Our first homestay in Rajasthan
Everyone drinks local alcohol here. At ten rupees you get 180 ml in a packed plastic bottle that though only to be sold in Haryana is easily available in Rajasthan. It is quite potent and ironically called Golden Border. The villagers don’t prefer English sharab even if you offer them . They prefer the local. Though they don’t mind beer . So I take a few of them to the only theka here in village. After having a bottle or two with the friendly villagers ,I go for a bike ride. Today there’s a nip in the air and its quite peaceful. Or maybe this is because I feel this way. Coming from city, I am not accustomed to such environment. Starlit sky, no television,feeding peacocks or people sleeping by 9 pm !!
This January I ended up visiting the rustic town of Bikaner and from there followed it up by staying in a village called Siyana, some fifty kms from it. Its a non-touristy village with hardly any visitors and certainly very limited resources. But for us these traits make it attractive. A small market that serves basic requirements of farmers, a primary school, a temple and lot of farmers. You get Bajre kee roti to eat and feel like having all the time in world to roam around.
The local market at Siyana,Bikaner district
And exactly for this reason we decided to open a small homestay here to promote authentic rural tourism in this small village of Siyana where we shall invite friends and fellow travellers to have a feel of the village courtesy of our wonderful friend Bhawani Singh who’s working with us on this project.
An early morning at homestay in Siyana
We shall update with more details soon but for now I can post a few pictures of the place. Our first trips are on till the end of March and we shall also be conducting Yoga classes and Miniature painting sessions. We don’t recommend anyone staying there after March unless you are a hardcore traveller and would like to take on such a trip .
So this is it from us until now. Quite excited on our new venture , but happy as it will keep us busy and allow to connect with like minded travelers . For travellers by a group of fellow travellers .More updates soon .For now anyone can write to us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
A neighbouring village junction