“We would love to host you in our century old heritage Darbargarh (small fort), in a quaint village of Kutch. Built of local sandstone, the rooms are thoughtfully appointed and retain the heritage and culture of the last century whilst amalgamating the necessities of the modern times. We will ensure you have a memorable holiday.”
~ Krutarthsinh Jadeja, host at The Devpur Homestay
Devpur is located in the historically as well as ecologically rich district of Kutch. It is at a distance of about 40 Kms from Bhuj, the headquarters of the Kutch district. Kutch literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch which is a shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons.
The Devpur Homestay was built in 1905 as Devpur Darbargadh (small manor) and is located in central Kutch. Built on a two acre area with the local sandstone in the classically ornamental Roha (Kutch) style, it consists of portico, courtyards, stucco pavilions and pillared halls. The Darbargadh is now also listed as a member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage due to its historical and architectural importance. Since 1994 The White Eagles School is being run by the family in the same campus.
The spacious heritage rooms in the homestay are all different but warm and comfortable, with en suite modern bathrooms, living and dining areas. The rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished with double beds, writing tables, lounges etc. The rooms open up onto verandahs, cozily furnished with lounging chairs, overlooking the vast compound and the school.
The farmstay is build on natural building principles located amidst a 12 -acre Mango and Cheeku orchard, and is a stone's throw away from the homestay. It has two canvas tents (with a private bathroom each, made of refurbished kavelu or cottage tiles) and two well lit rooms made of earth-dust bricks.
Breakfast is inclusive in the tariff and Kutchi / Indian or continental meals are served in a vintage dining room or al fresco. Guests can also learn or watch the preparation of meals with the hosts willing to explain the nuances and expertise required in their preparation.
You can treat your stay at the Devpur Homestay as a do-nothing break; while away time in your verandah, watch the beautiful Sun rises and Sunsets, spot colourful birds, read, write, paint draw, do the things you love to do but never get the time for. If you are one who likes a lot of activity with Devpur as base, one can visit Mandvi, Dholavira, Lakhpat, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar, and Great Rann.
Devpur is also a delight for the bird watchers, trekkers and travelers at large. The area’s rich Culture, Handicraft, Tradition or Archaeology would leave any traveler spellbound and wanting to return again.
Activities in and around Devpur include::
Twin Sharing: Rs.5000/-
Twin Sharing: Rs.4500/-
Four Beds: Rs.5000/-
Three Beds: Rs.4500/-
Three Beds: Rs.4500/-
Twin Sharing: Rs.3000/-
Twin Sharing: Rs.1800/-
Tariff includes breakfast and taxes.
Lunch / Dinner: INR 350 (Non Veg) and INR 250 (Veg) per person per meal
Devpur is located 40 km from Bhuj and 100 km from Gandhidham (Kandla) by road.
Daily flights/ trains are available from Mumbai to Bhuj. Also an excellent network of roads within Gujarat connects Devpur via Bhuj.
Winters are chilly by the night and temperatures would dip into single digits but days are clear and sunny.
The Jadeja family, for decades, have been involved in the welfare of the Devpur village. The staff in Devpur - housekeeping, cooking and others - are all locals, trained in hospitality. The White Eagles school run in the same campus is something you do not expect village schools to be it is an example in itself. The haveli, more than 100 years old, is built mostly from limestone and did not sustain major damages even during the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake.
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