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Mana Hotels: Excursions & Activities in and around Ranakpur

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Mana Hotels: Excursions & Activities in and around Ranakpur

  1. 1. Experience Rajasthan like never before! Itinerary: 6:00 pm: Arrive to welcome drinks & cold towels 6:30 pm: Enjoy sunset and views before dark 8:00 pm: Settle on the verandah Enjoy a drink of your choice with starters from the Mana Kitchen on the verandah 9:00 pm: Dinner served with elements of the local cuisine prepared under strict quality & hygiene standards of Mana Hotels 11:00 pm: Head back to the comfort of Mana Hotels, Ranakpur Background music : Songs of the local Rajasthani tribes Rates Upon Request Minimum 4 people needed Notice of min. 4 days to be given to avail the service Location Thandi Beri is a forest lodge located at a distance of 23 km from Mana Ranakpur. One has to exit the highway at Ghanerao after 15 km from Mana Ranakpur and then traverse a 'kuccha' road to reach the destination. Permission from the forest department has to be secured to enter this area and Mana Hotels will do the needful in this matter. We take extra efforts to ensure no degradation of any type occurs at Thandi Beri. Also, our guests are requested to maintain proper decorum and behaviour suited to the venue www.manahotels.in An evening at Thandi Beri +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in
  2. 2. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Unseen Rajasthan! Itinerary: 7:00 am: Leave Mana Ranakpur on a bullock cart 7:20 am: Arrive at the farm & learn about crops being cultivated, irrigation methods etc. Interact with the family & enjoy some homemade butter milk (QC by Mana Hotels) under a tree with farm animals around 8:00 am: Leave the farm and head to the metal workshop (lohaar ki dukaan) 8:15 am: Arrive at the metal workshop and see live preparation of a tool. The item being prepared would be given to the guests as a souvenir to be carry back with them 8:45 am: Carry forward into the village to see glimpses of the village life. Enjoy a morning cup of tea at our local hosts home 9:15 am: Head back to Mana Ranakpur for breakfast Rates Upon Request Minimum 4 people needed Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this service About the Tour Mana Hotels with the local inhabitants has developed an exciting tour of the local villages in a unique way. For starters, the guests will be ferried on a custom built bullock cart. The sites will include the visit to a farm, drive through the narrow streets of a village, visit to a metal workers shop and more. We will also give our guests a flavour of the some of the local cuisine with the quality control of the Mana Hotels kitchen. Mana Hotels invites you to explore village life in Ranakpur in it’s purest form! www.manahotels.in Village Safari
  3. 3. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Explore Rajasthan Like Never Before! Itinerary: 4:00 pm: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 4:30 pm: Arrive at the farm & learn about the history of the Mewari horses Take a tour of the stud farm and see how the horses are reared 5:00 pm: Go for a ride on one of the horses in the open areas surrounding farm. Training will be provided to amateur riders and experiences riders can ride alone 6:00 pm: Return to the farm to relax and enjoy some refreshments 6:45 pm: Leave the stud farm to return to Mana Ranakpur 7:15 pm: Arrive at Mana Ranakpur Rates Upon request Minimum 4 people needed Notice of min. 2 day to be given to avail this service About the Tour Ranakpur is located in the Godwad region of Rajasthan. The horses of this area are famous for their agility and form. Mana Hotels in association with a local entrepreneur have developed a unique experience for its visitors where they will be taken to the stud farms to see how these horses are reared. Not just this, the guests will get the opportunity to ride one of these magnificent creatures in the wide open plains in the vicinity of the farm. www.manahotels.in Horse Riding & Stud Farm Visit
  4. 4. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Explore Rajasthan Like Never Before! Itinerary: 5:00 pm: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car or on foot 5:20 pm: Arrive at the dam and take in the views and sights 5:45 pm: Tea, coffee and snacks will be served to you by the well trained staff of Mana Hotels Ranakpur 6:30 pm: Spend as much time at the location. It is advisable to head back before dark 6:45 pm: Head back to Mana Ranakpur by car or on foot Rates Upon Request Minimum 4 people needed Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this service About the Tour Located just 2km from Mana Ranakpur is the picturesque Ranakpur ‘bandh’ (dam). Originally, this location was graced by the Maharaja and Maharani of Jodhpur on a frequent basis to enjoy the peace & tranquillity of Ranakpur. We will recreate this experience for our esteemed guests by serving them some beverages and snacks with the Aravallis as the back drop. Occasionally some ‘Ghadiyal’s’ can also be seen in the water. www.manahotels.in Tea & Snacks at the Ranakpur Dam
  5. 5. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Explore Rajasthan Like Never Before! Itinerary: 09:00 am: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car after breakfast 11:00 am: Arrive at the dam and take in the views and sights 12:00 pm: Tea, coffee and snacks will be served to you by the well trained staff of Mana Hotels Ranakpur 1:00 pm: Spend as much time at the location. It is advisable to head back before dark 1:35 pm: Head back to Mana Ranakpur or the next destination Rates Upon Request Minimum 4 people needed Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this service About the Tour Located 50km from Mana Ranakpur is the imposing Jawai ‘bandh’ (dam). Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in 1957, this dam is the main source of water supply to Jodhpur city and other parts of Pali District. Jawai Dam is the largest dam in Western Rajasthan. Apart from being a visual spectacle, this area is a paradise for migratory birds. If the guests are lucky, they may also spot some crocodiles in the water. www.manahotels.in Visit to Jawai Dam
  6. 6. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Rajasthan Like Never Before! Areas to Visit 1. Ranakpur Temple 2. Sun Temple 3. Local Cottage Industry 4. Neighbourhood Markets 5. Village Safari Rates Upon Request 4 people can be accommodated Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this service About the Experience Mana Hotels has developed a customized bullock cart in collaboration with the local artisans in order to offer a unique way for its guests to commute in the area. Made from all locally sourced material, the bullock cart will be perhaps the greenest and quirkiest ride you will find in Ranakpur. www.manahotels.in Bullock Cart Rides
  7. 7. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Religion Like Never Before! Key Facts 1. 1,444 Unique Columns 2. 29 Halls 3. 80 domes 4. Built in the 15th Century over 65 years 5. Total area – 50,000 sq feet 6. Dedicated to Lord Adinath 7. 5 minute drive from Mana Hotels Timings Indian Nationals: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Foreign Nationals: 12:00 noon to 5 p.m. Rates Rs. 100/- for Still Photography Rs. 300/- for Video Recording *Photography is allowed between 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. only About the Experience Mana Hotels is a 5 minute drive from one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. Apart from its religious importance, the 1,444 unique hand crafted marble pillars of the temple make it an architectural marvel. The temple is in the form of a celestial aircraft and its sheer size takes your breath away! The evening prayers carried out in candle light with two 108 kg bells being played in synchronization is a unique experience for the mind and the body. www.manahotels.in Ranakpur Jain Temple
  8. 8. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Wildlife Like Never Before! Rates Upon Request Minimum 4 people needed Advance notice of 3 days needed to avail this service About the Experience Located at a distance of 50 km from Mana Hotels Ranakpur is Bera, a retreat for nature lovers. Nestled in the lap of the Aravallis, Bera is one of the only destinations in Northern India which offers sighting of the elusive leopard. The landscape is primarily hard without any vegetation. This makes the sightings very clear and enjoyable. Mana Hotels has partnered with local hosts who have extensive knowledge of this region to ensure that the guests have a memorable visit to Bera. www.manahotels.in Leopard Safari Itinerary 4:00 pm: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 5:30 pm: Arrive at Bera and shift to a safari Jeep 5:45 pm: Commence the Safari. The Leopard sightings are most common in the dark as the glowing eyes are easy to spot 8:30 pm: Change vehicles and head back to Mana Ranakpur 10:00 pm: Arrive at Mana Hotels for dinner
  9. 9. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Heritage Like Never Before! Key Facts 1. Second largest Man Made wall in the world – 36 km in length 2. Built at 1100 meters above sea level 3. Area covered – 82 sq kilometers 4. Over 360 temples present within the fort Entry Fee Foreign Nationals: Rs. 100/- per person Indian Nationals: Rs. 5/- per person About the Experience Mana Hotels is 45 km from the birth place of the great king of Mewar, Maharana Pratap - Kumbhalgarh Fort. The perimeter walls of this fortress are second in length only to the Great Wall of China. The magnificent fort which also separates the Mewar region of Rajasthan from the Marwar region was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th Century. Apart from its historical significance, the Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur forest reserve is home to a diverse variety of flora & fauna. www.manahotels.in Kumbhalgarh Fort Itinerary 4:00 pm: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 5:30 pm: Arrive at the fort and take in the views and sights 7:00 pm: Enjoy the sound and light show at the fort 7:30 pm: Head back to Mana Ranakpur by car
  10. 10. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Cooking Like Never Before! Disclaimer The vegetables market is an environment not controlled by Mana Hotels. Although we make efforts to ensure cleanliness at the market, it is not always possible. About the Experience Sadri, the quaint little town located 8 km from Mana Hotels Ranakpur plays host to a daily vegetable market . The farmers start assembling at the main ‘chowk’ (intersection) by 4:30 a.m. The produce from their farms are displayed and buyers from the area come to purchase the vegetables for their use. This market is for locals primarily and majority of the purchases are in bulk to avail better rates Mana Hotels would like to give its guests a feel of this local market. We will let the guests pick out vegetable of their own choice, negotiate with the vendors and also purchase the material. All of this would be done under the care and supervision of the staff from Mana Hotels. Not just this, if the guests want, Mana Hotels will conduct a cooking class wherein the guests can learn how to prepare dishes out of the vegetables that they pick out from the market (Mana Cooking Classes) www.manahotels.in Culinary Tour – Vegetable Market Visit Itinerary 5:45 am: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 6:00 am: Assemble at the ‘Mandi’ (Vegetable Market) 6:10 am: Explore the market, identify the fruits and vegetables for purchase. Negotiate with the vendors. Make the purchase 6:40 am: Head back to Mana Ranakpur by car
  11. 11. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Cooking Like Never Before! Disclaimer The dishes which will be prepared at the classes will be decided in advance by Mana Hotels. The vegetables purchased at the market are thoroughly cleaned before using them for cooking About the Experience The Barh Court at Mana Hotels will be the venue of choice for a one of a kind cooking class. The class will be conducted by the production team at Mana Hotels comprising of our highly qualified chefs and also some local villagers who will bring in the local flavor and cooking techniques. Starting with a detailed discussion of the menu’s the session will go on to actual hands on cooking by all members of the class. If taken along with the Vegetable Market visit, the guests will get to prepare dishes from the vegetables that they have purchased from the market themselves. www.manahotels.in Culinary Tour – Cooking Classes Itinerary 11:00 am: Assemble under the Barh Court. Introductions 11:15 am: Discussion of the menu and recipe’s 11:45 pm: Start preparation of dishes one by one. Each guest will be responsible for some part of the meal. No one is allowed to just watch. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! 1:30 pm: The Mana service team will serve the dishes prepared by you. Bon Appétit! 2:30 pm: Recipe books will be distributed to each guest for them to take back
  12. 12. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! Disclaimer This is a joint effort by Mana Hotels and Camel Charisma. A minimum of 2 persons are needed for us to organize this tour About the Experience Mana Hotels is pleased to share with you yet another novel experience in the culturally rich region of Ranakpur - Cottage Industry Visit in collaboration with Camel Charisma. Camel Chrisma is a social enterprise that seeks to develop, promote and market environment friendly products from the camel, with the purpose of saving this unique desert animal from extinction. Mana Hotels, invites its guests to see how Camel Charisma is making ecological and trendy products while at the same time promoting the interests of the rural men & women in isolated villages. This experience is the first real attempt at responsible tourism in this part of Rajasthan and Mana Hotels is proud to be associated with Camel Charisma in this endeavour. www.manahotels.in Cottage Industry Visit Itinerary •Leave Mana Hotels Ranakpur by car to the Camel Cart Rendezvous point. The distance is approximately 6 km •Complete last 1 km of the journey on a camel cart and arrive at the Camel Charisma Workshop •Learn how camel by-products such as camel dung, hair and milk are converted into environment friends products such as paper, woolen items, soaps & ice creams
  13. 13. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Nature Like Never Before! Disclaimer Trek goes through the Kumbhalgarh National Forest Reserve. Proper decorum has to be maintained. Minimum 2 persons need to arrange this trek About the Experience Mana Hotels is pleased to introduce a great new experience in the Ranakpur region for its esteemed guests - Trek from Thandi Beri to Kumbhalgarh! This trek takes the enthusiasts through the recently declared national forest reserve of Kumbhalgarh. The forest reserve is known for its varied bird life and animals such as Antilops, Wild Hens, Wild Boars, Hyenas and more. Also along the route are some tribal villages secluded from the rest of the world showcasing a way of life not known to city dwellers. The landscape changes from light forest cover to a steep hill climb as one approaches Kumbhalgarh Fort. Enjoy this multifarious experience with Mana Hotels in Ranakpur. www.manahotels.in Trek – Thandi Beri to Kumbhalgarh Itinerary 05:30 am: Leave for Thandi Beri from Mana Ranakpur by car 06:00 am: Arrive at Thandi Beri and commence trek on foot 09:30 am: Reach Kumbhalgarh and leave for next destination Fact Sheet Origin: Thandi Beri, 15 km from Mana Hotels Ranakpur Destination: 500 meters before the parking lot at Kumbhalgarh Fort Total Distance: 9 km Terrain: Light forest cover and flat for the first 6 km. Steep climb for last 3 km
  14. 14. About the Experience Ranakpur is a popular lunch destination since it is located on the Udaipur – Jodhpur highway. Mana Hotels has gone one step further by making this stop more than just about lunch by offering the following activities during lunch hours: 1. ‘Champi’ – Traditional Indian head massage 2. Pottery demonstration and workshop 3. ‘Mehndi Rachayi’ – Application of Heena on hands 4. Live Chapatti cooking – rural style +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! Rates Upon Request. Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this service www.manahotels.in Lunch Experience
  15. 15. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! Disclaimer This is a joint effort by Mana Hotels and Ranakpur Arogyadham A minimum of 2 persons are needed for us to organize this tour The herbal tour is being conducted in a natural environment. Hence small pests and insects will be present. The guests are advised to dress appropriately. Full length clothes and walking shoes are recommended About the Experience Mana Hotels in collaboration with Ranakpur Arogyadham is offering a wellness experience like none other. We would like to give our guests a glimpse of how Ranakpur Arogyadham and Dr. Ganga Singh Chouhan are healing lifestyle diseases in a natural environment with discipline and Yoga. www.manahotels.in Wellness Tour Itinerary 4:00 p.m. Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 4:10 p.m. Arrive at Ranakpur Arogyadham - venue for the herbal tour 4:15 p.m. Commence walk around the farm with an expert. During the tour, the different medicinal plants will be shown to the guests and their medicinal properties explained. 5:15 p.m. After the walk around the farm, a short beginner level Yoga class will be conducted. The emphasis in this class will be on breathing exercises. During the class, the health benefits of each exercise will be explained in a scientific manner 5:45 p.m. Once the Yoga class is completed, a natural health drink will be served to the guests. 6:00 p.m. The final part of the tour will allow the guests to interact with Dr. Ganga Singh Chouhan, MBBS, MD, Cardiologist and the founder of the Arogydham 6:30 p.m. Leave for Mana Ranakpur by car
  16. 16. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! Disclaimer The train in this experience does not offer air conditioned carriages. Time of operation of this train might vary depending on the season and schedule as determined by Indian Railways. About the Experience Located about 2 hours from Mana Hotels in Ranakpur, is a wonderful hidden train journey. Originating from Phulad station and terminating at Khambli Ghat station, this 1.5 hour journey gives the passengers a peak into the history of this area aside from offering great views of the Aravallis. If you are lucky, you may even spot some wildlife such as Langoors, Peacocks and Deer's. This is a meter gauge line and also one of the highest tracks in the western railway system of India. The landscape is dramatic and does not stay constant. There is a good mix of steep hills, flowing water and plains. All in all a picturesque journey through a relatively unexplored part of Rajasthan. www.manahotels.in Heritage Train Journey Itinerary 12:30 p.m. Leave Mana Ranakpur by car 2:30 p.m. Arrive at Phulad station and enjoy sites of the old equipment and construction 3:00 p.m. Watch the train arrive. Upon arrival, the engine attaches from the opposite end to commence the journey. 3:15 p.m. Board the train for Khambli Ghat. Enjoy the slow pace of the journey while enjoying spectacular views of the Aravallis and more 4:30 p.m. Reach Khambli Ghat station where your vehicle can pick you up for the onward journey
  17. 17. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Wildlife Like Never Before! About the Experience Located 9 kms from Mana Hotel Ranakpur, we present to you a treat for the eyes and the soul - Muthana Bird Lake. This place is most popular for its diverse species of migratory birds. Since this lake has water throughout the year, the birds often stop by. In addition to the migratory birds, the lake is in a beautiful natural setting. Blue water, never ending planes and the scattered hillocks make it a visually appealing landscape. There are many ways in which this area can be explored but Mana Hotels recommends that the guests enjoy this hidden treasure with some beverages and snacks in the evening. www.manahotels.in Muthana – Bird Lake Visit
  18. 18. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Adventure Like Never Before! About the Experience Located 4 kms from Mana Hotel Ranakpur and just opposite the Ranakpur Jain temple, is the “The Tirthankar Nature Trail”. Located in the Ranakpur – Kumbhalgarh National forest reserve, this trail offers excellent views of the Ranakpur Jain temple and the Ranakpur dam. A forest trail roughly 4 km long , the Tirthankar Natural Trail is a paradise for the wildlife & nature lover. In addition the forest authorities have also added some adventure sports such as ropeways on this trail for the entertainment of children and adults www.manahotels.in Tirthankar Forest Trail Timings This is available from sunrise to sunset but suggested time is evening time from 4pm onwards Rate Upon Request. Notice of min. 1 day to be given to avail this Fact Sheet 1. 3.7 km long trekking trail 2. Adventure games 3. Great for wildlife enthusiasts 4. Great for team building and corporate retreats 5. Just 5 minutes from Mana hotels
  19. 19. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Wildlife Like Never Before! Rates Upon Request Minimum 2 people needed Advance notice of 2 days needed to avail this service About the Experience Located at a distance of 7.5 km from Mana Hotels Ranakpur is a jungle route from Malgarh to Ranakaankar popularly known as “Tanne Ki Naal”. Since this route is located in the Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur National Forest Reserve, there is a high chance of sighting animals such as panther, wild bore, bear, sambhar & birds. Apart from the wildlife, the landscape is plush with small waterfalls, rocky formations and dense green forest. We recommend this safari around sun set which makes it even more thrilling for the guests. www.manahotels.in Malgarh to Ranakaankar- Jungle Safari Fact Sheet 1. Located just 20 minutes from Mana Hotels 2. Duration of Safari 45 minutes to an hour 3. 13 km long forest route 4. Located in the Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur National reserve 5. Great for Wildlife enthusiasts
  20. 20. About the Experience Ranakpur offers some breathtaking venues ideally suited for practicing the art of Yoga. These venues are within a 10 minute drive from Mana Hotels where we can offer all the other services needed to make a Yoga retreat complete – specialized menu’s, yoga instructor’s, indoor & outdoor venues and more. Some of the venues that we recommend are: • The Ranakpur dam for scenic beauty • The Forest Conservation Center for views of the Ranakpur Temple +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! www.manahotels.in Yoga Retreat
  21. 21. About the Experience Mana Hotels is proud to be associated with 2 government primary schools in Ranakpur. Given that Ranakpur is essentially a forest area, majority of the students in these schools are from tribal families. Mana Hotels suggests the following activities: 1. Interact with the students 2. Distribute food to the students during lunch hours 3. Distribute stationary to the students 4. Sit through a class 5. Interact with the teachers and headmaster This experience is ideally suited for the following kind of tourists: 1. Corporate groups for team building and CSR activities 2. Foreign tourists to learn about education in India 3. For anyone interested in socially responsible tourism 4. For anyone from the education sector Suggested Timings The schools are open throughout the year with breaks during summers, winter and during religious festivals. The classes are typically conducted in the first half of the day with a lunch break at 12:00 noon. However, given the rural setting of the school, untimely off days are not uncommon. Therefore, it is advisable to make reservations at the hotel at least 7 days in advance. Both the schools are located within a 10 minute drive from the hotel. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! www.manahotels.in Rural School Visit
  22. 22. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Ranakpur Like Never Before! About the Experience Located 31 kms from Mana Hotel Ranakpur, is the first golden temple built by the Jain Community in India. The main specialty of the temple is that its entire structure, including all the walls, roofs, pillars, doors, windows, steps, domes and shikhar are all painted with a thick layer of gold. It is said that the women from Jain families of the surrounding areas, spared their gold ornaments and donated the same to temple authorities for construction of this golden temple Mana Hotel recommends that the guests enjoy this hidden treasure in the morning before lunch. www.manahotels.in Golden Temple, Falna Key Facts 1. Structure painted in Gold 2. 2000 year old statue 3. 33 yr old temple 4. Total area – 50,000 sq feet 5. Dedicated to Lord Shankheshwar Parshwanath 6. 30 minute drive from Mana Hotels Timings 1. Darshan Time: 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM 2. Aarti Time: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  23. 23. +91-11- 48080000 | +91- 9001999568/569 | +91- 8107888800 book-ranakpur@manahotels.in Experience Rajasthan Like Never Before! About the Experience The Raikas, which are also known as Rabaris, are the largest pastoralists or specialized camel breeding tribe existing in western Rajasthan. Raika’s take pride in the fact that for them camel breeding is not just business but their heritage. Mana Hotels has identified a Raika household not too far from the hotel where the guests can observe their way of life. It is located 8 km from Mana and takes about 20 minutes by a small car/jeep. Although their way of life of still very basic, signs of modern day life are creeping in. This is probably an inevitable adjustment that they are having to make in order to survive. www.manahotels.in Raika Home Visit Suggested Itinerary • Leave Mana Hotels after breakfast by car/jeep. • After 20 minutes, reach the house of the Raika family • Enjoy a tea prepared on their traditional chullah and see how they prepare their lunch in an unconventional manner • Observe the men relax while inhaling tobacco through a ‘Chillam’ • Pay homage to their deity called ‘Mamaji’ • Take a walk into the jungle where their camels have gone for grazing • Drive back to Mana Hotels in time for lunch

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