After a gruelling 5-hour expedition from Achrol Niwas near Jaipur to Bhiwadi near Gurgaon, we eventually made it to the TreeHouse Resort & Spa in the afternoon. Surrounded by all the amenities you could ever want, from healthcare clinics, lively markets, an international airport, and even a metro station, the Treehouse Hotel Club & Spa is the perfect place to stay.
This marvel of a hotel is the brain-child of Ashiana Housing Ltd., a leading real estate company with a presence in Delhi/NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. Not to mention, the Treehouse Hotel Club & Spa is also a well-known wedding destination and corporate team outing spot!
On check-in, I was greeted with the luxuries of a junior suite – a comfy bed, work desk, additional seating, walk-in wardrobe, tea/coffee maker and a compact bathroom without a bathtub. And as if that wasn’t enough, the resort held more treats in store for the modern traveller. With two swimming pools, a spa, a restaurant, a badminton room, a squash room, a billiards room, a gym, and a cards room, I knew I was in for a fun-filled getaway.
I was treated to an Indian gastronomic affair for lunch by Corporate chef JJ! The spread included the delightful Paneer Kalimirch, Kadhai Paneer, Vegetable Pilaf, Chicken Khurchan, Tandoori Paneer Tikka, and the decadent Afghani Malai Tikka. Accompanying these dishes was a variety of bread!
In the evening, Vikas, the GM of the property, and I got together over a cup of cold coffee and some delicious munchies to chat about his journey of managing this hotel.
The evening was off to a sparkling start with a glass of bubbly and Chef JJ’s delicious creations for dinner! I was treated to Chicken Tikka sizzles, Homestyle Mutton curry, Exotic Mix vegetables, Dal Makhani, and Zafrani pilaf rice, and to top it all off, I had some delightful gulab jamun and ras malai for dessert.
The following morning was a breakfast bonanza! We were treated to a veritable feast of sausages, eggs, doughnuts, fresh vegetables, juice and, of course, a hot cup of coffee – the perfect way to start the day. After I had my breakfast, I jetted off to the first-ever Heritage Transport Museum in India, which is nestled on a three-acre paradise off National Highway 8 in Tauru-Gurgaon.
Curious minds and passionate hearts have led the way for the Heritage Transportation Trust. Established under India’s Trust Act of 1882 as a non-profit organization, the Trust set out to document, exhibit, educate, and disseminate transportation information. After two decades of research, they created India’s first-ever comprehensive transport museum, the Heritage Transport Museum. Here, the rare and unique are sought after, and their collection contains some of the most elusive items – the keystones of transportation evolution.
The museum is a shining example of the transport evolution in India, and a benchmark in interpretation, exhibition and communication. As a trailblazer of private museums at its scale in India, it offers an interactive, didactic space for everyone, from families to individuals, to learn and explore. With an impressive 90,000 square feet of air-conditioned space, spanning four floors, the museum offers an exciting array of exhibition galleries, a library, a reference centre, conference rooms, a mini auditorium, a museum shop and a restaurant – all designed to make your experience an unforgettable one!
After a jaunt to the Heritage Transport Museum, we made our way back to the hotel where Chef JJ served up another Indian feast for me – a Thali with petite portions of Butter chicken, Mutton Bhuna Ghosht, Corn palak, Aaloo Nazaket, Daal Tadka, and Vegetable Pilaf accompanied by Naan, Missi Roti and Butter roti. To quench our thirst, we were presented with Chaas, and for the finale, a delicious Gajar ka halwa.
As the sun began to dip in the evening sky, Chef JJ Sinha invited me to discover the culinary secrets of one of the resort’s signature dishes – the famous Mutton Champaran from Bihar. It was a zero-effort recipe; all I had to do was mix all the spices with the mutton and let it cook in a pot for 1.5 hours in mustard oil. Sounds pretty easy right? Well, my experience in the kitchen tells me that preparing a great mutton dish doesn’t have to require a lot of hard work after all. I’m already counting down the days until I can serve this up to my guests in my own kitchen.
As I waited for the Champaran mutton to be ready, I decided to treat myself to some ‘me-time’ at the in-house Spa. The 60-minute Swedish massage was reasonably priced at Rs 2800, with 40 minutes dedicated to massage, 10 minutes for steam, and 10 minutes for a shower. My masseuse, Almas Khan, proudly told me she had trained in Dubai and boy, was she good with her techniques! This is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some much-needed pampering.
The spa had done its job by the time I was done – my body felt relaxed and my taste buds were ready for the Champaran mutton that was on the table! Accompanying the succulent and flavorful dish were Broccoli Adraki, Pea Pilaf, and an array of delectable bread. To top it off, I was in the esteemed presence of Chef JJ and Vikas, the General Manager of the property. Treehouse Hotel Club & SPA in Bhiwadi is the perfect destination for those looking for a luxurious experience. From exclusive spa treatments to thrilling activities and events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
After a night of full-on indulgence, I was ready for my early morning flight the next day. If you’re driving to the airport from Bhiwadi, make sure you plan ahead – you’ll need two hours in the morn and two and a half hours in the eve!
Disclaimer: This was a paid collaboration, and all opinions expressed are subject to the hotel’s services.