ME to WE Lodge: Araveli

Rajasthan, India

At a Glance

  • ME to WE Lodge Aravali is one of India's most inspiring and innovative lodges, providing access to rural Rajasthan whilst giving back to the local community

  • Focusing on making connections with local people and helping with sustainable development projects, this is travel with a purpose

  • Just 2-hours northeast of Udaipur, ME to WE Aravali combines brilliantly well with a trip through other parts of Rajasthan including Jodhpur, Jawai and Jaipur.  

  • The Araveli Cottages and Tents are beautifully furnished and each private cottage has its own veranda, private bathrooms and comfortable beds

  • Completely immerse yourself during a 3-night program. This can include learning Hindi, block printing, village walks, sunrise yoga and even helping with any of the WE Charity projects, such as building local schools or health care centers.

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Best time to Visit

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Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The monsoon season usually runs from July to early September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more color to the landscape.

Late September to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.

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Insider's View

Include a visit to Kumbalgarh fort, the second biggest wall in the world and far less visited than the Great Wall of china

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to ME to WE Lodge: Araveli or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

Give a little back during your trip in India by staying at ME to WE Lodge: Araveli. This incredibly special and immersive tented camp and lodge works alongside WE Charity, an inspirational organization that supports the livelihoods of many local families.

Located a few hours outside of Udaipur in rural Rajasthan, ME to WE Lodge; Araveli is one of India's most inspiring rural properties and projects. Aimed at truly integrating its guests into the local community through a variety of wonderful projects and activities, ME to WE Araveli is perfect for couples and families who want to give a little back. At the same time it is also incredibly comfortable with beautifully designed tents and cottages. 

Working alongside WE Charity, an inspiring global organization, means that over 90% of the profits from ME to WE Lodge: Araveli go directly into supporting WE Charity and their local projects. WE Charity aims to break down the cycle of poverty through women's development, education, water, health and food and simply by staying here you are supporting projects in India that seriously improve the lives of local people.

We recommend spending a minimum of 3 or 4 nights at ME to WE Lodge: Araveli as part of a wider itinerary through India in order to experience a very authentic side of rural Rajasthan, whilst bonding with local people and learning how they live and work. You can spend your days enjoying sunrise yoga, village walks with local women, learning Mewari and block print painting with local artisans, Hindi lessons, cookery lessons and even taking part in one of the charitable community projects. These vary but examples are helping to build a school or a medical clinic.

In India, WE Charity heavily supports girls in India, as gender disparities are extreme and there are high rates of female illiteracy in this part of India. This means that many of the projects are run by and support women, with a wonderful focus on textiles and arts.

Time back at the lodge and camp is also incredibly special with fantastic air conditioned tents and cottages and the most wonderful dining area with beautiful rural vistas. Enjoy homely Indian food such as butter chicken and samosas. Western food is also available on request. We loved sitting around and sharing stories with other guests.

We feel that this is responsible travel done brilliantly and by staying at ME to WE Lodge: Araveli, guests know their money is being used in the best possible way, whilst integrating and learning in detail about rural communities in Rajasthan. This is ideal for anyone wishing to give a little back during their trip.

A stay here is perfect for couples, honeymooners or families looking for a completely unique and immersive experience. We would recommend it for children at least 8 years and above, but ideally teenagers. It really makes for the most incredible family or multi generational trip, or even doing something completely unique on a honeymoon. Please ask us for more information.

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Accommodation

Whilst not luxurious, the tents and cottages at ME to WE Lodge: Aravali are stylish and comfortable with hot showers, fireplaces for cool evenings and air-conditioning for those warmer days.

Childcare

ME to We Lodge: Aravali is a fantastic option for families and multi-generational families as it really can bring a family together. However, due to the nature of the activities, we wouldn't recommend it to children under 8 years old.

Activities

Activities and experiences are at the heart of ME to WE Lodge: Aravali. Choose from nature walks, cookery lessons, learning to block print with local artisans, village walks with local women, sunset yoga, language lessons, Bollywood classes, visiting Ranakpur Jain temple and even getting involved with the local WE Charity projects. These can include project building as well as meeting women involved in their Opportunity Pillar program.

Reviews

5

Louise Canton (Staff)

ME to WE Aravali is most incredible way to truly experience local life, while giving back to the community, and the team that work at the camp will make you really feel a part of the family.   Expect to be blown away by this heartwarming adventure, visiting local villages, learning how to cook, helping with community projects and even doing yoga at sunset. I love the fact they offer language lessons and the opportunity to do block printing. It is truly a unique experience in India and the fact that all the profits go back into ME to We and their extraordinary charity, make it extra special

Experiences

  • Day 1 - ME to WE: Araveli (Immersive Volunteer Trip)

    Begin your 3-night Araveli lodge experience with ME to WE. Today you will make your way to the lodge and en route be met by your local guide. Set in the heart of the Araveli Hills, this experience educational and incredibly heart warming.

  • Day 2 - ME to WE: Araveli (Immersive Volunteer Trip)

    Day 2 of your ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip will include an early morning yoga class, before joining local women as they go about their day. After lunch and some down time, visit a farm learning about the different development projects.

  • Day 4 - ME to WE: Araveli (Immersive Volunteer Trip)

    Say your goodbyes during your fourth and final day at ME to WE: Araveli. After some light yoga, a special farewell breakfast will be served up. Optional activities including a visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort can also be arranged before you leave.

Location & directions

Rajasthan, India

ME to We Lodge: Aravali is located in rural Rajasthan, close by to Udaipur and also within driving distance from Jodhpur. The property is ideally combined with one of both of these locations as part of a wider itinerary through India.

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