Discovery of village Khempur; near a small splendid yet s...

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Vijay j. Shah
  • Vijay j. Shah
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 1 Review

"Discovery of village Khempur; near a small splendid yet serene site"

  • Posted Mar 16, 2007
Khempur village came upon us suddenly; a cluster of rural dwellings making up a typical random village.
An ancient feudal mansion dominates the village, the front looks over stunningly beautiful landscapes that stretch to a lake (where they put up tents for camping) and distant hills where even mute monoliths appear to have a life of their own!
This is the land not swamped by hordes of tourists and retains virgin loveliness, Time stands still and tranquility reigns—induce you to look for life afresh.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Khempur exudes historical ambience and graced with breathtaking surroundings. ravla has lofty terraces, open courtyards (some with shaded squares), sprawling gardens, manicured lawns, domes, arches, canopied balconies transport one back in time. lakeside has diverse collection of flora, migratory birds etc would please nature lovers.
Ravla also believes that there should be an element of culinary surprise. As an honoured guest, you will be offered one of their special homemade aperitif wines to keep you in high spirits. At Mavli one may patronize village dhabas/restaurants, the handicrafts, terracotta stuff.

Activities & things to do: Khempur is a haven for horse lover. The stable houses high pedigree Marwari and Kathiawari horses.
One can enjoy camping at the lakeside. One can go around Mavli and shop local stuff at throwaway prices like handicrafts (same might cost one more than the double the amount).

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is on the airport road, 25kms off from Udaipur airport at the turn of Mavli. 50km distance from Udaipur railway station.
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Pallavi Shah
  • Pallavi Shah
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 20 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Explore history and mystery hidden in hills of a lesser known Narlai where surpr"

  • Posted Mar 11, 2007
This globe trotter has just returned absolutely besotted with tranquillity & activities, Narlai’s variety galore!
So drawn I was to this fine tapestry of mountains, monuments and masterpieces which I sensed some three years ago and activated ASI for excavations and documentation and I found myself creating work here to keep returning, also to participate and give something back of what has been given to me! I feel most connected to this place and thus commissioned renovation of our ancestor’s ‘Haveli’, that could offer stiff competition to ‘Rawla Narlai’ in that it epitomizes a complete royal heritage experience!
IT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS IN EVERY RESPECT.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: A guest house where homely food is virtually free, inputs from its own farm. Rawala offers continental etc but at their outdoor; Ambavav, they organize gala dinner under flaming torch with folk dances/music and horse show. It is documented that two of 30 odd temples, architectural marvels were brought through air routes by Yeties’ mantras in year 964 AD. On recent visit, glimpsed yet another ‘Khajuraho’ atop a hillock (Shantinath Jain temple); on ‘SONANA- AARAS- STONE’; available only in this area- I felt the joy of creation that would have been experienced by master sculptor’s centuries ago! Must-buy: honey in hillocks.

Activities & things to do: Ride on wild side of life; a horse safari to Ghanerao-castle, Kumbhalgarh, take elephant/camel ride. Climb rocks to jackal (elephant) hill, you can slide down 700 meters on a stone from top, right down thru its ‘Bhavar gini’- natural cave came into being with huge cover of rock. Shatrunjaya and Girnar hillocks may put you on divine highway where all religious paths meet; they bring you closer to spirit- Utopia does exist!
Dip in several cool water pools, bird watching. Check out local craftsmen, hunt for antiques, absorb the enduring charm & traditions that characterize village, soak in culture of local tribes, wilderness.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Narlai is mid-way between Jodhpur and Udaipur, known to be on tourist triangle. Nearest airport Udaipur (160kms) while 30kms is railway station Rani and almost the same distance is Falna. Forty minutes by car to the south of Narlai, are the ancient Ranakpur temples and to the east is the greatest fort of the region, Kumbhalgarh. To the north is well preserved wildlife reserve.
Stretch stay for minimum 5to 6 days anything less than that would be an injustice, summer is harsh. While going around village, sanitation works is on but till then beware of mosquitoes.
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Rahul Saini
  • Rahul Saini
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 1 Review

"3000km of Rajasthan by car"

  • Posted May 31, 2006
From the pink city to the dunes in Khimsar to the lakes of Udaipur to the amazing drive from the green landscapes of Ranakpur and in the natures lap in Ranthambore one could experience almost everything in Rajasthan, and if you happen to drive - the road is awesome in most parts and if you go off route into villages - its amazing you you could experience.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Wonderful locations for nature lovers - amazing palaces and the culture is just amazing and if you don’t want to do all this then just keep shopping - lots of local and ethnic stuff to grab.

Drive off road into small villages and the experience is wonderful

Activities & things to do: Safari to shopping to visiting forts or just relaxing by the sand and watching the sun go down, you will never have a moment to miss.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel from Delhi via road is the best option - we did
approx 3000km -

Delhi to Jaipur
Jaipur to Khimsar
Khimsar to Ranakpur
Ranakpur to Udaipur
Udaipur to Ranthambore
Ranthambore to Delhi

Roads are good in most parts - lots of places to stop by also.

Keep lots of water - usually hot during the day
Keep at least 2 diff books with maps - if you are traveling inside into villages - which is worth it.
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