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Things that make us Happy !

Humans have been trying to discover the secret of happiness for centuries. Being in the business of people and experiences – we believe we do have more than just an idea about people’s moods and what makes them happy.

Read on for how and what we do to make our guests happy ! Because if you are happy – we’re happier !

j4We’re pet-friendly !
Numerous studies have linked pet ownership and interaction with animals to happiness. Spending time with a cat, dog or horse or even elephants is therapeutic, stress-busting and an antidote to loneliness !
Our resorts at Jaipur and Dudhwa welcome our guests’ four-legged family.

indian-thaliWe’ll go by your preferences.
Every day – our MasterChef in residence will visit guests and understand their eating preferences. And craft a personalised menu for them complete with wine pairings. No waiting or fretting at meal times. Just a feast for the eyes and taste-buds.

binExperiences are for everyone.
For those who can manage them. And for those who are challenged. We’re proud to have escorted a guest on a wheelchair to a special spot ahead of the Tree of Life at Binsar – from where she was able to get an unparalleled view of the Kumaon Himalayas.

14607141_1792788257628565_1795781927320420352_nSafaris that earn bragging rights.
When our naturalists and safari guides go the extra mile and ensure you catch the King of the Jungle in his habitat.

Wellness for well-being.
At the Tree of Life Jaipur – our signature wellness offerings consist of soft treks, jungle walks, guided yoga and meditation sessions and our spa offerings for individuals and couples. Both available at our Spa or in the comfort and privacy of the garden area of your villa.

But most of all – the entire experience of the Tree of Life is what counts. Different things make different guests happy.


Explore more on read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.
And call to book on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Because we’d like to continue spreading happiness.

The Case for Photography. In Black & White.

The phone camera has changed our lives. It’s turned us into gourmands, explorers, and occasionally even voyeurs ! With images becoming ubiquitous and run-of-the-mill – it’s the rare one that stops our tracks and merits a second and third look. And most people shoot regular colour photographs – while black-and-white photography is considered a thing of the past.
However, there is an increasing tribe of both amateur and professional photographers who choose to shoot monochromatic or black and white images. And manage to make a great statement. These black-and-white images showcase intense and raw emotions of people and amazing landscapes that take on a different character that does not come across through colour photos.
Black-and-white photographs bring out light and shadow, pattern and texture. It is an art that merits attention to equipment, process, composition, tonality and lighting. So if you’re looking to break away from the norm and looking to shoot striking black and white images – read on for our secret sauce tips and tricks ! You can of course – shoot using your phones or cameras of all kinds !

Shoot in Black and White
Because shooting in colour and then converting them in to black and white during editing is time consuming and doesn’t really get the best results.
6-copy-2Digital and phone cameras have a black-and-white preset opton. So you get to see your composed image and shoot it in black and white. Pro tip : Shoot using your camera’s RAW format using the black and white preset for increased control and quality. You can also shoot on Auto or Intelligent Auto Modes if you are not comfortable using manual settings on your camera.

Shoot at the lowest ISO Setting
Shooting on a high ISO generates image ‘noise’. Pro tip : It is preferable to shoot at your lowest ISO setting. That will enable you to get a sharp image with slight noise rather than a noiseless shot in which your subject is not clear.

prisShoot on Dull Days
Pro tip : Those dull, grey winter days are the best time for capturing great-quality, black-and-white photos. The effect is soft and mellow as the light surrounds subjects smoothly and gently..

Visualise in Black and White
Pro tip : Try to imagine your subject in black and white and you can manage some amazing black-and-white shots. With great of shadows and contrasts, lines and shapes. It can actually lead to an entirely different way to shoot a particular subject.


Keep it Natural

If you are shooting nature or landscapes – it is considered best to shoot at dawn or dusk when the sun is low and the light is even and soft. With black and white photography – you flip the principle on its head. Pro tip : To get great black-and-white photos, it is best to take photos during the middle of the day.

Black-and-white pictures are great when they are shot informally. These are some simple steps any expert or novice photographer can take for achieving great black and white images. More effects and achievements await as long as you keep experimenting.


The Tree of Life Resorts are a photographers’ delight – with their off the beaten track locations, expansive spaces and aesthetically designed spaces – both exterior and interior. Our world takes on a different hue in black and white. Experience it first in colour. And then imprint it on your consciousness in black and white. Explore more on read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.
And call us to book on +91 9602091000 / 2000.

Saving the Dying Conversation

Step out anywhere. Or stay in. Chances are that you’ll find almost everyone deeply absorbed in the happenings on the screen of their devices. Now it’s fashionable and easy to bring home a computer or tablet for your toddler. All the better to keep her busy with.

A face to face conversation is one that’s becoming rare by the day.  It’s a dying art. Even conversations at work are being rapidly subsumed by mounds of e mail and messenger chats. Our younger generations, bought up on a diet of touch-screen devices will in all probability not have a real conversation because they won’t know how to have one. And neither will those around them.

tatThe problem is with us – those who have seen both sides of the coin. And who know the value and impact a genuine conversation can make. Experts say that face to face conversations are critically important for our well-being. They are also important for our children.

“Conversations with each other are the way children learn to have conversations with themselves, and learn how to be alone,” says Sherry Turkle, a professor of science, technology and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Learning about solitude and being alone is the bedrock of early development, and you don’t want your kids to miss out on that because you’re pacifying them with a device.” (Bilton)

Experts who observe the phenomenon, believe that technically, that we’re not talking to each other. We’re talking all the time, in person as well as in texts, in e-mails, over the phone, on Facebook and Twitter. We’re talking at each other rather via technology. It is actually ironical – that we are today much more talkative than we have ever been.  But it has happened at the expense of a face to face, living, breathing conversation.


jaagir-lodge-room-1-8570Today – when we compare live conversations to those we have through technology –  they tend to intimidate us a bit. Sometimes awkward, sometimes aggressive, sometimes sparkling, sometimes….nothing. Experts describe them as being messy.  But it is precisely that “ messy-ness “ that is real. Pauses, interruptions, changes, swings and after which point of time – one can almost anticipate the biggie – the point where the tide turns and there is a brilliant sparkling moment – that changes everything.

The Tree of Life encourages you to unwind and just be with yourself. To have a conversation. With nature. With yourself. With your significant other. Far away from the din and cacophony of everyday life. Where even our silences speak. All you need to do is listen. Find yourself.


Re-discover the lost charm of a regular conversation. Or spar with your travel companion and create a super-sharp, on-the-edge conversation exchange that sets tone for special memories.


At the Tree of Life – We have great spaces which offer great settings for conversations. Singly. In pairs. Or in groups. Quiet nooks. Overlooking vistas. Expansive bay windows that encompass the sky and the mountains. Zen-like water bodies that tempt your toes and fingertips. Lovingly enclosed in our sprawling resort spaces. With our award-winning, discreetly attentive service by your side.


Explore more on read what our guests have to say about us on TripAdvisor.

And call to book on +91 9602091000 / 2000

Celebrating Life. Here & Now.

“If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…Today should always be our most wonderful day.” 

– Thomas Dreier.

In every culture, we do have special times set aside to celebrate life or a significant event. What we also know as Holidays ! Something that we get so excited about ! For they play a major role in our lives and are intertwined with our physical, mental and emotional states.

fTake a break !

Our life’s effort is motivated by the prospect of a reward.

On a “ feeling”  level – holidays are a reward. No work to worry about. Just doing things that one wouldn’t otherwise do. And which matter to us. Stuff we can really enjoy and perhaps experience once in a lifetime. Pausing to celebrate life is our reward for all the hard work we otherwise put into our lives. Much like walking towards the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Even taking time off from one’s normal routine to have fun and celebrate life fits into this “reward” category.

Rewards can be anything !

Rewards can have material value or emotional value. Most of us work for a material reward in the form of a monthly pay-check. A few others love what they do so much – that the monetary reward is unimportant and is secondary. The feeling of accomplishment they experience is what matters.

When we achieve something that matters to us  – we are emotionally rewarded. The reward can be something intangible – but it creates happiness. This action-reward feedback loop is an intrinsic part of human nature and is closely related to the joy of giving and receiving.

 012_villa-fire-placeMake special times happen to celebrate life

Our holidays and associated decisions are often decided by others. But in order to feel truly rewarded and happy – it is important we do this for ourselves. That would enable us to reward ourselves while celebrating our life’s victories. Even the smallest professional achievement or a personal breakthrough can be a catalyst for your reward. And a holiday !


dsc_6964Celebrating the everyday

Any time we succeed in our life – a celebration is in order.  This is one of the ways we give ourselves approval . Whenever you find yourself  achieving something – it is time to reflect on your accomplishments, it’s time to stop and celebrate life. Doing so will funnel massive amounts of approval into your neurological feedback loop.

.Make it an ongoing process

Without a built-in system for receiving approval, one’s motivation begins to fade. If you see your personal progress as a reason to celebrate life – you are providing yourself with the fuel needed to stay motivated.

Personal growth is a never-ending  journey and it pays fabulous dividends. Approval is the single element that keeps the whole process running smoothly.  Make  your own times to celebrate life and your accomplishments. It’s a really powerful way to let yourself know how much you approve!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate “ ~Oprah Winfrey

So Celebrate. Find Joy. In the Everyday. And on Special Days. Check out our awesome holiday options – each one offering different experiences across our properties. Hallmarked by our signature award winning service, personalised cuisine and curated experiences. We promise that you’ll be back for much more. Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Or email us on or go to

The Singularity of Ekam

Discover Ekam.

In an even quieter part of the already quiet and secluded Tree of Life Resort ,Jaipur.

Ekam – in Sanskrit is about “one “ or  ” unity “ A space where the body and soul are one with the elemspa1ents. In complete harmony. In a state of just being…

Discover Pure Indulgence. When you step into Ekam – The Couples Spa. Our Spa Experiences are an exquisitely balanced blend of wisdom offered by  traditional Indian wellness therapies and experienced with hand-crafted products created with pure, natural, organic herbs and oils. Offered by our specially trained therapists in harmonious settings overlooking our lush, natural surroundings. Quiet, zen-like, serene luxury does not get any better than this.

spa2Discover yourself anew. Re-kindle that spark with your partner and indulge in our signature offering where the entire Ekam Spa is booked exclusively for you.

This is the Tree of Life Eternal Bliss Experience. Spread over a leisurely 4 ½ hours – the Experience begins with a deeply nourishing, therapeutic bath. It is followed by a Body Polish & Body Wrap that exfoliates and nourishes. Followed by a luxurious and indulgent massage using the choicest of nourishing, sensual, aromatic Indian oils. A customised facial then feeds the skin with its goodness. An aromatic Rose Bath concludes this luxurious time – post which a glass of sparkling wine sets the mood…

spa4We invite you to soak in our therapeutic elixirs. Cleanse. Detox. Indulge. Nourish. Pamper. Refresh. Rekindle. With our ancient recipes and formulations. In solitary splendor. Or discover the joy with your partner.

We promise that you’ll be back for much more. To book your Experience at Ekam – The Couples Spa, call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Or email us on or go

Ah, Coffee!!

For a country that’s known to be the largest consumer and the second largest producer of tea in the world – India’s coffee story has come a long way.

1It is believed that a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee. He noticed that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not sleep at night. Kaldi took the berries to a nearby monastery. The Monks there made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept them alert for the long hours of evening prayer. Soon, this news reached other monasteries, and beyond.

The Arabs were the first to grow and trade coffee. Demand was very high, and coffee beans leaving the Yemeni port of Mocha were heavily guarded. Word of the ‘Wine of Araby’  – as coffee was then called, began to spread beyond Arabia, via pilgrims visiting Mecca every year.

2By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. As demand for the beverage spread, cultivation of coffee beans spread to Indonesia, the Caribbean, South and Central America.

By the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world’s most profitable export crops. Today it is the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil !

It is believed that Coffee arrived in India approximately 400 years ago when the legendary saint Bababudan brought seven magical beans from distant Yemen and planted them in the Chandragiri hills of Karnataka.

Indian Coffee is unique and is known for its subtle yet intense flavours. India is the only country that grows all of its coffee under shade. Indian coffee is typically mild and not too acidic, possessing and exotic full-bodied taste and a fine aroma.

For those who love coffee or even merely intrigued by the different varieties available – our coffee primer attempts to de-mystify some of the terms associated with this miracle !

A look at the different ways in which coffee is brewed :


3The French Press

French press makes coffee by steeping the coffee grounds in hot water, and then pressing the grounds out. The plunger is pressed down and coffee poured directly into the cup ! After the drip coffee maker machine, it’s one of the easiest, least time-consuming ways to make a great cup of coffee.



The Moka

The stovetop coffee maker, otherwise known as a Moka pot, is easy on the pocket and makes a strong decoction. The Moka pot consists of three chambers, a bottom chamber where water is poured, a filter in the middle where coffee powder is placed and a top chamber. You place the Moka pot on the stove and the steam from the bottom chamber pushes the filtered coffee to the top chamber to give you a brew similar to that of an espresso.  The flavours of Moka and espresso machine brews are very close. However, the stovetop stuff is richer, less acidic, and almost chocolatey


5The Ibrik

It’s a charming metal pot made of brass or copper with a long wood handle – also known as Cezve, in Turkey, whereas in much of the rest of the world, you’re more likely to find it called an Ibrik. The filterless method of brewing combined with an exceptionally finely ground coffee powder produces a cup that’s dark and brooding and when prepared with the addition of sugar and spice, results in a unique and unforgettable brew that’s “ black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love”*


6-jpFilter Coffee

South Indian filter coffee is brewed with a metal device that resembles two cylindrical cups. The upper cup is loaded with fresh ground coffee mixed with chicory. The grounds are gently compressed and boiling water is poured inside. Next, the lid is placed on the top, and the device is left to slowly drip the brewed coffee into the bottom. This brew is generally stronger than western “drip style” coffee. Traditionally, filter coffee is consumed by adding 1–2 tablespoons of the brew to a cup of boiling milk with sugar. The coffee is drunk from a tumbler –  but is often cooled first with a  dabarah – a wide metal saucer with lipped walls !

So that’s our take on the world’s favourite brew ! One that purists will swear by. With their artisanal and customised blends, perfectly brewed just so. And consumed at a specific time – making it an intrinsic part of our lives.

Coffee Rules !


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