Designed and built in the late nineties, Tikli Bottom is 30 kms away from Gurgaon. Owners of this beautiful property, Martin and Annie Howard, have aesthetically done up the place blending the best of English architecture and Indian sensibilities. If your idea of a break is just relaxing and simply doing nothing, then this is the place for you to go to. Winters are ideal to visit the property and bask in the sun.
The sandy coloured Lutyens style haveli is spread over two acres. The sprawling garden makes this a great place to laze around. Annie elaborates, “There is no specific ‘activity’ as such, it is our home. There is a big garden where children can run freely. Lunch is served between 1 and 1.30 p.m. and is usually a European style buffet serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.”
Stay: The haveli houses four bedrooms and costs of boarding include all meals and drinks. Tikli Bottom offers the facility of day rooms for those who wish to use facilities like the swimming pool, foot reflexology, and massage at a nominal charge. The day room, subject to availability is from 10 am to 5 pm.
Both Martin and Annie are available on the phone and are very forthcoming to questions that guests might have. On a call I exchanged with Martin, I asked him about how the name Tikli Bottom came about, and he said, “ Our little village lies just beyond the big village of Tikli, so we think of ourselves as being at the bottom (far) end of Tikli—so Tikli Bottom. Nothing anatomical in it, that is all in your imagination.”
Most guests who have visited Tikli Bottom speak highly of the warm hospitality extended by the staff and owners. A recent visitor said, “What was charming was the nearby village school which has been adopted by these hosts [Martin and Annie]. They even had young school kids coming and sharing their swimming pool and were being taught how to swim by other guests. I was very touched by their generosity and gesture.”
Things to do: Winter season: Enjoy the sun, fresh air, the peace and quiet, and catch up on a book. Summer season: All of the above plus a dip in the pool!
General information: Ensure you call beforehand and confirm your visit, ideally a day prior, to facilitate the hosts to make arrangements.
How to get here: At the Rajiv Chowk roundabout turn left onto Sohna road, after a 6km driver take a u-turn and take a left at the police station. Follow the road signs that lead up to Pathways School. After crossing the school, look out for a sign that reads ‘Ahuja property’ and take a right there. Drive through the village and look out for Tikli Bottom on your left.