The amla (Indian Gooseberry) trees are swaying, a divine smell rises from the rose fields and the sun shines upon a cold winter day. Hammocks carrying lazy travellers are suspended from trees here and there, back from a packed day at the bustling town of Pushkar. And the muffled sounds of the world-famous camel fair can be heard just over the walls. This is what bliss feels like.
This Unhotel is equipped with 15 luxuriously designed, large air-conditioned tents covering an area of almost 600 square feet, each with a living room, a dressing area, a charming bedroom, a large bathroom and a private verandah.
The interiors are a mix of contemporary meets Rajasthan – the tents are decorated with beautiful pieces of blue pottery and marble, lamps whose brightness can be adjusted for a more romantic mood, sheer silk curtains and tasteful hardwood furniture that bring back the olden days of royal hunting expeditions.
Some tents are also disable-friendly with larger bathrooms and beds with hoist-bars.
A grand circular tent sits in the middle of the orchard acting as a dining tent, providing 360 degree views of the gardens and the grounds nearby. Light muslin curtains add a touch of soft-lighting and allow the gentle breeze to waft through the tent while you enjoy a nice meal.
However, guests must note that all food served is vegetarian and no alcohol is served in keeping with religious customs and ecological reasons.
The camp offers 24 hours room service but with a limited menu at night.
The eco-camp has free WiFi although we don’t advise you to stay indoors!
It also offers a unique shuttle camel service from the Pushkar grounds should guests wish not to walk to the resort. It has guides to take guests around the ancient town of Pushkar and excursions to nearby towns can also be arranged.
Guests are advised not to carry valuables on them since there are no safes in the room although the reception has one for guests to use.
The camp also has a laundry service.
Although Pushkar is enough to keep you busy, there are lots of activities available at ‘The Gooseberry Grove’ ranging from kite-flying lessons, archery, folk dances, puppet and magic shows, henna sessions, painting workshops with local artists, culinary workshops and visits to a rajasthani household.
Specialised walking tours can also be arranged to the surrounding areas like Ratnagiri hill, Savitri Temple, the Pushkar lake and more. Guests can also try guided and unguided cycling tours; cycles will be provided free of charge but have to be booked in advance.
And for those who just want to spend a day in, the eco-camp is equipped with many indoor board games and has a modest collection of books and travel magazines.
The Gooseberry Grove aims to let its guests experience the old-world Rajasthani charm while not compromising on luxury. Simple yet understated, slow-paced yet modern, in the midst of nature yet not far from the chaos of Pushkar. This is one experience that will stay forever.
For the eco-friendly and luxury loving traveller. Or for those who want to witness the romantic old world charm of living in royal ‘shikar’ tents in a Rajasthani locale. Ideal for those who want to attend the Pushkar Camel Fair, which takes place in the grounds just a stone’s throw away.
Since this Unhotel is seasonal, it is not recommended for those planning to visit Pushkar in non-winter months i.e. April to August.
Also not recommended for budget travellers.
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