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The Machan, Lonavala

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The Machan is a unique tree house located in the midst of an isolated private tropical forest in the Western Ghats. This private vacation home, surrounded by 25 acres of lush forest and hanging over the edge of a precipice, offers a breathtaking view of the valley that is really a sight to behold.

The Machan was also recently cited by CNN International as one of the most Harmonious Habitats ever created. Earning it the honor of being inducted into Emerald City, a sustainable eco-lopolis of the future. Situated a mere two and a half hours drive from Mumbai (one and a half hours from Pune), this makes for an exceptionally accessible weekend getaway and encourages you to take some time away from work and immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience. Reconnect with family, friends and loved ones in the comfort and privacy of this truly exclusive retreat.

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The Stay
The Machan is a Nut and Bolt steel structure clad in wood, designed to withstand earthquakes and wind speeds of up to 200 kmph. The foundations go down to the hard rock and the highest point [the crow's nest] is 85 ft. from the ground. No machines were used in its erection nor were any trees cut or damaged in the process. The structure was designed to be one with nature and constructed with that in mind.
 
It has four levels - 1.The Main Deck  2. The Hanging Room  3. The Loft  4. The Crow's nest.

The main deck
[18 ft. x 45 ft.] is entirely encapsulated in glass and provides unimpeded spectacular views of the valley. Devoid of standard brick and concrete walls, it instils a feeling of being in the great outdoors while continuing to enjoy the comforts of modern amenities. The main deck comprises of a large lounge area, a dining table for six and a screened double bed. Extending from the deck are two balconies, one facing east and other towards the north. There are also two full western bathrooms with rain showers and the master is equipped with a bath tub. This level houses the entrance veranda and kitchenette as well.

A spiral staircase guides one down to the hanging room [12ft. x 20ft.] which is suspended from the main deck. With three sides of the room comprising of glass walls, lying on its double bed one gets the feeling of being submerged within the forest canopy.

A short flight of stairs, from the main deck, lead up to the loft. An east facing small room with a huge view - a mountain peak towards the south and a deep valley to its north. You can watch the sun and moon rise from the comfort of its double bed.
 
The crow's nest is a further 40 ft. above the main deck. It is certainly worth the climb to get to the top of this structure for a 360 degree aerial view of Jambulne and its surrounding areas. The nest also makes for a great sit out to lounge in at night, under a blanket of never-ending stars.
The Machan has no grid connectivity what-so-ever. Electricity is generated through their wind and solar farm and pure mountain water is pumped from a 300ft. deep bore, for your consumption.
Camp Canopy

The Machan has now launched Camp Canopy, a series of three 800sqft. Luxury Machans with Tented accommodation on them.   

In keeping with the theme of the original Machan, each Luxury Machan Tent is raised on a platforms 30ft. above the forest floor. This allows the guests to obtain fantastic panoramic views of the valley below and the evergreen hills beyond them.Camp Canopy Floating Machan

Camp Canopy is nestled within the same lush 25 acre private forest as The Machan offering guests all the peace, tranquility and green space they desire. 

The climb up a spiral staircase leads you onto a large 800sqft. wooden platform, 30ft. above the ground. The deck is made from 100% recycled hard wood and is enclosed within glass railings to offer continuous unobstructed views of the surrounding greenery.

On the platform is pitched a Luxury Safari Tent. Each tent has been designed to custom specifications, taking into consideration the unique application and local weather conditions. Impeccably crafted from imported materials the tent’s dual fly (roof) design keeps its inhabitants comfortably sheltered from the sun or pouring rain. Each Luxury Machan Tent has three sections i. Master Bedroom ii. Full Bathroom iii. Wooden Deck.

Camp Canopy Master Bedroom: The Master Bedroom [16ft. x 14ft.] is very spacious for a couple. The room has parquet flooring and is tastefully decorated with hand picked relics and artwork to create an authentic period feel. Even the sold brass light fixtures in these tents have been salvaged from ancient ships. The roof, walls and even the floor of the Tent is made from one continuous piece of fabric that encapsulates the room and prevents any unwanted guests from crawling in. Devoid of standard brick and concrete walls, the tent truly instils a feeling of being out in nature which is further accentuated by the airy feel provided by five large windows.

Campy Canopy Bathroom: Attached to the Master Bedroom is a modern tiled bathroom [7ft. x 14ft.] . Complete with hot and cold running water this bathroom has an expansive skylight over the shower to continue the feeling of being in the great outdoors.   

Extending outward from the Master Bedroom in a massive Wooden Deck [13ft. x 20ft.]. We highly recommend spending an evening gazing at the heavens above from the comfort of this private deck. This deck also has a sheltered section [6ft. x 14ft.] which offers guests a chance to sit out in the open during the day and enjoy the fantastic views and gentle breeze.

Just like The Machan, Camp Canopy has no grid connectivity what-so-ever. Electricity is generated through their wind and solar farm and pure mountain water is pumped from a 300ft. deep bore, for your consumption.

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The facilities at the resort include
  • Books & Magazines
  • Hot Water, Shower, Bath Tub
  • Housekeeping
  • Cook on call
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Linens, Microwave, Fridge, Bar-be-que, Grill etc available in house
  • Guided treks can be arranged
  • Indoor/Outdoor Games - 2 mountain bikes, 4 badminton racquets, football, carom board & playing cards
Activities

Traditionally the guests engage in a host of nature oriented activities such as trekking, bird watching or stargazing.

Trek: Trekking in the forest along 5 km of private paths, you may spot barking deer, rabbits and a plethora of interesting birds. The entire 25 acre property is fenced in so guests can trek without interruption and in complete safety. Regularly scheduled guided treks along the paths are also conducted for guests. For those more adventurous guided treks to the 1000ft. peak behind the machan can also be arranged. This trek is recommended for intermediate hikers and the rewards are certainly worth it. From a height of around 4000ft. above sea level the views of the historical forts, valleys and expansive lakes around are exceptional.

Bird Watching: If you are an avid bird watcher, then the forest canopy will offer you a perfect opportunity for spotting. It is inhabited by numerous resident and migratory birds.

Lastly, on a clear night Star gazing is always an interesting option.

Location
Jambulne - in the Sahyadri Hills of the Western Ghats ,one of 25 biological hotspots of the world, is only 17 km from Lonavla [comfortable 30 minutes by road], 2 1/2 hours from Mumbai & 1 1/2 hours from Pune. It is 8 km short of Sahara's Amby Valley. Nearby, are the mountain top forts of Korai, Ambawane & Tungi, as well as, the huge Pauna & Mulshi lakes.

Jambulne, a personal retreat with evergreen wild trees is fenced in, secure & ensures total privacy. Bird watching, butterfly gazing, exploring the flora & fauna are a few options. The valley view from the Tree House [The Machan] is quite breathtaking. Visitors can also hike up the neighbouring hill [3,900 ft.] to see an ancient temple, trek into the adjoining forest and also enjoy 5 km of their own jungle paths, on the property. The monsoon rains fill the two ponds & streams flow through this land. Wild flowers bloom, while the clouds descend all around you. Winters are cool [night temp. 7 C] & by then, the northern migratory birds are also seen nesting here. An evening bonfire provides the required warmth. Even warm summer afternoons are fairly pleasant, under the forest canopy.


 
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