We decided to take a weekend break in March amidst the hustle bustle of the daily routine and after some searches popped the option of The Fort Unchagaon, By Aspen.
It was a drive of approx 1.5 hours as we started pretty early from our residence in Noida. As we drove through the NH-24, just after leaving Ghaziabad, the scenery welcomes you with lush green farmlands on both sides of the roads. The drive till the fort is quite majestic as it takes you through the rich village culture of India.
On reaching the gates of the fort, I was amazed to see the high boundaries and the main gate.
This place has nearly 23 Heritage rooms all of them different in terms of looks, size and appeal. The management has done well enough to equip these heritage rooms with modern day comforts without disturbing the look and feel of the 18th century living. We got a room on the 1st floor of the fort building and was quite comfortable with a beautiful view of the lawns.
The staff was very hospitable and welcoming. They treat you as a royal guests to their house and it wasn't like the typical modern day appeal of any resort. Our 1st meal of lunch was a lavish spread in their dinning, which they call - Armoury. Extravagant spread of Home cooked food, with perfectly blend of spices was a definitely a big WOW for us, as we have stayed in many resorts around Delhi/NCR but never got such fooding experience.
Later we enjoyed some in-house activities like Museum visit, depicting the tiger trophies, In-house games like Table tennis, Croquet, Badminton etc. Also, they have an array of traditional activities like Pithu, Matka Phod, Pottery making that makes you not only re-live your childhood memories, but engages our kids to the things that they might not experience in the modern day culture. We also did a Tractor ride to the Ganges back which flows at a distance of just 10 minutes from the resort.
It was a delight how they welcome the evenings with a open air setup with a campfire starting with some folk music performances and later with a Live movie screening of some timeless collection of movies. We had a great time as all the other guests were an active participation to the program, as we laughed and sang through the evening.
Later, for the evening, we opted for their roof top dinner package and I must applaud the staff for the commendable decor and cuisine that they had prepared for the dinner. Live Coal chaff grills, a panoramic view of the vicinity and the candle lights, indeed it was an experience for a lifetime for us.
To sum it up my decision of visiting The Fort Unchagaon was indeed worth it and I would highly recommend this place as compared to any other resort around Delhi/NCR.