India is incredible, and our hiking trip confirmed this once more. If you have one day (or more) to spend in Udaipur, this experience is not too be missed!
We hired a couple of bicycles to go to Krishna ranch for a stay at the country side. With some hesitation, we left Khumba Palace, the hotel run by Francine and Dinesh in the old city centre of Udaipur. This is such a great place to be that it is difficult to leave (we can recommend Khumba Palace too by the way - especially when you love to eat delicious food, being served very friendly and FAST and not expensive, and when you like to relax in a garden with view on the city palace).
Krishna Ranch is owned by the same couple and located about 4 km out of Udaipur. The place is really beautiful. We saw peacocks and many birds. Our daughter (12 years old), could not stay away from the little goats, so cute! And the dogs, and little calf and chicken, and the beautiful horses!
To enjoy the country side Dinesh took us for a one-day hike. This was a breath-taking walking experience. Very relaxed though, we stopped wherever we wanted and had enough time to enjoy every bit of it. It is amazing how different the landscape is just outside the city: we crossed small streams, small villages, hills and desert land and marble grooves (is that the right word?). We were offered a very good lunch half-way and at the end we were picked up by a van who took us back to Krishna Ranch were we stayed for the night.
The cottages are beautifully decorated - not too much, very much in style with the environment - the views from the windows are wonderful and the beds were great!
Narani prepared dal bhati for us, she is a great person and made us feel very welcome. Try it yourself!
- 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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