Lakshman Sagar, Raipur
Initially crafted as a hunting lodge for the Royal Family of Rajasthan, the Lakshman Sagar resort oozes of traditional architecture and design. It is located at the fringe of the Badlands of India, and although the décor and hospitality is similar to that of a hunting lodge, they have adopted a conversationalist view of the surroundings.
The lodge was built in the 19th century by the then Thakur of Raipur, Lakshman Singh Ji as an abode for noble guests during their visits. Lakshman Sagar is a continuation of the hospitality traditions initiated by the House of Raipur with a sustainable view of the heritage and environment.
A key feature of this resort is the Zanana (women) quarters and the Mardana (men) quarters that are historically dedicated to women and men. These quarters lay down indications of Rajasthani grandeur and highlight traditional cultural aspects such as pardah, mehfils and baithak. This resort subtly depicts the typical hunting lodges during the days of the Raj, oozing with antiquity. Several such sites are on display such as the machans used for tiger spotting, man-made lake for attracting game and much more, to reflect the culture.
There are 12 cottages in Lakshman Sagar, divided into two clusters on either side of a beautiful lake. These are 900 sq. ft each. The cottages are wisely placed on the topography of the land and every cottage has a private splash pool, overlooking the lake, creating an amazing panoramic view for guests. The guests will be immersed in a completely luxurious, yet traditional, stay.
The interiors are furnished using local influences taking inspiration from village life while also creating an atmosphere of a hunting lodge. This includes large wind chime installations, brass vessels, rolling pins and butter churners and more. The raw materials for the cottages such as wood, stone and mud are also sourced locally, following the zero kilometre concept and being in tandem with “slow” lifestyle of the resort.
The idea of dining in Lakshman Sagar is based on “slow food”, and includes special hunting recipes of the Royal Family. The dining experiences are also customized. Guests can watch the chefs as they perform live cooking and can also enjoy campfire meals. Meals can be taken at several scenic locations of the property.
ACCESS & SUGGESTED ITINERARIES
Situated approximately two hours from Ajmer, Lakshman Sagar lies 10 kilometers off NH-14 en-route to Jodhpur via Pali. It is strategically located in the centre of the tourist circuit in the Marwar and Mewar region of Rajasthan.
The closest commercial airport, Jodhpur, is about 2 hours away, while Haripur railway station is only 3kms away.
‘MUST DO’ ACTIVITIES
Locally, guests can enjoy liquor tasting, goat herding, nature walks, horse trailing, customized juttis and jewellery and star gazing. They can indulge in live barbecue and cocktails by the lake along with local music performances. One can participate in exciting activities such as kite flying, watching the sunset by the dam or relaxing by the single rock-cut pool. Guests can take breakfast in the fields and witness the vegetable harvesting or partake in yoga and meditation activities within the resort. They could also increase their local knowledge through village tours & the Raipur fort visit, a trek to Fatehgarh fort or witnessing sundowners at Zanana terrace.