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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.

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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.

 

Finding Your Passion

What’s Life without Passion ?

Especially one which makes the world a million times better. Passion that’s a journey on wheels. A journey that’s all about the ride and not a destination. Powered by deep rooted growls and throaty purrs that stop the world in its tracks.

bikes (2)We’re pretty much taken in by the world of motorcycling and the clubs formed by die-hard bikers. Be they around a brand or a location or a type of riding – at the end of the day this is all very deep stuff that where each biker and his mean machine have a story. Where each ride is the experience of a lifetime. Where bikers are bound together by an intense sense of belonging that manifests in the form of rituals, labels, mottoes, and even an attitude towards life.

This pretty much resonates with the way we look at and live out our lives.  At the Tree of Life – it’s all about creating a world that’s one of its kind. Where like –minded folk find themselves. Or indulge in their dreams. Find and create a world that’s uniquely and beautifully its very own self. One where each day brings a new story.

dsc_0167The Tree of Life Resorts at Binsar, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve & Jaipur are brilliantly located – and are at the end of  both short  and long rides – depending upon where you hit the road. Our secluded spaces spread over landscaped hills or deep within wildlife rich jungles or at the edge of a wildlife reserve – offer you and your club members enough space to take over the entire property for your own use. As the day ends and so does your ride – enter our world and indulge in our heritage rooms or private villas with gardens and plunge pools.   Unwind at our Spa and let our MasterChef whip up a personalised meal for you depending upon your tastes and preferences.

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And we’ll let you into a secret. The Tree of Life has already been discovered and lies on the maps of a few motorcycle clubs – who keep their knowledge and experience tightly under wraps. And come back to us – year after year. But we believe in sharing our world with more and more like minded bikers. And to let them know that there is always a new story that awaits them at the end of the road each day.

We’d be delighted to host motorcycle clubs at all our resorts. For a detailed discussion call us on +91 9602091000 / 2000.

For more information go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

How To Take Even Better Pictures With Your Phone !

Thanks to smartphones and editing apps, we can now take high quality photos and edit them without too much trouble.
But taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there – I’m sure you’ve seen one or two of them. A great smartphone image is a great thing. And these days even the world’s best professional photographers like to experiment with smartphone photography and happily show off their results.

So, what’s the secret to taking great pictures with your smartphone? Turns out there are a few of them. Check out these tips below to improve your smartphone photography game.

13113854_1800072586880240_1296559293_nFocus on one subject.
Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. Plus, it’s usually easier to get the composition right when your photo only has one subject. Spend some extra time setting up the photo, tap the screen of your smartphone to focus the camera on your subject, and shoot ! .

2Y6A0061Embrace negative space.
Use negative space (i.e. empty space) to your advantage here to make your subject stand out even more. When you include a lot of empty space, your subject will stand out more and create greater impact. Negative space is a large expanse of open sky, water, an empty field, or a large wall.

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One great way to make your photo memorable is to take it at a unique, unexpected angle. This can create a cool illusion with the subjects in your photo. Try taking a photo straight up and playing with the sky as negative space, like in the first photo below. Or take it from the perspective with an object in the foreground – as is the case with the handlebars of this bicycle overlooking the mountains.

12568213_161237267585155_588730887_nPlay with reflections.

Look for opportunities to play with reflections. There are plenty of other sources for great reflection photos: puddles, larger bodies of water, mirrors, sunglasses, glass, metallic surfaces, and more.

 

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Repetitive patterns are another pleasing subject to photograph. They appear whenever strong graphic elements are repeated over and over again, such as lines, geometric shapes, forms, and colors. These patterns can make a strong visual impact. Keep an eye out for where they appear naturally. As in this image with rows of lotus shaped lamps.

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Capture small details.

Close-up photos that capture small, intricate, delicate details can make for really compelling photographs. Because god is in the details..

 

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Have you ever found a great smartphone photo taken with a flash ? Most of the time, they’re overexposed and make the colors in your photo go totally out of whack. Take advantage of whatever natural light you can find. Play with shadows, or create a silhouette.

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Keep it candid.
Candid shots of people doing things, or people with people, are often far more interesting. Because they more effectively capture the emotion and essence of the moment. One of the best ways to capture an interesting candid shot is to take a lot of photos. Try Burst Mode. You’ll have more to choose from, and often the best photos happen when the everyone is just so. Or an expression has been caught.

 

Use the right photo editing apps.
Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step to making it visually compelling. Editing your photos using mobile editing apps is the next step — and a very critical one, at that. Hunt around for the best apps for your device. Read reviews. Experiment till you find what works for you and create some awesome images right on your phone.

And make sure you try these tips and tricks when you’re with us at the Tree of Life. The cool climes of The Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor await to take you off the grid at Binsar. Or splash out at the Tree of Life Resort and Spa, Jaipur with personalised cuisine, award-winning service, curated experiences around quiet luxury. If you’d like to go wild – there’s the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve open till June 15th.

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

Weekend Getaways at the Tree of Life

All of us love taking long holidays to exotic places – and while that level of excitement and adventure ( do we even end up resting on these trips ? ) may be awesome – they also are expensive and take up time which a lot of us find it difficult to account for. That’s when a weekend getaway is all you need to have a fun, memorable, and rejuvenating experience !

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan your next weekend getaway with us at the Tree of Life !

Weekend Getaway Planner !

Weekend Getaway Planner !

 

Decide on the number of days for your weekend getaway
A minimum of two nights ? Extra nights over and above are a bonus. They help cover travel time. Or give you more time at your destination. Long weekends with official holidays prefixed or suffixed are obvious choices. The flip side is that rooms get sold out ahead of time at premium prices and you run the risk of bumping into friends and neighbours even on holiday !
You may want to head out on a regular weekend with a couple of extra days added on. Think of the delight as you wake up on a holiday Monday with everyone else at work !

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Post bicycling expedition bliss

 

 

 

Get a fix on how far you’d like to go on your weekend getaway
Travel time and mode is a function of this decision. And then the challenge of bookings by rail or by air need to be factored in. Unless you can swing last minute tickets. Else driving holidays may just be your ticket. No pun intended. We offer you a choice – drive down weekend getaways are yours of choose to go to Tree of Life Jaipur or Tree of Life Binsar. A short flight or a Shatabdi Express journey to Lucknow will take you to within three hours driving distance from the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

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Splash out at the Tree of Life Jaipur

 

Figure what you’d like to do on your weekend getaway. And with whom.
Choices, choices and more choices. How active or lazy ? Family ? Extended family ? Friends ? Solo ? Couple ? Mountains ? Water ? Activities ? Cuisine ? Nature ? Experiences ?  R & R ?

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Outdoor Couples Spa Treatment in your own Villa

Pick and choose carefully. Keeping in mind tastes, moods and preferred level of activity. So that there is no scope for disappointment later. You’ll be spoilt for choice with us. Book a pool villa with us and relax at your own private pool. Or enjoy outdoor spa treatments at your own villa premises. Experience time-out with Elephants at the nearby village – with their trainers. Bathe and play with them and listen to their stories from their handlers. Or walk through jungle trails and spot wildlife and bird life with our resident naturalist. Trek to unforgettable mountain views. Go out on a jungle safari and get a chance to see the big cats and rhinos up close and personal. And when you think you’ve done enough – there is always our discreetly attentive service and signature cuisine – customised to your preferences by our resident MasterChef.

 

13116722_995849253801989_228203158_nPlan your weekend getaway with a budget
Of course – if budgets are not a constraint then go and do things at your own pace and at your own time. If not – then let us offer you our special summer tariffs – across all our locations. Book a curated luxury summer holiday with us and you can get discounts of up to Rs 4,000 per night plus a host of other special offers*. If you’re planning a destination event with a medium sized group of guests ( between 20 – 45 pax ) then please do connect with us for our extra special rates and add-ons.

Happy Weekend Getaways get even better ! Only at the Tree of Life !

Call us now on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us at unwind@treeofliferesorts.com
or log on to www.treeofliferesorts.com
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PS – Do read what our guests have to stay about weekend getaways with us at Binsar Dudhwa Jaipur – they tell you like it is !

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.
12356426_1539504513033605_1316061873_n (2)4. Plan for fun as well.

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
www.treeofliferesorts.com