Savista’s unique location in the tranquil eastern Rajasthan countryside offers a welcome relief from the sensory overload of frenetic urban India. The resort’s quiet environs are marked by dense greenery, wooded ravines and undulating cropland interspersed with sand dunes. The climate is moderate desert – brilliant cloudless days and crisp clear starlit nights.The countryside around Savista offers several exciting activities for the outdoor enthusiast:
The ravines, cut by a now-dry river – Sujalam – that used to flow alongside the estate, lend drama to the landscape around Savista. The dry river bed offers a hiking trail through brush and tall kusha reeds all the way to Bagru (7 km away), a medieval town and erstwhile Kacchawa principality. It is famous today for its block printing craft. Nomadic pastoralists bring their camels, sheep and goats to the ravines to graze, and herds of wild nilgai – protected by the villagers as sacred animals – roam the countryside. Other scenic walking trails pass through fields, little hamlets, and the larger villages of Fatehpura, Himmatpura and Begas.
Interested guests can request for guided walks/camel cart rides through the countryside where they have the opportunity to exchange greetings with local people, visit homes to share a glass of tea or buttermilk, observe women churn butter or tend to livestock, watch and talk to women and men carrying out seasonal agricultural operations, or visit any of the schools in Sanjharia village where Savista is located. Agriculture is the main occupation in these parts, with dairying and camel herding as a subsidiary activity. The main crops grown are wheat, barley, chick-peas, beans, millets (bajri, jowar), and seasonal vegetables.
The Savista estate is home to a variety of local fruit, fodder, flowering and shady trees – lime, amla, pomegranate, lesva, guava, bael, parijaat, gulmohur, kachnaar, kanchan, jasmine, champa, neem, khejri, drumstick. Avid birdwatchers have plenty to enjoy here, with over 82 varieties of birds currently identified within the estate. Savista grows much of its requirement of grains and vegetables, free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and sources its remaining needs for milk, poultry, vegetables and grains from surrounding farms.