The Community Stay

The Community Stay

Near Jodhpur

Perfect example of a village life. The entire village is your stay, every kitchen is your eating spot.
Starts from Rs 449/ Night

Rajasthan is one of the oldest settlements of India, known as heritage as well as cultural capital of India. Be it the cities or the countryside, the place always fascinates its visitors with its enchanting beauty and historical importance. The villages of Rajasthan still have that rustic charm of the desert. These hamlets take the visitors through a timeless journey of life and experience in the golden ‘Thar desert’.
In your tour to Rajasthan, you’ll be shown zillions of villages with stunning well maintained farm stays and bungalows, where special rooms and food is prepared for the guests.
But, what if you get to live in the house with the villagers only?
No special farmstay, no luxury, no scrumptious food. Only the classic rural stay, exposing the arduous life of Rajasthani folks, where people live happily in rugged terrains which is still untouched by modernity. A place where community stay tradition is still alive where community members help each others in both good and bad times, where you get a chance to choose to stay at one house and eat at some other house of the same village.
Yes, such place is called, ‘The Community Stay’.
This Village lies in Phalodi tehsil in district Jodhpur. This village stay epitomizes the real picture of an Indian village where life had been self sustaining for centuries.
The villagers live in harmony and host the guests together as a family. Their centuries old community stay system adds to the warmth for people visiting here making it one of the best homestays near Jodhpur. Living a typical village life with natives, observing their local artwork, business, learning pottery, dressing in their traditional attires, listening to Rajasthani folklore can be like living the life you once read in your childhood story books.
But if you are expecting a fancy and luxury stay at the village then this place obviously not your taste. Don’t visit this place in expectation of modern services and of course if you are a party animal, it's better to head Udaipur or Jaipur.

Here at ‘The Community Stay’, they do not have any particular one stay for their guests.
Instead they offer the whole village to you.
You are free to choose in which house to stay and where to eat. In ‘The Community Stay’, the folk tradition is still alive where members help each other in good and bad times. This system is a very crucial element in hosting their guests as this system provides financial support to each household when the guests live at different houses of the village during their stay. If you plan to spend few days in this village stay, don’t expect a luxury treatment, their raw and real life is what they to offer you as a service.
Among 80 houses of the village, you are free to choose where you want to spend your days.
The rooms of the houses are simple with cemented floors and simple charpais (cot). Each house has the capacity to accommodate 3-4 people at a time. You can even live in five –six “joopas”(huts) which are made of clay and cow dung. The roof is made of local grass. Not every house have washrooms while few have them. The rooms are no fancy and does not have anything extraordinary to impress the guests but everything present here has a rustic and indigenous charm where everything will give you a rural feel.
What a new experience it would to be a part of centuries old community stay system, encouraging their local community to retain their traditional ways, rather than seeking peace while in those privately owned hotels in urban area.

The source of economy of the village is agriculture and local artwork. Therefore the food they offer is totally basic Rajasthani homemade cuisines prepared with love and care.
The food contains basic poha ,chapati and malpua as a sweet dish, dal ice,traditional authentic Sangria and seasonal veggies.To offer as homage, they offer special sweet dish to their guests and what adds to the taste of food is meals prepared on fire. The traditional chulha (stove) is the specialty of the rural village which makes it apart from our modern kitchens.

Living in the untainted rural settings as one of the members of the village can be a lifetime experience. Spending few days in the village life away from our urban and digital world is something we all desire at one point of life and thanks to ‘The Community Stay’ for making a dream come true.
You’ll be welcomed in the village with a warm welcome. The villagers tie a holy thread on your wrist as warm gesture which depicts how values are still breathing in rural culture. After the welcome, your hosts will provide you a brief about the village.
Do you remember your history lessons of school about the Harappan civilization, where people were divided in four categories of Kumhar’s (potters), Lohar’s (ironsmith) and Sunar’s (goldsmith) and Suthar’s (woodcutters)?
Then you can live into your history lessons in ‘The Community Stay’ because such civilization is still alive in this Homestay of NotOnmap. On a visit to the village, you can visit the Lohar’s to see how they work with traditional machines, see the Kumhar’s working and learn a bit of pottery and have the joy of shaping the pots of your choice which we often desire to do when we watch such videos on internet. See the ‘Sunar’s working on their jewellery designs. After seeing such art and craft, what fascinates the most is how diverse the different art forms are In the village and the incredible workmanship that goes into each piece is appreciating.
Each of pot the potters make has distinctive designs and delicate features that have been carefully molded and painted. These are purchased by local families and offered in nearby village. The Lohar’s spend hours carving intricate patterns into the steel doors that adorn homes, temples across the vicinity.
It makes us realize that just because the place is rural, does not mean it is not progressive. Here, the environment is more inspiring, so it isn't really surprising that creativity is able to flourish.
Also, the visit to local government and village school and interacting with village kids, sharing with them stories of city can be quite intriguing. They even prepare their clothes themselves by using weaving and knitting machines.
After the stroll of the village, the evenings can be equally pleasant as you can go for Camel safari to the nearby sand dunes and witness that incredible sunset for hours and after you return from the dunes, a traditional night is all set for you. To top it all, you’ll be dressed in their traditional lehenga choli or dhoti chola for the folk night. The nights can be equally obligatory with local folk singing, dancing and folk stories.
The people from local village are invited to play the traditional harmonium and tabla so that you can sing and dance on the local beats. If not dancing, then the local folk stories are equally interesting.
Watching so much culture and talent is a prove that the best characters in India are truly hidden in the villages. Sleeping under the sky, can actually make you sad at the thought of heading back to city after short break in the village.
It isn’t the fresh air and beautiful vista that you would miss, but also the values and sense of community that exists in the small villages.
Though, Urban lives have their own advantages, we seem to be losing the benefits of communal society and the welcoming ways of our rural cousins. Watching those artisans working hard in the scorching heat of sun, gives a sense of inspiration.
You can sit and observe for a while, that how much we take for granted our bigger towns. It is so easy to forget that the beautiful pots and utensils we use everyday, are crafted with such hard work. This is real life, away from a computer and the noise of the city, this the way life has always been.

This is a NotOnMap village, and so its not there on map. Once you make your mind to stay here, we will guide you and plan your trip. Accordingly.

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