My daughter Chhavi and I recently went for a staycation at Karma Lakelands at Sector 80, Gurgaon. We were invited to the resort! The map picked up multiple locations for Karma Lakelands. But do not worry about it, pick up the Golf Course Location. Once you reach there, the security would direct you to the Klub House which is also the reception of the Chalets and the Villas.
When you walk around the reception, one of the first things you would notice is the roof of the car park! It is made of solar panels! I quite like places which invest in clean energy and take other environmental measures. Rain water harvesting is another big thing on the campus!
The campus has a nine-hole golf course, luxury villas both for purchase and short stay and chalets for short stay. We stayed in a luxury villa. It had four bedrooms on two floors, two large living areas, kitchen and a lawn at the back. There was a swing at the front which Chhavi quite liked. The villa was decorated tastefully. Chhavi and I both enjoyed looking at the artworks, we were always discovering something new! The Villas would be suitable for large groups. The master bedroom of the villa has a bath tub with a Jacuzzi.
The Chalets are cosier. We looked around one of the chalets, it would make for an ideal place to relax for small families. Chhavi liked the hammocks around the Chalets and immediately parked herself in one of them! The chalets have been decorated with the same good taste as the villas. Depending on the group size, either can make for a good holiday.
The Klub Karma is the hub of the place. It is geared to supporting the golfers who come for the game, particularly on the weekends. It has a restaurant which procures a lot of food from the farm with the sprawling 300 acres campus. The restaurant is open till 10.30 at night.
There is a table tennis table next to the restaurant, On Kourse, you will also find a carom board in the same area. You can borrow a cycle at the hut and it was Chhavi’s favorite mode of transport during our stay. There are tennis and badminton courts too within the premises.
However, the animal farm and the trampoline was what Chhavi enjoyed most. She went around talking to the goats and cows. She also jumped to her heart’s content on the trampoline.
There is a flower and vegetables nursery and it was a delight both for Chhavi and me to eat farm fresh carrots and strawberries. The campus is huge and serene. It s full of trees and vegetation. It makes for such a refreshing change from the dust filled Gurgaon.
As both Chhavi and I enjoy water a lot, we were mesmerized with the outdoor pool. It makes for beautiful reflections of the Klub House. Only in Jan it was too cold to get into the water.
There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi too. Chhavi enjoyed it as she packed her swimming costume, I had to sit out as I forgot to pack mine!
We had a fun filled stay. If you are looking for a relaxing yet active staycation, you should look at Karma Lakelands.
PS. I was invited along with my daughter for the staycation at Karma Lakelands!
I recently visited Jaipur with my parents-in-law. My husband or Chhavi didn’t join us as one had office and the other school. We had a nice trip but today’s story is about our return journey from Jaipur to Gurgaon by Shatabdi Express. The train is 12016 Ajmer Shatabdi Express.
There was a time when I was fond of Shatabdi journeys. At that time the coaches were new. Now Shatabdi coaches are really old. The whole Shatabdi system needs new coaches and better food. I can’t remember when as the last time I saw reasonable coaches or food in a Shatabdi train.
But Where is Water?
The train came on time. We boarded it easily at Jaipur. We all settled peacefully. It was a weekday and the train was not full. After a while my mother-in-law went to the washroom. She came back and asked for mineral water as there was no water in the washroom! This was a first for me!
After hearing that I refrained from using the washroom for a long time. In the meanwhile my father-in-law asked if I would like to tweet to Suresh Prabhu. I initially thought I would not.
Tweets to Suresh Prabhu
Bu I eventually did tweet to Suresh Prabhu. There was a prompt reply to my tweet. Relevant authorities were tagged and I was asked to provide my PNR number which I did. I am pleasantly surprised to see Jaipur DRM (divisional railway manager) on Twitter. They tagged someone else who was the relevant authority.
But in the end, nothing happened. My coach C5 remained without water till Gurgaon. My father-in-law discovered there was water in the C4 washroom and the coaches were interconnected. In the end I used it.
In my experience of tweeting to Railway Minister was a mixed exercise. The team acknowledged the tweet with speed. But on the ground nothing happened even when this was Shatabdi Express, supposedly one of the premium trains.
Eventually the train crossed Rewari. The next scheduled stop is Gurgaon, our dstination. The train stops only for 2 minutes at Gurgaon so one has to get down quickly.
We went near the door when we thought we were nearing Gurgaon. There were three of us, two other women and an old couple near the door. My father-in-law was at the front. The train stopped and we got down!
But is it Gurgaon?
All of us got down at the station when one of the girls asked, “Is this really Gurgaon?” That created immediate and immense confusion. There were people getting down from the next compartment too.
Then a pantry guy got down and yelled at us, “ye Gurgaon nahin hai!” (this is not Gurgaon). All of us started piling back into the train at record speed. I told my father-in-law to go ahead of me as I would be better at judging what is Gurgaon.
From Garhi Harsau to Gurgaon
When the train started again the door was open. I peered out to see the name of the station where we mistakenly got down! It is Garhi Harsaru! Thankfully we did not got stranded at night there, the pantry guy saved us! It was a cold night too.
The short journey from Garhi Harsaru to Gurgaon was uneventful. I opened the door of the compartment only after I could read the name of the station, ‘Gurgaon!’
In the end, even though nothing happened after the tweets, Gurgaon Railway Station for sure has got a face lift and looks much better and cleaner! I also got a brief glimpse of Garhi Harsaru Railway Station which I never took any notice of on all my previous trips!
PS. This was my first personal trip of the year 2016!
I called home before boarding my flight at Dehradoon. It was July 28, 2016. My husband said there has been a heavy shower in Gurgaon and the likelihood was strong that I would get stuck in a traffic jam. At least my flight was on time. Little did I know that the massive Gurgaon Traffic Jam would be waiting for me!
When the aircraft was about to land at T3, I clicked the picture of NH 8 and it didn’t look good at all. After I got my baggage from the belt, I clicked the OLA App and to my surprise there was not a single taxi of any category available at T3. That was a first! Normally there is hardly a one minute wait and you get all kinds of taxis easily. When I came out the Meru and Mega taxi queues were going back into the terminal.
Now I had two options- to stand in the loooooooooooong Meru Cab line or to take the metro. However if I took the metro to Gurgaon, someone would have to pick me up from the metro station because it was getting late at night. Once again I called home and told them there were no taxis at T3.
Then the debate started- whether I should try to come to Gurgaon or should I go to my sister’s place in Ghaziabad? I was confused for about a span of five minutes. When I called my sisters she happily said that she would pick me up from the metro station if I decided to head her way. The minute my nephew (also known as Brat 2) told me it took him 3 hours to come home from work, I decided I would go to my sister’s place.
I took the airport metro line to Dwarka Sector 21 and then the blue line to my sister’s place. The metro was not crowded at all. Only at Rajiv Chowk the ladies’ coach got full. It emptied out again much before my stop.
I had started from Landour, and on top of that I have to take avomine because I have motion sickness on the mountain roads. After I sat beside my sister in her car, I was happy, I could finally relax and leave the thinking to her.
We reached home quickly and I was good to be at home. It was only after I started looking at the Facebook updates of friends who stay in Gurgaon, I realized what a massive traffic jam it was! I was lucky I escaped it by taking the metro and giving Gurgaon a miss altogether.
How I wish we would improve our infrastructure. How I wish we were not prone to such massive water logging. In fact while I was working I never enjoyed the rainy season, it is only after quitting my job I have started enjoying the rains. Earlier rains were synonymous with traffic jams. Now at least I have an option of giving them a miss!