Sometimes, personal experiences tend to change our long held perceptions. My trip to Baghaan Orchard Retreat was something similar. For long, I had held a belief that a weekend break from Delhi meant a drive to the hills in Uttarakhand or Himachal. I never imagined, a destination located just 100 kilometers from Delhi could offer a similar experience from our busy, urban, robotic lives.
I visited Baghaan Orchard Retreat with my colleagues for an official team offsite in the month of May – the hottest summer month in Northern India with average temperatures above 40 degree Celsius. When the destination of our planned offsite was announced to me by our HR partner, I was disappointed. As someone for whom a break from Delhi meant the cool clean climes of the hills, Baghaan located in the plains was a matter of complete dissatisfaction. Also, the fact that we were visiting the place in May, my expectations from the trip was minimal. I expected it would be just another resort with fancy rooms, wherein we would end up spending the maximum time indoors in air conditioned rooms.
While I was kind of sure of my assumptions coming true, I am glad they did not.
Baghaan Orchard Retreat was unlike everything I had imagined it to be. The moment you enter the gates of the resort complex you are transported to a different environ which is in stark contrast to what I imagined it to be. Built within a decades old mango orchard, the resort has vast open spaces and ample greenery that provide a welcome break from the cramped existence of our urban lives.
What I like most about Baghaan was the layout of the resort. There were no multi-storied concrete structures. The facilities including the cottages or guest rooms were well spread out across the large boundary of the property. Also, the size of the cottages were large, comfortable and tastefully done with all modern amenities. Each cottage had an individual sitting area in the front that provided an ideal setting for a morning or evening cup of tea. The dining room, swimming pool, games room, conference center were all separate facilities each with own separate area of flora.
Although the resort had facilities for multiple adventure activities, I could make time for only a few. Most of my two night/three day stay at the resort were spent taking a swim at the pool and the evenings sipping ‘juices’ at the sprawling lawns of the resort. In between we had a few interactive team building activities with my colleagues which were mostly restricted to the lawn areas.
In the evenings, the resort facilitates a nice sit out at its lawns and one can enjoy a drink with family or friends. They also serve some awesome snacks and food right at the lawns.
There are plenty of activities for guests to participate at the resort like rock climbing, zipline, rappelling, cycling, rope climbing paint ball etc. There are also indoor sports facilities like table tennis, snooker amongst others. For the non-sporty types, there are pottery lessons as well. I assume one of the reasons for having such a large assortment of activities is to keep people occupied within resort as there is little outside of it. The resort is located in a remote area and there is absolutely nothing in the vicinity for tourists to engage in. It is therefore best described as a perfect weekend destination resort.
Baghaan Orchard Retreat is an ideal destination for both corporate group retreats as well weekend family outings. My stay at the resort redefined my perception of a perfect weekend destination near Delhi and I plan to visit the resort soon – this time with my family.
And before I close, one more highlight of the property – it is pet friendly. Do visit their website and read their pet policy before you get your little friends there.