Thursday, 29 July 2010


This month I went to Deolali [a small non-touristic hill station in the Nashik district, Maharashtra] with my mother to bring in her birthday. Although my family has a holiday-home there, it was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was largely a Gujarati settlement [apart from the military base that is]...
Lazy afternoons on porch swings, lunch in the Jain canteen across the road, healthy sandwiches and thandai for dinner, Jain derasars [temples]... the works!

I was most impressed by the cozy tourist accommodation or 'arogya bhavans'. Old houses converted into comfortable guest houses equipped with an attendee to suit the needs of a typical Gujarati family. One can opt for the attendee to clean, help out in the cooking [chopping, washing, we know how fussy our ba's and nani's are about 'doing it themselves'!] or even do all the cooking in your very own kitchen typical maharaj-style! How awesome is that! And what better way to maintain these wonderful houses than to convert them into guesthouses, instead of breaking them down and constructing fancy hotels.


  1. Authentically charming, guest houses are just the kind of accommodation I would hope to find on a holiday. They are very beautiful....thanks for the visit!

  2. It's such a peaceful n calm place to stay n relax n at the same time enjoy ur holidays ... love it !!

  3. This is a place am longing to visit. The last photograph is lovely! :)

  4. none :(
    but when we go we can stay in any of these.
    and we can go to muktidham, it's the best temple ever, it houses all indian gods and goddesses ever!