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City of Joy; Kolkata Part II: Vedic Village- An exquisite village resort in the outskirts of Kolkata
Vedic Village is a beautifully maintained property which gives you the freshness of traditional life along with all the modern amenities. Unlike other resorts it is not an extended part of the concrete savvy urban society. Here the apartments, restaurants have been given the look and feel of mud-huts. Along with the natural lakes, trees, mud-huts, traditional restaurants there is lotus-shaped swimming pool, spa, sauna, sports bar, multi-cuisine restaurant which makes it a well balanced resort catering to different types of customers. We went on Saturday, stayed there for a night but you can also plan for a whole day trip and enjoy the sumptuous breakfast/ lunch/Sunday branch or dinner here. If you are a budgeted traveler like us and is planning to spend a night there, you may check their website for ongoing offers and packages.
I feel few things that might be of some help in case you are planning to stay there for a day are:
1. You might experience power cut off at night. Don't panic, in case the power backup fails to start within a minute, give a call to the reception, they will arrange the same at earliest.
2. No need to worry if your complimentary water finishes. They will not charge you for additional bottles.
3. If you are a budgeted spender, better you carry your provision of cold/hard drinks. Both the options are too costly here.
4. If you are very fond of Bengali cuisine, you may try Bhoomi. They have a decent menu.
5. If you want to explore the whole resort area, better you listen to the people at reception and security and avail the golf buggy.
Finally after long we got some time out from our mundane work!! A weekend trip..completely unplanned. My husband got an unexpected Saturday off, so we were just thinking of what to do; some shopping, movie or visiting mom's place etc etc. Suddenly he suggested about Vedic Village. It's a eco-resort in the heart of Rajarhat, around 25 Km from Kolkata(Esplanade), completely themed to make you feel the charm of our Gram Bangla(village). We were lucky enough to get the last room booked.
To experience the sheer beauty of greens you don't have to travel far from Kolkata. It's only few km away on the Rajarhat main road. You can drive, take Ola, yellow taxi, Mega Cab or even avail local buses to reach there. If you are new to this area and your driver is unfortunately not aware of the location, switch on your GPS, don't blindly follow the locals. Also it's better to control the vehicle speed here, otherwise unnecessarily you may get into trouble.
The resort is big enough to take hours to explore. You can avail the golf cars for the same. There is an outdoor gaming area where you can enjoy archery, basket ball, badminton etc. and also a sports bar and an indoor gaming room for bowling, table tennis, pool table etc. The security guard suggested us to avail the Golf Buggy however, we continued walking. There is a Ram Mandir which is beautifully surrounded by a garden.
After spending more than an hour exploring the resort area, we went inside the pool. I don't know swimming, but nothing can hold you back if you get a good pool and that on a sunny summer day!! If you don't have swimming costume, don't worry, there is a store from where you can buy one at a reasonable price. When we went for the walk there were hardly any people into the pool, but now it was crowded. There is a pool-side live food counter to get you indulged in mocktails, juices and snacks.
There are three main restaurants: Bhoomi; the specialty restaurant which serves you rare and lip-smacking Bengali cuisine, Yagna;the multi-cuisine restaurant serving Indian, Oriental and Continental cuisine, Agni; the Lounge Bar serving the finest wines and spirits, Chai- The Tea Lounge; the cafe serving the range of speciality teas brought to you by renowned 'Newby of UK" and last but not the least V Den; The sports bar where you can enjoy bowling and unwind yourself to the beats of the DJ.
The food prices are a bit high but considering the quality and the quantity (specially rice items) it's ok. I felt the roties and cold drinks to be more costly, you might end up paying Rs 150 + taxes for a single piece of kulcha or a mere can of coke!!
Our package was inclusive of breakfast. Like other good hotels and resorts there was a good variety of items to select from; starting from Bengali luchi-cholar dal, South Indian dosa to Amarican baked beans, ham to deserts like yogurt, donuts etc. So if you feel that the last night's food bill has burnt your pocket a bit, you can get it consoled by this complimentary breakfast.
Along with food and entertainment, Vedic Village has the provision for a word-class spa "Sanjeeva Ayurveda Medical Spa". We got a discount coupon of Rs 500 for the spa facilities as a welcome gift from the resort authorities. If you want to avail the services, you need to book an appointment which can be done an hour before also depending on the service you are opting for.