Enveloped in the serenity of the Aravalis, where the blue bull and the Indian jackal roam, the leopard hunts in the hills above and peacocks dance to the rain, Dilkushan Bagh is a mere 45-minute ride from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. The aesthetically planned homestay is surrounded by sprawling lawns and wooded greens. Mornings and evenings here are filled with bird song, and the sunsets can completely mesmerise the soul.
‘Dilkushan’ literally means pleasing to the heart, and the soothing green hues of the gardens, the numerous trees and the fragrant blossoms warm yours to the cockles. It is a place to rest and detox in the comfortable quietude of the forest away from the manic city. On offer are two well anointed rooms, simple yet delicious traditional Indian meals and plenty of aromatic strolls on walkways lined with night jasmine – a perfect combination for a weekend
escape. You can take a walk on one of the many winding paths and stop by Mehtab Bagh, a well thought-out sitting area surrounded by a canopy of trees. It makes for a perfect place to curl up with a book, or for a snooze in the
winter sun. If you get tired of picking fruit, sit by and stargaze as the moon gracefully rises on the distant horizon.
The raised pool, open to the sky, is enclosed in a courtyard that ensures privacy. Water from the pool is used to
irrigate plants on the property.
Built on the lines of an old forest rest house, the property features a large, well-lit verandah, swings and colourful bric-a-brac – all of which exude old-world charm. Classic interiors invoke the nostalgia of a bygone era. Wildlife enthusiasts and birders can have a field day at the water hole spotting a variety of birds and if you’re lucky, you could even spot the elusive leopard in the ranges above.
Village Garatpur Bas, Pathways Aravali Road, Gurugram, Haryana - 122102