Sunday, January 20, 2013

Surjivan - 30 miles from Gurgaon ( i think )

It is all a matter of faith they say, when there is a calling only then can one visit some magical spots in one's lifetime. surjivan is one of them.

only about 29 kms from delhi, Surjivan is set amidst a precipitous terrain and unique geographical location,which has helped the resort to keep its biodiversity. it is a delightful abode with a proper road system being set in place fast and quick. the principle on which Surjivan functions is, we do not interfere with the environment around us and we try make sure no one else does. the rooms are mud huts, yes, actual mudhuts, beautifully and lovingly maintained, the facilities star quality,

 the services are personalized, smiley, prompt, with lengthy conversations about life in the villages around. food served is completely organic and grown within the complex, the herbs and spices used to cook in the open kitchen, flourish in the deliciously scented herb garden.
the sweet-smelling pines and trees greeted us the moment we reached the gate. it was a remarkable walk from the gate, through the enchanting beauty and silence and one is awestruck by the sublime lush greenery. lying back leisurely in the terrace on a spotless wooden cot with a chatai on it, one spotted a solitary golden eagle gliding along with the breeze, the queen of the brilliant skies above and the land below. it promised to be an experience of a life time. the place is home to some exotic flora and fauna and many animals and birds like Jackal, and giant flying Squirrel and other wild animals. the thick foliage makes is a little difficult to catch a glimpse of the animals but it’s a heaven for the ornithologists. it also has beautiful strolling paths. 

the next day, the thickest of fogs and a slight drizzle added to the beauty of the place. there was kind of meditative music in the silence that wrapped the entire area.

 occasionally we could hear bird calls or see some exotic bird take a flight from the depths of the trees into the vast sky. the only constant sound was that of the crickets and the drizzle. one almost wishes there were fables surrounding this mysterious and mystical 3 starred village, but there are not.  its untouched pristine beauty makes surjivan a place worth visiting. 
as the day rolled, the wet sun was back in the game - it woke up from it's slumber and glanced leisurely at the earth below , the mossy trees of this area and the serene silent smoky existence of the unique resort with its relaxed attitude towards life, and incredibly pampering and smiling and prompt service to the guests is so appealing that one almost wants to renounce the world and settle there. and the intentional lack of outside interferences like the television encourages one to explore the territory, the back-to-the-basics games like gilli danda and pithoo, and there are adventure sports like rock-climbing  can be enjoyed too in the huge property. the 'survivor' reality show was shot here. the track is fully functional, and many a hour can be spent trying the various courses.
we watched the sun stabbed sky as the afternoon shadows began to stretch long and thin. the evening sun was in its splendor and we relaxed on the green carpet of soft grass to enjoy the one of the most beautiful sunsets we had ever seen. it was also our last one for the trip. it was the time for the birth of night with all its mysteries and dark potentialities. 

again, an extremely tasteful dinner was served with another set of brilliant smiles and the happy-to-see-you eat attitude of everyone there encourages one to overindulge. the dining area is a large hut done up in the traditional style, with wooden beams and an old, antique dresser that stole my heart away. the food astounding as ever, and then, the most intoxicating walks in the deep dark purple night, under in the brilliantly starlit sky. i guess those who are not afraid of the dark see the most beautiful night skies.
the next day, it was heartbreaking to leave the tranquility and peace of this lovely paradise on earth but the time had come to bid adieu. we left the past and drove into the glitter and madness of present. our hearts were filled with mixed emotions and saturated with prayers.

 this was my Bday hideout


  1. Whoa...amazing photography Mr.Ghosh. Especially the last three pics with brilliant light-shadow effect.... Congratulations :)
    None the less equally brilliant description of the place with each minute detail and perfect emotions. Very few know to depict their emotions in words. Just can't disagree with the line, 'those who are not afraid of the dark see the beautiful skies'! love it! Are those your words? Brilliant work...keep it up :)

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