The late monsoon season in 2019 throughout the Rajasthan region, played havoc with one of the resorts we were due to stay at during our Destination Journey to India. During the lead up to our departure we were hopeful of still being able to stay with our original Itinerary.
Chhatra Saga resort, located on the top of a dam wall, was undergoing extensive renovations, however on our arrival to Delhi the team from Travelscope let us know that the late rains had won out. Unfortunately resulting in limited access to the region and the renovations to the resort were not able to be completed.
Whilst disappointed we were unable to stay with our original itinerary choice, I was assured that Travelscope had, over the past few weeks, been hatching plan B…
Lakshman Sagar was our new resort – it too located on a dam wall… Having not seen Lakshman Sagar before, I was apprehensive, yet I had full trust in the team at Travelscope that they would have a suitable replacement for us… and they did !
We transferred from our mini coach to jeeps for a 15 minute ride. Beyond a small remote town, through farmlands to our reservoir location.
Our resort had us all besotted..
From a small rise we overlooked a valley on one side and a damed body of water on the other. We assembled in the 19th century hunting lodge for a delicious local lunch. As with all the meals in the remote places we stayed, the meals were made from local recipes and produce all of which were very tasty indeed.
We went through the traditional handing out of keys and were taken to our “rooms”.
Each couple had their own palatial waterside mud and stone cottage ! All with fabulous views across the dam and each cottage even had our own private plunge pool. At this moment I was thankful our journey was being looked after by the award winning tour operator Travelscope –
An amazing plan B !
We had time to relax in our cottages before we all took an early evening stroll around the perimeter of the resort to see the sunset over the surrounding rural lands. Our night began with an outdoor cooking lesson with a myriad of stars above. We dinned on a meal crafted from traditional local hunting recipes and were entertained by three musicians sitting on a rise located below the adjacent lookout pavilion.
Lakshman Sagar, originally not on our itinerary, became a favourite for many on our journey, totally different to all of our other accommodation experiences – Haveli and Palaces and forts.
A stay at Lakshman Sagar will be an experience to be enjoyed again on future journeys to India.
Repeatedly, during our Rajasthan Destination Journey, as we left our accommodation and moved onto our next Indian experience I was asked… “Glenn, do we have to leave…”