My husband and I decided to make a one day trip to Karjat last weekend. Karjat is a nearby touristic destination from Mumbai. It is about 60 km from Navi Mumbai. We decided to leave by 9:30 in the morning in order to reach the resort at the check-in time. But, unfortunately we got delayed because of a flat tyre that had to get fixed. Once that was done, we got caught by cops for crossing the red signal. He asked me to collect my license the next day from a nearby police station. But because we were travelling to Karjat, I requested for him to let go and help me out in the given situation. He agreed to give it to me only if I paid a fine (read bribe) of Rs. 200/-.
Anyways after such a dramatic start we ultimately commenced our journey to Karjat at around 11:30 am. We took the Pune-Mumbai expressway and thereafter took the Shedung exit. After driving a few kms we took a left turn thinking it was the turn to Karjat. But it was the wrong turn…by the time we realized this we had already driven a couple of kms. But the views from this road were just so amazing. You could see lush green hills all around you and all of them had several streams of mini waterfalls. I just regret not clicking any pictures here. We crossed many villages on our way as well. After a while, I told deepu, “I think we are on the wrong track, so we decided to ask the village men for the directions to Karjat and they said “you took the wrong turn”. But we had no regrets, because we had a feast for our eyes. Thereafter, we followed the right directions given to us by an autowala and reached the city of Karjat. Our resort, “The Rivergate Resort” was located about 12 kms from the city, in a village called Kalamboli. The drive to this village was terrible, because the roads were all bumpy.
Once we reached the resort we were really impressed with the huge landscapes surrounding the actual resort building. The resort has tents and cottages as accommodation for its visitors. From the outside, the resort looks really good, with so much greenery around you. The major attraction of this resort is that, the River Pej flows at the periphery of this resort. On reaching the cottage, I was slightly disappointed to see the interiors of the cottage. The furniture and furnishings looked tacky and lacked style and elegance. Even the bathroom was not up to the mark and it had a stinky smell.
The food in the resort was limited and ok. When we went to have breakfast, I was surprised to learn that they didn’t have a toaster to toast bread. When serving eggs, they only served masala omelet. The funniest thing was – they made uttapams but didn’t make dosas or idlis. I mean when you made the batter, then serve all three!! Even the lunch and dinner were just alright, nothing great about the food. The crockery was really bad. I mean for a resort that is rated well and charges a tariff of a star-rated hotel, the service and ambience was really poor.
Even the staff wasn’t friendly or well trained. The highlight of the resort was its surroundings and the proximity to the River Pej. You could just walk down to the river and enjoy the serene surroundings. The resort holds activities for its guests. You can avail information on activities at the front desk.
All in all, the trip was good, because one, we were in close proximity to nature away from the hustle bustle of the city and two, because Avishi had a gala time 😀