“Namaste & welcome to Pranpur! We are famous for our Chanderi silks, but we have much more to offer you. We are trying to create an identity for ourselves through our art, craft and culture. We invite you to visit us in our humble village, and stay at the Amraee Rural Resort which is just an extension of our homes.”
~ Pranpur Village Tourism Committee
The little village of Pranpur is reminiscent of a vivid Indian fairy-tale, quietly nestled in the heart of India, dubbed Madhya Pradesh. Its cobbled streets are lined with colourful houses, many of which resonate with the soothing music of looms. Its craftsmen & women produce one of India's finest varieties of saris - Chanderi Silk Saris, and welcome you with a big smile to try your hand (and feet) at their ancient looms. Make sure you buy your favourite picks directly from these craftsmen; you'll make a significant contribution to their livelihoods and escape burning a big hole in your pocket!
Just an overnight train ride away from Delhi, the Amraee Guest House, run by the village tourism committee of Pranpur, offers travellers a comfortable base to experience the village life of Central India. You can spend hours strolling along the lanes and fields of Pranpur, watching kids splash around in baolis (stepped wells), interacting with the village's only two families that still practice the indigenous metal crafts, photographing the potters as they expertly mould life into their earthy creations, soaking in the folk traditions of Bundelkhand, and sampling delicious Bundelkhandi food in a village home. Outdoor enthusiasts can trek along the seasonal Bhabhutia river into the nearby forest or visit the Rajghat Dam for the morning sunrise, while history buffs can visit the nearby city of Chanderi whose forts and palaces stand as testimony to its trysts with history.
Retaining the ambiance of village life, accommodation is provided by the village tourism committee of Pranpur at Amraee Guest House (Amraee is the local word for mango orchard), aptly named after its location amid a 5-acre mango orchard at walking distance from the village. Each of the four rooms are clean and spacious, fitted with twin beds, and decorated with beautiful Chanderi Silk curtains and colourful paintings made by the guesthouse manager, Rajpal-ji. Western-style bathrooms are attached to each room, and solar lanterns are provided in case of power cuts. A large room in the guesthouse hosts a showcase of indigenous metal work and pottery, and can double as a conference room.
Surrounded by trees of mango, papaya, custard apple and guavas, the premises of the guesthouse attracts several endemic & migratory birds. You can laze around on the swings, hammocks and charpoys fixed in the shade of the trees, and look out for birds and squirrels.
A restaurant has been set up at Amraee Guest House, where Jagbhan, your cook, can whip up a range of delicious Indian vegetarian dishes. Breakfast typically consists of paranthas served with exotic chutneys, or poha topped with savoury snacks. You can sample the traditional Bundelkhandi thali for lunch or dinner, which is a mini feast with a spread of spicy and sweet dishes.
In the open area behind the guesthouse, small herbal and organic kitchen gardens have been set up to provide freshly grown vegetables and herbs for the food prepared in the restaurant.
Tea is prepared in typical village style, milky and sweet, and can be customized as per your taste buds.
Alcohol is prohibited at the Amraee Guest House campus.
You can spend your time at Pranpur soaking in its laid-back village life, interacting with its craftspeople, unfolding history in the nearby town of Chanderi, or exploring its serene outdoors on foot.
Activities in & around Pranpur include:
At Amraee Guest House, accommodation is priced as follows:
Single occupancy: INR 1,100.
Double occupancy: INR 1,800.
Tariff includes 3 meals & all taxes.
An extra bed can be comfortably accommodated in the room, at INR 550 extra.
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The nearest airports are at Gwalior (168 km) and Bhopal (232 km). Both places are well connected with Delhi & Mumbai by air. The nearest railway station is Lalitpur, about an hour's drive from Pranpur. Pick-up can be arranged from the airport or train station at additional cost.
The best time to visit Pranpur is between October and March, when the days are warm and the nights fairly cold.
Many of us have pre-conceived notions about rural India. Leave them behind, travel with an open mind, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with what you find.
“The stay was good... The food was super and the staff always smiled - that was the best part of it. I will be back to Chanderi and Amraee soon.“ ~ Avijit & Monika, travelled in August 2012.
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Madhya Pradesh is not an obvious destination on any travel map in India, which means its culture, crafts, and traditions are not influenced by the elements of mass tourism. The UNDP and the Indian Government initiated the development of Amraee Guest House in Pranpur, in an attempt to put Pranpur on the rural tourism map of India and offer its craftspeople & residents an alternate source of income.
Below are some tips to practice responsible travel while in Pranpur: