This enormous house of traditional Rajasthani architecture is currently lived in by three generations of the same family. Jaideep Singh Chauhan runs the homestay with his wife Anu and his parents are also around to look after guests. They are a prestigious Rajput family who know an enormous amount about Rajasthan's history and have an impressive collection of traditional art and antique furniture. Jaideep's father used to be the Chief-Conservator of all the forest and wildlife in Rajasthan and is a very interesting person to talk to- he used to keep two leopard cubs in the house! The family also runs a local school which guests like to visit.
Two stone elephants are placed outside to welcome guests on their arrival and the interior of the house has an aura of grandeur, without being intimidating. The central lobby is dominated by a sweeping staircase and galleried landing; a huge chandelier illuminates family heirlooms, colorful ornaments and intricately painted ceilings. Guests can join the family for meals or be served in a separate dining room decorated with Rajasthani mirror work. Such is the family's zeal for Indian and Rajasthani cuisine that they have created a separate kitchen in which to give cooking demonstrations and lessons to guests. The verandas of the house curve around a large lawn ornamented with a fountain and pagoda where guests can sit and read in style. Indeed, this area has even been the set for a film!
Guests are unlikely to forget the first welcome here garlanded with flowers and given the customary bindi. This is only the first of a series of traditions that the family follows according to Rajput custom and this is an ideal place to get an insight into the specific culture of Rajasthan.
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