Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Manesar -SurJiwan Resort

This trip was taken in October 2016 ,The kids had a short vacation and we all wanted to have a short weekend trip,so we zeroed in on Surjivan resort , Manesar .This resort is  located just off the Jaipur Highway along the NH-8, in the Naurangpur Tauru Road, opposite to the ITC Grand Bharat Hotel in the district of Mewat (also called Nuh )in Haryana .

The kids got excited upon seeing such vast
expanses of green  to run and frolic around 

We went by car ,and this resort was just at the outskirts of Gurugram .We left on a Saturday morning and reached just after noon .                                                                                                                                                   
                                                           
               
We hired a family cottage and were quite happy with the hygiene and amenities and the spaciousness.
It had all modern amenities and comforts .

A panoramic view of our cottage  
                           

The cottages have  mud walls that have traditional motifs drawn with natural organic colors on the walls such that it brings peace and harmony while the thatched roofs and the 'Jarokhas' provide natural cooling although all rooms are fitted with ACs.After checking in ,we were served a welcome drink of hot tea and pakoras and the kids finished off the hot and crisp pakoras in a jiffy.                                   
                                             
Hot masala tea with crisp pakoras 


We then settled in our room and rested .After a few hours, refreshed , we went out and were delighted that they had lots of indoor and outdoor games including the traditional games like  Gilli-Dandaa, Pitthoo, Lattoo, Kanchhe, Teer-andaazi, Rassa-kashi, Jhula, Peepaphor, Hop scotch, Snake and Ladder ,Badminton etc and modern Games like Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, Croquet, Indian Bowling, etc.
                                                     
A game of badminton in progress

Indoor Games like Tambola, Carrom, Chess, Playing Cards, Board games, etc.were also available .You had to deposit some token money before renting the equipment and the money was refunded when you returned the things back to the play store .We chose snakes and ladders and Badminton till we were tired to bits .
                                                 
The indoor  recreation area
They also have arrangements for In-house music or you can bring your own music in a pen drive and the DJ will play it for you .Some couples were dancing and having a good time to the dance numbers while we just tapped our feet and cheered tem on .
         
                                                   
Just loved the rustic ambience !

Rabbits in their cells held my son spellbound 


Rope ladder and other activities 


After all the dance and play , we were famished and reached the Dining Hall which again had community dining .We had a fulfilling North Indian dinner of Dal,Rice , paneer and chapatis and then went for a stroll .The night air smelt of grass and you could hear crickets and owls .After a leisurely walk we retired back to our cottage and the manager told us to be ready by 7 a.m. for outdoor games and activities .
                                                       
Reliving my childhood !
     
They have a live model of a traditional Indian rural kitchen with Sil batta,Chakki ,Okhli ,chakla belan, chulha etc and they even hold cooking activities
                                                     
The next day,we woke up at 6 a.m. to the sounds of birds chirping and though people were enjoying a dip in the swimming pool we opted for  a warm bath and were soon ready for breakfast in the dining hall .We were served Poori- Chana , aloo sabzi ,Halwa ,Parathas, Toast and tea for breakfast but we did not tuck in too much as the manager Mr. Anil Verma (who had been very attentive to our needs ) had asked us to eat lightly keeping in mind the activities that would follow .
                                                   
The azure and clear pool
We were then queued up by the trainer /coach who gave us instructions and encouraged us to try out the adventure activities like rope ladder ,Commando net, Burma Bridge,Double Rope Bridge,Monkey Crawl,Mowgli Walk,Cat walk in the Air,Rope descent and Tyre Jump etc. We finished the activities in 40 mins but what thrilling and hectic minutes they were !

                                                 
Some  medicinal plants in the herb garden
It was next time for the Herbarium  and Farm Tour .My kids have been born and brought up in a city and for them seeing cattle grazing among green meadows,cows being milked were a different experience altogether .
                                                       
A guide gave us a guided tour of the Herbal garden and singled out Medicinal, Aromatic and rare mythological plants like Kalp-Vriksh, Gingko biloba, Rudraksh, Rakt Chandan .We also had a short trip of the Fruit Orchard, the Solar-Energy Unit, Organic Farming Tour .My son squealed when he saw earthworms crawling in the Vermicompost !    
                                                     
The friendly creepy crawlies of vermicompost

They have some special packages too like Adventure package, Team building activities,Birthday celebrations,School outings etc.To know more and book activities for your kids or group,you can visit here .

FINAL VERDICT - I rate it a 3.5/5 .It is full value for money in terms of comfort,cleanliness and specially great for kids  though I wish they could offer better food .

13 comments:

  1. I had tapped upon this resort last year but we couldn't go because of some other reason.. Great to know a detailed review, but if a foodie says that food ought to be better, then it means we would not go here now;). Great food is a must for our visit!

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    1. They mostly use in house products, they used their own mustard oil for cooking and somehow I can't take that much oil in my food, But it is otherwise a great concept and learning experience for kids .

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  2. It's a nice resort for vacation.. Greenery and games are very good.. Pics are very nice

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    1. Thanks Manohar ! The pictures are not doing justice , it is much better looking than I could capture .

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  3. The resort looks great, hope you had a good time.

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    1. We did have a lot of fun with me trying Burma bridge and tyre jumping et al!

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  4. This is quite informative. Close to Delhi & easy to reach!

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    1. Yes Hitasha , the best part is that you reach in a couple of hours.

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  5. I have heard a lot about the resort but the review is an eye opener.

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  6. Looks like an awesome experience!
    http://www.docdivatraveller.com/

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  7. If Maruti or Hero motors invite us for some events we can stay here I suppose!

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    1. Shrinidhi,You will do this place an honour because you are in a league of your own .

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