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Thar Desert, Rajasthan
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 50
Persons: 1 - 3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 21588
Country: India

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Last Updated: August 14, 2020


I am a house wife Ms. Nandini Depawat, We are the priest family of the world famous Karnimata temple of rats, Deshnoke, Bikaner in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India.

This six centuries old unique temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni, the incarnation of power (Goddess of sect of power). We are the descendents of the Goddess. We derive our family name `Depawat` from the Goddess`s husband Depa. Interestingly the temple is full of rats, spiritual fervor and unparalled beauty of sculpture. The temple has a beautiful museum where big pictures depicting the wholesome philosophy of the temple are displayed.

Nowadays the temple is a centre of attraction of tourists from all over the world and has been featured by different media outlets around the world. It is also a research centre for students and scholars from different countries. More than eighty thousand foreign tourists visit the temple every year. It is an attraction mentioned by almost every travel website.

My Husband Babu Depawat is the author of GODDESS AND HER SACRED RATS, book on the temple. Presently he is working on others languages versions of the book.

We have Camel/Desert safari as our family business.
According to TripAdvisor we are the leading Safari House of the region.
We have a Stable/Organic Desert Farm/Ranch deep inside the desert.

Deshnoke is surrounded by Camel Highways leading to some of the finest Dunes/Desert of Thar where people breed camels for selling so the desert nearby Deshnoke is like a `camel park` We are intended to form a co operative society of these camelmen.

Volunteers are invited to join our family for help in ...

-help in family chores, help with our two children
-help in our Camel/Desert safari business
-help on our book for other languages
-help in our home dairy (domestic cows)
-help in our Stable/Organic Desert Farm/Ranch
-helping camelmen like educational help etc.

In exchange Volunteers are provided with:
-A private room in our home so that you have the unique opportunity to come to know a true local family or option to stay in farm.
-Three meals a day (desert grown organic food,
camel milk and mangoes-they are part of our every day food) volunteers are more than welcome to cook their own cusine in our kitchen.
-Access to a washing machine and unlimited Wi-Fi
-Witness the Discovery & National Geographic Channel-acclaimed Karnimata temple of Rats.

In their free time, volunteers have the opportunity to learn Indian cooking in my kitchen, learn about our local culture and customs, learn to do Henna, join me in shopping in city of Bikaner, learn Hindi and learn cow milking with me if they wish.

You can join our social getherings and even attend Hindu weddings with us.

Deshnoke is a leading spiritual centre (Pilgrimage) of India, there are more temples than no. of houses, there are more Gods/Goddesses than people and there are more festivals in a yr. than 365 so volunteers always have opportunities to be the part of all these.

Our nearby city of Bikaner(20 Miles), a million populated, historical city, situated on ancient Silk route fr China to Arebia, presently known as `a city of one thousand Hawelies(heritage architecture)` has many forts, oasis and so many other beautiful sites and activities worth visiting where we would love to take you to...
-Bikaner is the best market of sweets in India, it is really a heaven for sweet lovers. It has a very interesting spice mart where you can buy real Dargiling tea and safron etc.
-The National Camel Research Centre where you can even try camel milk ice cream.
-The Ayurvedic health care centre in Dehnoke.
-The opportunity to go on a camel safari for free.
-Bikaner has a uniqe `Ladies market` you can buy very good cloths here.
-By helping you can learn/develop/practice many useful skills like cow milking, animal care, painting house, construction and plumber work etc.
-Opportunity for Espanola/Francaise students to practice conversational English.

Deshnoke is connected directly with Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Amritsar and rest of the country by train/ bus and air (Bikaner) network.

We are an all women premier helpx with highest no. of reviews on helpx India, Volunteers are requested to contribute 5 per day for the homestay so as to cover their entire living cost including camel safari, sights seeing and Local transportation etc.

PS : Remember to bring your student card to avail concession at monuments.


- Festival of Sadhus (Hindu Monks) on Nov 12th, a week long festival is very interesting.
Thanks !

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