‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, literally translating to ‘A guest is like God’, is an age old saying that defines the Indian tradition of hospitality. But with Devra, the sentiment has a special connection. Because Devra literally means ‘Where Gods reside’. And just like that, the ethos of this cosy, luxurious homestay run by the most delightful couple is summed up – guests are treated like God here.
Major (Retd.) Durga Das and his wife Jyoti have both grown up in joint families. And the iconic Indian joint family is a bubbling confluence of love, care, empathy, chaotic chatter, humour and endless comings and goings of people, from both within and without. So welcoming and hosting travellers from all over the world isn’t something that this disarming couple has had to learn, they are naturals at it. And Devra, with it’s lush fields, farms, views, sunsets and boutique luxury is all the more charming for it.
This idyllic homestay is in a little nook by itself atop a hill, insulated from the steady din of the city centre, in spite of being at a very comfortable distance from it. So soaking up the panoramic views of the Aravalis and expansive farm-lands while lazing in the plunge pool could well end up being a rather resonant soliloquy. Most importantly, Jyoti is an utterly marvellous cook (people are known to have reached Devra just by following delicious smells, rather than using Google maps ;)). Guests are well advised, therefore, to be prepared to treat gluttony as a temporary virtue if they wish to be under her hospitality.
The Major is an ardent birder and naturalist, and of course has deep knowledge of his city’s history and geography. Long walks and talks with him will keep you wired for more and sated enough to want to clink a glass or two of fortifying beverages with him, with a golden sunset as the background.
Did we say Devra is where the Gods reside? Well, you could too. Red Coral welcomes you to the Devra experience.