They advertise themselves as a hotel on their website but they really are a true homestay. Where your hosts, erstwhile royalty Major Durga Das and Jyoti Jasol, treat you royally. And for once, you can take what they say on their website to be true.
If you are in the romantic city of Udaipur, this is the place to stay. Far from the crowds, located atop a hill, you get a panoramic view of the city below. Mornings and evenings here are to be cherished – go to the highest of the multiple terraced building and enjoy the changing colours and moods with the rising and setting sun.
Devra is named after a 800 year old temple dedicated to the snake God located on this site; Devra literally means ‘where God resides’ or a ‘tribal temple’ by locals. Took years to cut away rocky hill and build the homestay. A visit and a silent homage is recommended – do check out the centuries old statuettes here.
And here is more about the place:
* Service: As mentioned earlier, you feel like royalty. The host family and their staff make that extra effort – from their heart – to make you comfortable and happy.
* Rooms: Very clean and well fitted. Sheets and towels are spotless, and furniture and mattresses designed for comfort. Bathrooms have hot and cold showers, with the usual toiletries.
* Location: On a hill, does not get better. Within the city, yet away from any noise. The air here is clean and fresh at all times, and you are never too far from any place.
* Amenities: You can walk around the place, refer to a library of interesting books, go bird watching (even feed them in the morning in the lawns), go horse riding, book a yoga class or go for a village walk. Or just sit back and enjoy life.
* Food Quality: You must have the meals here. Traditional fare cooked to your taste. Feel free to discuss preferences in the kitchen. Finger licking taste, made with mostly organic ingredients, served formally.
* Extras: Major Das is a keen environmentalist, and knows the estate and surrounding hills and forests very well. He is always ready to play guide and take you around – and regale you with stories of leopards who cross the property sometimes (worry not, they usually consume only poultry – and the Major’s fine Labrador two years back), birds and other flora and fauna. Get your hands dirty in the fields – the owners grow their own wheat, vegetables and lentils and have cows for milk. All organic!
* Liked Best: The location, the interiors, the food and the hospitality.
* Liked Least: Was not there for a longer trip – but will be back.
* Best time to visit: July – September for the monsoons, and October – March when the weather is excellent.
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