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Family travel in India: Chandelao, Rajasthan

Chandelao Rajasthan India

40km from busy Jodhpur, Chandelao is a small and peaceful Rajasthani village and the perfect place to get a feel for local life.

WHERE: Chandelao Village, 40km from Jodhpur, Rajasthan

HOW: We had a driver pick us up from the train station in Jodhpur and drive us to Chandelao – it took about an hour.

FOR THE KIDS: Lots and lots of friendly kids to play with and a laid back village atmosphere.

DETAILS:  We stayed for two nights in Chandelao at the Chandelao Garh.

Chandelao Rajasthan India
Historically, Rajasthan was divided into 19 princely states, each ruled by a Maharajah. In each state, brave Rajputs were awarded the title of Thakur. Each Thakur was given authority over land in the kingdom and ruled from a fort (garh) or a palace. In return for the land, a Thakur would supply warriors, horses and camels to fight wars for the Maharajah. Chandelao was one such garh and the ancestor of the original Thakur still resides there. Praduman Singh converted his family’s ancestral home into a guest house (transforming the stables to gorgeous rooms) providing employment for the local Rajasthani villagers.
Chandelao Rajasthan India

A crafts centre, where local women make and sell their handicrafts, was also developed. The workshop is adjacent to the Garh and is a lovely place to visit (and shop!) and watch the women sew, embroider and bead using traditional techniques.

Chandelao Rajasthan India

Chandelao gives a glimpse into everyday Rajasthani village life. The villagers are friendly and welcoming especially the children who LOVE to have their photos taken (you will be asked a lot!). Chandelao is a good spot to base yourself whilst exploring the local area – we took a trip to the nearby market town of Pipar, and went for a 4×4 safari to check out the local wildlife and meet some of the local Bishnoi people.

Chandelao Rajasthan India
Chandelao Rajasthan India

 

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