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Experience Luxury at India’s Best Villas

‘Luxury’ is defined from a subjective perspective because for some individuals this equates to a high rise tower penthouse suite decked out in gold and satin. For others this term defines privacy in a secluded location surrounded by nature and modern accommodation. No matter how you define luxury the Tree of Life Resort and Spa is the ideal location to plan for your next vacation.

This boutique hotel in Jaipur offers five-star dining at their restaurant or in-room dining along with private spas and pools directly outside your villa door, state of the art amenities in the living areas and multiple activities to choose from. You can find this resort hidden away in the greenery of the Indian countryside about 30 minutes from the city giving tourists easy access to everything that they could want to see and experience while touring the country.

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Boutique hotels are locations with limited space that provide an intimate and private experience for guests by offering top quality service in a unique style. This resort hosts 13 villas in total that can accommodate a family or two couples per villa so that you can come on your own or have plenty of space for a small group. Activities include bike riding, hiking, visiting local villages and schools, helping residents with daily tasks to experience the culture, playing with the elephants and taking a drive into the city for souvenir shopping and a taste of what they have to offer. At the end of a long day, you can relax and soak in your private spa or pool and let the serenity of nature wash away the dust and cares you have on your mind.

In Jaipur, tourists will be able to see India in its many forms and take advantage of the culture through visual stimulation and participation. Find boutique hotel in Jaipur that provides the perfect retreat for a romantic getaway for a couple or take the family on vacation and show the kids a new world that they have never seen before outside of the movies. No matter what your reason for being there is, make sure you book your reservations early to get a spot at a favorite destination.

Plan for a Successful Off-Site !

Company meetings held outside of the office can be great motivational tools. An off-site meeting can really shake things up, revitalise and reenergise employees, building team spirit and getting everyone’s creative juices flowing again. A meeting, workshop or conference “away from home” is often the best way to generate new enthusiasm, new ideas, and a renewed commitment to company goals. With no phone calls, deadlines and meetings to worry about. Plus the prospect of a change – is enough to build anticipation . Lots of it !

However, an off-site meeting that is not well-planned or carefully thought out beforehand and flawlessly executed – can be a disaster. All it takes is some botched up bookings, one bad meal or one botched-up trust-building exercise. No one wants something as critical as this effort to go waste or to be memorable for the wrong reasons !
To turn your event into a huge success – here are our helpful tips for planning a successful off-site!
1. Aim high.

When planning an off-site, it is easy to limit one’s expectations. Thinking and planning about the day/s objectively and strategically can make it more than just a simple bonding experience; it can become an opportunity to solve office problems, generate new ideas, and help employees grow. It is critical to fist decide as to what should the meeting outcomes be. And then the task is to anchor the off-site with goals that actually mean something and make a difference to the business.

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2. Pick a creative location.

A run-of-the-mill location will produce run-of-the-mill results. The physical surroundings of an off-site meeting can make an enormous difference. Hotels and conference centers may be obvious choices, but they’re not the only options. Some creative alternatives that are located off-the-beaten-track in unusual settings with a host of activities that can be planned in and around the locations can make the difference between an okay and an awesome off-site. Think outside the box.

3. Check it out beforehand.

When deciding on your off-site venue, be sure to take a tour of the shorlisted facility beforehand, including the “back of the house.” Check for ample storage space for supplies, secure areas for employees to put their belongings, a sufficient number of clean restrooms, quality of rooms, and good dining facilities. Check for unusual settings and outdoor areas where your teams can play and have fun beyond the standard banquet and conference rooms.
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Just because this is an off-site you can’t not consider opportunities for fun, R & R. A gym, pool and spa may be obvious options but an offering that includes curated experiences taking into account local spaces and surrounds – be it a jungle walk, or a trek, or a village experience would be attractive options to consider. Teams that can take advantage of these extras will be positive and enthused.

5. Keep track of costs.

Be sure to determine your budget ahead of time. Expenses to consider: transportation, facility rental, equipment rental, accommodations, catering, and possibly the cost of hiring a guest speaker or entertainer. Not to forget unaccounted for extras.

6. Ensure you have the right equipment.

Today’s meetings call for more than just a few chairs and a flip chart. Attendees will likely bring laptops to access and present computer-based information, so you’ll need a means of projecting that information. You should also consider beforehand whether you’ll need high-speed Internet access in the meeting venue, or if this is a time to be “off the grid.” You may want to carry or rent high-end equipment to ensure your team is able to watch the finals of the Soccer or Cricket World Cup.

7. Have alternate dates.

When choosing a date for your off-site meeting, keep at least two possible ones in mind — a preferred date and an alternate one. When you start checking out available location options, you’ll be able to choose the best option based on the number of people who can attend. Alternate dates also mean that you can negotiate a better price.

8. Create a detailed schedule.

Work backwards from your event date to determine what needs to be done beforehand, and when. Be conscious of production lead time, shipping times for deliveries, and anything else that needs to be thought out before the off-site.
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9. Plan the day/s intelligently.

Design your offsite schedule with care. Build in travel time to and from the site, and set an appropriate agenda. Remember that people’s attention spans are notoriously limited and not each session speaker or in-charge can drive the same amount of involvement or interest. Some introductory pointers in each session followed by hands-on sessions or exercises are a great way to keep up the interest levels. Decide up front whether you want the day to be a high-intensity working event, a laid-back and relaxing retreat, or a balanced program combining a little of each. If you do decide to mix work with play, carefully consider which should come first.

10. Communicate in advance.

Circulate a pre-off-site agenda that lets your team know what your objectives are for the off-site. This will provide them with the opportunity to prepare ahead of time for complete and constructive participation. Where appropriate, give pre-meeting homework that employees need to complete ahead of the event. It will also help build up excitement for the big day.
So that’s our take and tips on making a rocking off-site happen. We have on offer a luxury resort nestled in the quiet serenity of the Aravalis at the Tree of Life Jaipur, a heritage property that’s off the grid at the Tee of Life Grand Oak Manor, Binsar and heritage safari lodge at the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Take your pick from any of these for your next off-site, power-play pow-wow, or flip it around to create memories with loved ones and make your best days and nights happen with us.
Prices start at INR 100,000 for 20 guests, per night, all inclusive. Please reach out to us for more information and bookings.
+91 9602091000 / 2000
unwind@treeofliferesorts.com
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It’s Season Time at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve !

As the weather transforms from mild to warm, leading in to summer – it’s season time for us ! As temperatures still range from cold during night time to warm in daytime – this is the best time to be at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve !

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Tiger spotted ! At the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

It’s the time when wildlife sightings and experiences go up exponentially ! That’s because the tigers who have been roaming around outside the park – amidst sugarcane fields, are now back into the protected areas in the reserve. Rising temperatures are transforming the parks’ watering holes – where the animals get together for a refreshing drink after a long , hot day. There is hence much to see and experience in one single location, alone !
The annual summer migration of birds has ensured great sightings of migratory birds inside the parks. Recent guests at the Tree of Life Jaagir lodge have been delighted to experience the best of Dudhwa’s wildlife – including Tigers with Cubs, Leopards, Fishing Cats ( an endangered species), the Bengal Florican ( a critically endangered species), Great Hornbills, Indian Otters, Jungle Cats, huge groups of Wild Elephants and of course, the star attraction of Dudhwa – One Horned Rhinos, this time with new born calves ! We recently had a guest stay with us in on their honeymoon who saw 11 Rhinos with 2 calves during one of their Elephant Safaris. I guess this was the Rhino’s way of wishing them a happy married life ahead !

Swamp-Deer or Barasingha at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Swamp-Deer or Barasingha at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

In our latest report from the ground, there’s much action taking place at the adjoining, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary’s main water hole – Jaadi Tal. It is playing host to herds of BaraSinghas ( Swamp Deer ) who spend their afternoons lazing around in the water. This of course, is attracting the Tigers who are frequently seen stalking their prey from a distance.
The birds of Kishapur are promising this season as we are having regular sightings of Spoonbills, Grey Headed Fish Eagles, Crested Serpent Eagles, Pelicans and the Bengal Florican. Not to forget the Crocodiles and Leopards who have been keeping us company this season.

The nearby Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary carries the reputation – “where rare is common” and it’s living up to that promise in style. In our recent boat safaris -, we have had fantastic sightings of Wild Elephants, South Asian River Dolphins, Gharials and Indian Skimmers. During the jeep Safaris in this area, our guests have managed to see Leopards and Tigers as well. We’ve even done extra safaris on jeeps and on boats to enable maximum sightings for our guests !

Safari Joys !

Safari Joys !

The bonus ? Apart from the protected areas, sightings in and around the Lodge have improved tremendously as well. Our dedicated and highly experienced naturalists have been able to identify areas within walking distance of the Lodge where one can see Indian Otters, Nesting Birds, Wolves and also identify Tiger Trails through the sugarcane fields !

And once you’re done with life of the four-legged and feathered variety – the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge offers spaces, service and cuisine for you to unwind in style. For this is really the best time to be here !

Dudhwa beckons. Make it happen.

Call +91 9602091000 / 2000 or e mail unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or log on to www.treeofliferesorts.com

5 Great Reasons to be at Dudhwa

The time to be at Dudhwa is now. The season for some great wildlife spotting and indulgent living is between October & May. Only if you set up camp at the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge. If you’re still looking for reasons to go beyond quiet, luxurious living in a heritage Safari Lodge with all the style and service of days of yore coupled with signature cuisine and curated experiences – here they are :

 

 

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Unlike it’s more famous cousin – Corbett, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is off the beaten track. So that means less waiting time to get into the park and endless amounts of peace and quiet. And more opportunities to spot.

 

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You’ll earn bragging rights if you manage to spot the Tiger .The forest is famous for its Tiger Reserve and it has one of the largest population of tigers in India. Tigers were reintroduced into this forest through the efforts of the great conservationist ‘Billy’ Arjan Singh. If you don’t – there’s always next time. And there’s also the one-horned rhino up for spotting. The only place where you can see it outside of Assam.

 

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Located in the naturally lush Terai region of Uttar Pradesh – and a hop skip and jump from the Nepal border, Dudhwa has about 150 sq. km. of elephant grassland and about 20 natural lakes that are home to bird life, aquatic life and more. More to see, more to experience.

 

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There are around 1500 species of of birds in South Asia and 450 of them can be found in Dudhwa. The critically endangered Bengal Bustard or Bengal Florican can be found in Dudhwa, too. It is believed that there are only 1000 of them alive right now. Bird-watching of the feathered variety is at its best.

 

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Experience the Tharus. A primitive, peace loving tribe who choose to remain in their space and not assimilate with the outside world. They are also in a sense the caretakers of the forest. Yet warm and welcoming if you choose to stop by to experience a different world

Dudhwa beckons. Call us on +91 9602091000 / 2000 to book. Or mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com Or log on to www.treeofliferesorts.com .