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Chhatra Sagar Rajasthan, India

Chhatra Sagar Rajasthan, India

Location

A totally peaceful retreat midway involving the metropolitan cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. The camp sits on a dam along with views within a nature reserve and farmland into the Aravalli Hills. It is a spot of large skies and huge panoramas which can make your heart glow.

Style & personality

A permanent version of the type of tented camp after setup here for visiting dignitaries on safari. You will find nine well-spaced tents around the dam plus a additional two perched on a hilltop with 360-degree viewpoints. Large canvas pavilions include the dining and sitting areas. It is a convivial place where guests mingle over drinks around the campfire and frequently join up for supper.

Service & amenities

Faultless service from the hands on owners, brothers Harsh and Nandi Singh, along with their employees; a true relief following the over-attentive ‘royal’ service located in so many legacy properties. There is no Wi-Fi but there is no reduction in this a time-out place. Cousin Raj directs a fascinating morning village excursion; a real in-depth look at conventional farming lifestyle. At the late afternoon, private Pentax binoculars are passed out to the character walk round the lake.

Restaurant

Rooms

The tents are appropriate for royalty: the canvas insides are painted with floral designs; the super-king beds are oh-so-comfortable, along with the pristine bathrooms have walk-in showers, fluffy towels and home made soaps. Red rose petals – developed by local farmers – are sprinkled with abandon. The backyard with wooden deckchairs is ideal for an afternoon snooze.

Food & beverage

Outstanding Indian home-cooking: the very tender and yummy goat curry I’ve ever eaten in India, followed by aubergine with tamarind sauce and corn and millet chappatis. The lotus seed, rose petal and cardamon milk pudding is lively and more-ish. For breakfast there is fresh berry and fruit, an outstanding omelette and coffee produced by somebody who knows what they are doing (a rarity in India). The pub is broad with a fantastic selection of spirits, beer and Sula Indian wines.

Value for cash

Open October to March; double rooms440 all season, including all meals, trips, soft beverages and personnel hints. No Wi-Fi.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

Not acceptable for young children since there’s not any obstruction against falling into the lake.

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