I confess it was the Heritage Package at Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan that had us book ourselves into the hotel on a Friday afternoon. We were curious to experience what Chakan offered in terms of heritage. For us, Chakan is an automobile hub with the auto biggies having their plants there. We weren’t aware of its heritage aspect.

Our deluxe room was spacious and contemporary. “Oh wow! The swimming pool looks amazing,” I had exclaimed on sighting it from my room window. And indeed it was. The Friday brunch at MoMo Café turned out to be a lavish spread whose variety and yumminess quotient had us salivating hungrily. The dessert section with an innovative chocolate model of Chakan welcomed us. I liked the café’s open kitchen layout, live stations and the option of having your meal at its al fresco seating area. It also has a dining room which can accommodate 12 guests either for an interactive chef’s table or for a private get to gether.

Courtyard by Marriott Pune ChakanBellyful, it was time to experience the heritage package. The scenic drive to Nimgaon got us to an ancient temple of Khandoba who is a form of Shiva. Next we headed to Chas which is the paternal home of Kashibai, the first wife of Peshwa Baji Rao I. We visited the wada where she was born, interacted with the successors of her father’s family, saw the traditional way of living using stone bathing stools, huge vessels to heat water, hanging glass containers inside which lit diyas were placed before the advent of electricity and wooden churners for making buttermilk.

After darshan at the Someshwar Temple of Shiva which has an imposing deepmala we headed back to Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan which is the only 4 star hotel in Chakan.  The heritage tour was conducted by Catalyst Outdoors who also organize corporate training programs, corporate outings, camping, wildlife tours, adventure tours and food tours.  After a lip smacking dinner at MoMo Café as we retired to our room, a surprise in the form of a white chocolate car had us grinning and eagerly waiting for our next day’s heritage trip.

Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan

Plot P-7, MIDC,

Chakan Industrial Area Phase-1,

Talegaon Chakan road, Khalumbre,

Pune, Maharashtra 410501

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Khursheed Dinshaw

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