Mana Hotels is pleased to share with you yet another novel experience in the culturally rich region of Ranakpur - Cottage Industry Visit in collaboration with Camel Charisma.
Camel Chrisma is a social enterprise that seeks to develop, promote and market environment friendly products from the camel, with the purpose of saving this unique desert animal from extinction. Mana Hotels, invites its guests to see how Camel Charisma is making ecological and trendy products while at the same time promoting the interests of the rural men & women in isolated villages.
This experience is the first real attempt at responsible tourism in this part of Rajasthan and Mana Hotels is proud to be associated with Camel Charisma in this endeavour.
Leave Mana Hotels Ranakpur by car to the Camel Cart Rendezvous point. The distance is approximately 6 km
Complete last 1 km of the journey on a camel cart and arrive at the Camel Charisma Workshop
Learn how camel by-products such as camel dung, hair and milk are converted into environment friends products such as paper, woolen items, soaps & ice creams
About the Experience
The Raikas, which is also known as Rabaris, are the largest pastoralists or specialized camel breeding tribe existing in western Rajasthan. Raika’s take pride in the fact that for them camel breeding is not just business but their heritage.
Mana Hotels has identified a Raika household not too far from the hotel where the guests can observe their way of life. It is located 8 km from Mana and takes about 20 minutes by a small car/jeep.
Leave Mana Hotels after breakfast by car/jeep. Large vehicles such as Tempo Travellers or Bus cannot reach the venue as the roads are narrow
After 20 minutes, reach the house of the Raika family comprising of 2 couples and 1 child
Enjoy a tea prepared on their traditional chullah and see how they prepare their lunch in an unconventional manner
Observe the men relax while inhaling tobacco through a ‘Chillam’
Pay homage to their deity called ‘Mamaji’
Take a walk into the jungle where their camels have gone for grazing
Drive back to Mana Hotels in time for lunch
Although their way of life of still very basic, signs of modern day life are creeping in. This is probably an inevitable adjustment that they are having to make in order to survive.
Mana Hotels in collaboration with Ranakpur Arogyadham is offering a wellness experience like none other. We would like to give our guests a glimpse of how Ranakpur Arogyadham and Dr. Ganga Singh Chouhan are healing lifestyle diseases in a natural environment with discipline and Yoga. The guests will experience the following:
Kitchen Garden - Some fruits & vegetables are being cultivated in the gardens
Herbal plants - See and learn about herbs with medicinal value
Yoga Session - Enjoy a short 30 minutes class with emphasis on breathing exercises
Health Beverage - A health beverage prepared from the Kitchen Garden will be served to the guests
Interaction with Dr. Ganga Singh Chauhan - The guests will get a chance to interact with the Doctor and get clarifications on anything related to the tour