If you need a few days of peace and quiet, come here! It is my second visit in a year and the place is still one of my favourites in all of India. The location is a bit hard to reach, you really have to make an effort to come here, but it's worth it in my opinion. Similar to last year, the food could be improved on. Indian food is great and so it is here at the resort, but it is just a bit too monotonous. The same for lunch as there is for dinner and if you stay two nights it's the same once more. That should not put you off coming here, but if you enjoy good food (and varied food) then bring some of your own along. Otherwise, there is not much room for improvement - staff are very kind and the site itself is fantastic. A real experience.
I wish, there were some female staff, though. this is an extremely 'male society' and wouldn't it be nice, if this project (since it is a pioneering project to help villages out of poverty) could make the start for women to find employment in the tourism industry (rather than keep them hidden away in their dark homes stitching and sewing tourist souvenirs only)?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visitors: Shaam-E-Sarhad is an eco-resort built in a Kutchi village-style setting using locally sourced materials and crafts of the region. It is owned and managed by the Hodka village community and is open only from October to March. The resort promotes Endogenous Tourism where one travels not just for pleasure, but also to appreciate local community and their life in rural Gujarat. "The Endogenous Tourism Project in Hodka village seeks to promote local culture and craft based tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. Its aim is to improve the local people's quality of life, by creating more livelihood options, while preserving and allowing the community to develop their unique culture and share it with visitor."~ The use of local architectural style, the intricate art & crafts is very evident as soon as one enters Shaam-E-Sarhad (translated 'Sunset at the border'). Hodka village is not very far from the Rann of Kutch region which shares the border with Pakistan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Hotel Hodka Village
- Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort Hodka Village, Gujarat