Saturday 9 November 2013

Lakshman Sagar - tranquility amidst Rajasthan badlands

Sprawling over 32 acres at the fringe of the Badlands of India, Lakshman Sagar was built in the late 19th century as a hunting lodge by an ancestor of the present Kunwar of Raipur.  It was used to host noble families and British emissaries. As a continuation of the hospitality and traditions of the house of Raipur, Sewara has envisioned a getaway, though with a conservationist view of the heritage and surroundings. All of this manifests through the endless details in the architecture & design, the cuisine, and the well-thought of activities & non-activities tailored personally for our guests.

Accommodation in Lakshman Sagar 

Lakshman Sagar baithak

Merging indigenous Rajasthani design under the initial guidance of Revathi and Vasant Kamath, the 12 cottages of about 900 sq ft. supplement the existing Mardana and Zanana structures and invoke an experience both private and symbiotic with nature. Divided into two clusters, the cottages that are nestled in the natural topography of the land have been meticulously planned.

All furniture and products have been inspired by products, used and produced locally, making every nuance of the experience, consciously local. On the inside, the grey slate and mud cottages are made in a rough chinai style i.e. with no finishing binder or masala used. The bedroom and living areas flow into one another. A similar flow continues towards the bathrooms, where an open door echoes with the ethos of non-divided spaces of rural homes.

Lakshman Sagar pool
In the bathroom grey slate walls have been polished with lacquer used by local wood-smiths to shine furniture, while bathroom sinks and private plunge pools in each room have been carved out of rough granite rescued from local mining sites.

The style and interiors of Lakshman Sagar were completed by Sahil Bagga & Sarthak Sengupta, inspired through an understanding of the local products used by the villagers and produced locally with a ‘zero kilometre’ concept in mind. Be it the colours used on the property, to the Zanana tables inspired by local Rajasthani women, or light fittings made of milk cans, a conscious effort has been made to draw out the otherwise unexplored nuances of the local culture for the traveler in an otherwise heritage-oriented tourist circuit.

Food and beverages in Lakshman Sagar

Non-Menu System: Customized Private Dining & Lounging Spaces in the Zanana & Mardana Spaces
Employment of Local Women for Traditional Local Rajasthani Cuisine
Open Kitchen Dhaba Concept Traditional Hunting Recipes of the Raipur Family
Campfire Meals & Live Cooking
In-house farming using organic methods around the Lake for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
Emphasis on Seasonality and Local Availability of Ingredients. Picnic Hampers for Excursions.

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