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Balaji Resorts, Velhe Pune
Ranked #97 of 508 Specialty Lodging in Pune
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Good location, away from crowd still just an hour and half far from Pune, we thought it would be a perfect weekend destination. When we reach the place, we were greeted with a big board “Due to staff unavailability, No room service will be provided”. The staff did their best to serve but I didn’t find any supervisor or manager at the place. More over this place gets zero on the maintenance front. We found toilet flushes broken, some of the lights not working, TV and AC are in the room just for show, and they do not work. Solar water is available but only at single tap. Some room has Electric water heater, but it is too tiny to serve any purpose. And on top of everything, tariff/rates, especially for food, are highly inflated. Absolutely no value for money .........

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I recently spent a weekend at the Balaji Resorts. It was a nice stay overall.

Location: It is located around 50-60 km from Pune on the way to Velhe. The resort is on the banks of a small river and gives a pleasant view if you choose river facing rooms. The road leading to the resort is not very good but not bad either. There are sign boards on the road which helps in reaching resort without any trouble.

Resort: Resort is big enough. Lot of greenery. There is a small pool. Dedicated area for kids. There are swings and slides. Then there is a big lawn and some recreational activities like TT, Carrom Board. TT is not in best of the condition but then it doesn't matter as well, as long as it is fun. Resort has enough parking space.

Rooms: Rooms are small with wooden flooring. Bathrooms were OK. no issues. Room has a small LCD with DTH connection. River facing rooms give good view.

Food: Food was OK and not very great. But, they serve freshly cooked and hot food. Give order ahead of time only and they will cook. Being veggie, we tried only veg. dishes. They were not much spicy and ok. For breakfast, they had buffet where they served Pohe-Upma-bread-jam. Breakfast is complementry but otherwise the food is costly. Although, I felt that the resort is in hardcore Pune-Maharashtra and is being run by the Marathi owners still they offered food that was typical North-Indian. They should have offered some authentic Maharashtrian food as well on their menu card.

Service: Service was good. Staff was OK. we did not require room-service so not sure about it. They lack in staff, so they anyway don't provide room service. The dust-bin was not cleaned from the previous stay. Check-in, check-out was smooth and no issues.

Places Around: The resort is remotely located. Hence not many places around. If you are going with family and kids they there are no choices but to spend time in resort only. If you are interested in trekking then there are mighty Rajgad and Torna forts nearby. We had gone to see Gunjawane Dam near Velhe. It is a nice place and road leading to it and the surroundings are beautiful. But since the dam is remotely located, there are not many people around and not much vehicular traffic as well. So check your vehicle condition prior to going there.

Overall, I feel, it's a nice place to spend time and relax. If you are going there as a sigle family, then 'relaxing' is only primary thing that you can do. If you go as a group or group of families then you can enjoy with the group and have good time.

Room Tip: River facing rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Kedar-KeKu
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Balaji Resort is a Gem...situated in Velhe (1 Hour/60KMs from Pune city center), this place is truly incredible.
The resort is nestled among Sahyadree hills on all four sides. Historically significant forts like Rajgad & Torna which have a place of honor for every trekker worth his salt are within 6-7 KMs either side from this resort.
An idyllic river flows right besides the resort and you are free to take a dip or dive into it in the rains. If you want the safety, you have well maintained swimming pool right in the resort with chlorinated water. You have LCD's in every room for entertainment, Pool table, TT table to kill of time in case you need them. Even the garden is landscaping is done aesthetically not spoiling the natural beauty anywhere.
The best thing about this resort is the views & services that it offers at such a competitive prices. Deluxe Room for 3 at 2500, 6 bedded cottage at 4500 and 18 bedded dorm at 9000. The views offered are 100 times better than other hotels at costly hill stations in Maharashtra.
The owner is a enthusiastic young man who has done his best to give the best of hospitality to his guests and he must be lauded for the effort.
Food is on the pricier side but that is acceptable as just to get the raw materials here is an issue. But you get everything from Tikkas to Chinese to Ice Creams to Liquors,Beers & Wine.

So all in all a fantastic resort for all seasons but monsoons its a must..

Room Tip: Cottage 1,2,3 all have pool and river views. Deluxe Rooms 1,2,3 have river views as well. Dorm does...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Siddhesh K
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Enjoyed the weeked break to celebrate a birthday and an anniversay..

Excellent bits
- The view. It is sitting in the lap of mountains and greenery everywhere. To top it you have a flowing river just next to it. You can actually walk down to it and listen in the flowing water.
- The website is informative . The pictures on the site are pretty much what you see in live. The online booking was little error prone, but the call center detected the issues at backend and called back to clear out any booking issues.
- Plenty of open areas of kids to play around. The kid park equipments are well maintained.

Good Parts
- The rooms. Well maintained with fresh furnishing. We did take the AC room but did not need to turn on the AC even once.
- Kids swimming pool is nice, though the adult pool is more of a a "take a dip" pool than a swim pool
- Decent spread of breakfast buffet
- Owner Mr Dongre is a hands on manager and along with his team provided excellent service. Thanks to him for a serving us the steamy Gajar ka halva on request.
Almost Good
- The food was a bit spicy for our tastes. You can also try the next door kamalinikutir for lunch for a change
- As mentioned previously mentioned by another reviewer, it has a bar as well and a bit pricier liquor.
- The pool table can gladly take a new piece of clothing.
- There is a TT table as well, though did not use it.

Definitely Recommended for a monsoon trip!!!!

Room Tip: Book in advance..
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank pm2k
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

It was an excellent surprise at Balaji Resorts. Absolutely as seen on website.... The best part its a family resort and no nuisances at all. I liked the Baigan (Maharashtrian Style) and the staff were fantastic, quick and courteous.... do try Chi in gavran gravy with Bhakari... mind blowing
overall perfect place to spend and relax over the weekends.. i shall definitely suggest a break at Balaji Resort....

Room Tip: Choose the rooms facing river side for privacy
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank kamakshi m
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I was looking for a cool, clean, clam place to spend time with my 8 friends and found Balaji resorts online. We went on1st June, Resort is located at a beautiful location on the banks of river aprox 60 km away from pune. it has nice and clean swimming pool, Vollyball, cricket for outdoor activities and for indoor Carrom, TT, Pool Table (I feel requires some repair).
Cottages are also good in size and overall our stay was extremely good .Service which we received in restuarnat and on pool side was simply awesome. Overall Food quality is good and has lot of variety available.
Special to mention about the Sumit Dongre(Owner), he is courteous and very professional, kept and maintaining resort in very good shape.I Highly recommend for a group or family.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank saranggd
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Good place with warm hospitality. Family gettogether was arranged and all family members about 45 were happy with the service, food and other facilities. Very excellent development and must be exciting place to visit in rainy season

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank bakshigirish
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Additional Information about Balaji Resorts, Velhe Pune

Address: At post Dapode, Gat no 1000 | Taluka – Velhe District, Pune, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Pune District > Pune
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #97 of 508 Specialty Lodging in Pune
Price Range: $72 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15

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