If one had to imagine an environment that mirrored a complete opposite of daily urban life , one probably would have always dreamt up something like The Machan ,it is regarded as place of positive energy and unfathomable natural beauty. The minute I arrived I could feel something in the air and nearly 2 weeks after arriving back home , it still hasn’t left me.
Here are the highlights of my experience at The Machan
Finding the place
The place is easily traced from your GPS , there are no signboards around of the resort because they wants us to explore and track it down . Though you will find their monkey sign when u reach closer .
The reception of the Machan itself gives you vibe of entering the jungle , even the road from the main gate to reception will give you that feel.
Amongst the mountains and jungle
The resort is surrounded by acres of rural jungle and beautiful hills. When you look around you wont get enough of praising the beauty of the jungle and the resort’s architecture.
A Jungle Machan
There are many Machans , but it’s thoughtful design makes you feel like you’re the only ones out in the wilderness .
I spent one night in one of the jungle Machan which boosted a private entrance , outdoor living area cum bedroom and upper bedroom overlooking the jungle , inside the Machan featured 2 king size beds , his and her own bathroom areas , wooden basins , huge bathtub with outdoor shower area.
There is beautiful wooden staircase which takes you to upper deck and upper bedroom
The bedroom and bathroom were adorned in deep teak wood and beds were central focus of the rooms .
the Machan property have 4kms of private paths which we explored in the evening . The weather was a bit cloudy so it was a very fascinating experience .
Dining in the Jungle
There is a different Machan altogether for dining . It will make you feel as if you are dining in the jungle because of view the restaurant offers . The food is local Lonavala delicacy both veg and non veg. They also offer very good choice in breakfast menu.
There are many beautiful locations at the Machan and in nearby surrounding for photography so do not forget your DSLR or any other cameras.
Night at a Jungle
The place is devoid of pollution which makes it a perfect location for star-gazing if you are interested. The feel at night was quite spooky ,we were able to hear lot of insects and birds chirping all night long . I even had a horrifying experience at night when a mouse entered our bedroom from the torn curtains in our Machan.
The Machan is a good experience but don’t go with very high expectations . It have a beautiful architecture but as it is located in jungle , the place is not very well maintained . There are a lot of insects crawling in your Machan and as I said earlier rats too . If you are planning to go in hot summer than you will surely be frustrated with heat even when it have a cooler service .
It’s really a different experience altogether . The resort is a destination its own right , where you can immerse yourself into the feel of jungle . There is something in the air here that will touch even the coldest of hearts and everything you see , smell , taste and touch would be impossible to forget
- Wellbeing retreats
- A weekend gateway
- Nature trailing
Photo courtesy : Manish Pimple
The Machan website : Machan.com