Travel – the origin of the word lost in history, some articles trace it to travail – Old French for “work, labor, toil, suffering or painful effort”. Anthony Bourdain famously said “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
Travel for me is covering miles, moving geographical distances and long journeys. Taking an extra day off from work for an experience in journey, food, and emotions. So the idea of a few hours drive to an overnight stay in a resort never fascinated me, the concept of staycation was something I completely dismissed, even arrogantly laughed off. And it turned out to one of the things you shouldn’t laugh at but you do it anyways. Guzzling down all my fake traveler’s pride I agreed to the idea of resorting – am not sure even if that’s a word.
I didn’t make any efforts in searching or booking the resort, the entire trip was planned as an anniversary surprise by my other half. All I had to do was dress up and be driven to comfort at Themis mudhouse.
Themis mudhouse is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi, 40 km from the capital, it is about an hour and a half drive to the resort. Barely a km from Bhadurgarh Toll, Main Rohtak Road, the resort is literally on the highway, pay the toll, drive for a kilometer, hit the brakes and you will find yourself in Themis mudhouse parking, a patch of dirt with one guard who will pleasingly help you spot the conspicuous parking.
The resort is designed to give a village house look and feel, it has mudhouse rooms with a thatched roof that give it a small community settlement feeling.
They have arrangements for a pottery class
and Tandoor tea too
If am not wrong, the mud stove is a Chullah
with pleasant vibes
and the wait for the authentic thali
The filaments of the bulb had alphabets for Themis
Spicy and delicious
Beyond the gate are the cottages, divided into four categories – Delux, Super Delux, Royal, and Mudhouse suite
From the other side
We had booked a super deluxe cottage, which is exactly like the pictures displayed on the website. But because of water leakage issue in the washroom, we were upgraded to the Royal cottage without any additional cost.
That was our cottage
The Royal cottages are next to the swimming pool that can be a bit of a nuisance if there happen to be a party/party lovers playing loud music throughout the night.
The resort has a very significant green cover which is commendable.
The grass is definitely greener
A cup of hot tea and the view
Shall I sip Red wine or brewing hot tea
I’ll settle for a ginger, cardamom tea for now
Themis mudhouse proved to be a very relaxing stay, the cottages are clean with a very rustic feel. The only issue being water, the excess of it where it shouldn’t be and the lack of it where it should be, the walls of the cottages have a lot of moisture and with visible damp and cold spots. On the other hand, the washrooms have an erratic water supply. The staff is courteous and accommodating, the resort has plenty of space for a calm evening stroll, clean swimming pool, and the food is good too. Traveling to nearby resorts/hotels for ‘staycations” may not be my idyllic itinerary but it’s definitely relaxing, gentle on the pocket and maybe not entirely pointless.
The lesser distance gives you the chance to be more spontaneous. And its human nature to undervalue things, people and places that are of close proximity. No matter the distance, traveling opens up new perspectives and this time appreciation for a not so far land.
How else would I have come across a herd of raw power like this
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