Dev Shree, Deogarh is a stunning new property nestled amid rural Rajasthan. With just seven tasteful guest rooms, this intimate luxury homestay is a charming addition to any of our Rajasthan tours. Thanks to Dev Shree’s gorgeous location amidst the Aravali mountain range, we’d forgive you for thinking it’s in the middle of nowhere. In reality, it’s conveniently in the middle of everywhere: just two hours’ drive from Udaipur, three from Jodhpur or four from Jaipur, Dev Shree is perfectly positioned to experience the peace and natural beauty of rural Rajasthan. It’s ideal for relaxing and recharging your batteries mid-tour, for steering off the beaten track – beyond the 5-star hotels, and beyond the Taj Mahal – to discover something enriching.
This evening, take a Jeep drive out into the surrounding countryside for a fascinating insight into the life of local people here. Aside from stunning landscapes and architecture scenes, you’ll also spot an ancient Hindu temple and an interesting stepwell, as well as shepherds with their cattle returning home for the day. The excursion ends on a special note with sundowners by the lake, taking in a gloriously warm and beautiful Indian sunset.
A stay at Dev Shree includes all meals as Shatrunjai and Bhavna want you to feel at home, rather than at a hotel. Bhavna sources organic vegetables from her on-site garden to include in her dishes, offering local specialities and North Indian favourites alongside more familiar European options.
After having returned to Dev Shree for lunch, there’ll be a few hours in which to relax in your peaceful surroundings. Resting by the palm-fringed pool with a good book is heavenly! If you’re feeling active and would like to explore further, Shatrunjai and Bhavna have a range of activities on offer to suit all interests, and these can be arranged directly at the time. For example, you might like to embark on their Artisan Walk, passing through the local potters street and farmhouses, taking in bustling daily activities at the trading part of the village. Or a yoga class. Or tea at the local chai stall (owner Shatrunjai is happy to accompany guests to the nearby tea stall, where you can engage in an exciting conversation with the locals and learn more about their way of life).
We recommend ending the day bird watching by the lake. Ragho Sagar Lake is a peaceful spot attracting a colourful array of migratory birds. These are very welcome visitors of the hosts – Shatrunjai and Bhavna are avid bird watchers. Or, why not peep into the kitchen to get involved in the evening meal, learning how to prepare authentic local Rajasthani cuisine with the guidance of the chef.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion to share a flavour of the possibilities. It slots in perfectly with most of our sample itineraries, including our Ultimate Luxury Rajasthan Tour Package, our Luxury India Tour with Oberoi Hotels, our Rajasthan with Boutique Hotels, or our Highlights of Rajasthan tour to name just a few. Or, it can be enjoyed all on its own. All our tours are private, and tailor-made to complement your taste and interests. In essence, the itinerary described above is just a starting point, and together we can refine it into your ideal Indian experience. If you like the idea of a stay at Dev Shree, Deogarh you may find our suggested Rural Rajasthan Tour inspiring, and 8 of our Favourite Hideaways in Rural Rajasthan.
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