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Bangalore Diaries: Get caved for a day
BY INDRANI MEDHI

The New Year is already in and people still seem to be with the party mode on. Yet another happening destination for day outing or staycation in Bangalore is Guhantara Resort, located on the Kanakapura Main Road at a distance of 85 kms from Bangalore International Airport and 35 kms from the city railway station. Guhantara is a cave themed resort spread across an area of 4 acres of land. 'Guhantara' means 'in the heart of the cave', the ambience and the decor of which is sure to transcend you to the ancient ages.

India's first underground resort, Guhantara is an impeccably designed cave resort where one can well spend a day of leisure. There is a calm stream that flows through the entire resort adding to the serenity of the place. There is a lot to explore in the caves 30 feet underneath the ground - the 'Rangamandapa', a  beautifully equipped ampi-theatre that greets upon entering this haven can house nearly 700 people at once. Entertainment is bound to be a different journey as the folk artists conjure magic with old refrains. 'Madhushala', a quiet intoxicating bliss is where one can enjoy good liquor. It is the in-house lounge bar where the languid air weaves as wine pours from the nimble hands of the Saaki. 'Agastya Kuteera' is all about rejuvenation and balancing your life style with wellness procedures. The experience at this spa is heightened by expert ayurvedic physician and professionally trained therapists. 'Samvaad' is the resort's conference room that comes equipped with state of the art facilities like Wi-Fi, Projector etc. As the heads meet to confer in such a conducive place there can be no doubt about their putting the best foot forward.

One can also refresh the mind and body with several activities such as the exciting tunnel trekking, various indoor and outdoor games, bicycling, zorbing, horse riding, trampoline, rope courses, dirt biking and a lot more. As we get soaked into the fun and delight of the dayouting till afternoon, the lunch break at around 1:30 PM will allow us to sample the scrumptious delicacies of Guhantara at 'Sambhojana', the multi-cuisine food court that serves Indian and international savours within the cave ambience. The austere décor and amazing surroundings bring out the charm of zen-like simplicity and togetherness. Spending fun moments by the pool and the enthrallment continues post lunch as group members can also take part in various exciting as well as adventure activities.

Guhantara offers out-of-the-world experience to guests and invites them to enjoy a trip to the bygone era. Guests can choose their accommodation from Lithic Room, Lithic Suite and Cave Suite along with a sit-out area that overlooks the lake.

This uniquely designed property was awarded 'Best Architectural Project' by Accommodation Times Mumbai. for the year 2007-2008.The master brains C.H. Ramesh and S. N. Ramesh, the founder Directors of R-Square Designs Pvt. Ltd., are hardcore professionals in the discipline of architecture and have conceptualized and designed many landmarks like Guhantara. Their flair and acumen in innovative designing have earned them accolades and fame. With an unquenchable thirst for creativity and precision, the two engineers have rightly and firmly decided to expand their premise and preach the doctrine of eco-tourism.

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