Devra is a nice, cozy little inn, situated at the top of a little hillock surrounded by fields and greenery, at the outskirts of Udaipur. It is a nice, secluded place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet not so far away as to be out of the way. The location provides awesome views all around.
The room we had was on the top floor, just next to the open terrace. From there, in the evening, the lights of Udaipur were really great to see. There was also a nice verandah with chairs where we could sit and relax. We were alone there (the other room on top was unoccupied) and the privacy and peace were something I believe we would not have got at any other hotel in Udaipur.
The owners - Major Das and Jyoti Jasol, were very welcoming and cordial - the Major kept us entertained with stories about his inspiration to build Devra, how it was built, and the hardships they faced. They have a very very good eye for interior decoration, and the rooms, as well as the entire inn, are very tastefully decorated.
Breakfast is generally fruits, cornflakes, eggs and bread, along wih tea or coffee, and is served on the back verandah, overlooking fields as far as one can see. Lunch and dinner are typical Rajasthani food, prepared by the two staff in the kitchen, and served piping hot. Breakfast is complimentary, but lunch and dinner are charged.
The temple on the premises is an old structure, and the puja done there in the mornings by the local people (I forget if it was a daily or weekly ritual) is another thing which was unique to Devra. The Major and Jyoti both left us alone to explore around, and the two staff were always there on hand if we needed anything. Overall, it was a very relaxing, peaceful two days that w spent at Devra.
Devra is not cheap by traditional Indian standards, specially food and transport, but if you are willing to spend a little bit extra, the value for money is amazing. If 5 star hospitality is what you want, with massages, television, music, and the standard things you get at an expensive hotel, you will not find that here. However, if you like nature, want peace and tranquility, and want to be experience in typical Rajasthani culture, food and hospitality, you will love Devra.
We certainly did.
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- Also Known As:
- Devra Udaipur Hotel Udaipur
- Devra Hotel Udaipur
- Udaipur Devra Hotel