INDIA - MANASWAL, PUNJAB

GAJ RETREAT

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TYPE

Resort

DATE

Open

DURATION

Min. 2 Nights

P.P. PRICE

from € 180

PAX

from 1

GAJ RETREAT - INDIA-MANASWAL

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INTRODUCTION

Manaswal is the ancestral village of the promoters of Gaj Retreat and they can trace back their roots here for over a thousand years. The family has been actively involved in the development of the area, popularly known as ‘Beet’, in Tehsil Garhshanker. The present location of Gaj Retreat has been the seat of power of DOD Rajputs. Dod Rajput is among 12 Rajput tribes which belong to the family of Krishna call themselves “Chandarbansi”.The name DOD, as per ancient records dating as back as to Mahabharat has many origins. In fact it was deoda (or Deorha: which means 1 1⁄2 ) got distorted to DOD. According to District and Status Gazetteer p. 423, the Dod Rajputs, in those days, founded the town of Mansowal (in east Garhshankar, at the center of the plains of Shivalik mountains). They also constructed a fort in that town, because of which, the town sometimes is referred to as Garhi or Garhi Mansowal. Rana Gajender Chand, a true blood Rajput thakur with royal lineage that could be traced to Maharaja of Garhwal, was born on 19th August, 1929 in Mansowal. He started his early education at Mansowal school then did his Cambridge education from Colonel Brown’s at Dehradun. By age of 18-19 years, he was back at Mansawal looking after the farms that the family owned.
Gaj Retreat is 2 1⁄2 hours from Chandigarh railway station, 1 1⁄2 hours from Anandpur Sahib, 3 hours from Amritsar, 4 hours from Dharamshala.

ACCOMMODATION

Each of the 51 rooms and tents are luxuriously furnished, spacious and blessed with spectacular uninterrupted views of the surrounding ravines and forest, ensuring that your stay at Gaj Retreat is anything but ordinary.

PLEASE NOTE:

 –        No plastic policy (therefore, no bottled water)
–        Guests can board the Lotus either from Sultan Canal (outside Kannur) or from Neeleshwar Hermitage.
–        For those arriving at Calicut Airport or coming up from Kochi, it is advisable to board the Lotus at Sultan Canal

ACTIVITIES

There are an array of experiences, which the guests can enjoy at Gaj Retreat like Night Safari, Off-road Trails with 4X4 Jeeps, nature walks, bi-cycling, village walks, picnicking at river-bed, birdwatching and more. We are furnishing below the details of the activities:

For guests keen on exploring further afield, we keep mountain bikes and can set them on trails in which they can see the rural life and natural beauty of the area. One can also explore the trails which skim the jungles and the river-bed for a better adventure.

Those guests who are looking for the real high octane thrills, 4×4 off-roading in this terrain is a rather riveting & action oriented activity which most definitely will make them experience a new high.
The area around Gaj Retreat offers the most exciting terrain for high adrenalin adventure activities such ATV/Quad Biking. We have a vast range of different sizes of ATVs available in-house for guests to use and discover the explorer in them.
The area around the Resort is undulating, with several trails which cross the old river bed, fruit orchards, fields and the jungle. Each trail has its own special unique features and attractions and a difficulty grade. Depending on the fitness and interest of our guests, we can send them on specially marked trails, along with a guide if necessary, or on their own with a map.
For guests keen on exploring further afield, Resort keeps mountain bikes and can set them on trails in which they can see the rural life and natural beauty of the area. One can also explore the trails which skim the jungles and the river-bed for a better adventure.
A peek into the local way of life is an essential feature for the guests at Gaj Retreat. Visitors are encouraged to participate in some regular village activities, where possible, to better understand the rural lifestyle and gain respect for the hard work done in the villages. Activities in which guests can participate include milking and bathing of buffalos, making jaggery from sugarcane, pottery and farming.
The area around Manaswal is teaming with small wildlife like rabbits, deer, wild boars and a wide variety of birds. We have identified view-points near certain watering holes, from where tourists accompanied with a trained local can wait and watch the animals and birds. To make the wait more enjoyable, guests can take along delicious packed snacks from our Restaurant.
The town is known for being the place where the Khalsa was founded. Anandpur was established by Guru Teg Bahadur on the banks of River Sutlej and it was once fortified by five majestic forts. Of these, the main fort built in red brick by Guru Gobind Singh, is still standing. A subterranean well inside the fort, accessed by a sharp flight of stairs, is an intriguing feature of its architecture. Guru Gobind Singh is said to have remained incognito within the fort’s walls when Aurangzeb’s army invaded the town in his pursuit. It is here that the annual Hola Mohalla festival is held. There is also the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Museum, which was built in 1983 in commemoration of the third centenary of the Guru’s martyrdom. Anandpur Sahib is 30 minutes from Gaj Retreat.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION COST

Rates from:
1st August to 31st March 2022

Tour Price:
from € 180 per person on twin share for 2 nights on full board 

INCLUDED

2 nights stay at Gaj Retreat, Manaswal, Punjab – India
 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
All applicable taxes

NOT INCLUDED

● International or inbound flights
Any transfers
Other meals, drinks
Tips
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

SERVICES

3 Swimming Pools, walks, picnicking at river-bed, Night Safaris, 4×4 Jeeps, nature walks, bi-cycling, village birdwatching

The fine dining experience at Gaj Retreat is nothing short of magical. One that is sure to measure up to the expectations of a true gourmet & satiate the needs of a refined palate.
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HOTEL

SUSTAINABILITY

Social Responsibility Gaj Retreat is a luxury eco resort. Every aspect of the retreat is designed to be environmentally friendly and it has been built using local materials and manpower to ensure minimum negative impact on the environment. The retreat has extensive recycling and refuge-elimination programs in order to cut and offset its carbon footprint. Gaj Retreat truly features exotic luxury in complete harmony with all the elements of nature that make this property so very special. The Retreat spans over acres of beautiful forest land and has been developed with the deepest respect for the natural environment. Retreat also has a bio-gas plant as well. The core team of Gaj Retreat have a clear policy of sharing with the local villagers, therefore they have built properties in rural areas, employing local manpower, running a Degree College exclusively for The Girls, organizing periodic health check up camps for the village folks.
OUR RECOMMENDATION:
  • Only accommodation at Gaj Retreat along with transfers can be organized
  • We can suggest an itinerary, specially designed for you inclusive of 2 – 3 nights (or more, as desired) at Gaj Retreat

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY

INDIA / MANASWAL - HOTEL PACKAGE

GAJ RETREAT

TYPE

Resort

DATE

Open

DURATION

Min. 2 Nts

P.P. PRICE

from € 180

PAX

From 1

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Entry Policy

Currently no tourists are allowed into India. Actual and detailed informations can be collected from the foreign department of your country of residence.

How to reach

Gaj Retreat is 2 1⁄2 hours from Chandigarh railway station, 1 1⁄2 hours from Anandpur Sahib, 3 hours from Amritsar, 4 hours from Dharamshala.

Resort Policy

Open for all guests

Language in the resort
English