About This Listing
About the property
"come and experience"
1- We are Located in a peaceful non-touristy neighborhood, we provides guests with a unique opportunity to experience real Indian life and culture. This is not your average impersonal, commercial hotel in the middle of touristy area. This is a homestay into which you will be warmly welcomed and given personal attention to ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.
2- We welcome those guests with an interest in exploring the local community and a desire to escape the hassles and touts that plague touristy areas. Part of the revenue generated from the home stay is invested in a grassroots non-profit organization, providing education to rural youth. During your stay you are most welcome to take part in our excursions and visit some of our village center for youth education and other humanitarian projects run, managed and funded by DAAN foundation.
3- In all our rooms you will find wall-hangings and bed covers made by local village artists. We have many other local arts and crafts on display in the communal area, which guests may purchase if they wish.
4- All rooms have high speed internet and have WiFi. We also have some spare laptops which guests can use.
5- Each room has en-suite bathroom with western toilet and a running hot shower available 24 hours a day. We provide clean towels and new bed sheets on every new arrival, we would happily change then as and when requested. From the top roof you can enjoy panoramic views of Aravali Hills and can enjoy the view of the country side.
6- All the rooms are made keeping in mind the freedom of the guest so that they have enough space to chill and be on their own and at the same time be close to the hosts and cherish the Indian hospitality. Each room has a separate entrance which gives the guests freedom to come and go as they please. All the rooms are well ventilated, so guests get fresh air always.
7- In addition to our simple but charming heritage rooms, it has two spacious terraces from which panoramic views of verdant Aravali Hills can be taken in. A serene place to enjoy the sunrise, morning song of the birds to enjoy. In addition to this you can always enjoy a Yoga lesson on the roof.
8- Breakfast is served in a lovely dining area where free internet access and WiFi is available. You may also eat on the roof-top, overlooking the organic vegetable garden and home-cooked lunches and dinners are available upon request. While staying with us you would have an opportunity to taste the Indian and Rajasthani Thali (A traditional Indian cuisine including various Indian delicacies). We serve a wide range of drinks and serve one the best coffees you can get in the town.
9- We also have a small library which has a wide selection of books. Some of the past volunteers and travelers have contributed to this. It includes books on development issues, travel books, novels, books on spirituality, Buddhism and DVDs.
10- We have a small organic garden which is used to grow fresh vegetables and fruits for our healthy meal program and our guests. The guests are most welcome to spend time gardening.
Location – neighborhood description
Our home is located in a premium locality, an area where people are not thinking about cheating you or making small money from you. It is located in a peaceful neighborhood in the new city, away from the touristy confusion and stress and yet just a small drive (4 km) to all the major city attractions where our most reliable drivers would be happy to take you.
A big terrace, comfortable personal spaces, home-cooked meals, a small library, full wi-fi connectivity ‚all these details make our home an ideal place to live while you are in Udaipur. It is also suitable for guests on long business stays and for socially responsible travelers who wish to Participate in humanitarian projects.
Our home is also located close to the biggest multiplex in town where the guests can go and satisfy their wish to watch a Bollywood movie (sometimes with English subtitles) and enjoy the food from international chains like Subway, McDonalds, Pizza hut and so many more.
Attractions and distance
DESTINATION DISTANCE TIME BY CAB
*Airport- 28 km, 30 minutes (approximately)
*Bus Station-6 km, 20 minutes (approximately)
*Train Station-7 km, 20 minutes (approximately)
*Celebration Mall- 2km, 2 minutes (approximately)
Distance from popular tourist places in Udaipur
Monuments around Fath Sagar Lake
1- Princess Garden – 2 Km
2- Sukhadiya Circle ( park for kids with number of swings and boat rides)- 2 and a half kms
3- LokKala Mandir (Puppet museum and art centre) – 3 km
4- Fath Sagar lake, Pratap Museum, Nehru Park, Pearl Palace – 4km
5- Neemach Mata Temple (up on a hill, one of best places to have a totally serene and spiritual sunset experience) – 4 km
6- Shilpgram (artist village) and DAAN Youth Center based on rural youth education – 8 km
Monuments around Pichola Lake
• City Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Hathipole market – 5 km
Apart from this the local amenities like – Bank ATM’s, Grocery stores, Medical shops, Restaurant and Cafe’s, Hospitals and Police station all are located within close distances. On your arrival we would be happy to give you maps and brochures to help you locate all these places.
1. Furnished air-cooled and A/C bedrooms with modern amenities and attached/shared bathrooms. (Included)
2. Bathrooms with 24 hours running hot & cold water. (Included)
3. Personal Safe Deposit Lockers in all rooms. (Included)
4. Access to computer with internet facility. (At extra cost)
5. Assistance with travel & transport. (Included)
6. Doctor on Call. (At extra cost)
7. Laundry & dry cleaning facility available on request. (At extra cost)
8 Breakfast. (At extra cost)
9. Bicycle (At extra cost)
10. Water used for cooking purpose & drinking in the house is purified water. Boiled Water available on request. (Included)
11. Well equipped, hygienic family kitchen providing home cooked meal (Veg.) on request. (At extra cost)
(website hidden) classes can be conducted for various Indian cuisines. (At extra cost)
13. Basic conversational Hindi classes (At extra cost)
14. Facilities to commute and trips to nearby touristic destination and undiscovered rural areas in the villages. (At extra cost)
15. Elephant ride/wash, horseback riding and camel rides also can be arranged on demand. (At extra cost)
16. For the guests who are staying for longer time there are also volunteering opportunities with DAAN. (At extra cost)
17. Books available for reading on various subjects like Hindu and Zen Philosophy and about the culture of India. (Included)
18. Wi-Fi Internet. (Included)
19. Lounge area with TV and a number of DVD's of English and Hindi Movies.
20. Food and drinks available on request. Our Cafeteria has the best espresso in town. (At Extra cost)
Volunteering and Excursions
We provide volunteering opportunities at DAAN foundation village youth education centre and other humanitarian projects. Our projects are located in villages around Udaipur.
For those of you who are interested in exploring rural India we welcome you to take part in one of our many excursions where you would be visiting old ruins of Temples (some of them as old as 2200Yrs old). For more information on different excursions feel free to ask your host.
We take care of our guests like our own family and always make sure they get the most delicious and healthy food. We pay extreme care to hygiene and cleanliness and make the dishes according to the guest’s taste. Our chef prepares delicious home-cooked vegetarian food, which includes a number of western, Indian and Rajasthani (local village dishes) food options.
Check in Flexible
Check out 11A.M.
Namaste, My name is Samvit (Also known by some as Sam or Dr, Audichya) and I will be your humble host who would do anything to ensure your stay with us is pleasant. I am happy to invite you with a smile and welcome you to come and explore our city and villages. If you are interested, I would be happy to take you to some of our humanitarian projects and also projects based on youth education. I have been working in the development and hospitality sectors for seven years and our home combines both the elements.
Our ancestors were the high priests and Guru to the Royal family of Jaipur. Ours is a family of scholars who have spent their whole life in the educational field. My Grandfather was the Vice Chancellor in Jodhpur University and my Father Dr. Sudhir Audichya retired as the Joint director for higher college education and is currently helping me with our NGO based around education. Both my mother and sister have spent years of their life working for female rights. Even now my mother is helping the women in the area by giving them guidance and helping them with their financial needs.
If you ask me I do not really believe in cast, color, religion or racial discrimination but I do believe in the beauty which exists in all the differences and numerous shapes , infinite colors of cultural variation which you can feel everywhere in India. Our whole approach is to empower and educate the youth to be able to acknowledge, accept and appreciate life with all the differences.
In the end I welcome you again to our city, villages and to our vision of a more aware and humble world.
Welcome to India, welcome to the world of compassion and love, welcome to your own home.
Our Homestay is away from the touristy area and this gives the guests an opportunity of living in real environment where the locals live, a rare chance to live like a local citizens of Udaipur and spend your time in a totally different way then how a tourist does.
I stayed in this wonderful homestay in a nontouristic area for a while. It was beautiful, nice, peaceful, the room big, clean and lovely and I got the chance to have a real cultural exchange, to have a true Indian experience as a volunteer and as a traveller and to make a responsible tour through udaipur. Samvit and his family are amazing people and very good hosts. I am very happy that I stayed there and I will come back whenever I can.
Samvit and papa are the perfect hosts and make you feel right at home. The breakfasts and chai are delicious and we were taken such good care of. Donna is a bonus to have around (the family dog).... Samvit took us to so many lovely places to eat. The accomodation itself is so conveniently located and yet out of the busy city... The rooms were clean and large and there is hot water in the showers. I would recommend anyone going to udaipur to stay with this lovely family.
Samvit and his family were nothing short of Amazing! As a homestay, I must say that the entire team at Chandra Niwas did an excellent job of making me feel right at home. The rooms were spacious, clean and exactly what I was looking for during my stay in Udaipur. They even have a well-stocked pantry that guests can access, and to me this made a big difference as I generally like to do some light cooking.
Samvit as a host is as good as they come, he is always contactable and he personally takes care of his guests requests and there is nothing more you can ask for from a host when in a different city/country. Thanks Samvit for being such an amazing host! and please give my regards to uncle, aunty and the entire team at Chandra Niwas. :)
Nice place with a very friendly, helpful and caring staff and family. The place is clean, very nice and safe. The breakfasts are great. The internet is very fast and no connectivity problems.
The location is very away from downtown, or any restaurants, bars or any attractions. The water pressure is lacking, as is the amount of hot water. The water tank needs to be cleaned, I had problems of a residue of dust/dirt on the floor after a shower. Dinners at Samvit’s are vegetarian and can get monotonous.
Overall it was a nice stay, but I think it is overpriced for what you get. Some things like water pressure, amount of hot water and dinners can be fixed, but the location is where it is.
You will be comfortable there and you will be safe. You will just have to pay a bit extra for rides to any place because there is little to do within walking distance.
Thank you dear brother for your review but more then that your time with us.
I am happy that you found us helpful and caring , we all try to do our best to please our guests. Its such a joy to know you enjoyed our breakfast, internet and found us caring and helpful.
Water Pressure- We are sorry about all the problems you have faced in our house, i remember you mentioned the water pressure one day in the morning at the time of breakfast but it was the same day when they water tank was empty, no one else complained about it after the tank was FULL including you, if you would have mentioned it i would have happily shifted to another room so you can enjoy and experience a better Indian shower.
Water Heater- In all of our rooms we have personal water heaters and the amount of hot water depends on how long you keep the water heater on, so simple Math would be the longer you would keep the water heater on the more would be the amount of hot water you will get. I am sorry again that our team was not able to inform you about this and assumed you would know this.
Dirt/Dust - No one else complained about this issue before or during the time when you were here but i would like to thank you for bringing this into our notice, I wish you would have mentioned this during your stay so we would be able to resolve the issue. Vikram our manger ( also coordinator of one of our youth centres ) was at least spending 3 to 5 hrs everyday with you and if you would mentioned this to him gladly we would have cleaned the tank. As you have mentioned before we are always helpful and caring towards our guests and really it would be a pleasure to clean it for you in no time. (Normally we clean our water tank every month , this is our normal process)
Veg Kitchen - Behind your room door there is a sheet which says daily plan where every guest can fill what they wish us to help them with and it also includes a section which talks about breakfast, lunch and dinner. We would be happy to offer a wide variety of Indian vegetarian food to our guests on demand.
In-spite of being a Vegetarian house ( for religious reasons ) we did allowed your to bring meat into our house and our kitchen ( can be a big deal for a lot of Hindus ) and did not took it as offence or considered you as an insensitive person.
As far as my memory goes it was 1 time when you had a dinner with us, i am sorry that the 1 dinner which you had with us made you think we would have monotonous dinners. I am shocked it came to your as a surprise that our kitchen is Vegetarian as its clearly mentioned in the listing that on demand we provide Veg food. Did you checked and read the profile properly ?
Location - We never claim to be close to the old town, our homestay is located in the new city and just 2 to 3 kms away from the biggest mall of Udaipur. We expect from our much educated guests to read our profile properly before staying with us. The approximate distances to monuments and places of interest are mentioned in our listing.
Price - Our place is not for backpackers, its a socially responsible homestay and the money we generate here goes into supporting our staff ( who are all from villages ) and funding our social projects in rural areas around Udaipur. No one in the past felt the price was higher for the stay , a few meals included, pick up, drop off , transportation to and from the village education projects, never breaking three different internet connections, open kitchen to use and raw cooking material.
Important - Jose in totality i am both sorry that you did not enjoyed your time with us and disheartened that you did not even accepted the cards made by the kids from the village centre whom you spend all these days. Our Homestay is not about making money from tourists its about creating connection with like minded and like hearted people.
I will be happy to refund you the whole amount of money for your stay. Please email me here on air bnb with your PayPal details and i would gladly refund you the whole amount i have received for your total stay.
For us most important is customer satisfaction.
Samvit and his family provided a wonderful home stay experience. They looked after all my needs and answered all my questions. The house is in a neighborhood not a loud touristy area but close to everything. I felt like a part of the family and it made my trip so much more special. i am already planning to return. Thank you Samvit!
I enjoyed my stay at Chandra Niwas. The room was tastefully decorated, and bathroom was clean and functional. I had breakfast as well as some of the other meals offered, and the food was simple and delicious. Samvit and his family are thoughtful hosts, and were able to arrange reliable transport to various places that I wished to visit. I enjoyed interacting with two other guests who were also staying at Chandra Niwas at the time, and in fact visited the gorgeous Ranakpur Jain Temple with them. I also appreciated Samvit's willingness to take me to one of the youth centers, and we had many interesting conversations around the DAAN team's work with the children at the youth center. I hope to return some day to learn and participate more in the youth center, and enjoy the Chandra Niwas hospitality again.
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About the Host, Samvit
Hi , i have been working for development sector and have been living in Udaipur for the last 6 yrs and love it totally. After completing my Ph.D. from Pune University i decided to settle here as i loved the rural side of Udaipur.
I am totally in love with the mountains, lakes and more so ever with the beautiful people of villages.
I have also been working with rural youth education and am the founder director of a grass root NGO (non governmental non profit organization).
We have projects related with youth education, women empowerment and organic farming. We work hard and self fund our small NGO with our other businesses i.e. our homestay and our travel company. I have now been hosting national and international guests for the last 3 years and i would love to share with you our work, villages, cultural and spiritual aspects of our wonderful country .
Would be a complete pleasure to host you and offer you some of our rural tours where you would be meeting some of our staff members, community which is been effected by our education work and also our lovely kids who come and spend time at our youth centers.
But more then anything else i wish to welcome you so as to develop a life long connection with another like minded human being who believes in the power of hope and compassion.