Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan- The Journey and the First Impressions

by Mridula on November 19, 2012

in Canon D550,Hotels,Photography,Rajasthan

When I heard from Lakshman Sagar about a possible invitation to their property I was quite excited as I liked what I saw on their website. We settled for 9th to 12th November as the dates for the visit. I now had to find train tickets to Ajmer just before the Diwali week. I got Jammu Tavi AII (AII is the station code for Ajmer) while going as Shatabdi was completely full. Lakshman Sagar can be reached via Ajmer or Jodhpur. I picked up Ajmer because the chances of getting a train ticket in Shatabdi were greater just before the Diwali week. I was not too happy as I wanted to go by Shatabdi.

But with hindsight I can say it was better that I went by a sleeper train rather than the chair car. I boarded the train really early in the morning. And as usual it was a scramble to get out of my daily routine. I was quite tired and it was a blessing that I was able to sleep till Jaipur, solid 4-5 hours! After that I could sleep no more! This would have not been possible in Shatabdi.

At Ajmer it took me a few minutes to find the pickup. I thought I was well rested but once on the road I started dozing off again. The road to Bewar is being constructed and there is traffic coming from both the sides almost continuously.  That means the driver has to be extra careful while overtaking and I had a safe driver who was in no hurry.

While I dozed off at one point he asked me if I would like to eat Kachori and I readily agreed. I only had a bread cutlet in the train and it was not too good. The Kachori was lip smacking good. I was told that it is a really famous shop and is open 24 hours! We reached Haripur in a sort while after this and Ashish, the hotel manager was waiting with his open jeep to take me to the resort.

It was around 3.30 pm now and when I was asked if I would have lunch first, I readily agreed. They serve Indian food which always included Rajasthani style vegetables. I would always have second helpings of it. The staff fussed that I hardly ate anything though in the city I am not known for a particularly small diet. If they would see what some of my friend’s eat they surely would have freaked out. And I ate the sweet dish every time it was on the platter!

A Villa and the Lake, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

A Villa and the Lake, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

After a late lunch I headed to my room promising to come out for tea later in the evening. At that time I was still tired and I rushed to the bathroom to clean my face. I rushed out again to get my camera first, the face wash could wait.

The Bathroom, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

The Bathroom, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

I enormously liked the stone they used for a sink and stone they used for the tap. There is no bath tub but then I am anyway not a big fan of it. And instead of a bath tub there is an outdoor splash pool attached to every villa.

I lazed around for an hour and when I headed out the sun was already low.

Sunset at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

Sunset at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

I went to the top of the pink restaurant (I am naming it such, easier than saying janana and mardana every time and explaining it too) and had my tea there. Lakshman Sagar used to be a hunting lodge. It was built in 19th century by Takhur Lakshman Singh. Today it has 12 comfortable rooms and two restaurants. The restaurants originally used to be the resting places for women and men (known as janana, pink in color and mardana, blue in color) of the hunting party. The new rooms blend in the surroundings and as far as the eye can see, there are vast open spaces. It is the perfect antidote to the hectic busy life many of us lead.

I stayed in the pink restaurant till it was almost dark. After an early dinner I retired to read a book (no TV at the place and I like it) and felt rested. The next day we were going to the nearby villages and to Raipur city later in the evening.

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Shubhajit February 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I stumble upon your page and your post just brings some nostalgic moment. I visited the place as a writer when I worked for Sewara. There were no resort and things were just on the plan..I love the place anyway but to reach there I had to sit on tractor for 20-25 mins and that was pain in the ass.

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Raghav November 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Interesting … I’ve been discovering similar places in Rajasthan. Loved the bathroom pic with all the knick-knacks. Also, was wondering how far is it from Ajmer station (in hours).
Thanks

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Anunoy Samanta November 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

loved the uniqueness… and offcourse your lucid write up!

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Siddharth November 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

That was totally looks like a stone age style place.very nice!……

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Lady Fi November 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

What a unique place – so very beautiful!

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Shalu Sharma November 20, 2012 at 2:40 am

Looks like a nice place to visit. Indeed the bathroom is quite something. Lets talk about being in the “stone age”.

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Dark Knight November 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Love the rustic bathroom! The place looks like some stone age resort. I’m tempted to visit sometime.

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Meena Menon November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

where did my comment dissapear! I said i luv luv uv the rustic bathroom!!!!

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Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri November 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

This looks different!!! Totally Stone age I suppose. Got to visit sometime :)

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Kumar Suhas November 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Really very unique place , I really liked the bathroom but just to see.

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Rohit November 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Alright, that’s some villa!. And it has to be one of the most unique bathroms I have ever seen! I would have loved to read about the villages you went to the following day.. I am sure you have some great clicks of that as well. :)

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bhavani November 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

seems like a lovely place…
i love the look of the place, but sometimes find that these places seem too ‘cool’? meaning, feels contrived… beautiful, but not local…

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Anu November 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Bathroom is the highlight of this post. I liked their wash basin!

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Niranjan November 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The resort looks interesting.

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Akhila S November 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Wow! Totally loved the Bathroom design.. looking forward for the rest of the series :)

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