Lonavala has a gamut of experiences to offer an eager traveller. However, till a few years back one primarily associated the hill station with activities like hiking and trekking. It was and still is one of the most sought after weekend destinations by most Mumbai-ites. A long weekend on the horizon and all roads to Lonavala will be jam packed, with the roads catering to at least four times the amount of traffic they do on mundane weekdays. But once in Lonavala, families looking for a break from city life mostly preferred to check into a resort and enjoy the view of the hills through the frame of the French windows adorning their rooms.
A game changer for those looking to rough it out is Della adventure Park, Lonavala. Spread over 36 acres of land, the park has been operational for a few years now, but it has grown manifold. Currently it offers visitors roughly 100 adventure activities to indulge in and has a range of activities to appease every palette – from timid vacationers to hard core adventure enthusiasts. The joy of indulging in adventure activities in a real location, with the rugged hills in the background and the open skies, is what adds value to the overall Della experience. To give you a sneak peak, you can go triking (three wheel scooter), zorbing, water zorbing, rappelling, rock climbing and even ziplining here.
Della seems to have taken ample care to make sure the safety belts are in place for each activity and that there are a bunch of people helping visitors at each zone. From putting reluctant participants at ease to guiding them during every step of the activity, the teams came across as well-informed and eager to see people actually overcome their fears. Archery, horse riding and obstacle crossing are a few other activities that most visitors like to enjoy here. Swoop, a recent addition to Della’s portfolio is for adrenaline seekers who like to defy gravity. Participants are required to be cocooned inside a safety harness which swings them from a height like a pendulum. The participant’s screeches can be heard till far away, as they are thrown from a height the first time, but almost everyone wants to go back for more!
A popular destination for corporate outbound trips, Della is now luring visitors with a newly launched section of resorts in its vicinity. Look out for the hill top cottages in particular. Perched on top of the hill, each cottage provides panoramic views of the surroundings and exclusivity, making them a perfect honeymoon choice. Room rents begin from Rs 9,000 onwards and are quite a hit already.
Though Della is a thoroughly enjoyable holiday spot, the one thing that could prove a spoil sport is the high cost of indulging in most of its adventure activities. The procedure states that one has to choose a package (Rs 1,500 onwards) and swipe the card given at each activity station. Considering that one can enjoy almost all activities at amusement parks for the same amount, this pricing seems a tad steep and the participant is sure to feel the pinch.
Jimmy Mistry, the man behind Della is planning to soon come up with a ‘Dining in the Sky’ option for those want to enjoy a meal out in the open and perched mid-air. Buzz is that he should have this luxury option ready in a month or two, so watch this space for more…
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Address: Della Resorts & Villas, Kunegaon, Lonavala – 410401, Maharashtra, India
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Toll free: 1-800-30705050