I just finished reading the previous review "A conflicting experience for animal lovers" regarding Krishna Ranch and found this review upsetting and highly unfair, so before commenting on someone else's opinion I'll start with a bit of my own background.
I'm a senior (69) and this was my 5th time to India and I just returned back home to Vancouver, Canada after travelling for two months in Rajasthan, Although I've ridden horses on a few occasions in the past, it's been several years since the last opportunity to ride, so I made the decision to spend one week at Krishna Ranch in order to prepare for the 10 day Udaipur to Pushkar Horse Safari.
I'm not entirely clear on the length of time the two persons from the UK, who's review I'm referring to, spent at the Ranch, but find it remarkable that the two dogs at the Ranch are referred to by their names "Lucky" and "Julie", yet, Narani, the only female employee at the Ranch, a very kind, conscientious and hardworking woman, who lives at the ranch with her husband and in charge of guests comforts, is referred to so impersonally as "a female employee".
Although I've been to 60+ countries, I've never travelled to the British Isles, so I can't comment on animal welfare or farm practises in the UK, but as far as the care and attention given the animals at Krishna Ranch, they are far superior to many farms and ranches I've observed in different parts of the world and that certainly applies to North America as well.
Krishna Ranch is not a five star hotel so don't even contemplate going if that's expected. On the other hand, if you like the idea of experiencing rural life in India, then go horseback riding, do a safari or just stay at one of the fine cottages at this working ranch and enjoy observing Narani and the other help as they go about performing their daily duties.
In conclusion, I personally recommend anyone with even the slightest sense of adventure to experience Krishna Ranch. Just go for it, you'll enjoy.
Thank you Francine & Dinesh for this wonderful, 17 day highlight of my trip to India
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DISCOVER RURAL INDIA! The Krishna Ranch is an excellent place for everyone who wants to get away from India's busy cities and discover rural India. The ranch is located at a very peaceful spot in the Arravali mountains, just 7 kilometers out of Udaipur city. The Krishna Ranch is not a typical resort, but a living farm with 14 beautiful Marwari horses, many other animals and lush fields with a variety of crops. The cottages at the ranch are clean and spacious, nicely decorated with regional handicrafts. We serve excellent vegetarian meals, mostly prepared from vegetables grown at our ecological farm. The ranch is a great starting point for short walks and bicycle rides to the surrounding villages. We will provide a simple map of the area and packed lunches for a pick-nick on the way are available. Guided treks to the remote parts of the Arravali-mountains are also possible. The beautiful and peaceful ranch is of course also a place to just sit back and relax. There is a small library with books and games. Roomrates include breakfast and pick up from Udaipu-city at the start of your stay and drop off at the end of your stay. The main activity organized by Krishna Ranch are professionally guided horse-safaris through the beautiful Arravali mountain-range. There are possibilities for everyone: from beginners to experienced riders, from 2,5 hours to 10 days! Of course all our horses and other animals are very well looked after by us and our dedicated staff. Note that rides/guided hikes need to be booked in advance. ... more less
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