Origin & History

There are many places to satisfy the needs of the physical body, but, few that cater to the spiritual body. Desert Hermitage as a concept was developed by Brig. (Retd.) Udai Singh, a recipient of Mahavir Chakra during the 1971 Indo Pak war. A vedanta scholar and disciple of yoga, he decided to settle down in his native village Garha in the Thar desert.

He wanted to provide visitors and friends an insight into the village life of the desert inhabitants. With blessings of H. H. Maharaja Gaj Singhji and other prominent friends he launched the project in 1993. Thus began its journey and soon it became famous and played host to several well known personalities from all walks of life.

Lonely Planet, the travel guide, dedicated a paragraph on this remote place. However, tragedy struck soon after. Brig. Udai Singh was diagnosed to be suffering from blood cancer in 1999. Desert Hermitage was forced to shut during its infancy.

There is a story behind the tagline' million star resort'. Once an American couple had booked this place during mid nineties. When they arrived, they were a bit perplexed by the surrounding etc. He approached them to understand their apprehension. Shaking off their embarrassment the guest asked the star classification of the place. Brig Udai Singh, had no clue about the question, and, probed deeper. The American prodded with, 2star, 3star hotel etc.

Being a wise man, Brig. Singh understood. Pointed towards the sky and said - 'a million stars' !!

In 2014, Karan Singh Bhati the son of Brig. Udai Singh, and a hospitality professional was goaded by his friends to relaunch the experience named Desert Hermitage. After a painstaking three year period of renovations and upgradations the experience is ready for relaunch.

Late Brig.(Retd.) Udai Singh, MVC

Location

Desert Hermitage is located in village Garha, tehsil Shergarh, district Jodhpur. It is 90 kms from Jodhpur and between Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. Refer MAP for directions.
SHERGARH
Shergarh Tehsil/Taluka falls under Jodhpur district. It is probably the only Taluka/Tehsil of Jodhpur that has Rajput community in majority.

It has the second highest concentration of army veterans in India and the natives of this area constituted the largest number of soldiers in the Jodhpur State forces. Sardar Infantry, the fighting force of Jodhpur State, comprised largely of these natives. Desert Hermitage, in a humble way, is a tribute to the unsung heroes of Shergarh as well as the war heroes from Marwar.

CHARACTERISTICS OF VILLAGE GARHA
Village Garha is spread over 100 Square kms. It is surrounded by barren sand dunes from three sides and the village is situated almost on their lap. Garha offers peaceful, serene and clean air, away from the noise and pollution, to those seeking it.

Accommodation


The resort has 4 villas & 5 cottages
DESCRIPTION OF COTTAGES

Each cottage is approximately 450 square feet and consists of a circular elegantly designed bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Bedroom has king size four poster double bed, coffee table with two easy chairs, study table, lounger cum sofa, LED color tv with multi channel set top box, telephone, wardrobe and luggage rack. Tea/coffee maker and two bottles of mineral water are provided. Bathroom has European toilet, shower enclosure, wash basin with hair dryer and shaving mirror. Running hot and cold water.

Tiger's Den


This cottage is named after Brigadier Udai Singh, nicknamed the tiger by his Gorkha Regiment. It is a circular cottage, 400 square feet in area, handmade in various forms of wood.

Description of Villas


These are situated in a separate enclosure and are tastefully done by incorporating natural elements consisting primarily of stone and wood.

Each villa is approximately 800 square feet. It consists of an elegantly furnished bedroom with ensuite bathroom and two private sit- out areas. Bedroom has king size double bed, coffee table with two easy chairs, study table, LED color tv with multi channel set top box, telephone, wardrobe and luggage rack. Tea/coffee maker and two bottles of mineral water is provided. Private sit- out has a coffee table, two easy chairs and a fireplace.

Bathroom has European toilet, shower enclosure, wash basin with hair dryer and shaving mirror. Running hot and cold water. Each of these four villas is dedicated to the martyrs of Indian Army belonging to Shergarh.

Dining


THE GORKHA

A multi cuisine restaurant named after the legendary Gorkha Rifles of Indian Army. The term Gorkha denotes a member of Hindu people descended from Brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal.

ALFRESCO RESTAURANT

A casual dining area on the rooftop, ideal for star gazing.

PATIO


A large patio in front of the cottages, ideal place for breakfast, snacks and tea/ coffee.

Reception Cum Library Lounge


This lounge is named after Sam Maneckshaw – The legendary Field Marshal of Indian Army and the architect of the famous victory in 1971. He too hailed from the Gorkha Rifles.

Activities


SAND DUNE DINNER

The highlight of Garha is the candle lit dinner on 200 feet high sand dunes under the star lit sky. An unforgettable experience of nature.

JEEP SAFARI

Add to your thrill with a camel ride or a jeep ride.

CAMEL SAFARI

Once a major means of transport, camels, are facing extinction due to rapid mechanization of transport as well improvement in road infrastructure.

Village Visit


Garha offers an interesting insight into the lifestyle of a desert village comprising of the following:

KOTDI

Kotdi is referred to the abode of men and a part of individual household which is away from the main household (accommodating women and children). Apart from being a residence for menfolk, it also becomes a, men only, place of congregation for rituals during marriages, birth, death and other customary rituals.

DURRIE WEAVER

A popular and well acclaimed craft of a Desert Village was the blanket weaver or the durrie weaver. Earlier they were made out of sheep's wool or goat/camel hair. This has now been replaced by cotton, jute and silk. This material is first converted into a fine thread and then finally woven manually by skilled artisans on a horizontal or vertical loom. IKEA sources its Durries from Jodhpur region for its stores across the world.

COT WEAVER (CHARPOY WEAVER)

This is a traditional occupation of Meghwal community. Traditionally the cots were woven from a material drawn from a local wild plant named “Aakra”. Nowadays use of jute and cotton rags is more prevalent in weaving the cots.

BASKET WEAVER

A traditional occupation of Bhil tribe in Thar Desert, this basket is named “Odi” in local language. It is semi circular in shape and made in different sizes. It is usually carried on one's head and is mainly used to transport fodder, grains and other household items. It resembles a cane basket but is made out of a local tree named “Desi Bawal”.

WILDLIFE

Garha offers a perfect example of a harmonious co-existence among humans, animals and birds. Deers, cows, camels, desert fox, goats, sheeps, peacocks, wild owls, partridges, parrots are among several varieties living here. The fast vanishing “ Indian Sparrow” is found in abundance here.

Near By Destinations


  • Garha to osian...............65 kms
  • Gardh to kheechan............91 kms
  • Gardh to pokharan............93 kms
  • Garha to jodhpur.............93 kms
  • Gardh to ramdeora............104 kms
  • Gardh to nakodaji............104 kms
  • Gardh to jaisalmer...........185 kms

Demoiselle Cranes, Kheechan Village

Nakodaji Temple

Introductory Package valid from 1st Oct 2018 to 31st March 2019


FOR COTTAGES :
 12000 + 18% tax per couple
inclusive of :
FOR VILLAS :
 14000 + 18% tax per couple
inclusive of :
  • Accommodation per night
  • American Breakfast
  • Candlelit dinner on the sand dunes
  • Camel ride on dunes
  • Complimentary drop and
    pick up from the sand dunes
  • Child below 5 years complimentary
    on plan sharing the parent's bed

Notes:
• Child above 5 years will be charged Rs 3500 + 18% GST with extra bed on plan.
• Check in time is 1500 hrs. Check out time is 1100 hrs.
• The resort serves vegetarian food. Non vegetarian food can be provided on an advance notice of 48 hours.
• Complimentary tea/coffee maker is available in all rooms.
• Two bottles of mineral water per day is provided complimentary in all rooms.