An adventurous trip through under construction roads, clouds of dust, potholes and long winding pebbled pathways led us to the gates of Jhadol Safari Resort. The normal route to Jhadol about 50 kms from Udaipur is being converted into a highway and thus the bad shape of the road.
On reaching the picturesque resort that is located on the banks of Jhadol lake amid lush greenery on a lazy Saturday afternoon, we found it chock-a-block with guests from Gujarat. That’s the norm on weekends, I was told by the Manager at the reception. The check in was quick and soon we found ourselves in our magnificent large rooms. All the rooms of the resort are lake facing and are large and spacious with private balconies and corridors that lead to humongous bathrooms that have bath tubs. The rooms have TVs with DTH but ours were not receiving signals. On receiving our complaint, the staff came immediately but labored for nearly an hour to get the TVs up and running though in the mean time we soaked in the beauty of the place sitting in the balcony.
Usually, we were told, the water of the lake just about reaches the private balconies when full but this time around because of the lack of rains, there were just little puddle of water here there. That was a huge disappointment but listening to the melody of the flocks of various birds that quench their thirst in whatever little water was left in the lake and watching their activities from the balcony while sipping on our choice of drinks was an exhilarating experience.
The resort has an infinity pool which was full of people having a gala time dancing to the tune of music blaring from a music system. A small room with TT table and carom is also there. Going around the resort might be troublesome for people with dodgy knees or painful legs as to avail of most of the facilities one has to climb stairs. My mother gave up the idea of climbing up 2 flights of stairs to the restaurant for dinner. The staff was more than helpful and provided us room service. The manager even introduced me to the chief chef while I was placing my order for dinner.
When food came, the chef had pretty much done justice to what I had asked for while placing the order. The starters Chicken Malai Tikka and Paneer tikka were tender and flavorful. For main course we had butter chicken and the in-house speciality dhungaar mutton. The butter chicken was thicker and not the creamy buttery dish one usually associates it with but quite good. The wrapped burning charcoal piece placed on the copper utensil did its trick on the aroma and taste of the dhungaar meat. We retired for the night after having happily devoured the dishes with buttered naans and white rice.
The next morning I went around the resort and imagined what a spectacular sight it would be post monsoon when the lake is full. Greenery, lushness, serenity, spectacular views and water, what a wonderful combination it would be.
A buffet spread awaited us for breakfast. The spread was decent enough with cornflakes, fruits, lychee juice, tea/coffee, aloo-puri, paratha, pickle, eggs and toast and upma. Breakfast over, a quick round of ball play with the kids and we were ready to say adieu to Jhadol Safari Resort.
For our return, on the manager’s suggestion, we took another more serpentine, more scenic route through the valleys of Ubeshwar ji & Pipliya ji which though more adrenaline pumping, delivered us a much better quality journey back home, capping up a memorable trip to Jhadol Safari Resort.
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