Jarar has been the main seat of the family since 1472. Rai Saheb Ch. Suraj Pal Singh, the Zamindaar of Jarar, built the Mela Kothi in the late 1890s. Nestling amidst acres of woodland and pasture, the Mela Kothi was ideally located to serve as a camp office for the family’s bi-annual cattle fair (Mela).
The fair was a source of great pride and prestige for the family, with traders coming from as far afield as Maharashtra and Orissa. However, by the 1990s, the numbers dwindled, and the Kothi and its grounds fell into disrepair.
In 1999, Rai Saheb Suraj Pal Singh’s great grandson, IIT engineer and conservationist Ram Pratap Singh, and his environmental scientist wife, Anu, began restoring their neglected inheritance. The product of their labour, set within 35 sprawling acres of the original heritage plantation, surrounded by farmland - Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge is an oasis of peace, tranquility and gracious hospitality.
The Accommodation combines the warmth of local homes with the comfort of modern amenities. Every effort has been made to make the lodge as eco-friendly and sympathetic to its surroundings as possible. The Lodge offers thirteen rooms/cottages.
The Mela Kothi
The restored Mela Kothi has one large well-appointed bedroom - Gharial - with front and rear verandahs and access to the library across the pebbled courtyard. The period furniture and furnishings bring alive the stately grace of this heritage building.
Gharial: Double Bed – luxury heritage room in main house with private sit-out.
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children below 12 years of age or 3 adults.
The Imli Serai
The Imli Serai, the guest wing of the Mela Kothi, has two very spacious and luxurious suites – Dolphin & Sarus, with private enclosed gardens and verandahs. The suites combine the finest of modern amenities with the charm and elegance of traditional