If wild desert scenery, a glittering night sky and an oasis of exclusivity are what you seek, look no further than the Manvar Luxury Camp. Deep in the Thar Desert, well off the highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer and far away from the sounds and sights of urban chaos, the camp nestles close to the ground, almost blending with its natural surroundings. Owner Moti Singh set up Manvar in 1996 with the noble intention of preserving the real way of life in the desert so that it not only draws visitors seeking an immersive and authentic desert experience but also creates an economic hub from which a large portion of the neighbouring villages draw their sustenance.
The camp has its roots in the hunting trips of yore; erstwhile Thakurs and their kinsmen often went into the wild to hunt game. Sometimes, these stretched for many days on end and so, the party always carried tents, furniture and provisions to set up an overnight camp. Today, while hunting has ceased, the luxury caravan inspired camp lives on to provide an unsurpassed experience of the desert.
The Manvar Luxury Camp is an exclusive clutch of ten airy, custom made tents set around a private hundred-acre estate of indigenous scrub. The tents are large and spacious with full sized beds and comfortable mattresses, bedside tables, a desk and chairs as well as storage space for luggage. The décor is simple, contemporary and elegant and features beautiful block prints in earthy colours. En-suite bathrooms offer solar-heated hot water around the clock. Each tent has a private sit-out.
Evenings at the camp are magical. As the sun dips into the horizon and night falls, the flickering light from candles and lanterns create a romantic atmosphere. A sand coloured building, a short walk away from the tents serves as a lounge and bar; you can choose to sit inside or outside under a canopy of stars, warmed by the bonfire. The restaurant primarily serves Rajasthani cuisine and is partially open to offer shade and a cool respite from the sun during breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served al fresco with local song and dance that reflects the very soul of the hardy tribespeople of the area. In between activities, an infinity pool, heated in the winter, offers an irresistible invitation.
Manvar is an ideal base to explore Indian desert life, culture, flora, fauna and wildlife. The village walk at Manvar is just a small window into a world of simplicity and adaptability; it not only instils a sense of pride in the village folk but also encourages them to preserve, maintain and showcase their culture and way of life. A highlight of the Manvar desert experience is an adventurous drive in rugged four-wheel jeeps where one will scramble and climb over dunes and higher crests. As you wind through the dunes and 'streets', (the valleys between dunes), you are likely to find free-roaming wildlife herds.
A forty-five-minute drive from Manvar will bring you to the world-famous village of Khichan where thousands of migratory birds, especially Siberian Cranes, drop anchor every year from October to March. It is a beautiful story of synergy between man and bird; a shining example of the conservation efforts of a group of people driven by a sheer love of nature, without the help or encouragement of any outside agency.
At Manvar, local camel owners are employed during the tourist season to take guests for a ride on the back of the desert’s most famous and iconic inhabitant - The Ship of The Desert. Camel treks give guests an opportunity to see the splendour of the Thar Desert from a height. You can also choose to have a day long safari on camel back, where you may chance upon groups of frisky chinkara - shy Indian gazelle - as they make their way across the silent sands.
A two-night stay at the Manvar Luxury Camp is essential. You can bookend a stay in Manvar with the lovely RAAS in Jodhpur and the Suryagarh in Jaisalmer, both part of the luxurious Heritage collection of RARE properties.
After many days spent in bustling cities, arriving at the Manvar Resort was like arriving at the perfect desert oasis. The intimate and thoughtful setting is the ideal place to unwind and rest. The...
Goods: - Nice overall tent and stay experience - Pretty good on hospitality by staff. Bads: - No queen beds in tent. They joined two beds and mattress instead (was a challenge given we had a small...
My wife and I had an amazing time. Excellent hospitality. Amazing tent. Extremely friendly staff. Beautiful night cultural program. camel sunset safari and Jeep safari was outstanding. They are very...
Nearest Airport : Jodhpur Airport
Nearest Railway Station : Jodhpur