A Roar of Behror – Anantara Homes !
“Dil Dhoondta hai, phir wohi, fursat ke raat din”
As lockdown status changed to unlock, the itch to travel returned with a higher severity. We were literally tired of eating self-cooked food, Netflix and reposting old pics over social media. Since March 2020, it seemed time had stood still. Now, it was the time to reclaim what we had lost for over eight months. It was time to live, to rejoice, to travel, to drive, take a lazy crazy short vacation… a perfect time for a weekend road trip.
However, no matter how much brave we felt, the concern over covid remained the same. Amidst this internal chaos and turmoil of thoughts, we searched for something nearby, closer to Delhi-Gurgaon, where we could drive over a weekend, have a good time together and rejuvenate. We were looking for a homestay where we could go with our family and close friends, to a home away from home, where the entire place would be available to us, a place where someone would cook our choicest meals of varied cuisines, a destination where we could really enjoy without being overwhelmed with covid fears.
By the stroke of luck, our search ended with Anantara Homes at Behror Rajasthan (http://www.tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/) . Am glad we did not deliberate much and just went ahead with our weekend reservation through Airbnb. (https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/45931343?check_in=2020-11-01&check_out=2020-11-03&s=67&unique_share_id=4d6008ca-9d7b-40d0-ac6e-510489ea9775)
It exceeded our expectations – the ambiance, comfort, activities, ease of payment and most importantly – FOOD. Undoubtedly, Good Food brings Good Mood.
Below are some details about the property, which can help fellow travelers, who seek solace and comfort from fast-paced metropolitan life.
How to reach: Its approx. two hours drive from Gurgaon, just 5-6 km from main Delhi-Jaipur highway at Behror in Rajasthan, hardly 110 km away. As one drives off the National highway, serpentine rural roads overlooking breathtaking countryside view take you to this oasis called Anantara Homes.
- Nearest railhead is #Rewari junction.
- Nearest bus drop off point is on the National highway, about 6 km from Anantara homes.
- Airport – Almost equidistant from Jaipur or Delhi airport.
Pick up and drop can be arranged by Anantara Homes on chargeable basis.
Best season: Anantara homes is open to its guests throughout the year but October to March is the best season owing to salubrious weather.
Property Details: It is a pet friendly, gated property in rustic ambiance of Behror, spread across sprawling one acre of lush green manicured land. As one enters the huge main gate leaving behind the clamor of the outside world, a tranquil atmosphere awaits guest. The check-in is a breeze and everything seems to be immaculately in place. It is a property of three spacious bedrooms and an enormous living room. The ceiling is high, just like in Old British Colonial bungalows, to keep it airy. The owners have also incorporated a unique idea of using straw to cover ceiling on the inside. This keeps inside of the house insulated from outside weather effects. The rooms are tastefully decorated by the owners. Each room has a full size window, which overlooks either the groomed lawn or the countryside view outside. The property has ample parking, high speed broadband WiFi, CCTV, Security Guard. The check-in time is flexible and multi-cuisine meals can be prepared as per the choice of guest, if they inform in advance.
Amenities: At Anantara homes, opulence and comfort go hand in hand. Each room has a king size bed, an Almirah, a quiet but effective Split AC, clean linens and a sound of silence, which is a real luxury for urban dwellers like us. Each room has an attached bathroom fitted with modern & luxurious sanitary ware and is equipped with a western commode, geyser and shower. Room heater can be arranged upon request. Toiletries and personal grooming items are available and provided on demand only owing to unprecedented covid time.
Food: ‘Happiness is great food, nice people and amazing times’. At Anantara homes, uninterrupted happiness comes with leisurely sips of tea and coffee prepared by dedicated home chef Mahesh, who is dexterous, not only in preparing multicuisine veg and non-veg dishes, but also in presenting them aesthetically. Most of the vegetables served to the guests are grown in-house at Anantara homes kitchen garden. Alcoholic drinks can be arranged on guests’ demand, on chargeable basis.
Engagements: Bevies of activities are available at Anantara to keep the guests of all ages engaged. The house has all common indoor games like Carrom, Ludo, Tambola, Badminton, Dart board, Pithu, Business etc. available. Musical chair, tug-of-war, Karaoke, virtual games – Mini Golf, Football, Night cricket in flood lights, Barbeque, Camping tents, Puppet shows, Traditional folk music, Tractor ride, Camel cart ride etc. can also be arranged. The star attraction of Anantara Homes is a huge swimming pool, which is exclusively available for its guests. Additionally, trips to nearby attractions like Siliserh Lake, Alwar fort, Sariska National Park, Dhosi ka Pahad, Jaipur etc. can be arranged on prior intimation and on chargeable basis. It is a perfect place for 2-3 families to be closer and strengthen their bond by spending quality time together, binging on multicuisine delicacies and playing leisurely games.
Booking and Payment: Presently, bookings can be done through #AirBnB or by raising booking request through Anantara homes Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/anantarafarmbehror ). Alternatively, one can directly call the owner Mr. Rajinder Kariro at (+91 98186 79019) for booking and tariff details. The payment can be made by all major credit and debit cards. Foreign exchange can also be arranged upon request.
- For free cancellation, Anantara homes require 14 days notice prior to scheduled arrival date, else cancellation fees is charged as below:
- 10% of total amount will be charged if cancellation or changes are made
from 14 to 8 days prior to scheduled arrival date.
- 30% of total amount will be charged if cancellation or changes are made
from 7 to 3 days prior to scheduled arrival date.
- 50% of total amount will be charged if cancellation or changes are made
from 1 to 2 days prior to scheduled arrival date.
- 100% of total amount will be charged if cancellation or changes are made
on scheduled arrival date or No show.
Responsible Tourism: Anantara home strives to leave a lighter footprint on environment – minimize the use of plastic, have good waste management practices, and purchase majority of items locally. Meals are served on leaf plates with wooden spoons, which are easily biodegradable. Anantara homes desires to keep our corner of the earth as pristine as when it first awakened to life.
A parallel can be drawn here with the life of a cell phone. It gets charged to 100% and then slowly gets discharged until it needs charging again. Similar is the case of our lives. Anantara homes was such charging station for us. It was not a lavish resort or a fancy hotel, but a home away from home where we could relax, rewind and rejuvenate before limping back to the grind of our mundane urban lifestyle.
Anantara homes provided the much-needed break we all longed for!