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Hotel review: Chunda Shikar Oudi

9 Feb 2024 by Anithya Balachandran
Chunda Shikar Oudi, image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Background Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Udaipur, this luxury retreat is a haven of tranquility, surrounded by 150 hectares of breathtaking woodland and offering a serene view of a pristine lake. 

What’s it like? Its remarkably remote location ensures a peaceful escape, with the only sounds being the harmonious melodies of nature’s landscape—chirping birds and rustling leaves. The hotel exudes a quaint, old-world charm reminiscent of a classic hunting lodge, which makes it an enchanting and secluded getaway.

Where is it? Seamlessly blending into the breathtaking wilderness of the Gram Panchayat Batharda Kalan area, despite being in a remote setting, the retreat is conveniently just a half-hour drive from Maharana Pratap Airport, offering a perfect balance between seclusion and accessibility.

Chunda Shikar Oudi, image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Rooms Discover enchantment at Chunda Shikar Oudi in Udaipur, where Lake View Rooms redefine indulgence with two captivating categories. The eight lavishly designed suites, spanning 78 sqm, provide a perfect sanctuary for couples, families, or small groups, featuring an inviting bathtub, lake-view bathrooms, 100-count linen, Kama Ayurveda products, and a spacious balcony overlooking nature. Meanwhile, the Villa, a 464 sqm haven, offers elegant balconies, a private dining area, and a refreshing pool, accommodating up to six people. During my stay, I cherished countless moments on the spacious balcony, engrossed in captivating reads while basking in the tranquil embrace of nature’s beauty. The room itself was tastefully decorated with a colonial charm about it, featuring thoughtful details like beautiful stationery, a gorgeous bathtub overlooking the lake and a French Press Coffee maker. These small touches added to the delightful experience, allowing me to truly unwind and indulge in blissful solitude. 

Food and Drink Indulging in a sumptuous picnic spread during the safari and relishing a hearty Rajasthani thali for lunch, I savoured a consistently delightful culinary experience throughout my stay. The pinnacle of this gastronomic journey was the property’s rendition of Junglee Maas, a dish whose exquisite flavours till date linger on my palate. The thoughtful staff extended their kindness by sending me home with heavenly dal kachoris in charming boxes. Commencing each day with an elegantly presented plate of fresh fruits and a comforting cup of tea elevated my mornings to a refined and satisfying start.

Chunda Shikar Oudi, image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Leisure My preferred leisure pursuit at the hotel undoubtedly was the Wildlife Safari. The nocturnal adventure unfolded with the chill of the night air gently caressing my cheeks and hair as our 4×4 jeeps navigated the landscape in search of elusive leopards. This exhilarating experience, set against the backdrop of the tranquil night, has etched itself into my memory forever. Remarkably, on the very first day of the safari, fortune favoured us, revealing the enchanting sight of a mother leopard accompanied by her two adorable cubs. The sheer thrill of this encounter marked a moment of wildlife splendor that will resonate with me throughout my life. Amidst the natural splendour of Menar Lake, Birdwatching at Chunda Shikar Oudi offered a tranquil retreat, where native trees like Palash, Godal, and Banyan created an avian haven. Vibrant sightings of red-vented Bulbul, Indian peacock, and cormorants painted a vivid picture of Udaipur’s diverse birdlife. The Boating/Fishing activities provided a serene interlude, with calm boat rides and angling adding to the memorable exploration of nature’s wonders at this Udaipur retreat.

Verdict  Chunda Shikar Oudi in Udaipur seamlessly blends opulent accommodations, exquisite dining experiences, and captivating leisure activities, providing an unforgettable escape immersed in nature’s serenity and wildlife splendour.

Chunda Shikar Oudi, image taken from hotel's official website gallery

FACT BOX


Best for: Serene, tranquil views of surrounding nature 

Don’t miss: The Widlife Safari

Price: Internet rates are upwards of ₹ ₹48,380

Contact: Chunda Shikar Oudi, Gram Panchayat Batharda Kalan, Kheroda, District – Udaipur, Rajasthan – 313602

chundahotels.com

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