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AS­MITA BAK­SHI SAM­PLES AN ADRERNALINE RUSH IN THE WESTERN GHATS

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

Ever been dirt bike rid­ing in a lux­ury re­sort? How about step­ping out of a posh café to milk Jersey cows? Per­haps you’ve done a free- fall from 300 me­tres in the air? Della Ad­ven­ture Re­sorts in Lon­avla, hosts all this of for the week­ender seek­ing an adrenalin high. Cre­ated by builder Jimmy Mistry, the three- year- old re­sort has re­cently un­veiled new ac­tiv­i­ties.

The drive up is pic­turesque, wind­ing roads flanked on ei­ther side with lush green moun­tains, made hazy by clouds. The road turns off into the 40 acre prop­erty which has lux­u­ri­ous rooms and tents, an ad­ven­ture park with over a hun­dred ac­tiv­i­ties, and the ex­pe­ri­ence that awaits can seem fairly con­fus­ing. But, rest as­sured, try a mix of ev­ery­thing. The rooms are im­pres­sive, black walls with gold em­bel­lish­ment make for strik­ing in­te­ri­ors and they re­ally don’t skimp in the com­fort depart­ment. One must men­tion, that the bath­room, which has in it a shower stall, a tub and a flat screen TV, matched, if not sur­passed, said room in size.

Toi­let hu­mour All the bath­rooms here are some­thing of a spec­ta­cle. The lady’s loo shocks you with a male mannequin seem­ingly uri­nat­ing into a toi­let bowl just out­side one of the vestibules. The gents toi­let has sev­eral video clips of women one an­grily wav­ing a broom, one throw­ing en­tic­ing ex­pres­sions on un­sus­pect­ing toi­let vis­i­tors— just above the uri­nals.

The sport Be­lieve it or not, the ad­ven­ture only gets bet­ter from here. Cards are given to par­take in a se­lec­tion of the ad­ven­ture sports in the park right next to the re­sort. There are four kinds of zorbs, aqua, land, wa­ter and roller, and we started with the wa­ter zorb, in which we were seated in­side a plas­tic pouch that was in­flated, zipped up and thrown into a pool for us to ma­neu­ver it from the in­side like ham­sters. If you dare, try what they claim is the long­est zip line in the coun­try at 1,250 feet. The cham­pion of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, how­ever, is the Swoop. Packed and har­nessed into what look like golf­ing bags, we were turned hor­i­zon­tal and raised to a height of 300 me­tres above the ground. At this point, we were asked to pull a cord on the side of our car­ri­ers, which re­sulted ini­tially in a free fall and later in us swing­ing across the length of the ride, look­ing into the moun­tains from a height we never thought pos­si­ble. Tar­iff Rs 12,000 per night, plus taxes Tel 096644 55000; del­laad­ven­ture. com

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