India's First Botanical Retreat

India's First Botanical Retreat

As natural dyers, we are always on the outlook for beautiful inspirations that keep us closely connected to the nature around us. So back in April this year, we found a place in Rajasthan, that connects us closely to the vernacular culture not just directly but through the lifestyle this place portrays. 

Kaner Retreat near Jodhpur is India's first botanical desert retreat. The first time that we heard about it, we were pretty surprised ourselves. Botanical and desert? At this point we realised that botanicals aren't just greens. When we closely see the historical paintings and artworks of Rajasthan, that also showcases a wide range of exotic plants and animals such as elephants and banana trees which are not local to Rajasthan and that has made us forget what vernacular Rajasthan is all about. 

Kaner Retreat is a dream project of Sapna Bhatia, who we met during our Eco Printing Workshop in Jaipur. So one thing that we love about HeenaAgrima's workshops, be it online or offline, is that we get to meet these amazing people from all aspects and learn more and more every time. This was another one of those moments where we learnt a lot about the botanicals of the Thar Desert from Sapna ji during our workshop. 

Kaner is another name for the Oleander flower and commonly known as the Desert Rose. After many years in Delhi and London as an international journalist, Sapna decided it was time to share the magic of the desert with others while promoting sustainable local tourism in the process. Thus, India's first desert botanical resort was born.

The part where we fell in love with this idea of the Botanical Desert was when we heard about the details and cultural attention that has been focussed on every step. A swimming pool inspired from the design of a Bawri (step well), surrounded by an oran which is a sacred grove that cannot be disturbed from its natural form, and the desert botanical inspired rooms. 

Their room names are a mix of native and ornamental species like AAK (short for Aakda), BUI, GULAB, HARSINGHAR, HAZARA, KAIR, KANER, KHEER KHEEMP, ROHIDA and THOR which not only brings these species to light but also shows their importance in our surroundings. 
Each room is decorated with a botanical artwork of these Desert Botanicals that has been commissioned by Sapna herself and was made possible with the help of some very talented artists like Malini Saigal and Madan Meena. While Malini's work is a mix of art & science, Madan takes up a contemporary approach on the miniature style of paintings. They're like gallery spaces for these treasured botanicals that are no where to be seen.
This place is a one of a kind experience of the desert in its true sensibilities. The complete desert lifestyle has been curated at Kaner Retreat and we can't wait to be there!
We absolutely love the fact that someone has taken the initiative to bring forth the desert flora and and given us the space to appreciate it while they are so beautifully present our vicinity and are taken for granted! Here is a treat for you all of all the desert flora from Kaner Retreat!
Ps They have a beautiful olive farm nearby which we would not want to miss!
We have something very interesting coming up so keep checking this space for more and in the meanwhile you can see more about Kaner and its experiences at
Have a lovely day 
Lots of Flowers
HeenaAgrima <3
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