Nature’s Nest Eco Resort|A Weekend Getaway

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As a traveller I often find myself in places were I feel this is the best place I visited ever and then the next trip I have another favourite. A travel bug can never have a favourite place, I guess. Its all the unique experiences and memories which stays with you as a life lesson. Living in Delhi since ages and then travelling to Goa quite often because of my work, I have always got the opportunity to live the fast life as well as the slow. Experience the city lights and cut throat game of survival and also the chilled out, easy going and beach loving Goan life. 

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Goa has been my work place & second home since 4 years and I make sure I keep exploring this place. So one fine day me and my friend decided why just beached, lets find out mountains in Goa. After discussing some hot debate came to a conclusion to visit this resort called ‘Nature’s Nest’ which offers many activities along with a eco friendly stay.  

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What an unforgettable experience it was spending time at Nature’s Nest doing various activities which left me spellbound.
The place was a serene beauty, the people were so welcoming and polite

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Nature’s Nest – An Intro

Nature’s Nest is a brain child of three friends ‘Sangam Patil’, ‘Ramesh Zarmekar’ and one more. This Place started in 2008 as a bird watching camp during season. Nature and bird lovers from all around the world would come over here to witness this beautiful phenomena. After a significant 10% to 15% of growth every year, they decided to turn in to a eco resort running 365 days a year along with multiple activities offered by them.

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Nature’s Nest is an eco resort located on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort is located close to Dudhsagar waterfall and the 13th century temple at Tambdi Surla. Nature’s Nest has 18 plus activities to offer. Activities include: Jeep Safari; Night Safari; Treks to Waterfall; Jungle Hiking; Dudhsagar Waterfall Trip; Spice Plantation Visit; Guided Nature Walk; Guided Night Trail; Guided Birding; Fish Spa; Spring Pool; Bonfire; Barbecue; Adventure Activities: Wall Climbing, Wall Rappelling, Zip Fly; Tambdi Surla Temple Visit; Bondla Zoo Visit to name some. 

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The cottages are Goan village house type with ethnic construction style. They have attached bath with hot water facility.Located in an organic farm, Nature’s Nest is a perfect place to experience Goa’s hinterland beauty. The stuff of this resort is the team of local youth who has been picked up and trained to provide best of experience for the guest. 

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Our Journey –

15th August, on a national holiday we also decided to get free from all our work and hectic schedule and take this trip. From my place in Goa, its a 1.5 hours drive to the resort. From Panjim, you need to drive in the Panjim – Ponda road and then Panjim – Belagavi Road. The resort is just before the famous 13th century “Tambdi Surla’ Temple. It was quite a ride. Captivating views, soulful music and me and my friend. We enjoyed every bit of the journey.

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Stay –

We checked in around 1pm. After a traditional Kokum Drink at the reception we headed towards our cottage. Our room remainded me of my granny’s house. That raw touch to it. Huge rooms with limited furnishings. Red floor and wooden furnitures. It was indeed very cozy. Wooden bed with clean sheets and a window from where you would witness squirrels and butterflies hanging around the place. Washrooms were clean and spacious. 

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‘Kunjan’ was the name of our cottage. The pathways were surrounded by huge coconut trees and many other plants. This place is home to many flura and fauna. You would experience typical Goan traditional cuisine. Right from Xacuti to Solkadi, Bhakri, seafood, kismur etc. You will be welcomed with huge buffet of Goan delicacies placed in earthen pots.

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Activites –

  • This was the most fun part and I totally enjoyed it. Not very sure of my physical strength, I was quite impressed with my performance. Right from artificial wall climbing, zip line crossing, flying fox, I did it all.

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  • One of the remarkable activity was a small trek in the evening to a plateau for a spectacular sunset. We couldn’t see it though as it was monsoon and it started drizzling when we reach there. But to our surprise the view was equally mesmerising. The hazy weather, rain drops, peacock singing in the distance and beautiful water streams on our way to the hill top was totally unforgettable experience. Guess what! even I go to check out the one of a kind carnivorous plants.
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small insects gets stuck onto the thorny plants. The plant rolls itself to hunt the insects.

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  • Another activity which blew my mind was the night trail in the jungle in absolute pitch dark to see the Bioluminescent fungi plant. At a particular point we were asked to switch off our cell phone torch and guess what…. We were surrounded by plants which were glowing from top to bottom. It was exactly like radium. These kind of phenomenon occurs in extreme humid and moist conditions. Wish I had a night vision camera 😦
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  • Next morning we we all set for the trek to the ‘Talde Waterfall’. We had to cover a 10 mnts drive and then a 45 mnts trek to the waterfall. Admist of heavy monsoon rain through the jungle we made it to the waterfall. Straight walks to stiff mountain climbing, we had to cross it all. There was also a point where we had to cross a narrow wooden block over a big drain which seperates forest reserve area and Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

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It was scary to cross it as you cannot even put your both legs together as it is that narrow. But it was all worth it after we saw the beautiful waterfall. Can you guys imagine how it might feel doing all this in real.

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I am not sure whether my words will do justice to the actual experience I had there.
I was in a happy zone thinking living in Goa itself is so peaceful & calm. But this place changed my definition of peace. My first impression was Woow! and then got little scared as we are not use to living in complete silence & darkness away from everything called urban.
It was a raw beauty. All this left me thinking about the life we are living today in the city happy doing activities like net surfing & weekend parties… and off course the list goes on.

–  Things To Remember  –

  • Its a lot of walk over there so carry comfortable and proper grip footwear.
  • Carry trekking or jogging shoes.
  • Full length pants or joggers for the trek and night walk as to protect yourself from snakes / insects crawling onto you.
  • Carrying a Insect Repellent is must, if your not a person who tolerates insect or mosquito bites.
  • Appropriate clothing for activities like Zip Line Crossing / Flying Fox etc.
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Sikkim – Where Nature Smiles

My travel experience of Sikkim was quite mesmerizing serene. The more I explored the places and culture the more I fell in love with this state. Born in Northeast India myself, there is very special connection felt within every time I visit this part of the country. Truly said and absolutely perfect tag line given by the India Tourism. “NorthEast – A Paradise Unexplored” 

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Sikkim has been given many names. The Lepchas, original inhabitants of the land called it Nye-mae-el `paradise’. The Limbus named it Su Khim or `new house’ while to the Bhutias it was Beymul Demazong `the hidden valley of rice’ 

The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna makes it a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging. 

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My Journey To Gangtok-

Took a flight from Delhi to ‘Bagdogra Airport’ in West Bengal. From there its a 5 hours [124kms] journey by road via NH10 enjoying the scenic beauty all through out the way as it passes by the river “Tista” and crossing places like Siliguri, Mangpu, Kalimpong, Rangpo and Rangpool.

Wanna save some time? You can take a helicopter ride from the Bagdogra Airport to reach Gangtok easily and comfortably. The helicopter service (known as Pawan Hans) is provided by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) which is a division of Sikkim State Govt. Timings – 10 AM to 5 PM

Sight scene 

Ban Jhakri Waterfall **  The 100-foot waterfall of Ban Jhakri is located near Gangtok. The park’s statuary and other displays document the Ban Jhakri, or traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves around the falls. Ban means “forest”, and jhakri means “healer”. Though it is just a tourist destination now, it is believed that hundreds of years ago the native people use to bring the ill members of the family to this place to heal. A priest community called jhakri [healer] would preform few rituals worshiping spirits living in the caves around the falls to cure the illness. Specifically at midnight. The family of the ill person would present ginger, fresh water, herbs, turmeric and a cock as offering to the spirits. 

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Deorali Monastery  **  One of the Monastery among many others in Gangtok and Sikkim. It is also nearby to the “Tibetology Institute”

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Tashi View Point **  [Bojoghori Village] This view point will keep you spellbound with its natural beauty. Apart from the beautiful hills and valleys of Gangtok, this view post will mesmerise you with by giving a spectacular look of the “Kanchenjunga Mountains” The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow and ice scenery it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world.

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But for the Sikkimese Khangchendzonga is much more than a mountain and is revered as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga. Even today the mountain god is invoked and prayed to during Pang Lhabsol, a major Sikkimese festival, which also commemorates the blood brotherhood sworn between the Lepchas and the Bhutias at Kabi in the fifteenth century. The sacred mountain can be viewed from every corner of Sikkim.

Ganesh Tok **   Close to Tashi View point is Ganesh Tok, a temple of Lord Gansha. It’s located at an altitude of 6,500 ft. It is one of the most famous Lord Ganesh temple in Gangtok. This small temple can accommodate only few persons at a time.

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Plant Observatory **  There are various species of plants for observation. For. tourist this place is just for recreation purpose and for some perfect selfies. For a botanist, this place is heavenly. A very refreshing place with different plant species. Specially known for preservation of rhododendrons. 

Sikkimese Cuisine 

Momos ** Here comes the hometown  of our beloved “Momos” Yes! those sinful and indulging dumplings which we can’t live without. These guys are available in almost every corner in India and making all go gaga behind them. “Momos are most commonly available food in Sikkim. From roadside shacks to the most expensive restaurants, you will find Momos on every menu. Hot steamed flour dumplings filled with minced meat, cheese or vegetable, accompanied by home made chilli sauce and piping hot soup.

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Thukpa **  Another popular and easily available item is the Thukpa or Gya-thuk, a typical Tibetan style noodles in soup, based with vegetables or meat.

Saelroti ** The Nepalese prepare a special kind of bread, mostly during festivals called the Saelroti. This is prepared from fermented rice batter which is deep fried in a ring shape and eaten with potato curry or meat or simply by itself.

Fermented food ** In fact, is an important element of many Sikkimese dishes. Like Chhurpi, Kinema and Bamboo Shoot.

But my best experience of having a wholesome and home made meal was at “Aunty Lalmaya’s Kitchen. The cafe is next to “Ganesh Tok” She is running this small cafe since ages and serving home made food cooked all by herself to locals and tourists. She feeds more then 100 people a day. During peak season the count goes upto 200 to 300 customers a day. 

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Lalmaya Aunty in her kitchen.

People 

The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Sikkimese Nepali are mostly Buddhist comprising of cast like “Lepcha” and “Bhutia”. They are also  considered to be the upper class caste. Rest comprises of cast like “Rai” “Limbu” “Mukhia” etc. They are mostly Nepali Hindus. 

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P.S – The details are sticky based on my personal experience and references from locals and wiki.

 

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