Explore the arts of crafts of the Deogarh village folk – just step out of the gate and your local guide will show you the work of the local potter and you could try your hand at the potters wheel. The flag maker, the lady with the henna cones , the miniature artists all make for interesting aspects in the walk. Ending at the main street one sees the locals going about their daily business of trading spices, groceries, rations and bangles etc. There are also some antique and silver shops where one could strike a bargain
More seasonal walk for Bird lovers- Particulary good in the mornings and evenings – walking past the Mosque along the Dam passing below the Gokal Fort(a climb to the Fort is also possible) on the right and Family Cenotaphs on the left coming back Via the Potters street. 3.4 km
Traditional Mewari dishes and age-old recipes are shared. Take a guided
walk to the vegetable market and purchase fresh, local produce from the
village vendors who are also eager to share their methods of preparation with you. We then plan a menu around the purchased vegetables and demonstrate the cooking styles, smoking styles and even slow cookery styles. An insight into the recipes of the past , but presented today.
A drive with a family Member though Villages and Rough Country going past some farms and village huts, you may visit the cave temple largely depending on the season but each day a drive goes out ending on a lake side with Tea and Biscuits .
Hiking in The Aravallis
Ideal for those keen on hiking , the Sand Mata trail provides an exhilarating morning trip. Set off early morning , around 7:30 a.m. to the base of the hill in a jeep from where you start the climb up to the temple at the peak. A 10 km walk in all, through scrub forest for about 21/2 hours ( up and down) and you return to Dev Shree for a late breakfast .
A seasonal activity around the lake – and from the garden of the house – spotters scope and guidance is available with the family for spotting birds – must watch a fly- past of over thousand parakeet in the evening over the garden followed by flight of fruit bats over the lake .
Dev Shree offers a train ride – a magical experience to traverse down the Aravalli hill section in a small meter gauge train. The journey begins after breakfast when your guide will meet you at Dev Shree at 10:00 am and take you to the charming Kamblighat station . He will purchase the tickets and help you board the train which arrives at 10:30 am.It’s a local train and one is seated on wooden seats alongwith the locals who can be a wedding party, pilgrims, daily travelers, children and sometimes even their cattle !!!
The train traverses through the Aravalli scrub jungle and through tunnels and over bridges ; stopping en route at Goram Ghat Station in the forest, where monkeys arrive in hoardes and the travelers usually carry bananas or biscuits to feed them . The journey continues and our guests disembark at Phulad station where your car is waiting to receive you and bring you back to Dev Shree in time for lunch .
Morning Timing Leave Dev Shree – 10:35 a.m. ( Request you to take your own car ) Train departs from Kamblighat railway station – 11 a.m. IST ( Indian Stretchable Time ) Reach Phulad station – 12:15-12:30 p.m. ( Here the vehicle will receive you and bring you back up to Dev Shree in time for lunch).
We request you to use your transport to take you to the station and pick you up at Phulad and drive you back to Dev Shree.
Cycling at Dev Shree
The undulating Aravalli hills provide for the most beautiful backdrop for
cycling enthusiasts . Winding roads through undulating hills, passing by
cattle grazing communities is the ideal way to encounter this part of
Dev Shree offers you a couple of cycling packages:
Day of Cycling for a Couple.
An evening jeep drive into the countryside lends an insight into the life of the people of the area . The drive is tailored to suit the interest of the guests; whether they are keen on the farming and agricultural side of the village, the temples and cultural aspects or the birds and natural scenic part of the area. We set out in an open hooded jeep equipped with a packed tea , snacks and a pair of binoculars . Just as you get out of the village of Deogarh one drives along the farms and we see crops in the fields and arrive at the Anjana temple , a Shiva shrine ensconed in a cave where bats hang from the roof of the cave.
There is also a step well nearby where pilgrims would bathe before entering the shrine. As we drive on , through a shepherds village, we see the cattle returning from their day of grazing and we end up at a lakeside in time to watch the sun set and view the migratory birds which are our winter visitors.
Rural Train Ride
Phulad to Khamblighat journey by a local train across the Aravalli range is a pleasant experience. The train traverses the hills in one gradual giant right turn switchback, all the while gaining gently in elevation. In the process of negotiating the sharpest part of the railroad track the train crosses a couple of viaducts. The ride then continues slowly uphill offering fine views of a vast valley, small deep gorges and distant ridges, before easing into the plateau of Khamblighat. The train stops only once in a vague station in the middle of sparsely wooded expanse of virgin landscape, where monkeys descend upon the windows expecting and getting their treat of biscuits, while handful of passengers get off and board.
Tea at a local tea stall
Shatrunjai may often accompany the guests to a local tea stall and invite the villagers on a random basis for a cup of tea and a tete-a tete. The conversations range from interesting, to enlightening and sometimes outrageous !! It’s interesting to realize that the locals have as many queries about the lifestyle of the guests as do we about them. And yet there are commonalities too, of lifes challenges and joys, which weave a common thread across all countries and cultures.
Available on prior booking.
A great way to commence the day. A morning yoga class by the palm tree
lined pool or on the veranda with the sun rising in the foreground is great
to cultivate mental focus, serenity and positivity . Let the stresses of life fall by the wayside as you breathe into a yogic posture . Yoga is suitable to all ages and levels of fitness and the yoga
session can be tailored to suit the practitioner. Book your yoga session in the evening or after dinner with the Manager.
We recommend a trip to the local Government school during school working hours wherein you meet the school teachers and children . You can
support them by providing school uniforms, sweaters, exercise books, dictionaries which you can personally procure from our village shops . NOTE : It is best to book this activity on arrival , so you can procure the items to be distributed when you go out for the village walk in the afternoon so that you can personally hand out the items purchased to the children . we will select from one of the fourty schools that we are working with .This is a morning activity – best between breakfast and lunch .
Dev Shree kitchen and Rasoda
Meals and menus are tailored to suit the preferences and dietary restrictions of our guests. Our Farms and on-site vegetable garden provide for most of the grains and vegetables and the menu is decided upon what is fresh and of the season. Family recipes and meal favourites are offered to the guests who can get a flavour for the foods that we enjoy ; be they the local “dal,bati and lal maans” , the Indian-Chinese food or Burmese Kaukswe.
Romantic dining experience ; Renew your wedding vows, celebrate a birthday or a wedding anniversary or just a quiet meal with a loved one : we can offer an exclusive
candle – lit dinner served by the lakeside or on the roof top with special Rajasthani cuisine served in a silver thali . Special floral decoration, musicians, cake and gifts can also be arranged on prior intimation.
Horse riding tours can be arranged between Dev Shree And Rohet/ Jodhpur. We have an in-house specialist who will arrange a tailor- made itinerary for you. Local Marwari horses are used and one traverses the country-side on “off the beaten track” trails. Mewar was the land of horses and we even have venerated our famoushorses like “Chetak” – the horse that belonged to Maharana Pratap – the Ruler of Mewar
Thakur Khem Singhji is our expert who does extensive rides from Jodhpur to Kumbhalgarh - he does rides for us pl see- http://www.horsesafari.com/
Embark on a Spiritual Journey
The Aravalli hills with their rock caves and cooler climes provided the
environs for priests for times immemorial. Old shrines and caves where priests meditated and followed yogic practices still exist. The Cave temple at Anjana inside a huge rock is one such resident shrine which houses a Shiva temple . A trip to this famous shrine is a memorable experience for the Morning or evening Prayer services ,for meditation and understanding the
Learn about the local village farming practices like drip irrigation and solar powered water pumps as also about the crops in season when you walk around the Dev Shree farms . A bush walk over rolling hills reveals a lot about the flora and fauna of the area. Desert shrub and flowers attract local birds like the partridge and quail and one can chance upon the antelope and hare . The solar powered farm has drip irrigation and water harvesting . A leisurely picnic lunch on he farmhouse rooftop is a good way to spend an
Day trips to the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur with exquisitely carved pillars is possible on request or one can even take ones own car The Ranakpur temple is one of the largest and most important temples of Jain culture. The temple is located in a village of Ranakpur near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The campus includes various temples such as Chaumukha temple, Surya temple, Parsavanth temple and Amba temple.
A Majestic Fort set in the Aravalli forest is about an hour away from the Ranakpur temples it is possible to visit both if one leaves early in the morning. The Fort also offers a sound and light show showcasing the dramatic history of the valiant Mewar clan at sunset. Drive back to Deogarh is 11/2 hours.
A very large Fort which was once the capital of the state of Mewar , is inextricably linked to its history, and is at a distance of 3 hours from Deogarh. A full day trip.