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Jeep Safari
 
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Evening at Tordi Palace
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A Visit to the Local School
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Horse Riding
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Tordi Fort
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Bird Watching
Boating on Bisalpur Lake
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tordi Palace is not just a hotel room, and it is not just the four walls that will surround you as you lay down to sleep. It is the entire experience of life in an ancient Rajasthani village at the edge of the desert. It is the grandeur and history of a Rajput royal palace that has been occupied by the same illustrious family for 17 generations, despite the changing world around them. But, most of all, it is the call of the desert, the fields, the forests and the mountains of Tordi, and the serenity of the natural environment that surrounds this magical place. Your hosts at Tordi Palace have designed the following activities and safaris – and many more – to engage your five senses and introduce you to the enchantment of the Tordi Experience:

Camel Cart Ride in the Sand Dunes

You are invited to join your hosts at Tordi Palace for an evening Camel Cart Ride through the vibrant streets of Tordi village and then out into the dunes of the desert. The villagers will hitch their camels to traditional wooden carts and then meet you at the front gate of Tordi Palace. From there, you will proceed through the streets of Tordi, ushered onwardby the enthusiastic children of the village. You will be greeted as a treasured guest by the shopkeepers, butchers and tailors of the village, as their wives and daughters watch shyly, from behind their veils, from eachshadowed doorway. At the edge of the village, the desert begins abruptly, with towering sand dunes up to 150 feet high. Atop one of the highest dunes, beneath the silhouette of Tordi Mountain, you will watch the sun set across the expanse of the desert. If you choose, your hosts at Tordi Palace can arrange a gala dinner and drinks party atop the dunes.Tordi Fort and the uncluttered vistas seen from the dunes below it have been described as the best sunset-point in all of western Rajasthan.

Jeep Safari

Immediately after breakfast or in the early afternoon, you are invited to accompany your hosts for a Jeep Safari through Tordi village, followed by a tour of the ancient monuments in the surrounding countryside. Your tour, typically in antique Willys and Jeep vehicles, many of which are surplus army equipment from the 1940’s and 1950’s, will last approximately four hours and cover approximately 50 kms of territory. You will visit the 5000-year-old Mata Ji temple and take a tour through the streets of Jareli, a native Gujar village, welcomed by the friendly inhabitants of an ages-old agricultural community. You will also visit the Hada Rani Kund Step Wells, nominated for World Heritage status, the magnificent Toda Rai Singh Fort dating to 1302 AD, and TordiSagar Lake, where bird life abounds. Along the way, you will see many other ancient monuments, including the family cenotaphs standing in the fields south of Tordi village. Toda Rai Singh Fort, located in the next major settlement south of Tordi, is located in a town of great archaeological significance. In earlier times, it was known as Takshakagadha, or sometimes as Takshakpur, Todapattan and Ishtikapur. Founded by the Nagas in or around the 4th century, the town now known as Toda Rai Singh was also ruled by the Yuhilas of Chatsu and the Chauhans of Ajmer. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was the capital of the Solanki Rajputs. Today, Toda Rai Singh is blessed with a glorious history as well as a rich cultural heritage.

Evening Jeep Safari

Your hosts at Tordi Palace can arrange a two-hour nighttime Jeep Safari, which permits a unique and exhilarating view of the wildlife populating the deserts and forests surrounding Tordi village. Blue bulls, jackals, spotted deer and wild boar are among the many nocturnal creatures that you may encounter walking into the beam of our Jeeps’ spotlights. Rabbits will dart across the moonlit desert floor, and owls and eagles may be seen overhead. Fortunate guests may even spot one of the rare panthers that still stalk the desert landscapes. You will return to your bed atTordi Palace enchanted by the thought of the wild creatures that still rule the deserts, hills and forests of the ancient town of Tordi.

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Village Walk

You can begin the morning at Tordi with a walk through the streets of the surrounding village just outside the palace gates, where life is still lived the way it was centuries ago. In this unspoiled village, the potter still works at his wheel, the tailor still sews on a foot-pumped sewing machine, and the launderer still presses with a fire-heated iron.The women of the village still use hand pumps to draw water, which they then carry home in mud-clay pots on their heads, and they still cook meals on their traditional chullas as the laborers head out to the fields. Today’s inhabitants represent the continuation of life in a village that is more than five millennia old. Our guests are invited to join in the life of the village through visits to the schools and health care facilities established and supported by our family. Previous visitors have enjoyed gifting school pens and other school supplies to the eager students that learn at the village schools.
Tordi is the third generation of village life in a unique location at the foot of Tordi Mountain. The 5000-year-old walls of the original settlement, Bhojgarh, can still be seen in places. Tordi is built on the foundations of Bhojgarh and its successor settlement, Kundanapur. A walk through the streets of Tordi yields an intoxicating sense of the history, tradition, culture and humanity of the region. Tordi’s location on the edge of the Aravalli ranges gives it a mix of geographical features rarely found in a single Rajasthani village. Perhaps that is why so many battles were waged through the years to occupy and control this unique spot where desert, mountains, foothills and forests converge. The reservoir with its network of canals lined with date trees, temples tucked into different corners of the village and stair-stepping up the mountainside, an ancient step well, and hamlets of tribal settlements together make a rare combination of attributes of a single village.

Horse Safari

A horseback safari is one of the best ways to experience the grandeur of Rajasthan, as these prized stallions featured so prominently in the proud and blood-stained history of the region. Kingdoms were built and lost by Rajput warriors on horseback, their swords stained with enemy blood. Great care was taken to breed horses with clean bloodlines. This single-minded pursuit let to the creation of the famed Marwari, Kathiawadi and Sindhi breeds, each having its own distinct characteristics and bred solely for the purpose of war. Rajput horses were noted for their stamina, fearlessness and fierce loyalty to their masters. Today, you may mount one of these storied breeds for a ride to the top of the towering sand dunes arising from the outskirts of Tordi village. From that horseback vantage point, you can view the sun setting over the vast desert territories that these magnificent creatures – and their fathers and grandfathers – helped to conquer and control.

Trekking to Tordi Fort

You are invited to get an early start to beat the heat of the day, as you join your hosts for a guided trek up Tordi Mountain to tour the ruins of the mountaintop Tordi Fort, dating back to 1652 AD and the earliest days of the Jagir of Tordi. The first four generations of the Khangarot clan made their home in this impressive fortress, before successive generations began the construction of Tordi Palace at the foot of the mountain below. Legends abound atop the mountain, a truly magical place with endless views. Sense the spirit of the Rajputs who first inhabited this place, and enjoy the legends of snakes still guarding buried treasures. As you climb the mountain, you will encounter ancient wells, still in use, and centuries-old temples built into the various folds of the mountainside, commemorating the significant events of generations past. Depending on the season, you will pass through lush meadows and thriving forests nurtured by seasonal rivulets and waterfalls. Tordi Mountain is part of the Aravallis, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, figuring importantly in Hindu creation stories. The best time for trekking in Rajasthan is from November to February. However, mid-September through the end of October is also pleasant, offering clear starlit nights and endless vistas.

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Bird-Watching

An excursion to Bisalpur and Tordi Sagar Lakes will delight even the most avid bird-watchers. A great number of migratory birds have chosen Tordi and surrounding wetland areasas their winter homes. Among the many species you may sight in this area are bar-headed geese, grey legs, pelicans, pintails, whistling teals, comducks, kingfishers, shikras, coots and spotbills. Other species, including some of the highest-flying birds in the world, migrate from Siberia and other points in Russia to winter in Tordi.

Fishing & Boating

Your hosts at Tordi Palace can arrange guided fishing and boating expeditions to Bisalpur and Tordi Sagar Lakes. The timing and duration of fishing and boating expeditions can be tailored to meet the requirements of each individual guest. Tordi Palace offers modern freshwater fishing equipment for use by its guests.

Weddings

Your hosts at Tordi Palace can arrange an out-of-this-world wedding experience for you and your loved one, by organizing your marriage the Indian way – or rather the Tordi way – with colours, fanfare, regalia, customs and the frenetic activities that accompany a traditional Indian wedding.


 

Royal Picnics

Your hosts at Tordi Palace can assist you in organizing a memorable dining experience atop the dunes, on the banks of Tordi Sagar Lake, on our spacious rooftop terrace or in any other location of your choosing, ranging from a royal picnic to a gala dinner party with dancing and drinks.

 
 
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