RAAS ChhatrasagarNimaaj, Rajasthan / India
With its stylish and sophisticated tents located on a dam, RAAS Chhatrasagar lets you connect with the wilderness of Rajasthan in unparalleled ways. Guests can soak up the stunning surroundings while dining al-fresco next to the water’s edge or being pampered at the ayurvedic spa, or venture further afield with a jeep drive through the grasslands. All the while a raft of green and community initiatives shows the resort’s willingness to preserve this slice of safari paradise.
What to love
- The resort promotes eco-friendliness, which includes recycling waste water, using sustainable fuel, and ensuring all kitchen produce is sourced locally.
- Rajasthan is home to more than 200 species of birds, making the guided drives and walks down to the lake a bird-watchers haven.
- RAAS Chhatrasagar works to support local villages and farmers, while 100 per cent of its staff come from the local community.
What to know
- RAAS Chhatrasagar has a designated wellness and spa space, where guests can indulge in an ayurvedic treatment or a yoga class.
- The camp has both air-conditioning and heating, which allows it to remain open all year round.
- An all-day dining restaurant looks out across the spectacular Chhatra Sagar lake and serves a blend of local favourites and international dishes.
The rural grasslands of Rajasthan are overloaded with natural beauty, and the RAAS Chhatrasagar takes great pleasure in showing it off. Its outdoor swimming pool overlooks sprawling fields, while its sleek-styled dining area provides widescreen views across Lake Chhatra Sagar – where bright blue kingfishers and flocks of shoveler ducks gather. The boutique camp’s tented suites all feature modern design inspired by the natural world, with open-air verandas that allow guests to connect with the outdoors.
The resort works hard to boost the communities that surround it. One hundred per cent of its staff are employed from the local area, while crucial efforts have been made to educate and support Rajasthan’s crop-growing farmers. From an environmental standpoint, RAAS Chhatrasagar likes to keep things green. A water conservation programme ensures that all waste water is used for irrigation; no plastic is used throughout the resort; and the kitchens rely on local produce and cook with sustainable fuel.
As you’d expect, exploration is a big part of staying at RAAS Chhatrasagar. Guests can visit the local temples, villages and farms with the illuminating insight of a naturalist guide by their side. While those keen to fully encounter one of India’s wildlife hotspots can journey by jeep through the grasslands, or take a boat out on the lake to explore the vibrant mangroves in search of rare birds. The resort’s team will even arrange everything needed for picnic while out in the wilderness.
Back at base, the camp has all the comforts needed after a long excursion. The all-day dining restaurant cooks up an exciting blend of international and local dishes, while a well-stocked bar is at your beck and call for a sundowner to go with the spectacular views. A relaxing wellness spa is on-hand for massages and treatments, where guests can also take a rejuvenating yoga class.
When To Travel
RAAS Chhatrasagar tents have both air con and heating which allows for comfortable accommodation year around. Rajasthan is ideal between October and March when sunny days are not too humid or hot and temperatures are cooler at night. The Autumn months are full of festivals such as Diwali, Pushkar and the Nagaur Camel Fairs whereas the colourful Holi is in March. April, May and June tend to get hot and Chhatrasagar lake can start to drop, reducing bird numbers. The heat breaks into Monsoon from July to September.
Chhatra Sagar is close to the small town of Nimaaj. The nearest main airport is at Jodhpur (2H by road/ 108 km) but guests staying at RAAS Chhatrasagar are frequently on a tour of Rajasthan and thus en route between Jodphur, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Families are most welcome at RAAS Chhatrasagar. The four Family tents include an additional interconnecting room with two single beds so that parents can enjoy the evenings on the sit outs with a sundowner without disturbing their childrens' slumber.