First off...my wife is an absolute fan of Neemrana properties. That's exactly why we chose 'Vereandah in the Forest' to spend our weekend at in Matheran.
Good food and a shop stuffed with memorabilia one can buy to journey back into the time they spent at the place.
Now here's the shocker. Besides average hospitality, if you intend to venture out to the market and plan to come back by 2100-2130(which is what most tourists do), the obvious question you'll have in your mind for the staff is, "Is it safe to come back by say 9-930, given that the property is in the middle of the forest?"
Guess what the unsuspecting revellers will be told by three different wait staff,"Absolutely!!"
Funny that you believe them and set out! On your way back, to your amazement you find out that there is a tract atleast a little short of a kilometer that has no lights and is all pitch dark. You can't even see your own shadow. Now that's a party! That's not at all. There are dogs that can chase the daylights out of you and your wife(in pitch dark, they look like hyenas!) , who is left palpitating and chased into the wrong bunglow!
When you get back to the WOW proporty(sarcasm), you'll have morose, bored waitstaff to (not)greet you. They live there and guests are in interruption in their daily routine it seems(funny that the guests only frequent this place on the weekend. Is the staff so pampered and lazy???)
When you narrate the incident, the manager tells you that he is only 8 days old at the place!!!!!!!!!
He gets some senior who then says he's sorry(Awwww ....so heartwarming)
Then you choose to sleep off your not warranted adventure, and say to yourself that with Buddha like calm you'll leave the next day.
You are ready to take off, when the manager comes over to you in the morning and hands over a sheet of paper which reads-Friend of Neemrana...10percent discount on the tariff the next time around!!!!! "I am so glad man! Love your generosity(sarcasm again)."
So here's what I propose to the manager-"invest the ten percent that you'll have me save in fixing the bulbs to light up the path and training your guys to hand a torch over to unsuspecting tourists when they ask you if it's safe to walk back down to your property by 9-930."
We are back home. My wife has an upset stomach. She has had to call in sick for two days, and I'm squandering my time writing about the trip, or should I say warning a few:)
Gurpreet Kalra....checked into Shankershet room on Feb 1 2014
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The paths once cleared by the British in the forests of Matheran, making it the last British hill station have acquired a new identity as the place where Bombay’s movers and shakers which include filmstars and businessmen come to spend a few quiet and peaceful days.Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Matheran is Asia’s only pedestrian hill resort. Chug up in a toy train, trot, or arrive in a palanquin, past gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras. The Verandah in the Forest was the second house to be built on the isolated Western Ghats, by Captain Barr. Now, with every facility in place, it is reputed to be second to none! Indeed, the nobility of the proportions of The Verandah bring civilizational honour to the Sahyadri ranges. Lounge like never before in this verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known in the salon – 12 metres/35 feet high. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Or take longer walks with a picnic basket. Relish the local cuisines. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Link your planet with your own two feet.Find space for more space in your mind. Or lose yourself to find yourself anew.Long after you return, you will wonder who would have dared to sprawl out such a tree-home space in such spell-binding wilderness? ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In Forest