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“A taste of India” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Geejgarh Village Retreat
Ranked #34 of 374 Speciality Lodging in Jaipur
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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749 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
“A taste of India”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

we arrived by tractor as the bus could not negotiate the road through the village .Do not 'expect 'as our guide said 'accept' which is a good code for India . The chalets are set out in a rectangle with a large lawn in the middle .Staff are very welcoming . showers only run at set times due to water pressure but this was not really an inconvenience. I had a shave and head and shoulders message and my wife was decorated with Henna by the village ladies....all very relaxing....we had a camel cart ride to a local house where we had a cookery demonstration that we could sample. Local school children were present and our group were able to present them with pens & pencils and notebooks. A presentation of a Custard apple tree was planted to commemorate our visit . It was an insight into the lives of the local people.
After dinner at night we had a colourful display of music & dancing by performers.
earlier we were worried that a squirrel was running about the inside of our roof making a loud chirping noise but we were reassured that he went to sleep when it got dark ! and so it did.
The food is more basic ( the majority grown in the village) than the large hotels but it was adequate and we would not have missed it for the world. The manager is also the Chef and is a jolly fellow who can sort any problem within minutes

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

The hotel is located about a mile along a track and through a small village from the main road. The hotel is set in the middle of farmland and is reached by tractor trailer. You feel you have found the 'real' India. The hotel is made up of a number of individual bungalows set in large gardens with the restaurant it it's center. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable however our room didn't have air conditioning but the ceiling fans worked well enough. You get hot pumped water for a couple of hours in the morning and evening. The staff are very attentive, helpful and enough of them spoke enough English for it not to be a problem. In the evening there was a small local musical group with two dancers who performed on a small stage in the gardens (it could have been tacky but wasn't). The food was fine but only one meat dish was on offer and don't expect anything European. Overall a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

this retreat consists of 25 bungalows and a restaurant and is reached by homemade trucks as the road is too narrow for coaches, the bungalows are comfy do not expect luxury the shower only works between 6-8 in the morning and 6-8 in the evening as they have to use pumps to build up the pressure but this is what makes this village so unique also the power is supplied by a temperamental generator,the staff all come from the village as does the manager who doubles up as head chef, most of the ingredients for meals come from local farmers or the retreat garden included in our stay was a visit to a local house for a cooking demonstration, we got there by camel cart, this part of our trip around the Golden Triangle was a real gem and I would say if you don't mind a bit of rural living this is the place to go

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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61 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

This place is getting towards the 'real' India. It is located on a small road at the far end of a village, through which you have to travel in order to reach the retreat. The village, and its surrounding small farms, is very basic, and must be typical of what rural India is all about. The villagers were all very friendly and welcoming.

The accommodation is all located in small self contained bungalows, surrounding a large communal centre garden area. A word of warning to the nervous - some of the local wildlife may like to take up residence in your bungalow, but don't worry - they are not dangerous, and the friendly staff will remove them, if you don't feel up to the task!

We arrived at the retreat on Holi day, in which most of the locals take part in the colourful celebrations. We were encouraged to take part, and forewarned to dress in old clothes - good advice, as we quickly became covered in natural dyes and soaked with water!

The retreat staff were vey helpful, and tried really hard to make our stay a memorable one. There was musical entertainment on the lawn, along with the Holi celebrations, and in the evening, before dinner, excellent local music & dancing were performed on the outside stage - it was all done very professionally.

The individual bungalow accommodation was basic, but comfortable, and everything worked (including the air con). Powered showers are not provided all day, but you are advised when the hot water will be available - just sit back and enjoy the peace & quiet!

The food is basic, but well cooked. Only one meat dish was on offer on the buffet, and was full of bone - typical of what is normally available in India, but not what Europeans expect for their meat curries. At breakfast I enjoyed the best omelette that I had on my visit to India, freshly cooked to my order by the friendly chef.

What's not to like about this place? Absolutely nothing, assuming that you want to see the 'real' India, and not have the luxury of western style chain hotels - thoroughly recommended!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Woking, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

Just had one night at the Geejgarh it was so relaxing a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The accommodation was clean although very basic the food was good freshly cooked from their organic garden. For peace and quiet this hotel is a must. It's a little bit off the beaten track but and the trip through the village is an eye opener and watching a local woman doing a cookery demonstration was a great experience.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Another bungalow type resort with a difference. We arrived in the local vehicle of home made tractor/taxi due to the inability of the coach to traverse a way through the village between the road and the Resort. We spent some time with the local villagers who had staged a small reception for the tour party. All the kids wanted pencils and pens as there appeared to be a shortage of them at the local school.
Facilities are rather basic, but the food is good. There was local dancing and music in the evening before dinner.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

You do not get a five star hotel but a five star experience. The grounds are beautiful surrounded by the chalets. Staff very friendly and good fun, entertainment very enjoyable particularly if you join in. The camel ride to the village was good fun but the best was meeting the people, seeing their homes & watching a local lady cook.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Geejgarh Village Retreat
Address: Geejgarh Village, Jaipur 303502, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Jaipur
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 374 Speciality Lodging in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Geejgarh Village Retreat is ideally situated on the Golden Triangle route between Jaipur and Agra. From Jaipur it is just 92 kilometer. Set in the middle of the Aravali Ranges in Rajasthan, is great option for an overnight to experience the rich rural and cultural heritage. Discover the lifestyle of the real Indians. Mingle with them to learn about their way of life and be a part of their daily chorus. ... more   less 

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