Chanoud Garh, Chanoud India, Rajasthan
Chanoud Garh is a simple and pleasant homestay experience in a palace in Rajasthan’s Chanod region, about two hours drive from Jodhpur and Udaipur. This 300 year old desert palace is maintained by the Singh family, who live in one of the courtyards nearby. The Singh family claims to be always ready to host the Maharana as they used to have to do, rather spontaneously, in past centuries. The lovely and very spacious hotel has seven suites, all of which are tastefully adorned with beautiful furnishings. The suites are all spread over different areas within the palace, giving a feeling of space and privacy.
Mod cons are lacking here: you won’t find televisions or a swimming pool. This is more of a place to relax and soak up the sun, sit in the garden courtyard or have a drink on the terrace and take in the views of the countryside below. The food is locally sourced and prepared. If you’re lucky, you might share a conversation with Thakur Ajeet Singh ji himself.
The palace has stacks of character and charm, but it’s not a fancy luxury experience. Don’t expect modern facilities, though you will be treated like royalty all the same. Come here for a simple and beautiful village experience in Rajasthan’s vivid desert.
Homestay - What we mean by 'Homestay' is generally a large family owned house, still occupied by at least some members of the family. Interaction with guests is encouraged and is in fact unlikely to be avoided! These places always have bags of character are usually highly charming and can provide a fascinating shortcut towards understanding local life a little better. Facilities can range from the luxurious, to pretty basic and meals are generally taken as a group and served in the local style rather than from a menu. The service is almost always fairly quirky and idiosyncratic. Great fun.
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