The Machan – 1000 Posts on Instagram

Over the years, The Machan resorts in Lonavala has been a proud home to guests who have had an eye for beauty, a knack for seeking adventure, and a creative spirit. The photographs on our Instagram handle are a testament to our guests’ keenness to observe, create, and capture everyday miracles. 

The Machan has always put forth its guests’ media on its social handles, for that is an authentic representation of our service and quality. We have been fortunate enough to host guests who not only exercise creativity but also let us share their talent. The Machan encourages this creative spirit, and this journey of encouragement and appreciation has led us to 1000 posts on Instagram. 

Our guests have shown admiration for various aspects of The Machan by capturing the charm of our property. Through their artificial eyes, our guests have appreciated our machans, food, adventure activities, the starscape, and the lush property itself. The Machan is grateful for this mutual admiration. 

The Machan endorses the principle of community, and one of the most important pillars of a community is its artists- anyone with an imaginative flair. Right from simple moments with families or friends relaxing by the pool to stunning sunsets and curious wildlife species, our guests have curated their best memories and have been kind enough to let us also share them. In this odyssey, we now have 1000 illustrations of The Machan’s rustic charm and sterling philosophy of giving back to nature. 

The Machan Gallery Vol 3

The Machan resort in Lonavala is an exclusive eco-resort with unique tree houses rising 45 feet above the forest, offering complete serenity to those looking to escape into nature. In the heart of the Western Ghats, The Machan endorses the principles of sustainability, conservation, preservation, and community. 

What is The Machan Gallery?

One of the most important pillars of a community is its artists. As such, The Machan promotes the creation and appreciation of all art forms on its property. ‘The Machan Gallery’ initiative was launched in line with this thought to appreciate the art of photography. Resorts near Pune are a visual treat to the eyes, both real and artificial; but capturing their true beauty and the memories made there requires patience, creativity, and appreciation for the same- all three values that we hold dear to our heart. 

Under ‘The Machan Gallery’ initiative, 10 best captured moments are nominated for public vote on our social media handles. The winners are awarded gifts and vouchers by The Machan. 

What can you capture at The Machan?

The Machan is a haven for anyone interested in photography. Right from simple moments with your significant other or friends relaxing by the pool or in a hammock to stunning sunsets, wildlife, and the pitter-patter of the rains during the monsoon season, capture whatever intrigues you the most. From wide angle shots on a professional camera to pictures taken simply on your phone, we encourage and appreciate all forms of photography, for each photograph is a wonderful memory specially curated by you. 

The Machan is an ideal weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune for a digital detox and an art indulgence. Plan your next holiday at The Machan and don’t forget to pack your cameras!

Interested in The Machan Gallery? Click here to see the previous nominations. 

Responsible Tourism Society of India to onboards Machan Resorts to Promote Sustainable Tourism Practices in the Western Ghats

The machan and RTSOI

The Machan is pleased to announce that it is now a member of the Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI). This membership will aid in minimizing any negative social, economic, and environmental impact that tourism may have on the ecosystems of the Western Ghats and preserve its communities. 

Who is RTSOI ?

The Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI) is a non-profit organization, established with the aim to promote and ensure environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the tourism industry. The founding body of RTSOI comprises 13 widely experienced professionals from relevant fields. They are:

  • Mr. Rakesh Mathur- Former CEO, Bass (IHG) Hotels, South and West Asia; Former President, ITC Welcomheritage Hotels
  • Mr. Steve Borgia- MD, Indeco Hotels, Chennai
  • Mr. Mandip Singh Soin, FRGS- Founder & Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Jose Dominic- MD, CGH Earth Hotels
  • Mr. P.D. Rai- Former Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
  • Dr. Venu V, IAS- Revenue Secretary, Government of Kerala
  • Mr. Ravi Singh- CEO, WWF India
  • Mr. Toby Sinclair- Wildlife Film Maker; Director Indian Safaris
  • Mr. Avay Shukla- Additional Chief Secretary (Retired); Government of Himachal Pradesh
  • Mr. Krishna Kumar Singh- Former MLA and Environmentalist 
  • Mr. Sudhir Sahi- Consultant, UNDP
  • Mr. Niranjan Kharti- Founder, iSambhav; Former GM Environment, ITC Welcome Group Hotels 
  • Mr. Mr. Sarath C.R.- Chief Naturalist, Taj Safaris; Associate Director Evolve Back Resorts

“While we talk about the benefits of tourism, it is also important to acknowledge and take actions against the substantial negative impacts this industry has on a destination’s environment, culture, and locals. The Machan promotes eco-friendly tourism practices and is one of the few resorts that implement plans to be as sustainable as possible and minimize any damage to the Western Ghats,” Machan’s spokesperson. 

The Machan’s strategies for sustainability

  • Use of only LED lighting throughout the property
  • Provide pure mountain water for consumptions in glass bottles from the property’s 300 foot deep bore well
  • Recycle 80% of all greywater and use it to water plants on the property
  • To reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the Machan uses parabolic solar cookers to cook a portion of meals
  • All energy is generated off-grid from renewable resources 

The Machan shares RTSOI’s vision of sustainable tourism and the synergy between the two organizations aims at benefitting the Western Ghats by making positive contributions to the conservation of the biodiversity of the area and generating economic benefits for the local communities. 

The joined resources and efforts of RTSOI and the Machan will result in:

  • Formulating and implementing plans for long-term sustainability efforts
  • Working with relevant bodies of power to establish sustainable tourism practices which will not only include conservation of nature and wildlife but also allow local communities to benefit from tourism
  • Better support for eco-based research
  • Promotion of efficient energy saving practices like water harvesting, use of solar and other natural energy sources, and reducing overall carbon footprint
  • Organize training and other activities for guests, staff and locals to create awareness on ecotourism and sustainable tourism

Additionally, RTSOI will help The Machan network with sustainability experts and offer solutions to problems relating to sustainability, and inspire other resorts in Lonavala . As a member, the Machan will have a medium to share its best practices with other member organizations and promote its vision.

The Heritage Machan

Experience the quintessential treehouse charm in our ravishing Heritage Machan. There’s a touch of history to it too, as it is the first of all Machans that we built. As the name suggests, it has a unique, inherited sense of identity that clearly reflects our beliefs. The Heritage Machan is one of our most spacious offerings, as it celebrates friend circles that cherish their bond and families who build shared experiences.

The Heritage Machan is a luxury tree house experience for families looking for a great resort near Mumbai, where nature meets grandeur, and you can relish every bit of it when its sights and sounds percolate through the glass windows. It’s built around a wild fig tree, in the heart of the jungle, 45 feet above the forest floor. As the sumptuous shelter stands steadily among the branches, it captures the beautiful forest in all its glory. You wake up in the morning to enchanting sunlight and feast your eyes on the twinkling stars at night.

Rooms in our Heritage Machan are impeccably designed, to balance the earthy allure and the chic elegance. They are devoid of the standard brick and concrete walls, so you can soak in the beautiful scenery while enjoying all the modern amenities. The Heritage Machan is one of the few luxury experiences in a resort near pune and mumbai, as it easily accommodates six adults so you can bring your family or come with a group of friends. Finding resorts in mumbai that provides a disconnect from the city, and a total digital disconnect is impossible to find. Hence, the heritage machan is perfect for larger groups, looking to experience togetherness and joy, in the midst of nature.

It has three distinct sleeping areas, from which you watch the sun rising in the morning or setting back into the valley, all while being nicely tucked in your bed. The main deck extends to a dining area that contains a table for six. There are two full bathrooms where you rinse off your city worries and the rain shower lets you immerse in nature’s downpour. A short staircase will lead to the loft, which promises peace and privacy while you gather your thoughts. The seductive shades of wood tempt you to submit yourself to nature. You also have the private deck, all to yourself, where you reminisce about life with your loved ones in this resort in Lonavala for family.

The piece de resistance is the Crow’s nest, which is an elevated platform that provides an unrestricted view of the forest. You’ll feel aloft as the boundaries eliminate, and be at one with nature. When the crisp air clears out your clouded mind, you’ll be calm and content. At night, you sit out and relax under the blanket of stars, watching nature unveil its best features.

The Heritage Machan embodies the values that we propagate and provides an unparalleled experience to our guests. It is truly, a must-stay.

The Canopy Machan

You become what you behold. Architecture affects your psyche in the most profound manner. Spacious halls, high ceilings, and glass walls open up your mind to introspection where you connect with your inner self. When you shift to wide landscapes and forests, you start to incorporate the surroundings into your thoughts and connect with nature. You take queues from the environment to actually orient this meditative journey. At the Canopy Machan, you take that inward journey by disconnecting from the city life and indulging in our intelligently designed spaces where you can freely absorb nature’s beauty.

The Canopy Machan is a romantic place in Pune which is situated at the edge of a cliff overlooking mountains and a lush green valley. It’s a sight that instantly uplifts your spirit and transforms your mind into a haven of cognition. An amalgamation of wooden work and large glass panels engender contemplation and inspire you to submit yourself to the unending verdure. It is a beacon of tranquillity as the atmosphere relaxes your ever-roaming mind and grounds your senses.

A staircase leads up to the Canopy Machan and you enter the spacious and sumptuous room. This Machan is structured thoughtfully to provide you an open space rather than a series of small rooms. We refrained from partitioning so that our guests enjoy ample space and behold the beautiful forest wherever they gaze from. The Canopy Machan is one of our earliest offerings in this romantic place in Pune which is designed to provide our guests utmost privacy. It constitutes a master bedroom, private deck, and bathroom. It’s perfect for couples with its romantic ambiance and enamored setting.

 The Machan lights up with vibrant sun rays in the morning and stays the same for most of the day so you benefit from all the natural light. The sun goes down in the evening and paints the sky red. Witness this mesmerizing phenomenon as you lay back in the hammock on your private deck. The evening is spent drowsing amidst the cool breeze on the hammock or sipping on drinks while reminiscing old memories and simultaneously creating new ones. Just across the hammock is the open sky bathtub where you plunge in the water and rinse off all the fatigue and worries.


Take a breather from city life and spend some time in this haven of luxury where rejuvenate in the lap of nature.

The Eco- Awakening Movement

We often forget the fact that over a million species on this planet are prone to extinction! The millennial generation has been declared as the most charitable, environmentally sound and caring generation in history. The global search percentage for terms related to biodiversity have increased over 65% globally, since 2016. It’s heart-warming to witness this wave of change that has the potential to rinse the old and detrimental human practices that harm nature. Rising concerns over the destruction of biodiversity are being reflected upon social media, as people show a great level of interest. We are currently a part of the eco-awakening movement that’s escalating quickly throughout the globe.

What is Eco-Awakening?

Eco-Awakening means that we as human beings are being increasingly mindful of the disruption that we cause towards nature and its gifts. We’re moving towards more sustainable ways of living and conducting business that is harmonious with the environment’s well-being. This provides humanity a golden chance to fix its relationship with nature and re-establish a stronger positive one.

Frequent protests are being conducted against government deals that deteriorate forests and wildlife. The youth is raising questions and demanding solutions for the problems created by generations before them.

Since today is National Endangered Species Day, we would like to raise awareness regarding a few majestic species that are prone to endangerment in the Western Ghats.

  • Pangolin: Pangolins are often hunted as they are a source of protein and have unfounded medicinal benefits. They are traded in the international market, particularly in China and Vietnam for their meat and scales. According to the Seizure reports, around 3,000 Pangolins were hunted from 2009 to 2013. During the same period, 5,000 kg of Pangolin scales were also confiscated in 25 seizures. IUCN has declared these creatures as critically endangered.

  • Nilgiri Wood Pigeon: These beautiful native Indian birds are found in the Western Ghats and are distributed in the states of west Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra. They occur in altitudes from 50 to 2,250 meters.  Nilgiri Wood Pigeons require dense forests to survive, and they feed on wild fruits, berries, flowers, and leaves. According to IUCN, they are vulnerable to extinction.
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon:
  • Nilgiri Pipit: The habitat of this little bird, which is the grassland, is gradually being converted to plantations of tea, eucalyptus, and silver wattle. It’s common to find the Nilgiri Pipit at heights of 2,000 metres but it sometimes descends as low as 1,000 meters. Its typical diet includes creeping grass in the valley. It builds a nest in marshy grasslands with slightly taller grasses and sedges, particularly near streams. It has also been declared vulnerable to extinction by IUCN.
Nilgiri Pipit
  • Kondana Soft Furred Rat: This furry rat is only found in Sinhgarh, a small plateau of about one square km at altitude of 1,270 meters in south-western India. It’s a tad bit larger than common rats. It lives in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forests, and scrubs. It’s losing its habitat to overgrazing and increased disturbance due to unfretted tourism. It also falls under the category of critically endangered species.
Kondana Soft Furred Rat
  • Red Sand Boa: It’s a non-venomous snake found in India, Pakistan, and Iran. It’s also identified as the two-headed snake for its round tail that looks like a head. Its reddish-brown thick body with small keeled scales looks glossy. It can grow up to 2-3 feet on average. It feeds on rodents and other little snakes. Its IUCN status stands at Near Threatened.
Red Sand Boa

At the Machan, we believe in the principles of preservation, conservation, and community. Hence, we heavily patrol the 25 acres at The Machan and 50 acres around us to prevent deforestation, hunting, and over-grazing. We are devoted to doing our part, it’s time you join us too.

The treehouse dream of an artist

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. We live in a society based on production, where we are indeed very productive, but we often forget to be creative. The people who are building the future, they need poets and artist to make sense of what the future actually is. And somewhere between the traffic, and fast-moving city life, many talented artists often fail to find the time to create something magical and everlasting.

One of the main reasons why we believe in offering a disconnect is that so that many artists can find the peace and quiet to reconnect with their inner self and let their imagination paint the canvas, with colors and poetry. The results of our efforts have truly been fascinating and extraordinary. We are extremely flattered to have been a small part of the creative journey of these wonderful artists.

We would like to share some of these beautiful creations that make us think of a simpler, quieter time. Here is a poem about being in the state of true presence, where all your senses are elevated by the sound of birds and fresh air, a moment where we don’t think about the past, or worry about the future, a moment where we are truly present.

“Sunlight filters through the canopy of leaves,
Leaves crunch beneath soft feet,
Birds sing and gentle winds whistle,
And the trees sway in unison, as one,
And as they sway, the forest dances,
Pulsating with life
So I let nature speak
I close my eyes…
I breathe
I listen
I feel
Till I can hum with the birds,
And dance with the trees,
And hear my heartbeat fall into sync with the movement of the winds through the branches

And I feel calm
I feel at home
I feel alive”


Here is a painting of the reception area at the machan, painted by our talented guest Darshana Thatte

Painting by Darshana Thatte
Painting by Zainab Tambawalla

Flip through this wonderful machan sketchbook created by our guest @siddhisurte about her machan experience.

Sharing beautiful moments when art and beauty are born is always inspirational. We hope this short compilation inspires the artist within you to create.

5 Honeymoon Spots to Explore Around Lonavala

Lonavala is an enchanting hill station that is guaranteed to captivate your senses and compel you to come back for more. Perched up high amidst the Sahyadri ranges in Maharashtra, Lonavala is a naturally blessed region with verdant hills, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, ancient caves, spectacular viewpoints and the cool and pleasant Lonavala weather.

If all these scenic beauties were not enough, the region is now slowly developing into an adventure sports hub, with a variety of sports activities being offered like paragliding, hot air balloon safari, waterfall rappelling, trekking, rafting and a bunch of other water sports. It is this eclectic mix of nature and adventure that draws in tourists from all over to this petite little hill station.

Lonavala not only serves as a great weekend getaway but is also a great honeymoon destination with the misty environment and cool climes offering the cosiest setup to couples to celebrate their togetherness. There are plenty of attractions that Lonavala has to offer to young couples to make their honeymoon truly memorable. Here are a few must see/do things you can try out in Lonavala;

  • Tiger’s Leap: Tiger’s leap is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Lonavala. It is basically a cliff top with an absolute drop of more than 650 m that offers captivating view of the lush surroundings, valleys and the majestic Western Ghats. Locally referred to as Waghdari, this cliff top gets its unique name owing to its resemblance to the shape of a leaping tiger.  It is a great place to enjoy romantic sunrise and sunset views.
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5 Ideas To Celebrate Your Financial Year End With Your Team

The corporate financial year has finally come to an end and with it, one can finally take a breath of relief and what better way to celebrate it than heading out for a corporate outing to a fun and exciting place to blow off some steam. Here are a few exciting places in Maharashtra that are off the beaten track and offer an enjoyable and entertaining experience.

  •   Wai  – Wai is a tiny little hamlet located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. This tiny little hamlet packs a punch when it comes to adventure sports activities and is a great place to head to with your colleagues to enjoy these team activities that would also help boost team bonding. Some of the many adventure sports activities one can enjoy out here include raft building, river crossing, trekking, kayaking and ATV rides among others. There are plenty of great hotels and resorts in Wai that can easily take care of your accommodation needs, so you wouldn’t have to miss out on the creature comforts.
  •   Savarkut Village – Savarkut Village is the perfect countryside team outing destination that offers a refreshing experience away from the hustle and bustle of the cities but this is not the only thing that this village has to offer. In fact, Savarkut village is renowned for white water rafting. Some of the other activities one can enjoy at Savarkut include kayaking, rappelling, trekking and hiking among others. All these activities being team activities you can also expect your team members to get more familiar with each other and thereby, boost team bonding. There are also several great resorts present in Savarkut that can easily take care of your accommodation needs.
  • Lavasa – Lavasa is the newest hill station of India. Privately developed and stylised on the Italian town of Portofino, Lavasa offers an experience like no other and is a great place to head to for an amazing team outing. There are plenty of local attractions that make for light sightseeing besides that there are numerous activities you can enjoy with your teammates like, jet skiing, kayaking, boating, rock climbing, rappelling and trekking among others. There are also some great resorts present in Lavasa that offer attractive corporate outing packages.
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Nature Helps You Connect With Loved Ones Better

The very technology that was once brought to bridge communication and bring people together is now drawing people apart. People especially young teens spend a copious amount of time fixated to their smartphones and tv. This constant fixation to the smartphone, laptop or the tv, regardless to say, is not only very unhealthy but is also drawing families apart. As such the need for a digital detox is being felt more now than ever before.

When it comes to fostering better bonding among people, nothing comes closer than nature. Many studies have proven the fact that nature helps people connect. Nature appears to stir those feelings among people that help them connect to others and the environment.

Nature holds many magical experiences that only gets enhanced when shared and enjoyed with family and friends. And what better way to connect with nature than heading to a hill station that not only boasts of great weather but is also rich in local flora thus providing a soothing ambience to relax and rejuvenate.

One such great hill station that enjoys massive popularity is Lonavala. Blessed with natural scenic beauty the cool and pleasant Lonavala weather act as the perfect catalyst for a relaxing and soothing weekend away from the scorching summer heat.

Nestled amidst the Sahyadri ranges in Maharashtra, Lonavala is an enchanting destination that is surrounded by dense forests, lakes, dams, waterfalls, caves and several viewpoints. One of the best time to visit this petite hill station is during the monsoons when everything seems fresh and magical with the rains giving a fresh lease of life to the surroundings.

To help you soak in the sight and scenery of Lonavala there are plenty of hotels and resorts in Lonavala catering to varied budgetary requirements. People looking for a nature resorts are also spoiled for choices in Lonavala.

One such great eco resort in Lonavala is the Machan treehouse resort which is like no other resorts in Lonavala. The USP of this nature resort is its unique treehouse accommodation and its unique location. Spread in 25 acres of lush forest the Machan treehouse resort sits proudly 30 – 40 feet above ground thus, ensuring some ethereal views of the surroundings and also giving the treehouse a very adventurous feel.

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