Clean. We would like to stay here next time.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
3  Thank Nimitt
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We had lunch here after seeing the white desert/rann of Kutch. nice buffet with great service-- -and good tasty food for just 200 INR per person. Beautifully appointed and laid out resort-- and nice cabins+tents. The crafts shops had decent variety. We stayed elsewhere, as this place was sold out (7 weeks prior)--- and they have few tents, so best to book **early**.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank jenabaintheworld
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Minutes away from the White Dessert lies this poetry of a place with a name that sounds like a ghazal.The whole resort is shaped like a typical village with authentic bhungas and tents spread around an open courtyard with a couple of typical village articraft shops charpoy sittings by the fire in the evening with cultural performances. The Bhungas (mud huts) are unique kutch village architecture that because of its round shape and natural material used survive the earthquakes the land is prone to. Each hut is like a village house with a small open yard a room that opens up into an open courtyard (chowk) as they call in gujarati and a bathroom beyond it. Whats unique is its run by the villagers and run so effeciently and pleasantly. Food that could be out of any good village kitchen is very good for lunch and dinner, breakfast however was disappointing. Do visit Kalo Dungar and watch the Foxes come and eat the prasad at the strike of noon before you catch the sunset at the white dessert. In the night after the resort switches off the lights except those in the rooms to lie down the charpoys and watch the million stars is a experience in itself worth going for.
They have got the village living experience absolutely spot on and totally recommend the place.

Room Tip: The last Bhunga has the most privacy.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank adhru
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

It is as near as you can get to staying in an original village Bhunga but with all the modern comforts. The whole architecture and the interiors merge beautifully with the surroundings.
The designers have given a lot of attention to even the smallest details.( there is beautiful traditional design around the electrical switch boards ) It is also an environment friendly resort.
It is a very heartening fact that the local Grampanchayat- village council runs it, and uses the profits for local development. I had the good fortune of watching moonrise at horizon level ( it being a flat land ) while I stayed there, which is a very rare phenomena for city dwellers. The food was very good and they gave us packed lunch when we visited the surrounding sights. I recommend this hotel highly.

Room Tip: Better to stay in a Bhunga for an authentic experience than a tent. As there are limited no of Bhung...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The resort is right on the edge of the desert, minutes away from where the salt pans (The infinite Rann of Kutch) begins. It is located in the middle of nowhere, under a vast open sky (so starry at nights you could clearly see quite a few falling stars) giving a very pleasant and unique experience.
The resort is open only during October-March, during the non-monsoon period. Rooms are built before the opening season. The resort and the rooms have a completely natural and local feeling - mud huts, open spaces, delicious local food, folk songs in the evenings, etc.
The rooms were very artistically decorated, well maintained, with very good service. The food was delicious local food and they serve one of the best Chaai you could ever have. The evening entertainment includes local folk singers that give a trance-filled performance, taking you away to a different world.
Over all, a very unique and beautiful experience.
P.S. We were 3 girls to travel alone there, and yet felt completely safe even in the middle of the desert.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was our second stay and the experience was as good as the previous one. It was early winter and the weather was already cold. . . staying in the tent you cant escape the chills though the heavy blankets keep you warm as long as you are tucked in. The whole ambiance is great. . . the staff works very hard right now from dawn to dusk to late into the night. In between their chores they break into traditional dance in the evening around the campfire. The starlit sky at night is mesmerizing. Food is simple but good. This place is not about the rooms, the amenities etc. . . but about the people, the sky, the stars and the exotic places you can visit from here.
If you are staying in tents you need to be careful about tying down the door flaps securely as keeping food items inside your bags as it can attract a stray dog who manage to get in given the bushy surroundings.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank zzmehul
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Additional Information about Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort

Address: Hodka Village 370510, India (Formerly Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort)
Location: India > Gujarat > Kutch District > Hodka Village
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hodka Village
Price Range: $49 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visitors: Shaam-E-Sarhad is an eco-resort built in a Kutchi village-style setting using locally sourced materials and crafts of the region. It is owned and managed by the Hodka village community and is open only from October to March. The resort promotes Endogenous Tourism where one travels not just for pleasure, but also to appreciate local community and their life in rural Gujarat. "The Endogenous Tourism Project in Hodka village seeks to promote local culture and craft based tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. Its aim is to improve the local people's quality of life, by creating more livelihood options, while preserving and allowing the community to develop their unique culture and share it with visitor."~ The use of local architectural style, the intricate art & crafts is very evident as soon as one enters Shaam-E-Sarhad (translated 'Sunset at the border'). Hodka village is not very far from the Rann of Kutch region which shares the border with Pakistan. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Hotel Hodka Village
Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort Hodka Village, India - Gujarat

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