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Sambhar Lake and its Historical Connection with Savista

The Sambhar Lake, spread over 220 sq. kms of area close to Jaipur and India’s largest inland saltwater lake, has many noteworthy features. As well as an interesting connection with the Savista Retreat. That it was the scene of mass bird deaths (over 20,000 migratory birds that perished after landing and feeding at the Lake […]

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Food Philosophy And Practices: Offerings From Savista Retreat

The term food evokes, at once, reactions ranging from the most basic requirement of sustaining bodily energy, to meeting nuanced nutritional needs, to refined ways of satisfying the palate. Among various enriching life experiences, travel has emerged as a significant one in recent times;  and currently, one catchword in the travel lexicon is experiential travel. […]

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The Pink City: Jaipur

Given that Rajasthan is the size of a large European country, where does one begin to explore it? Jaipur is the acknowledged gateway to the region. Historically, by virtue to its proximity to Delhi – the capital of the Mughal Empire and later of British India – the Kacchawa Rajput kingdom of Jaipur was the […]

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Exploring The Real Rajasthan

Rajasthan – the land of royal trappings, chivalry and romance – is a feast for the senses. It has the largest concentration of monuments of historical and architectural interest in India.  Amber Fort (Jaipur), the Golden Fort (Jaisalmer) and Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur) are among the most magnificent royal forts in the world, perched on high […]

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Jaipur Travel Diary: “Rest for the Restless Traveller” – Jessie Bolin on Finding Moments of Relaxation in the Midst of Exciting Travels

“I do not know how to relax.  I’ve never been good at it — always working multiple jobs as a kid, taking too many classes at school, planning adventures before the current one is through, tackling aggressive home renovation projects, and just generally overextending myself. There’s just so much I want to see and do […]

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Birdwatch at Savista: The Spangled Drongo

  Rarely sighted on the Indian subcontinent, we are lucky that this  Spangled Drongo – also called the Blue Drongo – decided to appear fleetingly on the Savista lawns one September evening, where it was fortuitously captured in this photo by Hedda, our resident intern at the time. The Spangled Drongo has a glossy sheen […]

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