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The Gateway Resort – Damdama Lake Gurgaon

All those who wish to unwind themselves and run away from the daily clutters of life and responsibilities within the periphery of Delhi NCR can surely plan a visit to this well sprawled destination just about 45 km from Delhi IGI Airport. Nestled within the foliage of Aravalli hills, near Damdama Lake at Gurgaon, the Gateway resort is undoubtedly a spellbinding experience for the urban nomad.

Damdama Lake is an enchanting location which is a well-known weekend rendezvous for leisure seekers from the NCR (National Capital region) which encompasses Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon. Damdama Lake was formed when a stone and earthen dam constructed by the British was commissioned for rainwater harvesting in 1947. This lake, held by an embankment is fed mainly by monsoon rain water pouring into its trough, at the base of Aravalli hills. The Lake greets its visitors with a water level down to 20 feet. During monsoons the water level rises up to 60 feet. Damdama Lake is Nature's haven for our feathered friends. With more than 190 species of birds (both migratory as well as local), a visit here during winter season from November to March each year is highly recommended. Some of the noteworthy varieties seen here include waterfowl, cranes, cormorants, terns, egrets, and kingfishers to name a few.

The major benefits that may be drawn from the Gateway Resort include mental detox programs through art, drama, music, and culinary workshops. In addition to these, there are extreme adventure sports facilities in the resort and beyond along with some individual sports. For all those fitness freaks the Gateway Resort offers Active Studio fitness Centre, Spa and Swimming Pool.

The resort offers accommodation in form of 78 rooms which may be categorized into Superior Resort Rooms, Deluxe Resort Rooms, and Gateway Suites.

The rooms offer serene views of the courtyard or the alluring pool. Every room is designed for comfort and convenience and comes with a King-size bed or twin beds. These 39.5 sq. mt modern rooms are suitably equipped with a 40" LED TV, a DVD player on request and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in wardrobe and a large walk-in glass shower cubicle. The Gateway Resort is different as it offers its guests clean bathrooms, comfy beds and modern touches that surprise. All latest amenities are in place which include Cable/satellite TV, Dual line telephones with voicemail and speakerphone feature, Minibar, a vault large enough to store a laptop computer.

The guests can also enjoy Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel (complimentary to a certain limit, thereafter chargeable), a 24-hour business Centre and meeting rooms, not to forget the spacious banquet hall with a capacity to host up to 500 heads. This property is most suitable for MICE clients owing to the features, and benefits offered here. Another major segment that this property entices is the foreign flyer on his final stop in NCR before flying home. Instead of opting for a mundane hotel in Delhi such a guest can take a feel of the nature before bidding adieu to Indian soil.

The two restaurants here are 'Buzz' and 'Sian'. Buzz, an all-day diner offers a perfect concoction of International cuisine and authentic regional home-style mouthwatering delicacies. The layout of this restaurant is inspired from a wooded canopy and can seat 60 guests. Buzz also has an Active Foods menu for those looking for a healthy bite. Sian offers contemporary Chinese cuisine. This oriental restaurant has a décor using the yin and yang concept. Sian offers seating capacity for 38 guests in style. The fresh local produce, and other natural ingredients amalgamated with vivid regional cooking styles make The Gateway Resort a smart choice for any of your meals. The kitchen never closes, so you can eat on your schedule or on a whim.

For all those who wish to enjoy an assortment of spirits ranging from classic cocktails to the choicest of wines can step inside 'Swirl', an eclectic bar space that is both stylish and sleek. Indeed a perfect place to raise a toast.

This weekend just fill up your car's fuel tank; pick up your overnighter, your laptop and vroooom !!!! And yes don't forget to take your partner on this hiatus for an all-embracing feel.