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How to Wash Virgin Hair Bundles?

Proper care for your virgin hair bundles is well paramount to achieving a long-life span for your extensions. Malaysian, Brazilian or Peruvian hair weave, these hairs are natural like your own hair and the maintenance required is not quite different from what you do with your natural hair.

Washing your virgin hair bundles before fixing or sewing them in per time is fairly necessary because it helps to restore its shine and keep the virgin hair bundles alive. It will restore you hair to its natural state. Our recommended hair cleaning method is by employing to co-washing. It is simply cleansing your hair with a moisturizer conditioner without the use of shampoo. The conditioner is meant to provide your hair with enough moisture to keep it from tangling while bringing the luxury of softness to make the hair bouncy. Shampoos are only meant to remove dirt and oil build up from the lot of products you have applied to your hair overtime. If fancy a wash using some shampoo and conditioner, make sure to use moisturizing models of these products, they work more effectively that way. Just because we care for your virgin hair bundles and we want to make sure you are ultimately satisfied with them, well take you through the step by step process of washing them effectively.

1.Comb and detangle: Depending on how long it takes before you decide to wash your virgin hair bundles, you might need to use a wide toothed comb, brush your bundle out gently. This is necessary because the bundles would have definitely formed into tangles.

2.Tie up your bundle:  Based on how full your virgin hair bundles are, tying them up in rolls with a band is a good maintenance measure. Make sure to tie them at the weft a little tightly so that they don’t drag out while washing.

3.Apply shampoo: Using your preferred moisturizing shampoo, apply a generous amount to your already tied up bundle. Ensure there is enough of the shampoo applied thoroughly around your bundle.

4.Wash: Scrub gently in a downward motion. It is important not to scrub the hair too hard as the strands might come off. You could also make use of your wide toothed comb to ease your washing by brushing down gently.

5. Apply conditioner: After applying shampoo and washing, go on to apply your favorite moisturizing shampoo and wash in a downward motion to.

6.Rinse with water: After washing to your satisfaction, deep your tied bundle in a bowl of warm water. You could rather let your bundle sit under a flowing tap to rinse out the shampoo and conditioner. Repeat the process until the product clears off from the bundle.

7.Towel dry: You do not want your bundle getting soiled just after washing, so, make sure to use a dry clean towel to wipe the wetness out of your bundle.

8. Hang to air-dry: Concentrated heat from driers cold be harmful to your virgin hair bundle, so, it is advisable to hang out it out on a line (rope) to air-dry all traces of moisture. Make sure that your virgin hair bundle is completely dry before installing.

Cochlear Implant Surgery in India – Boon to hearing impaired people because #HearingMatters

Imagine a world without sound, no chirping of birds, no sound of flowing water, or no whistle of a cool breeze! How does it feel? Awkward, right? Now imagine a world without car-horns, crackers, honking, shouting and annoying voices. How does it feel? Heavenly, right? Now imagine a person who is born without the ability to hear and is unable to listen to both the pleasant and the annoying sounds. It does make a huge difference to that person, doesn’t it? The importance of listening can only be understood by the person who is hearing-impaired. What if I say you that Cochlear implant surgery can be boon to hearing impaired children or people who  have profound sound loss.  Thanks to Cochlear India for making me aware of this.

Recently I got a chance to meet a brave, optimist and a very talented 11-year-old boy who was born with profound hearing loss. Currently studying in Class 6th at the Balmohan Vidyamandir, Divyesh Indulkar now lives like a normal child, and show his talent to the world like any other child.  Thanks to the unilateral Cochlear implant surgery  he underwent at the age of 1.8 years at Hinduja Hospital by Dr. Milind Kirtane .cochlear implant surgery

Divyesh’s parents who too were hearing-impaired from birth had a gut feeling that he too might be afflicted with hearing loss. And as fate would have it, their worst nightmares turned out to be true. After 5 months of Divyesh’s birth, his parents realized that he too was born with the hearing-impaired condition, since he was unable to respond to any of the sounds around him. All hell broke loose on Divyesh’s parents as the very thought of seeing their beloved son tread the same path like theirs gave them sleepless nights. The pain of seeing Divyesh go to a school for the hearing-impaired and communicating in sign language with others seemed like a repeat telecast of what they had been through all their lives.

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divyesh’s happy family (parents and aunt)

There’s a saying, ‘Not all superhero wear capes’, so in such a situation Divyesh’s maternal aunt Chitra aka the superhero of the house, who had seen her sister her entire life without uttering a word, decided that Divyesh would not endure the same path like her sister. Therefore, she took him to a paediatrician to get him treated, after which certain tests were recommended. The tests revealed that Divyesh had profound hearing loss. Chitra was then educated about Cochlear Implant surgery at Hinduja hospital and how Cochlear implantees lead a normal life after the implantation. Divyesh was operated at the age of 1.8 and after 1.5 years of continuous therapy Divyesh was able to distinguish between the sound of a falling glass and the sound of a falling spoon. This was when the doctors started his speech therapy thereby enabling him to communicate. Divyesh loves to call himself ‘Shivba’ since he was born on Shiv-Jayanti.

Everything written above may seem to be simple for some people but Divyesh’s family had to go through tremors of financial and psychological setbacks every time they saw Divyesh not performing inspite of the effective therapy. But nature always pays of if you do hardwork to achieve something. In this case her aunt and Divyesh’s maternal grandparents stood up like giant tree to make Divyesh live normal life.  It was Divyesh positive attitude right from birth to accept what comes to him.

Unlike his parents, Divyesh was lucky to get an implant at a very early age and now lives life-like a normal child. Divyesh is now a master at playing the Tabla and that’s been possible only because of the Cochlear Implant surgery. Is it a miracle or an irony of life? I don’t know! Such is Divyesh’s optimism that he dreams of becoming a pilot. He also does a lot of mono acts and dramas on stage. He loves to dance and has been featured in many Marathi ads and has also hosted many live shows at schools for the hearing impaired.

After seeing his family, I feel that we need to make other people aware of Cochlear Implants and its importance for hearing-impaired people. Many people take life as it is gifted to them, and don’t want to change for better. I have seen many cases where parents didn’t bother to take their children for the therapy sessions even after a successful cochlear implant. Therapy sessions are an important part of the Cochlear Implant as both go hand-in-hand. Avoiding therapy sessions post the implant would leave the child with speech disorder. The pain of seeing one’s child go through all the stress is a psychological setback for every parent but one must always remember that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”  by  Jack Ma, Co-founder, Alibaba Group

 

A Cochlear Implant does the work of a human ear, but what teaches the child to speak and comprehend are the exercise and practice sessions with the therapist. Cochlear Implant is a boon to the soundless world.

 

Factors responsible for hearing loss:
  1. Family history
  2. Premature birth
  3. Infections during pregnancy
  4. Lack of oxygen at the time of birth
  5. Listen to audio at high levels
  6. Head or ear injury
  7. Measles, meningitis, mumps or ear infections
  8. Ageing
  9. High blood pressure
  10. Diabetes

 

Who can get a Cochlear Implant?
  1. People or children who have moderate to high profound sensorineural hearing loss (more than 50% hearing loss to 100% loss)
  2. Cases where hearing aids are no longer helpful.

In cases with congenital hearing loss, early intervention is advised, especially for kids below 10 years as most of the brain development happens by the age of 10. Kids learn early and that’s why an early intervention with a Cochlear Implant is beneficial for a child’s growth.

Understanding what a Cochlear Implant is –

Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which is used for medical purpose that does the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. It’s not a normal hearing aid that amplifies sound. Instead Cochlear Implants bypasses the damaged hair cells of the cochlea to provide sound signals to the brain.

How does a Cochlear Implant works?
  1. A sound processor (for instance, the Nucleus 6 processor that Divyesh wears) worn behind the ear captures sounds and turns into digital sound code. The sound processor has a battery that gives power to the entire system and is easy to charge and clean as per your need.
  2. The sound processor then transmits the digitally coded sound through the coil on outside of your head to the implant that’s surgically placed just below it, on the outside of the skull.
  3. The Cochlear Implant transform the  coded sound of digit into electrical impulses and transfer to the electrode array which is fixed in the cochlea.
  4. The implant electrode stimulates the hearing nerve which then sends the impulses to the brain where they are converted into sound.
Facts and stats related to Cochlear implant surgery

A recent survey by WHO shows that over 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss can be avoided and its impact reduced. Unless action is taken by 2030 there will be nearly 630 million people with disabling hearing loss and the figure could soar up to 900 million by 2050, which means, that nearly one in every ten people will have hearing loss. In India Neonatal tests or Newborn screening is given very less importance, which leads to late detection of newborn defects. As a parent, its difficult to accept that your child can be born with defects. But faster you accept , early you can start its treatment.  This is  exactly why it’s important to educate people about cochlear implants and raise awareness about disabling hearing loss.

 

Watch Cochlear’s™ Global Hearing Ambassador, Brett Lee, talk about how a cochlear implant surgery changes lives for good:

 

Explore more about Cochlear Implants: http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/in/home/discover/cochlear-implants

 

CRUISE with kids #Travelwithkids #BlogchatterA2Z

Just cruise around until you see your destination.

What is Cruise ?

Cruise is basically a sail in a water transport without any precise destination just for pleasure. Cruise is also called as a Floating Holiday Resort. A Cruise ship is a large floating Holiday resort, where you can enjoy all the type of luxury and comfort same as the Star Hotel. Cruise with kids is the fun way to spend luxury vacations. You must have seen Anil kapoor cruise with kids [not literally  kids ,they were young brats 😉 ] in movie Dil dhadakne do. The whole ambience on Cruise was so luxury and fresh that I also wanted to go to Cruise.

What does Cruise provides you ?

As you know Cruise can go everywhere in the world wherever you love to travel. Every Itinerary provides a range of destinations and takes you to new places every day. Majority of the Cruise ships have bars, restaurants, swimming pools, casinos, gym, spa, shops, theatre, etc; in-build in it. The Cruise is made up of well furnished interior with beautiful designs. Last year when we went to Singapore our last destination was cruise but due to some problems our cruise didn’t work and we had to change our itinerary to stay at Marina bay sands, the best hotel of Singapore. But I have taken my daughter to Indian cruise in Goa and Bombay high. One day at cruise made angel realize how life feels when your sailing on water. People board on cruise through nearby beaches to enjoy this adventurous luxury.

Every  cruise ship you board is provided with unique activities to enjoy. From live shows,to mouthwatering food,from relaxation spa to sports, from a life of complete peace to a great entertainment. Cruise with kids is undoubtedly  a complete family friendly vacation to stay away from daily fast life and enjoy leisure time with family. But, when it comes to cruise with kids it is the best option because you don’t have to travel and change daily hotels once you board the vessel. Sometimes, in start it might be a daunting task with kids ., but once you onboard the ship with family all your stress will vanish away because the cruise provides countless activities for kids of all ages and keeps them busy all time to enjoy their life to the fullest. Some cruise also has facility of enjoying under water either via scuba diving or by submarines or by glass house arrangement.

10 things you must carry when you cruise with kids.

Flash lights ,battery fans, power banks, battery charger , extra pair of clothes, water shoes , bathroom de-stinkifier, extra plastic bags, fist aid box with vomitus. clipboard or extra ropes.

Benefits of Cruise :

1) Cruise allows you to see many places that would be hard to see by land.
2) It helps you to travel through narrow waterways and dock at smaller ports.
3) Overnight stay at cruise gives you an unbelievable experience.
4)You have to pack unpack your suitcase only once, since the hotel travels with you all time.
5)A Cruise is an educational trip for kids too.
6)Cruise with kids helps them to see the real-world applications of what they are learning, and gets the chance to explore nature and meet new people.

Drawback of Cruise with kids  :

Some children  may feel motion sickness due to waves and may puke or feel dizziness,In this case you make sure that You Make your kids eat more citrus fruits and make them lay down as much as possible. And  also its a costliest vacation of your family.

Due to increased popularity of Cruise and the interest of people to travel through cruise have given rise to several cruise vacation formulas. From simple and formal cruise service to casual and leisure, free style cruise accompanied with all modern amenities and entertainment. A cruise is suitable for young, singles,  couple and for families with children, it depends on you which cruise you select. Cruise with kids  can teach your kids a lot about luxury living with real-time functions of big vessel on water.

Hope u loved reading my blog and will take your kids to cruise now.

Ps : I am participating in #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and hence today is letter C and my today’s topic is Cruise with kids

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New idea of gifting via Canvas Champ Prints

Gifting is one thing, which everyone would love doing, whether you are at receiving end or you are the one who is gifting. But in digital era everything  is now personalized, be it cakes or be it bags or be it furnishing cushions. Though The Era of making hand-made gift was more lovely than technical and digital era , but Canvas champ has not let that charm to go even now in gifting sector. Canvas Champ is division of  Shreyas plastics.  After establishing businesses and vendors in the print and advertisement industry for over two decades, Shreyas Plastics started with vision to serve directly to the user. After  success of Bannerbuzz.com, they researched to offer more products and services to their customers that would be more personalized than Professional. And thus Canvas Champ came to existence.

Canvas champ prints are customized products, we know as there is lot of expectations that people today expect from a brand. Canvas champ give excellent customer service team that is available around the clock just to help you get the exact product that you have in mind. The materials they use for our prints are better than or at least up to the industry standards and they assure you that  customer friendly prices have not come at the cost of quality.  Their design wizards are up to mark and successful for any task you have for them, and with a joint experience of well over 25 years in graphic designing, there is no request they cannot fulfill. old

I am huge fan of Canvas champ Prints and this is how i landed up on their cushion section which gives you personalised photo cushion cover.  Gone are the days when people used to show you special or memorable photos from cupboard drawers, now welcome your guest by placing specially designed cushions on your sofa ,so that guest need not be told about your special memories, they themselves will ask after watching the canvas champ printed cushion.

How did u like these cushion?

If you want to make for yourself then just login to website and customize your product and upload photos ,decide sizes ,have a look at preview and order.  The process of making and ordering is simpler than playing game, website is so user friendly that it took me hardly two minutes to order my personalised cushion. Other than cushion ,they have many varieties of products like tshirts ,frames ,mugs , metallic and acrylic paint prints too.  They do give you lot of offers in the form of Canvas champ prints coupons like on women’s day also they have it. So hurry people ,go and grab the offer now and decorate your home with personalised cushions and prints.canvas champ prints coupons

Women are the real architects of society. – Harriet Beecher Stow

Women’s day celebration

                 Women’s day is nearing and we all are getting ready to get empowered for the day, I really don’t understand why do we need only a day to show the love and respect for women on 8 th March only, where will 364 days go, don’t we eat food daily In-fact twice a day, right? Then why the world celebrates international women’s day on particular date. As a human being, only two formation is available by God majorly, men and women, then why we need to say this is women’s day and this is men’s day. So other days are meant for whom?? Any answer?? Funny bones are tickling in my mind now. I think in India women are still considered as inferior part of human being and hence exaggerated so much to celebrate on women’s day. But to my knowledge women’s day should be celebrated everyday.

                Inspirational woman

So to celebrate women’s day daily I am introducing to you this Women’s day to  my inspiration who is Dr Hemangi sane.  I believe that  Inspiration is always around us, you have to open your eyes to search around and get something into your life each day.

Dr hemangi sane on womensday
Dr Hemangi sane
Inspiration is a motivation  to reach your goal.  Since my sister is homeopathic doctor but she does the job in Neurogen hospital which is specifically for stem cell therapy under  Dr hemangi sane. My sister introduced to me to her and after taking her interview, my goosebumps became active…
 Her achievement
             She is a inspirational women, a doctor,  a fighter and true inspiration. You must be thinking doctors are always inspiration for somebody but she is not only a doctor who treats the patient.  She is a one who gives hope to an ending life.

She was 27 when she completed her MD in medicine  in US.  She achieved  her goal in life and about to begin a new era in her life.

Struggling life
              But life is full up and downs,  surprises and shocks too. For her this time it was a shock when she started feeling week day by day.  She went to the best doctors in US and the diagnosis she got was a terrible shock and she suffered from a disease Called Motor neuron disorder (MND/ALS). The disease whose other name is incurable.  She was heartbroken,  lost all hope and tired of running around doctors to hear that ” no it is not MND/ALS”  but the fact is fact.  But the will she had to live life without giving up made the God change his destiny.  She came to her hometown India. Where she tried all kind of treatment available medical or nonmedical just to fight against  the God’s decision.
Finally she was towards her way to reach the ray of hope.
       She met a person who was enormously genius Dr Alok Sharma Neurosurgeon researching under Stem cell therapy.
With all lost hope she took treatment with no loss no profit benefits and to just fight against all odd and fact that she will be no more within few years. 
But she is a true fighter and that made Stem cells work for her. She is not improved but she is living her life since more than 10 years.  She started working with Dr Alok Sharma as a motivational speaker and then she joined as Head of medical officer and now she is also Head of research and development team. Not only she fight for herself but she is founder of Asha ek hope foundation where she is  helping other mnd patient and try to change their life and give new hope of rays.
For me she is a true inspiration and a fighter and give a message of never giving up in life even if you are taking your last breath.
I salute such women who fight for long and reach the Everest with a broad smile in their face. This Women’s day I wish to see such more women’s of our nation who has shown such tremendous fighting powers to defeat death.
This post is a part of blog train!!

I would love to thank Jhilmil Bhansali for giving me an opportunity and glad to be a part of A day to Celebrate Womanhood Blog Train. Further, I would thank amrit kaur for mentioning and linking me through her blog. She has written a beautiful post covering her views on gifts for women’s day. Further, I am handing over this blog train to gurjeet chabbra – A Mother of two kids. She is an amazing lady, who loves to share her amazing thoughts and advice on parenting as well make new recipes.

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My journey… Nirvana Adventures : Inception of a beautiful journey’s idea…

 

Have you wondered how movies inspire us? Well I am not speaking about the Horror genres that terrify us and bring out the best goose bumps ever. Here my reference is to the ever beautiful movies you never get tired of watching like Into the Wild (Hollywood film released in 2007), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (how the entire group travels to Manali for that trekking experience in the Himalayas) or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) where three friends decide to go on an adventurous trip. Sipping on coffee, watching out the clean blue sky with some tint of white clouds here and there what reminded me was the amazing awe filled experience of Farhan Akhtar sky diving in the sky. Could I do that? Of course I can but that would take time. Would that be a possibility that I could do this near Mumbai? Well not sky diving at least paragliding  at Nirvana Adventures is what I have been wanting to do from a long, long time.

spectacular view at Nirvana Adventurs
GoPro view of Paragliding at Nirvana Adventures
Tandem Paragliding

Asked a lot of friends but they could not help. Finally Google suggestion worked out wonders and Nirvana Adventures Paragliding Club is what I came across. Keep reading as today I am going to make you walk through an amazing adventure I had at Fly nirvana, one of the best and oldest schools of Paragliding which is almost 20-year-old, ISO CERTIFIED SCHOOL, and did a Tandem Paragliding and what an experience that turned out to be.

Tandem paragliding
Paragliding at Nirvana Adventures

At Nirvana Adventures they make sure you don’t go home disappointed. Tandem paragliding team ensured that I got the experience, thrill and excitement of paragliding without having to learn it, myself. What this means is that I enjoyed the experience of flying like a pro for ten minutes or more without any training or any kind of previous experience, thanks to an experienced tandem pilot, state of the art equipment and breathtaking sites (which I am never going to forget).

Tit for Tat

Yes, what you do is what you get. So what did I do? I let the pilot do his work. What did I get in return? I enjoyed the ride and savoured the amazing experience, as I settled for nothing less than a bird’s-eye view of beautiful hills and long and far stretched green fields. Well you do visit gardens and fields and forests but very few people who dare to fly get to see this top-view. It was indeed a wonderful experience. Those 10-15 minutes in the air made me realize, how beautiful the earth is!!! How the mesmerizing beauty of our mother nature comes out to be when we go up and watch this beauty come alive.

Word from the owner…

When I got a chance to speak with the owner herself it turned out to be an amazing conversation. She said, “Nirvana Adventures came into being in 1997 to fulfil your dreams of free flight by offering a safe standardized and encouraging atmosphere to anyone interested in taking up the sport of paragliding as a hobby. It all began with the discovery of ideal paragliding sites in 1996. With time, energy and dedication Nirvana Adventures became a pioneering paragliding school that in turn led to the transformation of Kamshet into a world paragliding destination. When Nirvana Adventures first began, there was a lot to achieve. The area was remote and paragliding was unheard of in the region. There was a dire need to concentrate and focus on creating basic infrastructure to meet the immediate needs.

Owner of Nirvana Adventures
Photo with owner of Nirvana Adventures

Nirvana Adventures actively involved the local village community at all stages – from making tea and drinking water available, supervised parking, providing ISD telephone service and initiating the use of the local jeeps as transport. It was a Herculean task indeed! Every year Nirvana Adventures commemorates the decade long journey undertaken together with the local community, our students and visitors.


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Since 1997, Nirvana Adventures has always extended a hand to anyone who’s interested in joining the magical world of paragliding. Today we’re a full-fledged adventure company who teach, cherish and share some unbelievable paragliding and outdoor adventure experiences to numerous students and visiting pilots from all over the world. Many of them come back every week, month or even annually. Nirvana Adventures has become a second home for these pilots. Vibrant and seamless paragliding communities where you can fly make new friends and feel at home.”

Accomplishments

As I got to know more that Nirvana Adventures are the oldest and most reputed paragliding school in the country. They are India’s First & Only ISO 9001-2008 Certified Paragliding School. They are the ones responsible for discovering the paragliding sites at Kamshet and transforming this remote region into a paragliding paradise drawing paragliding enthusiasts from all over the country and the world.

Accomplishments at Nirvana Adventures
Rahul Gandhi at Nirvana Adventures

Their commitment to keep abreast with the latest in this new and developing sport in terms of best training practices, state of the art equipment and infrastructure and a strong emphasis on safety has ensured this place as leaders in the sport of paragliding.

Today they are a full-fledged adventure company and a reputed paragliding school. Numerous students & visiting pilots come to Nirvana Adventures from all over the world, many of them coming back every week, or month or annually.

Coaching Process

Here at Nirvana Adventures they follow the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s (BHPA) progressive training system, a step by step approach that ensures a comprehensive, grounding in all the skills and knowledge ensuring high standards. They have developed a training program that is enjoyable and satisfying in a country holiday atmosphere set amongst the hills 2200 feet above sea level.

Training at Nirvana Adventures
Students undergoing training during course

When you arrive at Native Place they allot a set of equipment to you (glider, harness, helmet and radio) for my exclusive use during the period of my course. You are also given a training record, manual and log book and will be exposed to other reading material and paragliding videos. Your instructors live under the same roof and are always at hand should you have any queries.

At the appointed time you will leave for the flying site along with the Nirvana crew. Your lesson in the field will begin on flat ground where you begin learning to fly the glider while safely on the ground. After a brief demonstration by your instructor, you’ll put on a harness and learn ground handling (how to control the glider on the ground), launching and landing skills with your instructor running alongside you. Day one is dedicated to ground training.

Your first flights will be undertaken in controlled conditions. The training hill you fly from, the wind speeds you take off in and the glider you fly are all selected keeping your level in mind. You will start with hops or low-level skimming flights where you fly a few feet above the ground. When you feel comfortable and can demonstrate good control of the glider, we’ll move to the training slope where you’ll practice solo flights from a higher altitude. First flights are short and at the landing area an assistant will be waiting to guide you into a smooth touchdown. Most students fly at the end of their second training day.

Under the guidance of your instructor calmly talking to you on radio during your flight you will learn to take off, make gentle turns, judge the wind direction and land gently and gracefully as an eagle. You will then be on your way to mastering the art of powerless flight.

Theory lectures and video sessions are held at the guesthouse. Each day dedicated transport takes you to the flying site and back. After an active session at the site you come back home to Native Place to enjoy great food, great company and great views.

Although I did not get a chance to do this extensive course. I had to gather the details for my favourite blog readers so that you get a glimpse of this amazing experience.

 

Native Place

Had enough of Nirvana Adventures? When I started knowing about this place I too thought this but somehow this place kept surprising me. Out of the factual things I mentioned in the article that’s how it was but at the end of the day don’t we all miss home? Well I was missing my childhood days when we as a family went to the native place and enjoyed the simplicity of nature. This is when I came across Native place. Naah!! This is not my travel experience from a different place, this is just what Nirvana Adventures offers to the people who would love to stay.

Native Place at Nirvana Adventures
Property view inside native place

The term ‘Native Place’ in India means one’s ancestral home or village. It is a place where an entire family converges during vacations and other occasions to spend time together. For generations, native place has played a pivotal role of a sacred waterhole which kept families together and traditions alive.

Please Note

For travellers coming for the first time should know that Native Place is NOT a resort but a guesthouse, offering home-stay facility. I do recommend that everyone who wants to visit should go through Nirvana Adventures’ website thoroughly in order to check out what facilities are available/ not available at their guesthouse before making a reservation. Native Place is a charming guesthouse, situated few hours away from Mumbai, just off the old Mumbai-Pune highway. It is nestled in a utopian hamlet, Kamshet, blessed with scenic beauty created by the Vadivali lake and the surrounding mountains. The unique design of the guesthouse flows down the sloping hillside, offering a spectacular view of the lake and the mountains.

Treatment Received

Welcome pamphlet: A Welcome Pamphlet available in my room contained useful information. It has a lot of information about Native place’s guesthouse and garden, site-seeing, emergency numbers etc. Do read it when you arrive so you can be familiar with things around.

Guest Rooms: Native Place has spacious rooms with attached baths – Lake Front Room 1, Lake Front Room 2, Sun Room, N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. 4 bunk zones (Dorms) as well as tents – Tents and Dorms are provided with comfortable mattresses, sheets and pillows, and has a separate area of restrooms. Choose whichever is preferable.

Accomodation in Tents at Nirvana Adventures
Tents at Native Place

Living / Dining Room: The guesthouse has an informal living/dining room next to the central courtyard, with a wide staircase spilling out into the porch. You can find numerous hangout spaces within the guesthouse and in the garden. Just relax and unwind.

Food: Delicious home-cooked buffet style meals are prepared offering you the local flavours. Many of the ingredients are grown in our own garden. Menus are prefixed; if you want to order snacks / beverages, there is a separate menu at the Kitchen.

  1. Food at Nirvana Adventures
    Simple food- Healthy living

    IMP: All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are ONLY served in their common dining area of the main guesthouse. Timings are fixed.

They do have an extra menu (available in the kitchen) for guests who may want to order snacks. But this service is sometimes suspended at short notice.

Food Supplies: The best part about Nirvana Adventures is that they support the local economy by purchasing most of their ingredients from the local market and directly from the farmers. They have a policy of using fresh local produce. Not only does this enhance the quality of the food we serve, but also reduces the ‘food miles’ travelled to reach the plate and, thus, the level of carbon emissions generated. The rice they serve is a variety grown especially by farmers in this region and the pickles are homemade. So all the ingredients come from their own garden.

No Room Service: Being a guesthouse, they have limited staff and do not offer room service.

Guests are not allowed into the kitchen and they do not allow refrigeration of your personal foods and beverages. Pets are not allowed. This is keeping in mind comforts of all guests who come to Native Place.

Eco-friendly: Native Place strives to be a sustainable and eco-friendly venture by conserving water and not littering I too contributed for the cause.

Native Place  Garden: In the garden they have a preference for indigenous plants that attract birds and butterflies and other wild life to the garden. These plants survive on limited water and fertilizer, thereby ensuring that we use fewer resources. They also follow permaculture principles and the Nateuco method of organic farming, making their own compost (amrit mitthi) and reusing their own resources.

Garden Discovery Cards: They have compiled a series of Garden Discovery cards for you to explore the many delights and treasures in the garden. They urge us to use the same and promote it as well.

Discovery cards at Nirvana Adventures
Informative Discovery Cards containing details of plantations in Native Garden
Checklist for a traveller like me

Climate: You can visit Kamshet any time of year – October to January for winters, February to May for summers, and June to September for blissful rains. Due to its geographical location, the days are warm and evenings cool. December and January can be particularly cold at night.

Clothing: Casual attire suits best. November/December/January: Light Woollens for the evenings and early mornings. Rest of the year: light attire all day and night.

Health and Misc: Native Place is located 13 km from the nearest stores. So, do keep this in mind while packing, and carry your preferred medicines, toiletries, etc. They do have a first aid kit in-house.

What to watch out for?

Staff : Native Place, today, has been able to create employment opportunities for the local youth (a much-needed contribution from every sector of our country). Almost all the staff members belong to Kamshet and villages around Kamshet, who are groomed, trained and appointed for specific roles and responsibilities in the guesthouse.

Organic Food at Nirvana Adventures
Staff collecting Rocket leaves for evening Salad

Architecture : Built keeping the weather, geography and earthy aesthetics in mind, the architecture of Native Place is designed to blend with the cascading hillside, overlooking the Vadivali Lake. It has airy rooms with high ceilings and many windows and ventilator openings to keep rooms additionally cool in summer. The central courtyard and many large openings funnel fresh air into the house at all times that made my stay refreshing. Laid with China Mosaic the roofs are not only delightful to look at, but also effective at keeping the ceiling cooler (this feature was the best as I love art and ventilation as well).  In addition, the trees and shrubberies all around help in keeping the atmosphere pleasant throughout. Nature was at its best rather it was put in use at its best.

Electricity : To counter the frequent power cuts that peak in summers, Native Place has a back-up generator that powers fans and basic lights indoors. In addition, they have a solar-cum-windmill that powers outdoor lights. We use energy-efficient bulbs to reduce electricity usage and, thanks to solar panels, we have hot water running on the bathroom taps and they are working towards going completely off the grid. How eco-friendly and cool is that.

Water : At Native Place strong emphasis is on water conservation, which is why they use micro filtration and reverse osmosis to produce potable water, drawn from the nearby lake. The residual waste water is treated on site, using Reed Bed technology and is used to irrigate a part of the garden. Furthermore, in the garden, they have consciously chosen species of plants that survive on less water, and have adopted various methods to reduce water consumption.

Taste the Authentic : Traditional mango pickles, crunchy salads of fresh vegetables picked from the Native Place garden, a wide spread of multi-cultural vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies … food at the Native Place guest house is all about tasting the authentic. After the whole adventurous ride I savoured these delicacies to the fullest. The buffet was served at the common dining area at fixed timings during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes you ought to be punctual to enjoy those special meals.

Meals:   Speaking of meals they had a typical menu. No you won’t get a special cook or chef here. It’s your native remember? Native Place has an exclusive Buffet service as I mentioned earlier with the Breakfast having options such as Upma (Semolina Porridge), Poha (Spicy Puffed Rice), Anda Burji (Scrambled Eggs), Bread, Butter, Jam and Tea. Lunch had some of my favourite with Dal (Lentil Soup), Rice, Roti, 2 Vegetable Dishes, 1 Salad and Pickles. (1 Chicken dish for non-vegetarians). Dinner had Palak Paneer, Aloo Mutter, Jeera Rice, Egg Curry, salad, Pickles (On weekends, dinner begins with vegetable soup). Weekend Special has Freshly Barbequed Chicken, Jacket Potatoes and Butter Naan. With No Room Service, Native Place gives you the full responsibility to get out of the room as we all did back at our native place.

Multi activity adventures : Feel the excitement of climbing hills and scaling new heights. Go mountaineering! Flying Fox, Rock Climbing, Abseiling / Rappelling, Hiking, Jummaring, Valley Crossing, Ropes Course, Outdoor Surviving Techniques and Team Games are the options for Adventure Lovers.

So what are you waiting for ?

Nestled in a remote valley in the Sahayadri Mountain Range, it is located 2 and half hours from Mumbai, 40 minutes from the hill station of Lonavala, and is accessible via the Mumbai-Pune expressway and rail. Trains and buses ply to Kamshet every day from Mumbai (via Lonavala) and Pune. Get your journey planned and get set to this place. I highly recommend this place for those travelling alone as well as with their family as it is an excellent getaway for all the Adventure lovers and if you are not the adventure type then go on get yourself comfortable in the warmth of Mother Nature. Be it the serene beauty from the top being flying in the limitless sky or being in the lush green trees and bushes and greens all you have to do it visit that place to enjoy both or any.

What makes this place attractive is its location (being so close from the hustle of Mumbai), it is yet so calm and has so many things to offer. So go on and grab this opportunity to find peace from your daily ordinary life.

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Always wanted to be a discoverer, 17-year-old boy left the home…. Sailing thru the equator line of earth, he had no knowledge of earth shape or its mapology. What he had was only a passion to discover something. He sailed for uncountable miles…starving for days.. Until he gets something to eat . He reached a sceduled spot in deep-sea… Found an island mountain with a green lawn flourishing like an Amazon … So went to check back side of mountain and discovered a Palace where only snakes lived… He kept his small boat and reached to top to find out for human presence … He could only found snakes entangled in each other. Snake Palace floor was made from human skeleton…
Next moment… He was in sky talking to many souls …we all were passionate like you… But world never came to know about us as discoverer of this Palace.
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