This September, 2023 we ventured for a family tour to the picturesque landscape of the mountainous region of Tungi in Maharashtra! We threesome i.e., me, mom and dad enjoyed a train ride in the Goa Express Train in an AC Three Tier Coach and our first halt was supposed to be Pune! The same evening it was raining heavily but, the view visible outside the train window was mesmerizing indeed as the train traversed amidst dense forest lands! ! The evening when we were cheerfully chatting we munched some peanuts and sipped hot Nescafe! Dinner was light and we went off to sleep in our berths by 7:30PM as we were told we would land in Pune early morning at 4:30PM! We were provided with clean bed covers, white blankets and fluffy pillows at night to sleep peacefully! Now early morning when we reached Pune railway station my younger sibling Prateek came by cab to receive us and to carry our luggage as well. We had decided to stay with Prateek in his apartment for the first two days of our journey! Hurray! Our family would be happy to be together after a long span of busy work schedule this time! With this we were overjoyed!!
Early morning at 10AM on the same day we entered a small shop where we had cool tender Coconut water! Next, Mum shopped for some Spectacle frames at a Lenskart store! We visited The “Phoenix Mall Of The Millenium” in Pune! This is a newly built property where people rush to Shop and have a great time! We hopped from one store to another window shopping but, I didn’t decide to buy anything in particular since, this noon we had some of our friends from Mangalore who would be there with us at the mall for lunch! ! So, our idea was to be with our friends at this uptown Restaurant in the mall known for its North Indian Fare! We decided to indulge in a
rich vegetarian fare along with our friends! Our lunch included starters like “Potato & Cheese Fritters”, “Paneer Tikka rolls” and for the main course we ordered “Tandoori Rotis”, “Paalak Paneer Gravy”, “Paneer Malai Tikka Butter Masala ” and ice cold Sweet Lime Sodas which we relished heartily! Paneer is the Indian Version of Cottage cheese and the fabulous taste of Paneer preparation always tingles our taste buds! Our friends were eager to indulge in the North Indian preparation at the hotel and mentioned that they truly enjoyed the lunch with us! We were happy indeed to host them! This evening was spent at the fabulous “Amul Ice-cream Corner” at the
same Mall where I took pleasure in having a “Butter Pecan Ice Cream Waffle Cone” and my friend savored a Rich Chocolate Ice Cream! Then, we left the mall, bade goodbye to our pals and headed towards our apartment to relax for the night!
The next day we journeyed on a long route towards the “Tungi” region of Maharashtra where The Club Mahindra Tungi Resort was nestled in the lap of thick forests and a mountainous region in Lonavala! The famous Tungi Fort in Maharashtra is known as the “Great Wall of Maharashtra” as there are serpentine walls leading to the Fort! The check-in formalities at the Tungi Resort was completed by 12PM and we were served the welcome drink made out of pulpy Orange! We sipped the drink seated on a couch next to large glass panes and spotted the vast green expanse!!
The lounge next to the reception area had beautiful wooden flooring and even decorated with Gorgeous Indian Chrysanthemum flowers called “Sevanti” in a huge glass vase on a table!
Next, we headed to “The Ripples” restaurant and we enjoyed Vegetarian Chinese
Manchurian, Vegetable Manchow Soup, Vegetable Friedrice, Mixed Hakka Noodles and Paneer chilly gravy that was worth eating! Post lunch we all decided to relax in our room which included two master bedrooms, a dining area with kitchenette, a washroom and a wardrobe!
When we relaxed we listened to some divine music while switching on the television! After a sound nap we woke up and ventured in to the green garden
area all around the resort holding umbrellas as it was raining heavily! However, we did not miss the opportunity to capture some pictures on our camera when we had a brisk walk in the thick green wilderness! ! As we kept walking we watched the Tungi Fort Area on a giant mountain covered with green trees and shrubs! The mountain was covered with fog however, we could capture some stunning pictures of this area and it certainly seemed very rejuvenating to watch this attractive spot! The much anticipated forest bathing activity over here soothed our worn out nerves! Mom and me seemed very happy with the pics! Next, we spent some groovy time at The Happy Hub an area where we could play games such as Chess, Carrom, Ludo or Snake & Ladder and this evening we even attended a Napkin Folding Session which was cool! I videoed this Napkin Folding session presented by a staff at The Happy Hub when he folded the napkins so that it would appear like a Heart and also a doll!
Next we began with a game of Snake & Ladder and a little while later we played a game of Chess, Carrom and Table Tennis! Mum and Dad love to play Carrom & Table Tennis! Whereas myself I would love to play a game of Chess at anytime! Table Tennis too seems to be an energetic game for me when I am accompanied with mom in this game!
At night we ordered dinner in our room from Gourmet Express an in room Dining facility. We had Tandoori Rotis and Chicken Mughlai as we were so hungry! Then we watched a Hindi movie together on Prateek’s Tablet PC and we were pretty jubilant to watch the acting and Movie scenes being picturized! We slept until 10AM in the morning! Once, we woke up we decided to spent the time around the resort itself and then, at the Happy hub! At the Happy Hub there was a magic show being presented by a gentleman and it was quite exciting! There were few games played together with other guests and families over there! We clicked some more snaps near the swimming pool area! Then until sometime we blissfully enjoyed a buggy ride around the property! The same evening at “The Ripples” there was a lavish array of food items for buffet for Guests and items specifically for the festive season of Ganesh Chaturthi such as delish desserts were laid out at the buffet counter! Plenty of guests were pleased with the buffet but we preferred to dine at “The Amara” to taste the flavor of exotic Pan Asian cuisine!
Then, late evening we went to The Amara restaurant where we were first told about the menu items by Ms. Sumi and Mr. Brij who were the waiters! I ordered two pitchers of Pina Coloda a Mocktail without much alcohol made out of fresh Coconut milk and Pineapple!! I even ordered dishes from the Menu like Pixian Gong Bao Chicken which was wok tossed chicken with pixian chilly, nuts, Sichuan Pepper and Dry Red chilly! A Vietnamese Prawn dish in Fresh Mint Chilly which included wok tossed prawns with a sharp herb flavor of mint and chilly was ordered by me!
Then, we even included Kai Yang a dish made with freshly ground spices and herbs infused with chicken, grilled and served with “Nam Jim Jeaw” - a Thai Chilly Dipping sauce! It was an occasion to celebrate both, Prateek’s and Mom’s birthday this month! When the Executive Sous Chef Mr. Anwar Khan heard that I write travel diaries and that we were at the resort to celebrate this grand occasion tonight he approached us and mentioned he would bring to us special Items off the menu list which to be certain would perk up our spirits! This as he said Included “Raw Mango Salad”, a soup “Burmese Khao Suey” made out of Lemon Grass, Vegetable Stock, Turmeric and Coconut Milk and an “Edamime Truffle Dimsum” made of steamed Chicken! We clicked some more interesting pictures at the hotel which was built
with wooden flooring and had mellow lighting facility! There were other guests too at
The Amara enjoying their time! Wow! When the dinner arrived on our table we were
pretty fascinated to devour these lovely dishes and when the complimentary dessert came our way unexpected we enjoyed a “Cranberry Cheesecake”, “Walnut Chocolate Brownie” & a “White Chocolate Blondie”!
Our Chef called out all of his team members i.e, Mr. Mukesh Singh, Mr. Raghavendra
Pisse, Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Mr. Sunil Tanti and Mr. Raj Arora who posed along with us
for a memorable photograph! Mr. Anwar said he works together with his team which is very skillful and fascinated with culinary pursuits! The dinner tonight was delicious and the occasion too was marvelous! Now post a heavy dinner we were all off to doze in our cozy beds! However, Prateek watched the TV late until midnight!
Early morning next day all of us woke up at 10AM! This morning we again entered a buggy with our luggage towards the reception area to checkout and the driver Mr. Datta Pattare a gentle person, even wished us a warm and a happy journey! After a blissful stay at the resort Prateek had to drive all of us back to Pune and he had to be mindful on the curve of the roads! On reaching Pune, we decided to halt at The “Phoenix Mall of the Millenium” once again to shop for merchandise! I visited a few of the stores at the mall and even bought stylish Denim wear that I felt it made up for a classic attire to don on any occasion! Mom and Prateek too were overjoyed to shop at the mall! Our next stop was at a well-liked hotel named “Apache The Fluid Lounge” where we had appetizers like “Buffalo Chicken Wings”,“Crispy Chicken Slices”, “Sriracha Chicken”,“Chilly Chicken” and even “Chicken Tikka Biryani!.”
Prateek said most college going folk and tourists flock to this joint to have their
Flavorsome chicken items! We also had a wonderful afternoon together! For dinner we enjoyed Chicken Burgers stuffed with Chicken Fillet slices, lettuce and Mayonnaise at the Burger King Stall! All of us had a sound sleep that night and early morning we caught a cab to the nearest Railway station to board the Goa Express Train back home to Goa! The train ride back home was enjoyable I will be eager to venture into another pristine property of the Club Mahindra Resorts the next time with my family! I know unquestionably the next time too our trip to another Club Mahindra Resort will show the potential as when we take vacations we would love to visit as many places as we can!