Devpur Homestay

Devpur Homestay

“What matters more: the house or the host?” asked Krutarthsinhji, the owner and host at Devpur Homestay, which was built by his great, great grandfather, Mr. Verisalji, over 150 years ago.
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“What matters more: the house or the host?” asked Krutarthsinhji, the owner and host at Devpur Homestay, which was built by his great, great grandfather, Mr. Verisalji, over 150 years ago. The Devpur Darbargarh, i.e. ‘small fort’ boasts of both rustic history, and modern comforts, and even though the humble host says it isn’t as comfortable as a five-star hotel, we vouch for its hospitality. Answering his own question, he tells us, “Listen, if a guest wants to book a room but we’re overbooked and don’t have vacancy, I’ll put out a tent for myself and relinquish my room for them.” A periwinkle blue structure with the palest of yellow beams; the sturdy, iron doors of which open into a mardana which means the general courtyard which runs the White Eagle School, that was started in 1914 by the host’s father to optimize the vast site better. Barely 3 minutes from Devpur Homestay is the beautiful Vijaya Orchard farmstay, named after Krutarthsinh’s mother, where travelers can live for an exceedingly peaceful stay amidst innumerable mango orchards.

The archaic rooms here are unique to one another and have undergone very little change since they were built. The family has scattered hundreds of books around the fort to give it a homely feeling.
All the rooms are tastefully done, and provide standard, modern amenities while continuing to echo history in their architecture.
Gulabi Medi on the first floor is one of the only structures with Jharokas, i.e. ornate frescos left in Gujarat today, with a wooden ceiling. The room is tastefully decorated in pink as the dominant color, with two double beds in the main room, and a Seti in the foyer. The room also has a balcony overlooking the janana while the frescos give a glimpse of the mardana.
The Jalawar Suite, which, interestingly used to be the birthing room in the olden days, is on the ground floor.
Verisalji Suite, named after the great, great grandfather of Krutarthsinhji, and the then Thakur of Doha, is built in a way that it connects with both, the janana and the mardana.
Sor thamba is the room supported by a stunning 16 pillars, with French windows and cross-ventilated arches and a terrace. One can trace an influence of Prag Mahal in the sole Sor Thamba of Kutch.
Nava Oorda is the newest additition, an extension to the house and serves as family room.
Vijaya Orchard: The beautifully rustic rooms at the Devpur Farm stay, surrounded by the umbra of the mango orchards, with the sunlight seeping through them and into the bathrooms through the glass-coated openings in the wall; make for a beautiful experience. The two rooms are named after two Van Gogh paintings the host was gifted with: Sunflower room and Waterlily room - and the décor retains the color theme promised in their respective names. The farmstay also offer two tents for accommodation with an exquisite alfresco bathroom.

When asked if the food is kutchi or Gujarati, Krutarthji dismisses the options and says, “Please! It’s ghar ka khana. That’s the only word I’d use.” The family usually sits with the guests for meals. The Jadeja family is generously hospitable and they have, at times, gotten up before the break of dawn to pack up breakfast for the guests leaving early for their travel. Breakfast otherwise consists of poha, upma, bread and butter with jam, and beverages; eggs, too, are available.
Lunch is general home food of sabzi, roti, dal and chawal with local sweet dishes like Monthar or Sukhdi.

If you are immune to being mesmerized by the variety of books your room will greet you with, there’s quite a few things to do in and around Devpur Homestay. A tour of the Darbargarh itself is highly recommended: let your eyes feast on the history, culture, all the stories that hide in the crevices. One can also spend time with the students of White Eagle School: play a game of cricket, interact with the children, perhaps conduct a workshop or talk for their benefit.
Purneshwar is a beautiful archaeological site 3 kilometers on route Bhuj, for all anthropology enthusiasts. Travel 11kms away to Bhadli to witness the traditional Gujarati tie and dye process: Bandhini. Go to Channi Dhann, 40kms away, for over 330 species of birds, or the Than Monastery at a distance of 26kms.
One can also have a peaceful stay sitting in the garden, or strolling in the orchards. Guests can also take a dip in the pool there as long as the school isn’t disrupted.

The nearest airport is ‘Bhuj’, connected to cities by Air India flights, then the Kandla Airport near Gandhidham connected by SpiceJet, which is 100km away. The closest railway station of Bhuj is well connected with Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Howrah, Ahmedabad, and such. Devpur Homestay is located toward Lakhpat on the 40th milestone from Bhuj, and can be reached by asking for White Eagle School or Darbargarh after taking one of the hourly buses going from Bhuj to Nakhatrana.

Anyone and everyone who knows Krutarthsinhji describes him as a gentleman. His education has taken him to a few places in the country, as has travelling with his ‘gypsy’ parents since he was a mere child. He’s a well read, erudite person who you may never see without a book. The people who come to stay at Devpur often come so they could spend time with the family, and undoubtedly so, when Krutarthji can hold a conversation with you over a range of topics and even takes time out of his day to interact with his guests, almost always with an unwavering smile.

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