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Malhar Malchi

This place may be its glo­ri­ous best in the mon­soon, when you can spot the rain­bow, see the flam­ing colours of the evening sky and the mi­gra­tory birds, but Malhar Machi is a treat to the eyes and the senses all-year-round. The views are stun­ning, the 20 rooms

and cot­tages are com­fort­able and the hos­pi­tal­ity is warm, which gives you the feel­ing of be­ing at home. Over­look­ing the lake and vis­tas of lofty moun­tains, it’s a re­treat tucked away in the hills at just a 1.5 hour drive from the city. They have a game room, a small an­i­mal farm and plenty of out­door space to re­lax in while you watch the stars. Go cy­cling in the early morn­ings to take in some fresh air or soak in the morn­ing sun­light. The room pack­age in­cludes all meals and fea­tures lo­cal sea­sonal fare as well. What stands out is the hos­pi­tal­ity; when they are not too busy, they gladly cus­tomise meals. The rooms are com­fort­able and clean. While winters are a good time to en­joy the crisp morn­ing breeze or the evening bon­fire that they ar­range on re­quest, the best time is def­i­nitely the mon­soon months when you can see the sky change colours by the hour and the mist and clouds float­ing in. Go here when you want a break in the hills at a short drive from the city.


Pho­to­graph by MANDAR DEODHAR

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