Devpur Homestay

Devpur Homestay

“Devpur Darbargarh is a small fortress in the village of Devpur, that was built over 150 years ago and has withstood two earthquakes.
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Devpur Darbargarh is a small fortress in the village of Devpur, that was built over 150 years ago and has withstood two earthquakes. 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 that runs a school, that was started in 1914 by the host’s father to optimize the vast site better. Walking around this homestay, sitting here with a Leo Tolstoy book or seeking blessings at the home mandir – all encompasses the experiences of a royal yet homely stay at this Darbargarh that is replete with interesting stories accrued over decades of royal history, and now, through housing travelers from across the globe who come here in quest of just that. Barely 3 minutes from Devpur Homestay is the beautiful a mango orchard farmstay, where travelers can choose to 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.

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 most major cities in India by Air India flights, then the Kandla Airport near Gandhidham connected by SpiceJet, which is 100km away. The closest railway station is Bhuj, which too, is well connected with Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Howrah, Ahmedabad, and such. The village that houses Devpur Homestay is located toward Lakhpat on the 40th milestone from Bhuj.

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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