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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.

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.

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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 www.treeofliferesorts.com 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.

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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 unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

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 unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go towww.treeofliferesorts.com

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.

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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”*

 

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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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The Road to Inspiration

The word “inspiration” usually means something that mentally and emotionally stimulates you. And is the trigger to feeling, doing and achieving better things in life. Did you know that “inspiration” also means to ‘breathe in’ ? It is this meaning that gives a whole new meaning to the word – when you imagine yourself breathing in amazing thoughts, images and more – and filling yourself and your life with ideas. It is, however, important to ensure that you don’t forget to breathe. Out.

People search for inspiration in different ways. Some watch TED talks. Some follow the teachings of evolved souls. Technology geeks visit Hacker News every few hours, looking for new and fresh ideas. Musicians, writers, artists, and creative folk seek inspiration in people, places, things. Everyone is busy breathing in, and in, and in, and in.
Yet most of us don’t feel inspired enough. They’re looking for more, thinking something else out there will truly inspire them. More than what they’ve already found.

We think we know the reason why. It is because nothing is truly inspiring – unless you apply it to your work. Here – “Work” means your life’s output, whether creative, business, or personal.
It is your work and what you achieve with it. That, itself, is the inspiration.
You may hear something or see something that gives you a new idea. But it’s only when you stop and think of your work through this new perspective, and when you actually take that idea and turn it into reality and achieve something with it – that is what matters. That’s the real inspiration that we all are looking for!
2009_04_17_TOL_DDunning (141)_0)Inspiration is not merely the receiving of information. Inspiration is about applying what you’ve assimilated.
We’re truly grateful for the inspiration we experience every single day of our lives at the Tree of Life. Beginning with the inspiration that began as a dream for our Founder & CEO – Himmat Anand. Who gave up an extremely successful career in the travel and hospitality business – all for a dream. With no big names or funding to back him. As he worked on his inspiration on the ground – the Tree of Life began to take shape with funding coming in , the land being bought and the design of the resort taking shape under the creative and watchful eye of an architect-designer with soul. The results are there for us to see.
hansa.jpgWe’re also inspired by the story of Hansa – who is supported by the Balika Foundation set up by the Tree of Life Resorts. Baby Hansa lost her father some 15 years ago and her mother – Dappu, who now works at the resort, was pulling Hansa out of school for financial reasons when the foundation stepped in. Little Hansa made the most of the opportunity and grew to love biology and decided to become a nurse. Today she is on the verge of completing her nursing training and stepping out into the world.
binAnd how do we appreciate the hosts at the Tree of Life Binsar – who actually carried a specially abled yet adventurous guest in a wheelchair over rocky paths for her to get an unhindered view of the Himalayas at Zero Point ? Because they realise that mountains inspire everyone of us.
Just three stories that inspire. Because they are about what was made to happen. About reality that was created. Because someone didn’t just take in the inspiration. They actually manifested it in reality.
You have to pause the input and focus on your output. For every bit of inspiration, use it and amplify it by applying it to your work. Then you’ll finally feel the inspiration you’ve been looking for.

So don’t forget to inspire.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

And don’t forget to get inspired. At the Tree of Life. Book on +91 9602091000 / 2000 now !