Serenity away from the City
It was a bit more difficult to get there than most places, a bit more expensive, and not a lot of choice…. but it was a bit more than worth it!!
The place is Saharia Amla Organic Farm Resort, and it lies about 25kms north-west of Jaipur. It’s immersed in a completely rural area, surrounded by other farms and wide open spaces. You sleep in huts made out of mud with private bathrooms that open to the stars above; it’s a far cry from the city accommodation! The food is cooked for you by the resident cook, using fresh organic veges harvested basically right outside your hut door. You can walk around the surrounding areas, read a book, and that’s basically all. Go there to chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle that is India.
You can volunteer to work there, getting food and basic accommodation in return. While we stayed there were three volunteers working, and you all eat at the same designated eating times; breakfast, lunch and dinner. When the volunteers left we got considerably better food, with more variety and what seemed ‘tastier’ food. Breakfast was porridge and chai, lunch was a simple thali, and dinner was a continuation on from lunch; rice, chapatti, dhal, and vegetables. Pickle if you’re lucky. Eating at certain times is all fine, but we were not allowed to request food or drinks from the cook in between the meal times, and this was not so good.
It cost us 700 rupees for a double room, which was almost our entire budget in one day! Because of this we could only stay two nights, but it was still good to relax. Mind you that does not include food, which, if you’re eating the three meals a day, costs around 300 rupees in addition.
To get there cheaply you can take a bus heading to Sikar from the Main Bus Stand in Jaipur. About 25kms from Jaipur, on your left-hand side and opposite a factory is the road that will lead you to the farm, just tell the driver to pull over. You can walk from the road, although its not close, otherwise get an auto rickshaw from Jaipur and tell him the directions. Good luck! [more]
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