Hi, Gopal Kamath Here.
That’s what many of us think when we really get bored working week after week without a break. We actually start thinking that Sundays …(When most of us get up late in the mornings…) are our vacation days!
If that’s what you think, Let me tell you a story!
I used to think the same way a couple of years back. Even though I own a resort,I never used to go out or take my family with me. Years and years of continuous work did get me the financial success I had planned for. But this only happened at the cost of my family.
My wife and I were not that connected as when we had married. My kids were into their own thing as they had pretty lost touch of what it was like getting their father to play with them.
Whenever I came home from work, It was the usual Grind…Eat Dinner, Watch Tv and go to sleep.
Then once while I was travelling, I was watching a old lady sitting next to me.She was talking on the phone and I could make out it was her grand kid on the other side. They were talking pretty deeply connected and It stuck me that how much time she must have invested in developing that relationship with her grand kid.
Then it dawned on me that if I do not spend this time…the foundation of developing relationships with my Wife and Kids…There will be nothing justify for them to share when they get big or old.
Work is Important but ‘ Family Comes First’.
You have got to balance both the things if you really want to live a fulfilled life.
Taking vacations gives you the opportunity to develop those intimate moments with your family and loved ones and lets you strengthen that bond. It gives you a mush needed Uninterrupted time and situation where you can create quality memories with them, Moments of joy which you will store in your brain and keep recollecting every now and then.
Robin Sharma The great motivational speaker and Management guru recommends that you should take 1 week off after every 4 weeks of hard focused work. Although doing that might not be possible for you,You can still take a week off every 3 to 6 months to reload that hard disk in your brain and add some great memories to it.
There are many beautiful and luxurious resorts that are located near Mumbai where couples have the option of spending quality times with each other during the monsoon season. These resorts provide perfect privacy to the personal moments of the couples and serve them good quality dishes and drinks. We shall mention some of these resorts below:
Hidden Village Resort
This beautiful resort occupies four acres of forest lands and is a perfect destination for couples seeking to enjoy the monsoon season. They can view from the resort window turbulent splashing of rain much prominently. They have the option of getting traditional food and can engage in various indoor amusement activities.
Paradise Village Beach Resort
This wonderful resort is located in Calangute Beach of Goa and is the perfect quality time spending destination near Mumbai. The resort comprised of air-conditioned beach cottages, suites and studio rooms. Couples checking-in to these cottages have nice balcony view of the amazing beach of Goa.
This eco-friendly resort is located in Lonavla and a quite suitable destination for couples to spend intimate moments during the monsoon time. Couples can revive their lost spirit through plunging in the swimming pool of the resort and enjoying other amusing activities in the resort.
Royal Garden Resort
This resort located in the check post of Dahisar in Ahmedabad-Mumbai Highway and occupies about 7 acres of greenish surroundings. It comprised of suite rooms, deluxe rooms and super deluxe rooms. Couples have the options of tasting varieties of Continental and Chinese cuisines and can enjoy private moments in privacy.
Upper Desk Resort
This resort comprised of 50 decked rooms. Couples checking-in these rooms have the scope of viewing Rajmachi Fort and Valvan Reservoir. They can also enjoy swimming in open air pool and several weekend parties and concerts of the resort.
This five-star hotel near Mumbai is a perfect holiday destination for couples during monsoon. Here they can enjoy absolute privacy to love each other. Each room is designed on contemporary styles with all facilities. Couples can also enjoy from balcony the outer natural settings.
The Machan Resort
This resort near Mumbai is remarkable for wooden style architecture with spiral stair. After checking-in such resort couples can enjoy the scenic forest beauty while loving each other.
Treasure Island Resort
It occupies about 8.5 acres of lands and couples have the option of selecting lagoon villas where they will receive every facility to enjoy their personal moments to rejuvenate their lost strength.
This wonderful resort is located in the valley between Khandala and Lonavla. Couples can enjoy the nice walking in the Khandalaghats. The resort also holds ceremonies like marriage, official conference and honeymoon. Here artificial swimming pool and waterfall are available for the guests.
It is located in Khandala and is quite ideal place for the couples to enjoy holidays during monsoon. Couples do get the scope of tasting various cuisine dishes and drinks. They also share the experience of having a nice hangout.
Raigad district in Maharashtra is mainly known for its various temples and historic forts. Foreign nationals every year come to visit these spots and appreciate the architectural styles and historical backgrounds behind the formation of such forts and temples in the district. We shall now mention some of these forts and temples in detail below:
Raigad Fort is an important destination for every tourist in India from the historical prospective. This fort under the leadership of Shivaji had reached to its highest glory during the Mughal rule in India. It is from this for that Shivaji planned his most adventurous campaigns against the Mughal’s and the Sultan of Bijapur. There are many historical spots that can be seen inside this fort which mainly include Queens Palace, Nana Darwaja, Rajbhawan and many more.
Sri Harihareshwar Temple
This holy temple is located in the south of Raigad district. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva along with Mother Goddess. Millions of devotees visit this temple to purify their mind and soul. The surrounding atmosphere of the temple is quite tranquil and spiritual. People can enjoy the scenic beauty of Savitri River on their way to this temple.
Kondhavi fort is stationed in village of Kondhavi near the place of Poladpur. The fort was primarily constructed for protecting KashediGhat and has immense historical significance to the local people of the region. Visitors will see a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is still worshipped by the residents of nearby villages. This temple is constructed in the top position of the fort.
This temple was constructed by Shivaji and is about 25 km north of Malad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the architectural style of its dome bears resemblance to that of Mughal period. The surrounding area of the temple is quite for meditation to calm minds.
Purandar fort serves as a garrison for Marathi soldiers where they can took shelter as well as could store weapons and foods in case of emergency. People visiting this historical fort can see other places such as Padmavati Lake, Khandakada, Kedareshwar and many more. This fort is ideal for nice strolling and to be immersed in the historical nostalgia of that period.
This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is located in Sudhagad area of Raigad. People visiting this temple can see other interesting places like old Marathi forts on their way to reach the destination. The temple is named after an ardent devotee of Ganesha and had been constructed during the Mughal rule in India.
This small fort is situated in Tiger Valley between Lonavla and Khandala. Visitors can reach this fort from Khopoli. Visitors can see while strolling in the fort objects like cave in the top of the fort, small pond inside the fort and some ruins of old houses. The fort was constructed to monitor surrounding villages and areas.
There are some resorts in Maharashtra which provide varieties of adventurous activities to its boarders that need to be participated in groups. As a result there develops a feeling of team spirit among every boarder which helps them to a considerable extent in their future course of life. In this respect the most prominent resort that comes to our mind is Kamath Residency Nature Resort. This resort is located in-between Pune and Mumbai and is ideal for spending vacations with children, friends and families. The resort is known for varieties of adventure activities mentioned below:
Only physically fit boarders are allowed to participate in this adventurous activity. It begins in the early morning under the supervision of a trained expertise person. The nearby hill in the resort serves as a perfect place for rock climbing. Both men and women can participate in this game. The resort arranges for food and water for the participants. Before participating in the activity they have to register themselves paying a nominal amount and the resort will not be responsible in case of cancellation of the sport because of adverse weather.
This is the most exciting water sport and participants have to register before joining it. For this game the ideal spot is Kundalika River. Participants must be physically and mentally strong and must not have problems like asthma. Children below the age of 12 years are not allowed to participate in this game. The game begins quite early in the early under the supervision of experienced rafter. The resort will not refund if the sport is cancelled due to bad weather.
Mountain Bike riding
This adventure activity requires lot of physical strength and fitness for participating. It involves riding in the rocky terrain of Western Ghats and plateau region for enjoying fun and experience. Young men and women are only allowed to participate in this game under the supervision of experienced rider. The resort is not liable for any expenditure in case of any injury to the participant.
This adventurous activity is mainly concentrated around nearby river of the resort. Both men and women boarders can participate in this game. They need to pay a special charge to participate in this activity. People having any sort of nerve problem will not be allowed to participate in the game. The game starts early morning and participants have the scope of enjoying fresh morning air while playing the game. The boarders must participate on their own responsibility.
The game is truly adventures and participants must be strong and flexible enough to play this game. The resort makes perfect arrangement for such game including strong rope and cables. The boarders have to move from one end to another end withthe help of these ropes and cables. The game is monitored by professional supervisors who check the quality of the ropes and cables before allowing the participants to use.
Traveling with child is quite tough for many families because every child naturally shows excitement and looks forward to play different games. So it is quite important to make such kids busy so that no additional problem occurs while visiting new places. At tender age all kids do not have the idea of exerting additional pressure up on the parents. Parents can adopt following tactics after finding a suitable resort to keep busy their kids. We shall now mention some of these tactics below:
Use of indoor games: Parents while travelling to new places must always bring chess board or carom board or checker board to keep their kids busy after checking into the resort room. With these gaming items child will not cause any further trouble and the parents can easily make themselves relaxed inside the room. It is the most appropriate way of keeping the child busy because they prefer to spend favorable past times with such stuffs. Bringing video games would also be much better as the child will not disturb to go out of the room.
Viewing of mirror maze: Parents must check-in resort having perfect indoor entertainment arrangements for the kids. The most amazing entertainment for kids in such resort can be mirror maze which will sufficiently keep them busy and will be a perfect hangout time in the resort. But this game must be played in the presence of parents to avoid any harm to the kids. Besides, the game is so much attractive that kids may hardly bother their parents to step outside the resort.
Watching the tricks of magician: Many resorts often arrange for magic shows for guests including the kids. It will be a perfect day out for the kids as they would be totally engrossed in watching magic shows which they have not seen before. Parents want to check-in such resorts which arrange for such shows to occupy the attention of the kids. In this way kids forget to make unjustified demands before the parents.
Watching live musical performance: The attention of the kids can be easily shifted to other direction when will be brought to witness the live music concert in the resort. It can be considered as an ideal day out for the kids as they will be completely engrossed in chanting the musical sounds and songs they heard in the concert. Parents can relieve to a considerable extent as they do not have to face the cry of their kids to roam outside the resort. Besides, the hangover of such concerts will always be on the mind of such kids and so they do not press for other demands.
Visiting resort garden: This is another affordable day out for the kids in a resort. Visiting resort garden kids will automatically run after the butterflies or watch the beautiful flowers. So they will not disturb the parents for quite sometimes.
Maharashtra has great diversity as a tourist destination. It has caves, temples, islands, palace, park, museum and more. Similarly, those who are willing to visit and stay at nature resorts have a lot of options. These resorts which are established amidst natural landscape serve as ideal weekend gateway. They provide the much needed serenity to escape into the nature from the noise of city. Village and nature resorts can be an ideal destination to celebrate anniversary and birthdays with family members. The visitors are likely to have many activities to pursue which makes the trip memorable.
Mentioned below are some of the well known village and nature resorts for a thrilling weekend:
Located in Jambulne, the eco-friendly resort is at 2.5 hours of driving distance from Mumbai. It has high rise tree houses available at rent which are 30-45 feet over the forest. Visitors get nothing less than a balance of luxurious comforts and spectacular views. People come here with friends and family members to spend some day off away from the busy city. It is suitable spot to unwind and reconnect with close ones. Visitors can pursue activities like sightseeing, birding and trekking.
Sajan Nature Club
Close to Vikramgardh, it is located at 115 km of distance from Mumbai. The nature resort offers plenty of activities for a weekend relaxation. It is spread over 30 acres of picturesque landscape with enough nature centric experiences. Visitors can relax at stilted wooden AC cottages, Dormitory, AC cottages and non AC cottages. There is onsite swimming pool, conference hall and indoor gaming section. An array of activities like wall climbing, boating, rappelling, valley crossing and nature walks can be pursued.
After a hectic week at office, a refreshing break to recharge oneself can be taken at Green Village resort. Stretching across five acres of lush greenery, it is almost a natural paradise for visitors. It is suitable place for family gatherings to spend some time in a serene atmosphere. Many people celebrate special occasions like wedding, cultural programmes and annual corporate meetings at Green Village resort. Visitors are assured of highest standards of hospitality. There is a, jaccuzzi pool, steam & sauna, and gymnasium. Visitors can also play a round or two of lawn tennis, pool and snookers, and table tennis.
At 3 hours of driving distance from Mumbai, the resort is located around Kashid. It is basically a sea village in Raigad district stretching more than 100 acres of diverse scenery. Vividness of nature and tranquillity can be experienced against a rugged forest backdrop and sea providing a panoramic view. Visitors can take a relaxing walk along the beaches which is stone’s throw away from the resort.
Harshgiri Lake Resort
Located at 90 km away from Mumbai, the lake resort offers numerous pleasures for a comfortable stay. It has a peaceful atmosphere which transports the visitors to a joyous world.
There are several amenities and luxurious facilities apart from high standard accommodation. This resort is placed around Shahpur on the Mumbai-Nasik highway which is 60 kms away from Thane.
Kamath Residency Nature Resort is one of the closest resorts near Mumbai and pune for outings in Maharashtra.
Mumbai and nearby places have many destinations suitable to organize office weekend party. Such places are ideally suited for the company members to bond over food, dance and music. Parties are meant for relaxing in good company with cocktails. Those who are exhausted after performing on dance floor can sit back to enjoy a long drink. Mixed aged crowd can be great way to have an energetic party mood with DJ’s playing feet thumping tunes. The below listed placed are will set the mood for a perfect part atmosphere.
The beach facing restaurant is well positioned to serve as a perfect setting for office weekend party. It is a classy and happening spot often frequented by celebrities and high profile socialites. Often food is the main attraction at restaurant but Aurus impresses in decor and guest entertainment. It has chandelier clad interiors with an ambience which hardly requires a dressing up. The restaurant serves as a great space to throw a party and unwind with office colleagues. It has a youthful charm and elegance which is surely hard to match up in Mumbai.
Tote on the turf
The architectural marvel rests on the ground level of Mahalaxmi race course. Spread over 8,000 sq feet, it manages to blend old world charm and urban vibe. The fun and inviting space is perfectly suited to organize office weekend party with senior and junior colleagues. It has the ability to accommodate and host up to 600 people. There is a facility to rent the downstairs space completely which includes the restaurant section. Party goers would be spoilt for options in cuisine offerings ranging from Indian to European.
Nature Trails Resort
Weekends would surely turn into party by landing at Nature Trails, located at two hours of driving distance from Mumbai. There are three different resorts which serve as suitable team outing places around the city. Various nature based sports and adventure activities can be pursued with mixed age office colleagues. Many activities such as fishing, rappelling, forest trails, and kayaking can be enjoyed with whole team. It will be different type of weekend party experience amidst natural settings.
Four Seasons Pavilion
The city dwellers can expect a perfect party atmosphere in this pavilion located in the garden area of Four Seasons hotel. It is well suited to host office weekend parties and treat the guests in a classy way. Natural sunlight can enter through French floor to ceiling windows and artificial lighting will also enhance classy minimalistic interiors. There is also a special seating area with comfortable sofa to give a homely touch. Hotel also provides assistance in the arrangement of decorator and DJ. Party goers can also experiment with menu offerings ranging from Indian to Mexican, Italian to Thai and Japanese to Cantonese
Dukes Retreat Khandala
The exotic resort is situated amidst dense green hills provides spectacular views of water streams. It is located at an hour of driving distance from the Mumbai International Airport. Watching the water streams moving down the hillside from terrace space would be relaxing to eyes and other senses. It is a great place to have office weekend party with the entire team. Some nature based adventure activities will serve as perfect indulgence with office colleagues.
There are many romantic resorts in India where couple can spend quality time for knowing each other quite closely. These resorts are specially prepared for such romantic purposes and the owners of such resorts take great care of the privacy of such couples. Now we shall mention some of these romantic resorts below:
Butt’s Clermont Houseboats in Srinagar
It is the ideal romantic resort in Kashmir where couples can enjoy their intimate moments without any disturbance to their privacy. These five houseboats resort are situated on the shores of western Dal Lake. Couples checking- in these houseboats resort have the option of viewing snow-capped peaks, placid water and other beautiful objects of nature closely from the wooden window of the houseboat resort.
Nandadevi Estate in Uttarakhand
This heritage site in Uttarakhand comprised of three bungalows and is located at an altitude of 7500 m in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. Couples checking –in this resort have the option of visiting the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Their privacy will be absolutely taken care and so they have problem in spending quality times together.
The Manchan Lonavala
This resort comprising of four tree houses is located outskirt of the city of Lonavala. The resort offers absolute calm and tranquil environment for spending quality times with loved ones. It provides perfect view of sky and surrounding forestlands.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
This heritage resort is situated in Hyderabad and is perfect for romantic couples to check-in. Consists of 60 restored rooms it will provide the impression of leading the life of aristocrat and is an ideal background for candle light dinner.
Barefoot in Andaman
Couples checking-in here have the option of enjoying the natural surroundings of the region. Each of the 19 villas and cottages are built with tribal architectural style and provides perfect environment for sharing intimate moments.
Devi Garh in Udaipur
This heritage resort is located at the backdrop of Aravali Hills provides perfect environment for spending quality times with the loved ones. Couples have the option of purchasing bangles and jewellery from the local market near the resort.
Tea Estate of Glenburn
This beautiful resort is located in Darjeeling with Mount Kanchenjunga providing the perfect backdrop to the scenery. Couples have the option of viewing tea leaves plucking by the estate workers and can taste the famous Darjeeling tea with cheap cost.
This romantic resort is located in the forest of Himachal Pradesh and provides peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for enjoying intimate moments with loved ones.
This heritage resort is located in Coorg and provides ideal time spending in the lap of nature. Couples can view coffee plantation estates and can drink pure Karnataki coffee. They can also enjoy sweet tunes of humming birds and can enjoy the local food.
This luxurious resort is located close to the Ranthambore forest. Couples living in this resort have the option of experiencing adventurous activities in the jungle of Ranthambore.
Weekends are great a relief after a busy week at workplace. Instead of lazing around, it may be better to plan for adventurous and fun outdoor activities. It is a great way to involve friends or family members to have a chat and laugh. Such activities can be a much needed escape from the weekly wear and tear. Given below is a list of activities which can be pursued to have a perfect weekend outing.
It refers to living outdoors by using tent for a shelter which tests the strength, coordination and flexibility. Campers move away from civilization into nature’s wilderness for one or extra nights. The campsites are designed to make space other activities like swimming, hiking, binge drinking and fishing. A wide selection of tent camping equipments should be carried for serving different purposes. In many instances, the campers use campfire to prepare food by cooking. There are some tent camping sites which are reachable by car. Those who are looking for a rugged experience outdoors may also camp under the sky without any shelter.
Photography has grown into a full time hobby with people of different age groups. It allows one to be creative by capturing images of landscapes, birds, objects, etc. Each photo can be almost like stealing a moment from colorful surroundings. Making the subject appear attractive and centre of attention should be the real approach. There are many choices around to select a digital camera, SLR camera, DSLR camera or even some smartphones come with high quality inbuilt camera.
The dawn or dusk period can be a great time to click snapshots. There is warm and golden color which can make the subject strikingly beautiful.
Swimming in natural clean waters with friends can be quite exciting after a busy week. It is not just about a swimming pool but people are gradually exploring nearby lakes and rivers for swimming. The location should be within a walking distance or convenient distance. A scorching sunny day or rainy day can be suitable time to experience the fun out of a swimming session. Basic things like towel, swimming costume, sun screen lotion, hats and bags should be carried comfortably to the place.
Sitting with friends at an outdoor location and watching different species of birds can be relaxing. Many birds migrate from one place to another or even one country to another. Watching them flying, feeding, and nesting brings you closer to nature. It is quite easy to get started with things like binoculars, food, or even a camera. It can also enrich the knowledge about different birds while sharing thoughts with like-minded company. One can also spread some food and water on a space to find out if the birds are interested or not.
There would be few people on this earth with a dislike for cricket. Planning a match between two teams comprising family members and friends would be fun. It will be almost like a reunion and having drinks and food options is a great addition. Holding the bat and scoring runs will also bring back happy memories of childhood.
Kamath Residency Nature Resort is one of sucl places where you can Indulge in these activities.
Employee retention is a challenge faced by human resource department of even the top class organisations. However, reducing employee attrition is very much possible in the uncertain atmosphere. Things like poor leadership, wasting the time of employees and improper HR practises may lead to increased employee attrition. Consequently, it is advisable to keep the good and high performing employees happy. According to certain research outcomes, it may cost an organisation almost one fifth of an employee’s yearly salary to have a suitable replacement. Follow the below mentioned tips in order to slow down the revolving process at your company:
Hire the suitable candidates selectively
One of the best ways to reduce employee attrition is hiring the right employees. Recruit candidates with only the exact qualifications and personality for the job. Consequently, they’ll learn quicker and perform better in the long run.
Recognize and reward the employees
Display the employees how much they are valued at workplace by showering rewards for better performances. Celebrate the success of each and every contributor by appreciating their efforts with tangible rewards. Ensure the participation of employees from other departments and make it a social affair.
Replace people who don’t fit
There are some instances when a company fails to get an employee who suits the role. Any random recruitment may not produce the desired results in the long run. Consequently, a bad fit can be bad for the office culture. Remove all the employees who just don’t fit in your office. Get rid of problematic employees and fire employees with negative attitude.
Teach a lesson or two on time management
Time management is necessary to complete a project and deliver it as per a deadline. Spend some time with employees or have sessions to teach them prioritizing and completing work on time. Honest efforts are likely to bring future workplace success in more ways than one.
Employees crave for a professional and personal life balance. It can impact employee retention directly. According to a research outcome, 80% employees and 75% managers revealed that flexible working conditions had positive effects on employee retention.
Reduce boredom and communicate more
Employees are likely to get bored when they remain underutilized. Engage them in activities which help them to learn more about leadership, switching roles, and job responsibilities. Communication should be a priority in different levels of management with either a monthly newsletter or town hall meeting.
Review and assess the employee concerns regularly
Make some reasonable efforts to address the concern of your employees. Show them that you are making such an effort. Whenever employees find that their comments and suggestions are valued, they’ll open up on various aspects of the business. It will help in understanding the inner workings of the company.
Create opportunities for growth and development
Employees often rate a company based on the scope and opportunities for growth. According to a survey, there is a direct link between lack of growth opportunities and higher employee attrition. Prepare your employees to meet the future challenges for them to invest their time and effort wholeheartedly.