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deogarh

a fairy tale castle come to life

sunny 21 °C

Jodhpur passed in a whirlwind (although the drive to Deogarh did not because we had yet more trouble with our vehicle)!!

I think we all felt we would have loved another day. Of course we’ve said that everywhere we’ve been.

In fact everyone on the trip has decided I should really call this blog “Can’t we have one more day here?” because I have asked that question every single time we’ve checked into a hotel and again when we check out. But sadly the answer is always the same.

And Deogarh is no exception. A town of only 14,000, the former palace which is now a hotel – Deogarh Mahal – is this town’s main employer – both directly and indirectly – because they both hire the locals but also buy from them all the food they serve etc.

So tourists are extremely well received – which explains the cheers, waves and smiles we received as we drove through town on our way to the hotel. It was amazing!

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What I loved the most about this hotel is it’s simplicity and the fact that while it is slowly and carefully being refurbished, its antiquity has not been sacrificed. To lock my door from the inside, I laid a heavy chain across the two doors … the light switches were a sight to behold – heavy brass knobs, in fact.

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And inside it’s like a labyrinth – full of twisting corridors that lead to staircases that don’t seem to go anywhere in particular – up and down, this way and that – every corner revealing a treasure – a carved archway … a colourful streamer … a bit of lattice … a statue … some bright fuschia bougainvillea cascading down a wall that has been weathered by time to a creamy, pale golden shade of yellow.

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We were lucky enough to meet the two brothers – Princes – who own the hotel. They were lovely and warm and we spent a lot of time with them – learning about their family, how they came to buy the palace, what their hopes and dreams are for their community … it was a very special evening.

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Just before we left them to have our dinner one of them shared some wisdom with us that he learned from his Guru: “Poverty is the true sister of wealth because if you have it you can be sure that something will happen and the other will come.” He also said that while everyone wants wealth, once you have it, it doesn’t bring you peace.

Now how’s that for food for thought?

Posted by a_broad 08:18 Archived in India Tagged luxury_travel

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I look forward to your travels everyday,I can understand that you need more time, my friends Scott and Barnie went for 3 months, and still didn't get to do it all, you need a few trips...
it's not good to be too poor or too rich...moderations is the answer.
hope your travels become smoother...Love Dana

by Dana Bell

Well if those are the two "Handsome Princes", I would want way more than a day!! How do you tear yourself away from these places? Enchanting to say the least.
Allyson

by fifila22

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