Living in a developing country like India it’s common to see people living in villages and backward areas move to bigger cities and towns for a better lifestyle and the future of their families. In a time when migration from villages to cities is on the rise in India, there are individuals like Sushila Rathore and Kan Singh Nirvan who have chosen a different path.
Sushila Rathore – Kan Singh and Their mud hotel
Instead of abandoning their ancestral farmland in a small village near Sikar, Rajasthan, they have transformed it into a thriving agro-tourist farm called Jor Ki Dhani.
Sushila Rathore has established the most unique agro-tourist farm with a vedically designed homestay. The duo established ‘Jor Ki Dhani, where the word ‘Dhani’ refers to the temporary house made by a farmer on the farms, and the term ‘Jor’ comes from the Hindi word ‘Jordaar, which means top-class.
Kan Singh Nirvan and his wife, Sushila Rathore, belonged to a small village called Katrathal, Rajasthan. They had around 7-8 acres of ancestral farmland. But they saw very little future in farming as a livelihood because there was no sufficient water source available for farming in Rajasthan.
In 2004, the couple, along with their children, made the decision to relocate to Sikar, a thriving city nearby, with the hope of finding employment and improving their lifestyle. Kan Singh, though lacking formal education, simply aimed to secure a job to provide for his family’s needs. However, after just a few months of embracing city life, Kan Singh started experiencing a profound sense of emptiness in his heart, as he dearly missed his previous life in the village.
Kan Singh’s wife, Sushila Rathore, also hailed from a farming family and possessed a personality that found joy in engaging in physical work. Despite not having the opportunity to complete even her 10th grade education, when the couple moved to Sikar, she too harbored the intention of supporting her family by undertaking odd jobs.
But it was at this time the couple thought that if they have to do so much physical hard work, then why not on their own farms? Sushila Rathore too was not happy to leave their own land in the village just for some money. So, the duo moved back in after a few months to work hard and create more out of the limited land they had in the village.
Despite their limited formal education, the couple possessed a strong desire to accomplish more in life. They were well-groomed and approached their endeavors with enthusiasm. When they embarked on the journey of revitalizing farming on their ancestral land, they also took the initiative to learn about organic farming. Initially, they had to start with meager resources, making the most out of what little was available to them.
Luck Took Its Call
The couple began implementing organic farming techniques on their land, which caught the attention of an international foundation operating in the area. This foundation established a collaboration with the duo, sending foreign students and tourists to their farms to learn about agriculture and organic farming practices.
These visitors would stay for a week or more, and the couple had to arrange accommodations for them at other people’s residences. It was through this experience that the idea of creating a homestay accommodation facility started to take shape in their minds.
The duo began the next phase of their imagination, and they thought about what would be the best way to construct a homestay in such an area. That’s where the idea of using natural resources to build the homestay came in.
Sushila Rathore and Kan Singh hired a local craftsman, became laborers themselves, and started building their homestay, using Natural materials like dust, sand, wood, cow dung, rocks, remains left after their farming, etc.
They did not use any chemically made cement or plasters, which makes their homestay unique. The couple named their homestay Jor Ki Dhani, which literally means a top-class house on a farm. The duo, along with Home Stay, soon started a farm stay and training center.
What makes Jor Ki Dhani unique?
Jor Ki Dhani is made up only of natural resources, and the electricity is run by solar energy. This agro-tourism farm in Sikar adopts traditional as well as organic farming methods. What makes it unique is that each room in that homestay has a completely different concept from the others in order to make the guest experience their traditional lifestyle.
Each room is designed with a unique traditional concept and decorated with multiple traditional paintings. Even in the hot winds of Rajasthan, the homestay is planned in such a manner that it stays cool throughout the day.
The duo became a sensation in both the village and the surrounding areas. Farmers started learning how they did it from the duo themselves. The couple turned their farms into eco-tourism hubs. People love to come, stay, learn, and work on their farms.
Jor ki Dhani is a sustainable homestay with all the facilities and deliciously cooked food by Sushila Rathore herself. They help people learn organic farming, and their land of 7-8 acres has now turned into farmland of 33 acres.
With the passage of time, they also started working with cattle, and recently they launched their own processing unit, which makes Pure oils, spices, flours, etc. They now grow 25 different fruits, a number of pulses, grains, and medicinal plants.
Also, Kan Singh and Sushila Rathore improved their water system by introducing tubewells into their farms. In Jor Ki Dhani, anyone can stay, come, and learn.
Personal life and Future aspects
Kan Singh Nirvan credits Sushila Rathore for all the progress they have made. Sushila always motivated him to do better, work hard, and adapt new learnings. Both of their children are now well educated; their son is an international horse rider, and their daughter helps them on their farms.
Sushila Rathore was always keen on learning, and she completed her 10th grade along with his son and is now willing to get more education. Sushila Rathore has helped evolve her family and herself into better beings by living a better lifestyle and setting a great example for all the people who still have a struggling mindset and are willing to learn more about doing better in their lives.
Jor Ki Dhani has received numerous awards and accolades from both the state and union governments, highlighting their exceptional achievements. Mad4India too extend our heartfelt wishes to Jor Ki Dhani for their future endeavors and projects. May they continue to inspire others with their extraordinary journey.
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