Thursday, 18 June 2015

Where to stay in Rajasthan - MoneyWeek

Lakshman Sagar

What’s so special?

This unusual hotel is surrounded by rocky outcrops on the banks of a lake in central Rajasthan. It’s not one for thrill-seekers or a holiday with the children – but it is the perfect place to rest and recharge and generally get away from it all, with little else to do other than relax by the pool, star gaze, or take a guided nature walk.

How they rate it

“A somewhat stark beauty, Lakshman Sagar was once a 19th-century hunting lodge belonging to the Thakur of Raipur,” says Condé Nast Traveller. In all, there are 12 thatched guest cottages set in 32 acres. They are “dotted around” the place, “some reached by a path that winds beneath an ancient banyan tree, others near a lake, where antelope and peacocks trip and sip each evening”. The interiors are “evidence of a zero-kilometre design philosophy: sari-upholstered benches add zip to the mud tones and chandeliers are created from dangling copper pots and wooden spoons”.

The menu

The restaurant serves up traditional cuisine from the area, including food cooked to the traditional hunting recipes of the Raipur family. The menu includes dishes such as cardamom-spiced lamb.

The cost

Doubles start from around £140. For more information, visit sewara.com, or call 00 91 11 2649 4531. To read more