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.

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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

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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”

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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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Spend Time Bonding And Rejuvenating With Your Kids

 5 awesome places to visit in Maharashtra this summer!  

Every once in a while taking the time off from your daily schedule to relax and rejuvenate is not only very crucial for one’s overall health but also helps in fostering greater bonding with the family. Now with vacation comes the issue of deciding upon a holiday destination where everyone can have fun and at the same time relax and rejuvenate. One such great state to explore is Maharashtra that offers a rich blend of culture, history, fun and relaxation. Here are a few must-visit destinations in Maharashtra.

Mumbai: The first name that comes in mind when it comes to Maharashtra tourism in Mumbai. Mumbai is one of the most exciting places to visit. Home of Bollywood, Mumbai offers plenty of things to do and see in the city besides obviously posing in front of favourite actor’s house. Few of the prominent places to visit in Mumbai include – the Gateway of India, Elephanta Island, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Siddhi Vinayak Temple and Haji Ali Dargah among others.

Pune: Fondly referred to as the ‘Oxford of the east’ owing to the presence of several prestigious institutions Pune is a glorious city to holiday in. The city offers plenty of things to see and do right from amusement parks, caves, historical monuments to lakes and dam. Few of popular places to visit in Pune include – Shaniwar Wada (home of Bajirao Peshwa I), Aga Khan Palace, National War Museum, Bund Garden and Pataleshwar Cave Temple.  

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Why Choose Machan For A Team Outing?

Have your corporate outings become too dull with visits to the same old boring resorts? Then it’s time you gave your team outings an adventurous spin and experience the magic of nature like none other at Lonavala’s very own Machan treehouse resort.

Machan treehouse resort allows you to turn your childhood longing into reality and enjoy a relaxing and fun stay at a unique tree house resort set amidst the plush locales of Lonavala. Unlike childhood tree houses, Machan treehouse resorts are equipped with all the creature comforts so you can relax amidst nature and yet be connected to the modern world.

Set up nearly 30 to 45 feet above lush forest Machan treehouse resorts offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forest and offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This resort also serves as a great team outing place where in your teammates can unwind and relax and at the same time enjoy a variety of activities organized by the resort officials

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