her­bal her­itage

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

If you’ve won­dered what it is to be pam­pered like a queen, your chance to find out is an hour’s drive from the city at Fort Jad­hav­gadh. Walk up the stately stone stair­way of this 300- yearold fort, to a tra­di­tional wel­come with an arti, be­fore you check into the pool- fac­ing spa room. The of­fer­ings, as they say, are fit for roy­alty but if you have to choose the best, then try the hour- long sig­na­ture body mas­sage. They com­bine Ba­li­nese and Swedish tech­niques and use aroma oils blended in­house. For the next hour, your body un­der­goes a se­ries of sen­sa­tions as the ther­a­pist kneads away knot­ted mus­cles, fo­cus­ing on the body’s pres­sure points while the lemon­grass oil calms the mind al­most in­stantly. Soak in the his­tory of the fort as you look out at the cen­tury- old neem, bel and champa trees by the pool­side, and feel your mus­cles re­spond to the firm, yet gen­tle, mas­sage strokes. The spa is open to all so you can go there only for the day or check in for a week­end of in­dul­gence. DON’T MISS Ex­plore the fort’s se­cret tun­nels and dun­geons- turned- wine cel­lars, feast on tra­di­tional Maharashtrian fare at the restau­rant or walk around the gar­dens to soak in the his­tory IN­SIDER’S TIP Make the most of the mon­soon months as the ho­tel of­fers a spe­cial mon­soon pack­age that in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and a mas­sage- for- two. COST Rs 1999 on­wards AT Fort Jad­hav­gadh, Hadap­sar Saswad Road, Jad­havwadi TEL 02115 - 305 200

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