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Pabu Ki Dhani eco Farm
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed here for one night on Christmas eve through to Christmas day and went on a camel trek to a local village. We had an awesome time - the mud houses were fantastic; simple, clean and homely, with a candle to read your book by!

Pabu and his family were very welcoming and it was the first year they were celebrating Christmas (Pabus wife is French!) so there was a lot of excitement about the Christmas tree and the special visitor that night. In the evening, after watching the sun set, we spent some time around the fire with some local men who had come from one of the surrounding villages to see if there were any clothes left from a recent delivery. Unfortunately, the clothes had already been distributed but we were entertained with some lovely local music as we sat and ate our dall. A magical night reminding our group that sometimes the simplist pleasures are the best.

Our camel ride the next day was also fantastic, (except when a dog startled my camel just outside a village!). We went to a local village and had lunch with what seemed like the whole village coming out to meet our toddler son, who is both white and blonde! Quite an unusual sight in the depths of the desert no doubt!

Having visited the area about 7 years ago, I can certainly say that the trip knocked the socks off a camel trek of the same length and it was definitely the highlight of our trip to Rajasthan. Go there, before they get too booked up! :-)

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

Arriving At Pabu ki Dhani brought tears to my eyes . The breath taking serenity of the desert the silence that filled the air and the warmest welcome from two of the most beautiful people I have ever met Pabu and Capucine.
Expect nothing at the Eco village and if you open your heart you will truly drown in a true authentic desert experience .
You could witness anything from a baby camel taking its first steps to Pabu's cousins passing through and filling the air with the sound of desert instruments and the sweet voices of the children joining in. The food is simple delicious and truly authentic, cooked to perfection on a camp fire and eaten with the family telling stories of their daily lives visit the local village sand meet the most beautiful people whom welcome you into their homes with no questions asked.

There is no show here this is true life for the guys and when you leave their life continues as is .
There are many wonderful children that pass through and live at the farm on a daily basis coming to play and to be educated at the same time.
Life is a struggle in the desert and Pabu and Capucine work tirelessly to help local communities with food medicine and education for the children , none of which they could afford to do with out the help of us (tourism).
Life in the west is so comfortable we all have a little store at the end of our street and are minutes away from a supermarket , these luxuries we take for granted.
Living in the desert there is nothing and the nearest store is 1 hour away and even to get water it is a 12k drive. Every little part of our stay is thought out, it's not only the food they bring in but the transport and the staff to get it there.
By visiting Pabu ki dhani not only are we having a true authentic no frills experience we are really helping Pabu and Capucine with the goodness and progress of a community that struggles through life daily.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and learnt so much about a pure and simple life and to experience the warmth and selflessness of this inspiring couple , we hold the memories close to our hearts for ever.
We can't wait to return and hear of their progress .

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Gilly P
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Maybe it is because I have very high expectation on this home stay. However we finally find it very disappointed. I really enjoy the place. But I think 115000 rupees for four person for one night deserves a better experience. I admire their effort to live in such a difficult place, but I think they could do better to provide a better experience for the guests, not only use the concept to help the local. I strongly suggest everyone to stay with a family in the desert for a better experience but might not choose this one. It is really expensive compared to what they offer, and compared to any other rural homestays.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank detectiveyang
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

In this modern age with all our tech gadgets and phones and whatnot, it's fitting that a place with no electricity, no running water, and in the middle of the desert serves as a much needed sanctuary and an escape from the rat race. My wife and I, along with my parents visited Pabu Ki Dhani in early February 2013. We spent just one night there, but it was the best sleep any of us have had in as long as we can remember. The food is simple, but delicious. The scenery is stark, but beautiful. The local people are poor, but look happier than most affluent people I've known. And Capucine, Pabu and their family will do everything they can to make your stay unforgettable. My wife and I share a running joke, that's only partially in jest - each time we struggle to catch some winks or wake up shortchanged on sleep, we say "I wish I was in Pabu Ki Dhani". Someday I hope to return.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank xxdreamxtheaterxx
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

To stay here is to enter the world of Pabu, Capucine and their family (immediate and extended!) It won’t be what everyone is looking for but if you are into – directly supporting a real cause, sleeping in mud huts, being part of family life, adapting your western habits to accommodate the restrictions faced in a desert setting, sitting mesmerised by the open fire exchanging tales from across the globe, eating local food in the local way (and in local time), foregoing the shower for the bucket and surrounding yourself by the stillness of the desert, then you may find a visit to Pabu Ki Dhani’s Eco Farm a worthy trip.

Some quick facts:

Activities – If the little beat up ‘pabu-mobile’ is behaving itself then you’ll have the opportunity to visit nearby villages who have been working closely with Pabu and Capu to re-invigorate local crafts almost lost (check their website for more details). You can also arrange camel rides and know the money will go directly to the camel herders.

Communication – We pre-arranged everything using email and mobile correspondance. Allow 24 hours for replies, as they are only able to access via their dongal.

Facilities / Cleanliness – The shared bathroom is just off to the side from the mud huts. Capu is working her magic with the staff to train and provide for western visitors. I had no complaints with the standard of cleanliness. And someone was always to eager to help if needed (eg. extra blanket cause the nights in December are COLD/ freshly boiled water from the fireplace for a shower).

Food – All meals are included, are vegetarian, are simple and SO TASTY! Try Pabu’s chilli…it’s a must.

Getting there – Most people arrive with their own driver but as we came by bus, we prearranged for the transfer from town to farm. There have been some cases of bookings not showing up at the station….this quite literally loses money for the farm so I think Capu was trying to work out a way of pre-payment. Check when booking.

Rooms – You’ll stay in one of five mud huts that are each tastefully decorated and comfortable for two.

Monetary tips – If you want to help the community once you’re there, talk to your hosts about the best ways. They are both delicately trying to avoid a begging mentality developing in their community.

Hosts – Staying at the Eco Farm is quite literally stepping into daily life with Capu and Pabu’s family. You’ll see the desert is not a glamorous place and their day to day survival will continue with you on the perimeter. Come equipped with a few lively songs, rhymes, dances etc up your sleeve….the kids will gobble them up with their thirst to learn!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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