The Midas Touch Resort
A perfect getaway from Ahmedabad, The Midas Touch Resort situated on the Largest Table Top Land of India is 100 kms away. Leaving Gandhinagar on NH 48 towards Himmatnagar, take SH 143 on the right at Majar about 16 kms from Chiloda on the Gandhinagar-Prantij sector. Majar-Talod-Harsol-Hathrod- Adapur is the route passing through beautiful pastoral Gujarat. It is a two lane road butter-smooth surface with fields of potato, fennel, papaya and tobacco on both sides. Potatoes were being harvested and red/ blue bags were being filled up and stacked on the way to cold storages dotted on the entire route. We were breathing in Khushbu Gujarat ki until we hit the resort not visible from anywhere on the route. There is a drop gate to the resort manned by a person who checks with the office before allowed entry. Soon you enter a paved road that looks and feels like a runway into the horizon banked on both sides by lush greenery of plants and flowers.
As we entered the resort proper we were greeted by the office staff and led to our cottage passing over lush green lawn and beautifully landscaped surroundings. A palm here, a bunch of bamboos there, an out crop of rock here, a group of flowering plants there.
There are 4 cottages with two double bed rooms each, and 4 bhungas each with a double bed. All have attached clean big bathrooms with good fixtures. Rooms have aircontioners. Each cottage room has wide verandah in front to sit out, sip a cup of tea and enjoy the greenery. Bhungas also have a bench to sit out.
After check-in and customary welcome drink, we strolled until lunch was announced. A soup to desert very tasty Punjabi meal in glass walled dinner hall was served by a helpful staff. Outside the dinner hall a wooden deck overlooks the valley on one side and a forested table land on the other side. Neel gay roamed in the valley below. Afternoon tea was served with Pakoras on the deck with this vast panorama in the foreground.
We saw pug mark of leopard cast in plaster though we were told that only a single sighting of Leopard was done in 15 years.
Evening Safari on their Jeep takes the residents to Adventure zone, Lake to see the sunset, stud farm with about 6 horses all healthy, handsome and sturdy. The Jeep drive is on dirt road winding on this La La Land of table land and one felt riding a safari in Serengeti.
The 580 acres of this resort has ample attractions for a pleasant stay. The vast iron structure of adventure zone provides unique thrill to the young and adventurous.
As the setting sun gave the resort it’s Midas touch of gold and darkness started to come down, we were hungry for a yet another sumptuous Kathiyawadi meal that was lip smacking though a little hot.
A light breeze cooled the atmosphere and chairs were arranged on the lawn to enjoy the starry sky. Plants and Palms were illuminated and gave a further golden touch to the resort.
Morning sun rose across the swimming pool. A flight of steps can be taken to reach below the deck and view the jungle a little closer.
Breakfast was a little let down after being treated to great meals, aloo paratha, bread butter, tea coffee and diced papaya.
Time to return to what my father used to say “Fikarkot” or the citadel of worry, our home town.
Now some hints: Since many picnickers come over weekends and the accommodation is limited, if one wants to enjoy the serenity and service, better check if large crowds are visiting or better still take a break from work during week days.
Things to improve: Our bathroom (Room 105) had a bath tub and makes it difficult for aged and handicapped apart from waste of water which has to be pumped up from quite a distance.
The resort did not have folding extra bed. Since we needed one we were provided a mattress to be spread on the floor, again difficult for those with physical handicaps.
Toiletry was placed in the bathroom but for a double room there need to be a set of two, especially toothbrush.
We returned full of satisfaction and elation even after a day of stay and decided to come again after a rain when the hill will be lush green.
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