One of the first things that I do right at the beginning of every year is to mark all the long weekends (with a work bunk added here and there) that the calendar has to offer. After all, why have one big holiday when you can have several through the year (travel addict traits!). Many friends often ask me, ‘where do you go?’. My answer is always – “AWAY from the city!” One such recent escape was to The Lalit Mangar – a luxury getaway just an hour’s drive from New Delhi – and a resort that is home to greenery, peace, flowers, fresh air and rather tame wildlife (in the form of a deer that visits the premises twice a day) in an area of about 677 acres.
Located just off Faridabad, the resort is exquisitely designed using special rammed earth architecture, with natural raw materials like earth chalk and gravel in layers. In fact, its proximity, literal and figurative, to nature, is The Lalit Mangar’s most unique feature. Rustic and yet luxurious rooms that all have spectacular views of the Aravali valley surrounding the resort are laid out with all contemporary amenities and services.
Quaint tapris that serve tea in earthenware kulhads promise to lift your spirits and the heady smell of raat ki rani prove to be a salve for the soul.
The staff at The Lalit also organise open-air ‘concerts’ and performances with local folk musicians. Speaking of which, they have a resident astronomer who will help you identify your own personal constellation or star – yes, that far away from smoggy Delhi, this is possible. Believe me, the experience IS ethereal!
At The Lalit Mangar, one good experience leads to several others. So if you want to pamper yourself, head to the Time Reversal Spa by Dr Mosaraf Ali. I would love to talk about this, if I could. But then experiences should not be cramped by the inadequacy of words.
If you have a more ‘hands-on’ approach to spending a getaway, you can spend time climbing rocks, or being an apprentice to the in-house potter, cycle away in and around the premises or simply sit around the several al fresco spaces and watch time go by.
P.S: Your time is NOW, because the next long weekend is the next one!
Make your bookings here: http://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-mangar/
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh