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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 www.treeofliferesorts.com 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 Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Road Trip.

A road trip to the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is well worth the 430 odd km distance from Delhi. For it’s the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge that awaits at the end of the 9 plus hour journey. Which becomes the base for your safaris, local excursions, curated experiences and a place where can forget one’s daily drudgery and play Lord of the Manor.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve consists of  verdant grasslands,  dense ‘sal’ forests and swampy marshes. While the northern edge of the Park lies along the Indo-Nepal border, the River Suheli marks the southern boundary.
The Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge awaits at the end of a long but fulfilling drive. Set amidst sugarcane and mustard fields, this is a private heritage property, built in the 1940’s and used by the British as a hunting lodge. You can imagine it to be your own private, luxurious manor with caring and attentive staff to attend to you !

12356426_1539504513033605_1316061873_n (2)A Tiger Reserve since 1879, Dudhwa became a National Park in 1977 and adopted the Project Tiger in 1988. Although the Tigers at the Park are numerous, sightings are can be a challenge – due to the thick sal forest cover of the area. Besides Tigers, Leopards, Hispid Hares, Swamp Deer (Barasingha) and Rhinos thrive amidst the vegetation. The reserve is also home to a major rhinoceros rehabilitation project which was started since these forests had been the habitat of the rhinoceros 150 years ago.
The birds at Dudhwa National Park in particular, are a delight for any avid bird watcher. The marshlands are especially inviting for about 400 species of resident and migratory birds including the Swamp Partridge, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Bengal Florican, plenty of painted storks, sarus cranes, owls, barbets, woodpeckers, minivets and many more. Much of the park’s avian fauna is aquatic in nature, and is found around Dudhwa’s lakes.
BarThere are a host of curated experiences for you to choose from during your stay. Become One with the Earth where you ride a tractor and till the fields in the nearby village. Experience Sundowners at a special terrace space created at the edge of the marsh. Let the place work its magic to the accompaniment of your favourite beverages. Hop across the nearby Indo-Nepal border. Cross over and spend time at our neighbours’ sampling local cuisine and shopping for trinkets.

12558276_136092090107122_1806599967_nOr ditch everything for our one-of-a-kind spa offering – one that includes a full-day couples’ spa experience over a relaxed day at out spa location and its surrounds – all done at your own pace and time.

We’re opening for the season November 16th onwards. That’s pretty much the best time to experience the charms of the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge and the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Don’t miss out this chance to experience the joys of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

 

Call  +91 9602091000 / 9602092000 or e mail unwind@treeofliferesorts com to book.

 

Retreat to the Tree of Life

If you’re a spiritual seeker. And are guiding others on to the path – then you are well aware of how spaces and environments can impact the journey that one undertakes. At all stages.

Which is why  the Tree of Life is a great choice for retreats that would work brilliantly for yoga practitioners, mindfulness-seekers,  wellness-lovers and pretty much anyone wanting to get away from the chaos, the stress, the pollution in our lives. Singly. In pairs. Best of all – even in exclusive groups.

035_Meditation & YogaThe Tree of Life Resorts are exclusive, luxury, boutique properties that lend themselves brilliantly to small to medium sized groups of guests ( upto 50 pax ) who want to discover themselves anew. And permanently change their approach to life, for the better.

Located away from urban dazzle – and approached via quiet roads that Google Maps identifies for you , you have a choice of serenading the gentle Aravali hills at Jaipur, grabbing the one spot that affords dazzling views of the Greater Himalayas right in  the middle of the Binsar WildLife Sanctuary and living on the edge – at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

033_Ganesh Abode MeetingThe Tree of Life at Jaipur offers 13 private Spa & Pool Villas, exquisitely furnished with spa-style bathrooms, outdoor showers, private plunge pools and more  – set amidst sprawling greenery across 13 acres. Not to forget the Ganesha Abode that houses our founder’s personal collection of over 65 plus Ganesha idols lovingly collected from all over the world. Or our stunning, trademark infinity pool with our adjoining spa that offers polished spa treatments customised to your lifestyle. At the Tree of Life, Binsar*, lose yourselves in our heritage spaces – think teak-wood lined rooms with crisp linen and dazzling mountain views. Deep in the middle of the sanctuary – where it is quiet to the point of pin-drop silence – but for our discreetly attentive service…

3e5d09094d23072b277254c597a98cb9At the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve** where our Heritage Safari Lodge enables you to be one with the Earth, the Jungle and its inhabitants.

Just the spaces to let go, meditate, unwind or indulge in some well-deserved R & R. Under the gentle guidance of our in-house yoga and wellness masters. Immerse yourself and expand your mind with life-changing philosophies by wise souls. And if you’re the one that guides and teaches – we’d be happy to support you with more.

There’s more that we’ve got up our sleeves. Consider – our personalised cuisine offering that our in-house MasterChef would be delighted to create as per your specific requirements. Vegan ? Organic ? Dosha – specific ? Calorie controlled ? It’s all possible. Or our Curated Experiences – consisting of jungle treks, wildlife safaris and spottings, experiences at local villages and home-stays, bicycling expeditions, visits to local schools and experiences with elephants at the nearby sanctuary are just what are needed to re-connect and ground you into a different reality, altogether.

Ashiyana1Once your day is done – let the dark velvet of the night wrap you in its folds as you let the sensation of just-being – overtake you.

There’s more – but we’d rather you experience it for yourselves !  For customised spiritual, mindfulness wellness holidays and retreats,  custom-created for individuals or exclusive groups – please call us on  +91 9602091000 / 2000 for a detailed discussion with us.

 

*Opening for the season September 16th

**Opening for the season November 16th

Celebrating Friendship – Tree of Life Style

In our fast-paced world and one which sees rapidly changing lifestyles, attitudes and people – our relationships are also victim of the change. And sometimes it’s good. Mostly it isn’t.

Your relationships are by what a lot of people will evaluate you. Personally and professionally, too.  It’s psychological – because we are incredibly quick to judge people on the basis of appearances.

Since we live in times that are now incredibly me-centric, a lot of us are more about what we aren’t getting out of life. And that includes our relationships.  We believe there’s nothing really wrong with wanting something and having it. After all – we can give more of ourselves if we are content with what we have, right ? But the chances of making that happen increase exponentially when we make the effort and begin the giving process ourselves rather than waiting for the other person to do so.

So here’s what we think you could do to make your most important relationship – your happiest and most meaningful one. With a bit of help from us.

13531870_1127243767332162_228221248_nIt all comes down to being each other’s best friends. And you needn’t have only one best friend – there could be others too. A network or a support system of good friends who play different roles and come in to complete different parts of you and your life are a great way to stay sane. A spouse or a partner may be no less. Or even be first among equals.

One way to do it is to list out the qualities you’d want in an ideal friend. Nothing is too small or trivial to not be on that list – if it matters to you.

Next up – become that person ! Psychologist John Gottman has spent years researching what makes relationships flourish or fall apart. He found that lasting relationships come down to friendship. Couples who stay together make a conscious effort to connect, share interests, and meet their spouse’s emotional needs. So if you feel you or your partner need a break – get away to the Tree of Life to just be yourselves.  That’s a great setting to keep friendships in the pink of health.

015_Villa sit-out copyBe as active or as lazy as you wish. Spend quality time away from commitments and connectivity !  Score our Pool Villas at the Tree of Life, Jaipur for the ultimate in personal spaces. Our personalised cuisine on offer – will make fine-dining a memorable co-created experience between you and our MasterChef with his talented team.

We’re also a great place for groups of friends to meet and re-live the most significant times of their lives. With just 13 villas spread out over 7 acres of space in Jaipur – it’s a great place to host intimate reunions, celebrate anniversaries or any day that matters. And create a lifetime of memories.

13745146_1403274473032814_329483544_nIrrespective of how long it takes to achieve it – let’s not forget – Friendships are like gardens; they must be cultivated and invested in. The key is to be consistent and persistent—without expectations. It’s amazing what can happen when we assume the best, give our best and and stay meaningfully engaged with those who matter. After all – our world is a reflection of who we are and what we do. That’s physics and not some mumbo-jumbo !

So if you believe in that a solid friendship is the foundation of everything – head over to the Tree of Life. Celebrate Friendship with us this coming Friendship Day that falls on August 7th, 2016.

Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000 to book your Tree of Life experience.
Or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

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Bring back Romance at the Tree of Life

Relationships take a lot of working on – if they matter to us. Especially in the early days when we’re trying to make things happen. So all the hard work is a breeze. It’s fun. It’s amazing and we’re actually investing in ourselves. Nothing else matters.
Once you live together – and after a while, the mundane rears its head. The beautiful moments aren’t beautiful anymore. There are bills to pay, work to do, leaky faucets, crying babies, difficult parents, career challenges with hardly any scope for “ us ” time. You may even feel that you aren’t important to each other. But deep down you know that’s not true, it’s just that the stress of life has become overwhelming. And if you want your relationship to go back to where it began – or at least to capture some of that magic again, read on !

It’s actually quite simple. All one needs to do is to clear the clutter surrounding a relationship and get back to making that effort to fit love and caring into your schedules ! Treat each other like you did when you were dating. And voila ! You’ll find the magic again ! With a little help from the Tree of Life – here’s what you can do to make things the way they were !

13423503_974580129324574_948770777_n Schedule a getaway at the Tree of Life !

Or better still surprise them with one. To mark a special day. Or for no reason at all. After all – the joy of doing something for its own sake and unexpectedly so – is even more joyful. Ever tried playing hookey on a Monday morning ? And running away from it all ? Your wheels can whiz you across to the Tree of Life in no time ! Escape to a world of zen like serenity in your own personal Pool or Spa Villa. Indulge in personalised cuisine, or in-villa spa treatments, or our curated experiences. Or just be – at the pool. With our award winning service to take care of everything.

13531870_1127243767332162_228221248_nTalk to each other, Again.

Conversations can be amazing and lead to great things with a bit of effort. Just in case you’ve forgotten – remember those hours spent in wanting to talk and chat endlessly irrespective of whether you were together or apart ? We all love a heart to heart conversation. Especially when it’s about our lives. And what we feel. It makes one feel very special. Throw in wit, charm and natural intelligence and you’ll be surprised to see how romantic a conversation can be. There are amazing nooks and crannies at the Tree of Life where you can lose yourselves. Or take it ahead at a personalised candlelight dinner with curated cuisine from our in residence Master Chef !

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That means no distractions. While we do offer wi-fi – we’d rather you don’t make much use of it ! Max out on your time together. Everything else can wait till you get back !. Focus on each other. Possibly – just like during meditation, it’s a mind exercise that might need a little retraining but it will happen. And practice always makes perfect !

Give and only give.

And that’s all about giving of yourself – although a few gifts along the way wouldn’t hurt ! Do stuff that makes them happy. If you want love – then be lovable ! Refresh, revive and renew your commitment to each other.

photo - outdoor villa spaIndulge. In Experiences.

Its experiences that create memories. Because they are fleeting and hence so much more precious ! Experiences that will become stories to share and re-share with each other. Or with your loved ones. Experiences you can re-create to recapture the magic yet again. For once is never enough ! The Tree of Life offers curated experiences – from our MasterChef’s MasterClass, curated treks and more.
And with the monsoons at our doorstep – the Tree of Life Jaipur set amidst the gently undulating Aravali Hills is a lush, luxuriant green with the peacocks calling ! Our Spa and Pool Villas are all about creating very personal spaces for our guests with our award winning discreetly attentive service on hand. Indulge in yourselves. Indulge in yourselves . your life and your relationship. Because that is what truly and really matters.

To indulge – call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Salad Days

It’s that time of the year when cooking or eating the regular stuff seems like such a tremendously heavy task. Who on earth would want to slave away in a hot kitchen anyway ? The heat is also responsible for taking away appetites and reducing the urge for heavy duty foods.
A salad meal is cool, easy, healthy and trendy. If you’re one such who’s a tad taken in by the multiple and exotic ingredients and dressings and methods and don’t quite know how or where to begin ( unless you’re at the Tree of Life, of course where our resident Master Chef will whip up your heart’s desire ), worry not.
We’ve got it all lined up for you – so read on ! We’ve got a basic salad and basic salad dressing recipe lined up for you. Try it. It’s incredibly simple. Once you’ve tried and mastered it – you know where to begin and what variations to experiment with. It will actually turn into a journey of discovery – until one day you’ll be known as the salad expert !

b-1-300x200Step 1
Get a head of lettuce.
Wash the lettuce thoroughly in a bowl. Break the leaves off, and rub the lettuce under cold water, then dry. Dry thoroughly using a kitchen towel or use a salad spinner. If you prefer, you may add on other mixed greens. Romaine, and red-tip lettuce are great options for a salad, as are radicchio, spinach, curly endive, and kale.

Step 2
Add vegetables that you like
Wash and chop a few fresh veggies to toss into the salad. Add interesting flavors, such as tomatoes, celery, and herbs. Avocados, almonds, broccoli, and apples are among the healthiest foods, so you could add these. Other healthy vegetable options include bell peppers, goat cheese, carrots, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds, mozzarella cheese, figs. Do not overload your salad with too many vegetables, however.

Step 3                                                                                                                                                                                               Add on meat
For a salad with extra protein, add chopped pieces of meat, or chicken or fish. .White meat works best in salads, but dark meat is fine.If you have leftover chicken or turkey, dice the meat into small cubes, and toss it into the salad.

Step 4                                                                                                                                                                                     Keep it vegetarian
Tofu or cottage cheese chunks are good options for any meat-free salad with all the protein power. Or toss in hard boiled eggs !

saladStep 5
Nuts add delicious crunch
Pine nuts, pistachios, cashews, and even peanuts are packed with healthy oils and protein. Almonds may be the healthiest, most protein-rich nut you can add in a salad.

Step 6
Add on grain
Whole wheat pasta or Quinoa are great options instead of meat. Or try Orzo – a small, seed-shaped pasta that cooks quickly. Quinoa is a grain-like crop, often used as a substitute for rice. Quinoa is healthier, but both are delicious in salad.

Step 7
Dress it up                                                                                                                                                                                   A salad needs a dressing to make it complete. Salad dressings consist of oil, an acid, and seasonings. The ratio of oil to acid is often 3:1. This means for every three tablespoons of oil, you would use one tablespoon of acid. For a basic    versatile dressing simply whisk 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add salt ( sea salt is great ) and freshly cracked black pepper to taste and you’re set. For a twist – add a dash of ready made salad dressing – but its not really needed. Lemon juice can be substituted with balsamic vinegar. Also, any citrus juice (orange juice and grapefruit juice) works well with vinegar (apple cider or white wine vinegar).

cThe golden rule is that when it comes to salad, there’s no need to follow a “recipe.” If you’re missing an ingredient, replace it with something else that will provide the same effect (crunch, spice, tang, creaminess, etc). No one will know and it’ll still be delicious!

Enjoy your Salad Days ! Or simply spend quality time with our Master Chef in residence at the tree of life and feast on the most exotic, awesome salads !