A magical bar cart had appeared in front of the huge tree in the courtyard. There were lanterns hanging from the tree branches making the tree and the cart glow in the center. Each of us took a look at the menu and decided to order 6 different drinks and see which one would rank the best. As we sipped on to each other’s drink we realized each was different from the other and honestly there was no way we could rank them. We were on the second round of our cocktails, the free round I might add, when suddenly numerous people started pouring in.The clock had struck 8 and we thought that it was dinner rush but there was something strange. Each came up to the bar to get a drink and then took their place around the bonfire. Nobody knew what was happening, all people could say was that a special night was planned. Soon enough the manager came and stood on the stony deck to make an announcement. He thanked everyone for their presence, told them that drinks and food would arrive at your seat as you order and asked everyone to not leave their seats until the end of the performance. He pointed to his right to welcome the surprise for the night and there it was.It was a Kalbelia troop; Kalbelia is known to be Rajasthan’s most sensuous dance form. The troop took their places on the deck and the dancers took their place around the pit of the bonfire that was now filled up. Within moments the entire courtyard was filled with sounds of heritage musical instruments. The dancers were adorned with bright clothing and they used vicious props likes nails and swords to dance upon. Their moves and turns were astonishing and with each flick of the waist the eyes of several guests would light up. Food and drink flew by as the dancers changed and the music beats increased. And simultaneously with the beats, the applauses increased as well. Everyone was so captivated that nobody realized when one dancer left the stage and came back with two guests to dance with them. Soon the entire floor was filled with dancers and guests alike doing Kalbelia all over. Needless to say, we joined in as well.
My friends and I needed a break from our everyday corporate lives so we decided to take a little vacation. The issue was that all of us worked in different cities: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur so finding a convenient vacation spot was a bit tricky. But after a bit research, we came across this boutique resort called Trees & Tigers that solved all our problems. The resort was placed in Sariska, which was about 2.5-hour drive from each of our locations. We booked our stay during the week so that we could get the twin cottages for a cheaper price.Yes, you heard right, we booked cottages and not hotel rooms. The resort didn’t believe in hotel rooms, they thought it limited the luxury that one could benefit from when they were so close to nature. So, they allowed lush green freshness and the grandeur of luxury enhance your every being by providing you with cottages with personal courtyards and private machhans. But that wasn’t the best part yet. The twin cottages that we booked had a private pool placed right in the center.A pool in the middle of wildlife? Yes, please. As if the serene surroundings weren’t enough.