“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
Sylvia Plath’s quote from The Bell Jar sums up exactly what I felt on that beautiful Sunday morning at Green Dream, an eco-friendly resort tucked in the Sahyadris. It was almost as if I died the previous night and woke up in the lap of serenity: mountains like white elephants with motionless clouds adorning their ethereal beauty and a crisp air that filled me up with nothing but fresh, positive vibes. Just that Green Dream, was in fact, Green Reality.
The place has ample activities, so it’s advisable to get there before breakfast. If not, there’s a fair chance that you might get stuck in traffic, be forced to dodge your way between massive containers and exhaust yourself by the time you get to this exotic locale. Be smart and leave before sunrise so you cut the 85 km distance in less than two hours.
The home away from home is nestled within lush green. In the morning, a shower of bird calls will nudge you out of your sleep. No, don’t connect to the WiFi already. Imbibe the sunrise with your eyes instead of your camera. Instagram can wait, really. Freshen up and head to the dining area for a scrumptious Maharashtrian breakfast spread. Post that, you could take a leisurely stroll in the forest, enjoy a swim in the lake, find peace under the waterfall, that resembles a private infinity pool, or unwind on the banks of the river. If you’re in a mood for adventure, embark on a breathtaking trek to Nane Ghat. Come back by evening and feast on homemade chicken made by the owner Sagun himself. Have a drink with him if you will, and he’ll fill you up with delightful anecdotes. Don’t you end your day without a night walk under the stars, holding your beloved’s hand if she’s by your side.
I’ve been coming to Green Dream for four years now. There are times you fall back on people, and there are times when you fall back on places to nurture and heal your bruised heart. Green Dream is my go-to nook to curl up with a novel, meditate and lose myself, find myself—both at the same time. I’ve seen this place grow before my eyes with the same delight of watching a baby grow into a toddler, a teenager into a full-fledged adult. Of course the place has changed drastically. It’s swankier, well-lit and a lot more organised. But what hasn’t changed is its warm and welcoming staff. Whether it is food, activities or accommodation, they’ll personally take care of everything. Sagun, especially, will ensure you get there safe and have a comfortable stay in the available resources. That’s also because the resort has restricted itself to a maximum capacity of 20 people (no stags, only families).
After two days of merrymaking, you’ll return to the city with a heavy heart. The journey back home might take a little longer, but you’ll be too preoccupied re-living this spectacular dream a hundredth time before you go back to the grind.
Location: Palu, Maharashtra
Tariff: Rs 3,000 per adult for 24 hours
For bookings, get in touch with Sagun Bhadkamkar on +9767743143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org