Dad- the man who always puts you and your needs first. Head out this Father’s Day weekend to experience new things with your #MainMan and get to know him on a whole new level by taking care of his needs for a change. Take your pick from among these gorgeous havens to show your dad the love and appreciation he deserves.
1. Tree House Hideaway, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
The Tree House Hideaway is true to its name and is a 21 acre hideaway in the jungle. You can spend your time with Dad looking for wild animals and birds at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This sanctuary is a fusion of contemporary design and traditional jungle living with earthy tones and eco-essentials. The Lodge also has a Machaan overlooking a water hole frequented by wild animals – perfect for catch-up sessions with Dad.
2. ShivAdya Resort and Spa, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Shivadaya is a boutique spa-retreat nestled snugly amidst apple orchards in Karjan village. It commands spectacular views of the verdant valleys, lush apple orchards, tall deodar trees and the snow-capped peaks in a landscape that seems like belonging to a painting. You can enjoy lunch with the family in the apple orchards or even by the gurgling Himalayan stream on special request. Indulge in activities like cooking, camping, hiking and trout fishing with Dad at this spectacular mountain hideaway. Built using the ‘Zero Wastage’ concept, this mountain hideaway is truly a marvel.
3. The Mudhouse, Puttalam, Sri Lanka
Spread throughout a large expanse of forest on the outskirts of a small village in Sri Lanka, this retreat is blessed with abundant birdlife, wildlife and natural beauty. Its main principle is environmental sustainability and the sanctum is a refreshing force for coexistence with nature. Traditional village cuisine is cooked in the customary way with clay pots and firewood hearths. Definitely try out the cooking classes with Dad – the lessons usually comprise of teaching whatever is on the menu for that given day, but if there are any recipes you’d like to learn, the staff happily adds that to the menu. Also, visit the numerous parks and wildlife reserves and enjoy the laidback vibe of this rural Sri Lankan lodge.
4. Te Aroha, Dhanachauli, Uttarakhand
This colonial style summer-house recreates the magic of the olden times and embraces the serenity of the mountains and the charms of Dhanachuli – a small village in Uttarakhand. Huge decks and terraces, massive glass windows and the high ceilinged lobby speak volumes about the era that’s still alive there. The retreat reflects a personal touch in its awe-inspiring collection of antiques and there is a lot to admire and soak up at Te Aroha. Explore the hidden treasures, wander on unknown trails and picnic on the lush grass. It makes you really sit back and enjoy the simple joys of life.
5. Meghauli Serai, Subarnapur, Nepal
Experience a safari in the heart of the jungles of Nepal intertwined with the legendary Taj hospitality. This sanctuary is perched on the edge of the Rapti river and the world famous Chitwan National Park. The riverside villas and river view rooms open up to mesmerising views. Immerse yourself in soothing relaxing massages after a day spent in the great outdoor with a dedicated nature guide who interprets the wild ways of this enchanting land. Bush dinners around crackling bonfires under the stars are a definite must.
So how are you planning on spoiling your dad this weekend?
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