This former camp office belongs to the Zamindar of Jarar’s family. It was used to house the family for its bi-annual cattle fair excursions. Totally resurrected in 1999, the lodge now has thirteen well-appointed rooms and suites. The period furniture and furnishings bring alive the stately grace of this heritage unhotel. The main kothi has front and rear verandahs with access to a library across the pebbled courtyard. One of the cottages has private enclosed gardens and verandahs.
There is open farmland at the back with ample private space for guests. The smaller cottages blend local architecture with contemporary conveniences and comforts.
This family lodge has a long tradition of hospitality and a reputation for serving culinary delights. Expect mouth-watering dishes based on age-old family recipes served with a lot of pride and attention to detail. You will be pampered with authentic home-cooked buffet spreads with fresh locally sourced organically grown ingredients.
The beautiful old trees, huge gardens and the restored camp office of the late 18th century provide idyllic settings for mealtimes. You will meet like-minded guests during evening bon-fires. Or opt for quiet star-gazing or the solitary comfort of a good book.
To help you discover the many facets of this ancient land, the lodge offers different safaris. The calm waters of the Chambal river are best explored on a boat. You will experience spectacular sightings of the gharials, muggers and turtles basking in the sun; and the occasional sightings of the Gangetic river dolphins breaking surface.
The camel safari takes you along forgotten trail and pathways leading to the magnificent ruins of Ater – once a valued stronghold and at the forefront of numerous battles between the Rajputs, the Marathas and the British armies.
The Jeep Safari – Sarus Trail takes you to the Conservation Reserve about 30 km from the lodge. It’s a widespread wetland interspersed with cultivated fields where a large number of the Sarus cranes breed. Several other species of wetland birds and raptors are also found here.
The ancient Bateshwar temples are situated on a crescent bend of the Yamuna about 20 minutes from the lodge. More than 40 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva glisten pearly white along the ghats of the Yamuna. The ghats are evocative of Varanasi and the temples of Pushkar.
In October-November every year, the open areas around the temple complex play host to an annual animal fair, the origins of which stretch into antiquity. The Bateshwar Fair is renowned as the 2nd largest animal fair in the country.
The religious fair commences after ten days of animal trading and a lull of 4-5 days. This period is considered the most auspicious for offering prayers at Bateshwar and is an important fixture for saints, sadhus, tradesmen and villagers. A colourful pageant of rural India that is as unchanging as it is timeless.
A luxury getaway in the Chambal Valley with a perfect blend of history, heritage, age old family recipes and spectacular safaris make it the perfect Unhotel stay. It’s a warm and welcoming haven for both the explorer and the average traveller.
People looking for heritage hospitality at a slower pace. For whom history and heritage score over the razzmatazz of modern comfort. The ones who actively seek nature and solitude outside their comfortable rooms and are looking for forgotten walks and trails.
People in a rush with little time for heritage, history or the quietude of a nature trail. For whom a fancy gym, swimming pool and jacuzzi are de rigueur of hospitality. The ones who might trade safari for shopping. And heritage walks for multi-cuisine.
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