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 !!
- 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