Chanoud Garh, Rajasthan
Halfway between Jodhpur and Udaipur lies Chanoud Garh, a 300-year-old crumbling fort, located in the heart of a Thar desert village, backed by the Aravalli mountains. Here, you’ll find a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in village life with friendly introductions from the owners, the Singh family.
As you would expect of life in a rural Rajasthani village, Chanoud is low-key and steeped in tradition; and in contrast to the whirlwind of Rajasthan cities, you can slow your pace here. Take a cookery lesson with the mother of the house, walk through the village to see the market, school and vegetable garden or drive out in an open jeep to the into the cracked-earth landscapes of the desert where women gather wood and migratory birds whirl overhead. Your hosts are an educated, friendly bunch, use your evenings to hear their stories with drinks on the rooftop terrace surrounded by flickering candles as you await a delicious home cooked meal.