Why Discovery Village?

09 November  |  At Discovery Village

Do you feel like your life is getting just a little too repetitive? Are you not feeling connected or bonded with your family? Is work wearing you down, but a lazy, comfortable weekend is just not enough to get you ready for another week at work? Need a little excitement? Maybe an adrenaline rush at Discovery Village will do the trick. While spas and beaches may relax you, the hill resorts near Bangalore will give you the excitement you crave!

What is Discovery Village, you ask? It is a number of resorts at multiple locations near Bangalore that are committed to give you an Active Getaway within the lush sights of nature. These resorts are so close to Bangalore that extensive travelling to and from will not take the magic away from your holiday. The rejuvenation you feel at being out in nature and stretching your muscles will not be taken away by the travel back home. Find the best activity for yourself at any of the adventure resorts near Bangalore.

Nature at its best

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Whether you love the city or not, everybody needs to get out and breathe in the fresh air, and take in the green sights of the wild. In addition to the obvious benefit of being away from the pollution, nature has so many subtle benefits that affect the body in many positive ways. Your energy levels will go up, moods are balanced and you feel healthier. The green in the trees soothes your eyes and the activity in nature enhances any benefit you receive while exercising. Being in nature will strip you of all the stress accumulated.

Range of Outdoor Activities

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Discovery Village has a range of outdoor activities that cater to everyone’s preferences. That’s what it makes it one of the best family resorts in Bangalore. Survival Camping is a popular activity along with a plethora of sports that include Archery and Target shooting at the resorts in Masinagudi. If you love the water, the resort at Kabini is for you. You could kayak, canoe, parasail and partake in the raft building activities, to name a few. Nandi Hills boasts of great team building exercises that can be fun for the family as well! The activities include Paintball, The A frame challenge and many more bonding exercises. The adventure resort in Bangalore is perfect for the family that loves activities like obstacle courses or rappelling and trekking and exploring. These resorts facilitate team building, a must for corporate outings.

Spending some quality time with your loved ones

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Today, with the fast paced modern lifestyle, families rarely spend quality time together. These resorts make for the best family outings. Bonding with your family has never been this easy or fun! With so many activities, there’s no risk of anyone getting bored or getting absorbed by their smartphones. With the bonding exercises, your family will never feel as connected as at a family outing in Bangalore at Discovery Village.

 

November 14th – Children’s Day

09 November  |  Miscellaneous

As Nelson Mandela once said, “Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future”.
As the times evolve, generations of children have evolved as well, giving rise to vast differences in the way children interact with others, play and even converse.
But how are the children of today different from those in the 90s?

Children stay indoors more today

The sound of children playing in an apartment complex and their parents shouting for them to come back upstairs after dark are seldom heard these days. These days, however, all you see is a group of kids huddled in a circle, all individually on their smartphones. The children today have to be pushed out of their house by parents who fear that their children are missing out on their childhood. Gaming consoles, personal computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. are taking away the childhood that the 90’s kids cherished.

The importance of Outdoor Activities

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While the obvious reason for children to participate in outdoor activities like playing with their friends, joining a sports team or zorbing in Bangalore is exercise, being outdoors also mentally stimulates children and boosts their learning capabilities.

Development of motor skills occurs only when one uses their entire body on a regular basis. Also, Vitamin D is a necessity for the body to function properly, so children must get enough sun. Fresh air is known to be a mood enhancer as moods are positively affected visibly by spending just a little time in the outdoors. While the need for fitness is enough of a reason to send children outdoors to play, the other positives are just as important for the health of a child. An amazing place to take your child would be the adventure resorts in Bangalore or the hill resorts near Bangalore for a day of exercise and fun.

Another benefit of playing outdoors is the interaction with other children. Children learn how to work in groups better, they learn the art of compromise, build trust and they also learn about healthy competition. The interaction with other children boosts their spirits and makes them congenial and more open to meeting new people, and having a variety of experiences.

The Benefits of Nature

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While the above positives of being outdoors apply to time spent outside within the city as well, being out in nature has a range of benefits. The natural surrounding opens up a child’s curiosity. In the 90s, you would be able to see children chasing a butterfly to look at it closer, or climbing a tree in a park. Children of the current generation need time to love nature. Give your kids the opportunity to appreciate nature at resorts like the Ooty and Masinagudi resorts at Discovery Village.

The need for weekend getaways after a stressful work-week

09 November  |  Team Outing

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As Maya Angelou rightly said, “Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.”
We live in an age where we hardly have time for ourselves and spend innumerable hours sitting in our cubicles, pondering over worksheets and creating endless presentations. After all this hard work for five long days, all of us definitely deserve a relaxed and peaceful weekend in order to calm our stressed souls. Discovery Village provides a number of lucrative options for weekend getaways and is one of the best options for a family outing in Bangalore. Be it a holiday resort or a place which provides adventure sports, it is a must to go away for the weekend and spend time with your friends and family.

The way you want to spend your weekend depends on you and your friend group. Some people prefer spending a quiet weekend which is filled with good food, mellow music and a lavish place to stay. On the other hand, some people prefer having an engaging experience and love adventure sports such as trekking, zorbing etc. or other such activities that demand physical involvement.

Mental benefits

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It is no secret that weekend getaways are associated with all things good and peaceful and can do wonders for your mental health. These holidays are meant to relax you mentally and bring you out of the corporate mindset which can easily sap your energy. Discovery Village provides certain resorts in Nandi Hills which is a very calm place that is free from the usual chatter and buzz of tourists. Spend your Saturdays and Sundays at these resorts and you are bound to be refreshed for the approaching busy week. A number of activities at these places such as spas, massages, mellow music, healthy food, meditation etc. contribute in setting the mood for relaxation and calming the mind and soul.

Physical benefits

Innumerable physical benefits can come out of weekend getaways, as you finally get a chance to leave your office chair and do some physical movement! Moreover, if you want to opt for adventure activities in the wild such as the Masinagudi jungle stay, you are bound to walk a lot and get exercise. Also, many holiday resorts offer services such as yoga and meditation classes, gym sessions etc. in order to ensure the best possible fitness levels for their guests.

Better bonding with friends/ colleagues

Without doubt, all the best stories are made on weekend trips! You get time to relax and unwind with your close friends and also form new bonds for life. Discovery Village provides you with the best hill resorts near Bangalore where you are guaranteed to have a good time and make memories for a lifetime.

4 Hidden Getaways in Nandi Hills

04 November  |  Listicles

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Nandi Hills is an ancient fort just 60 km away from Bangalore. The fort is surrounded by forested hills which, coupled with the altitude, is why the climate of the area is absolutely brilliant! The hills have been a popular tourist destination for Bangaloreans for years. From Bangalore, it is just a car ride away, so you can go there for just a day or stay overnight at resorts near Nandi Hills to take in the beauty. While its climate and scenic beauty are the reasons it is famous, Nandi Hills boasts of places that have cultural and historical significance.

Here’s the list:

Nehru Nilaya

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Nehru Nilaya, as the name suggests, was the residence of Pandit Nehru. It was also the residence of Mark Cubbon, the commissioner of Mysore in the late 1800’s. The historical and heritage value of the bungalow is astounding and can be felt as you walk through the ancient corridors. You have the opportunity to stay in the bungalow as it has been converted into a hotel by the Horticulture Department.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple

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The temple dedicated to Shiva dates back to the early 9th Century and is touted by the Archeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance. The Dravidian architectural style is used to depict inscriptions from the Nolamba dynasty ruler Nolambadiraja and the Rastrakuta emperor Govinda the third. The two parts of the temple, Arunachaleswara and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara are built by the two different dynasties: The Ganga of Talakad and the Cholas. The temple is a must see for the religious, the history buffs as well as the art lovers.

Brahmashram

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Brahmashram is a cave that is famous because it was sought out by Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa for his meditation during his spiritual quest. It is sought out by tourists to take in the silence and beauty of the cave which is enhanced by the weather. Located very close to National Highway 7, the cave is situated near Nandi Hills and is a perfect place to get some peace and quiet, especially after the bustle of Bangalore.

Tipu’s summer palace

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Tipu Sultans summer palace was completed in 1791. It is made entirely of wood and stands to this day as a testament to ancient architecture and structural ingenuity. It is an example of the Indo-Muslim Architecture. Built by Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, the Mysore ruler used it as a Summer palace until his death in 1799 after which the British used the palace as its Secretariat. Built within the walls of the Bangalore fort, Tipu’s Summer palace is not near Nandi Hills but is a must for all tourists who want to experience the heritage the Indian culture is made of.

Inspiring quotes that will make you want to Travel.

04 November  |  Listicles

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Travelling inspires emotions that are impossible to describe. However, there always some lines that always seem to capture the many feelings we experience while travelling.

  1. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde
    Creating memories is the reason we live. As Oscar Wilde says, nothing should be more sensational as your life and you can achieve this by travelling!
  1. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd
    Playing it safe never got anyone anywhere. Risk takers always create their mark in history. Risk takers are the ones that truly live. Take the option to travel and explore and experience! Why? Because you can.
  1. “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

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New people, new cultures, new places. Fill out the pages of the book that is your life. Seeing the same people, going to the same places again is like re reading the same page over and over again. Don’t be predictable!

  1. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon
    Letting go of everything can be scary and exciting at the same time. This includes everything that is negative that plagues your life as well! And who doesn’t think that is an exciting prospect?  Travelling allows you to do that. Travelling gives you the opportunity to experience complete joy.
  1. You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel
    Perspective is the gift every single trip you take will give you. This perspective lets you see every relationship and every situation in new light. It lets you balance things out.
  1. “People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
    To completely feel without thinking is the only way to truly experience a place. Immersing and losing yourself to the place is what makes travelling so enticing. Let the trip take you to wherever you need to go.
  1. “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley
    Doing the same thing day in and day out, over and over again will only standardize or streamline the process. To grow, to change, to evolve you need to get away from the process and come back to it with a new perspective. Travelling paves the way to change.
  1. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

Here are a few more quotes for you to read when you’re on the cusp of beginning a new adventure:

  1. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmache
  2. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  3. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
  4. “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
  5. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
  6. “Ones destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller
  7. “Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played over and over again, in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
  8. “We wander for distraction; we travel for fulfillment” – Hillaire Belloc

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  1. “Wandering reestablished the original harmony which once existed between man and universe” – Anatole France
  2. “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. This is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer
  3. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
  4. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

10 Team Building Activities Your Employees Will Love

04 November  |  Listicles

Every employer will agree on one thing: team building activities is ideal to boost company morale. The increased camaraderie mitigates any strife within the team, making them a better-oiled machine.  Sometimes, however, employers don’t know which activity would be best suited for their team. Have no fear! We have put together a list just for such employers:

Paintball

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A competitive team based game, paintball, requires you to make sure every person on the other team has been marked. This has to be done while ensuring the number of your teammates marked is minimal. The game cultivates team spirit, strategized thinking and trust within the team in a fun way!

A Frame

A-Frame requires some props but is an inexpensive way to enhance communication between a team. The task of building the frame cannot be completed without everyone being on board and doing their bit. Almost a microcosm to a real company!

Cricket

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Who doesn’t love cricket? A game that can be played by varied aged team, cricket is a sure way of ensuring of culminating into some lasting team spirit. There’s a reason it is such a big hit in so many corporate retreats these days!

Twister

Twister is a super fun activity that gets everyone energized immediately. It induces laughter and makes sure that the mood of the room is light and open. It’s a quick game that has few people playing but everyone engaged.

Bull Ring

Bull ring is a simple game that requires a team to move a ball from one place to another with a ring and some rope. Without clear communication and cooperation, the objective of this game would remain incomplete. Not time consuming nor expensive, managers/employers around the world love this activity!

Rope Course Challenge

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This challenge requires a set up that involves the person taking the challenge to do a series of tasks that involve ropes. It could be walking a bridge of ropes or a ladder or only ropes to reach the other elements of the course. It is a challenging task, designed to inspire risk taking and overcoming of fears.

Blind Square

The objective of the game is to make a perfect square with the rope provided. The team is blindfolded and have to cooperate with each other to make a perfect square. This is an excellent game for team work and trust. Without good communication as well, the team would fail miserably as well!

Block Game

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The block game requires different pieces of blocks and silence. The objective of the game is to understand other members of the team without talking. It deepens the relationships between the team by allowing each member to appreciate other’s perspectives.

Big Foot

This activity requires a prop that are two huge cutouts of feet. Multiple members get onto those feet and try and walk while building coordination, communication and team work. Races are fun with the big feet as well!

Cross over

A fun game that requires teams to be on two ends of a space. The objective is for the whole team to cross over to the other side by switching partners. Strategy and team cooperation is cultivated with some physical movement to loosen up those stiff muscles!

5 Unique Benefits of Travel

04 November  |  Listicles

Everyone keeps saying “You should travel!” or “Travelling is good for you!” and go on to talk about their amazing experience without specifying how travelling would benefit you or why you should travel. You may know some benefits of travelling but are you still not convinced that travelling benefits a person? Here’s a list of 5 ways travelling benefits you and why you should travel.

Stress relief

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You may be coming home to stress free environment everyday but you can’t truly get away from your point of stress, until you truly get away to a new spot. Travelling allows you to do just that. Travelling and experiencing new things keeps your mind away from deadlines, pending work and your frustrating boss! There will always be deadlines, but taking time off to manage your stress helps you achieve those deadlines more efficiently. Travelling keeps you from burning out and losing all interest in work altogether.

Meeting new people

As you meet more people, the more you gain perspective. Different people see the same things differently. Only with exposure can you broaden your horizons, and with itm your mind. Meeting the same people over and over again is a comfort, but it doesn’t promote growth. The different perspectives can help you see your partner or your boss or even your kids in a new light. Meeting new people also means new friends! As they say about friends – the more the merrier.

Get to know other cultures

The experience of something new also makes you more creative! Creativity always helps whether it is in your relationships or at work. New cultures force you to have an open mind as well! Keeping an open mind makes you more approachable and receptive. As you get to know different cultures, you also appreciate the good in your own. Every culture has its own history, its own reasoning and most importantly its own customs! This knowledge is priceless!

Creating memories

As people grow older, they all say the same thing – money and clothes stop mattering, but memories gain meaning! The memories you make while travelling are the ones you will fall back to when you are not in a position to travel. The experiences will give you an endless amount of stories that will keep any audience enraptured. With these stories, not only do you relive those exciting moments but you make new friends!

Enjoy yourself

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Without enjoying yourself, life is pretty much worthless. There are too many of the youth burned out because they never hit pause on the rat race to take a breather. Getting burnt out because there is no joy in your life is counterintuitive to your goal of achieving success. You need to enjoy yourself to get back to work with same enthusiasm and vigour every day.