Friday, 6 March 2015

Savour Kutch Quintessentially At Devpur Homestay

Sojourning at Devpur Homestay was like icing on the cake. You can swagger for a few days that you spend at Darbargadh (local name of the homestay). Before I tell you anything about the homestay, I’d like to confess that while planning my travel to Kutch, I didn’t want to stay at Devpur Homestay. I wanted to stay somewhere in Bhuj. So, I did a deep research on places to stay in Bhuj, but nothing caught my eye. Devpur Homestay, which is 40 km from Bhuj, showed on top every time I googled for a good homestay in Bhuj. Although I was instantly fascinated by Devpur’s royal appeal, I wanted to avoid it due to its secluded location. BUT, I eventually decided to stay at Devpur Homestay, and it turned out to be a great decision!

The best part about staying at Devpur Homestay is the very feeling of staying in a heritage mansion and the spontaneous access to the true-blue Kutchi way of life. The hosts, Mr Krutarthsinh Jadeja and his wife, Mrs Yashodhara Jadeja, epitomise hospitality and geniality. The atmosphere at Devpur Homestay is comfort personified.

Now when I have come back home and I reminisce about my time in Kutch, I can clearly comprehend that Devpur was more than an accommodation for me. It gave me a chance to know a bit about the villages, the culture and the people around. On my first day, I was recommended to visit Bhadli (a village) by Mr Jadeja, where people specialise in Bandhani work on fabrics.

Enter the 'pretty' world...
That's my Sorthambha Suite
The princely pillars of Sorthambha suite
The sitting space of my suite
... and that's my bed

Besides, I enjoyed the little things at the homestay like my dining table conversations with Mr Jadeja and the other guests, the traditionally cooked delicious Kutchi meals, my space in my princely room, my study table, the terrace and the beautiful sunsets. It was nice to have brief but sweet chitchats with the senior lady of the family, too.   

Still can't forget the yummy Upma and Theplas...
Dining outdoor was so beautiful at Devpur... (Since I took this picture, I am not in the frame)
And these are the views from Devpur...
Do I need to say anything about the sunset?
And that's my favorite corner!

I’d say Devpur Homestay is an ideal place for slow travel. I personally had a great time honing my photography skills, writing, observing and just being. And since it’s away from the city bustle, you can explore places at your own whim and pace. 
  
Quaintly charming, isn't it? 
On one serene evening...
Just soaking in every bit of the royalty...
I'd like to call it the WiFi zone.
And they are my lovely hosts - Mr and Mrs Jadeja

The Jadeja family also runs a school (the White Eagles School) in the same premises as the homestay, which is mostly managed by Mrs Jadeja. So, if you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in a school while you explore Kutch, you know where to get it.

That's the school
Every corner is pretty!
The school premises
That's the gate where you bid adieu to royalty... 

On my last day, I was given a diary to write my thoughts about my experiences at the Homestay. As I flipped through the pages, I was so surprised to find my own thoughts replicated into the words of other guests! It seems anybody who happens to stay with the Jadeja family takes back endearing memories.

Practical Information: Devpur is locally known as Devpur Yaksh, which is 40 km west of Bhuj towards Nakhatrana. The homestay is well connected to Bhuj and other places by buses, shared jeeps and taxis.

Would you like to spend a few days at the stately Devpur Homestay?

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24 comments:

  1. Very interesting homestay...looks very much like you see in movies showing the rural Gujarat...and who can resist those Theplas

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    1. Indeed! :-) The cuisine prepared and the stately atmosphere of the mansion all add to the experience of exploring Kutch.

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  2. Here pictures are speaking 1000 words Renuka... :) Amazing clicks of a great place... :)

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    1. Thanks Anushakti! :-) I am sure you will enjoy a stay there, too!

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  3. Royal Heritage. Would love to be there someday for sure.
    As per those lovely photos it is a fantastic location for movie-making too.

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    1. Yep. I recommend this place highly for its heritage charm and great hosts. :-)

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  4. Renuka, What a beautiful place. Homestays are my favorite accommodation, but I always have a hard time finding out about them. Do you have any hints for finding good homestays in India? What websites do you use?

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    1. Corinne, I simply look out for them on google. :-) Another way of finding them is to read travel blogs, which you already do. You can check out Devpur Homestay's site - https://sites.google.com/site/devpurhomestay/

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  5. Thanks Renukaji,For Helping Me To Remind My Childhood Memories And I Would Also Thanks Mine Parents Who Sent Me To The Most Beautiful Place For Study And May All Students In World Have An Principal Like Mr.Krutarth Sir.

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    1. Oh, wow! So you study in White Eagles School? :-) Great!

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  6. Again, Very good pics, keep them comming.

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  7. This is not a homestay. It rather looks like a royal palace to me. Renuka, you have motivated me to visit Kutch at next available opportunity.

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    1. Yes, you must, Pooja! It is indeed a palace. It's a beautiful and a serene place to stay.

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  8. Renuka I am planning to visit This belt in Dec 15/Jan 16 and will be needing your help :-) .

    I will mail you to ask the details.


    Thanks !

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    1. Mahesh, I will be writing a guide kind of a post on Kutch shortly. I guess that should help you a great deal. Keep an eye on my blog! :-)

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  9. Looks like you has a great time in Kutch. Nice & hospitable hosts and good homely food make your stay more comfortable.

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    1. Yep. Devpur Homestay is a comfortable and an experiential stay option in Kutch.

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  10. I love looking through those little guest books at B&Bs. What a gorgeous place!

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    1. You will love Devpur homestay. Consider staying here whenever you visit Kutch.

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  11. You've captured the place so well.

    wethattravel.wordpress.com

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