I Stayed In The Centre Of The Thar Desert For 72 Hours
A change of landscape they say is necessary, but I never imagined I'll stay in the centre of a 45-acre Thar desert of Rajasthan, that too in a completely luxurious way! Here's all about my experience at Dhora Desert Resort & Spa and life in Jodhpur
Where Is This?
The Dhora Desert Resort & Spa is a luxurious desert tent stay in the midst of the Thar desert. You can't say its completely in Jodhpur, because from the Jodhpur Railway station, it was a 2-hour drive to get here. We drove to the property around 6 in the morning so it was too dark to make out anything, however when we woke up, the entire landscape was just beautiful!
What Will You Find Here?
There are luxury tents that house a king sized bed, a bath, an open shower and the highlight is the seating area across the bed which opens up to a vast view of the entire desert!
The resort also has a dining area, an infinity pool and serves up some extremely flavorful and authentic dishes, like the local favourites - Ker Sangri, Laal maas and Rabodi.
What Else Can You Do Here?
The resort is really not just a stay, but an entire package! They arrange for a number of little expeditions around.
I was taken for a village visit, where I got to meet some locals, try some authentic flavorful food with them, sit with them at their home and exchange a slice of our cultures and values. It was truly what made my trip very heartwarming.
They also organize camel rides around the property or if you're someone looking for some drama, head up to the dunes and enjoy a beautiful sunset at their Aladdin like seating setup! Its something you definitely should enjoy!
At night, Dhora also organizes a Langa dance performance at the resort, where you'll find a group of soulful singers open the show with the classic ' Padhaaro mhare des' and then women in colorful ghagras dance to the tunes. You'll be served some munchies as you watch the performance and lose yourself to the melodious night!
Life at Dhora is really different. And I say this because when you leave the place and come back to your usual habitat, you will definitely and in my case almost instantly feel 'desert withdrawal symptoms'. Something about the place is so captivating, it will remain with you forever. The I stayed at Dhora for 2 nights and I came back with a million memories, pictures, warmth and a heart full of joy!
Note: - At Dhora, you will get complete Airtel & Jio mobile signals only. And there is no wifi throughout the property, except for the common dining space, where they've got a little dongle
- Hot water is available 24X7 in the bath
- There's an AC and also a heater installed in every tent
- The tariff per night is Rs 12,000 per tent and one tent can accommodate 2 persons at a time (Meals are inclusive)
- They have a spa but owing to COVID that isn't operational until stated otherwise by the property
You can book your desert stay here