Courtyard by Marriot in Chakan and Japalouppe in Talegaon – our perfect long weekend plan

Courtyard by Marriot in Chakan, Pune was a perfect long weekend break. With Japalouppe Equestrian
Centre thrown in as a day picnic was even better. The grandparents, kids and us decided to spend our
Republic Day long weekend at Pune. Given that it was a last minute booking, we still managed to get
two Junior Suites that were spacious, with all the modern amenities. The village/industrial area view
from the huge glass windows of the room were rather refreshing. Mountains at the backdrop made the
scene even more interesting. The food was decent, the service was great, though their kitchen was a
mess as most of the food that was on the menu was either over or unavailable. That applied to the non-
Indian cuisine. Though, whatever we ate was impressive. They have a good breakfast spread and the
lobby has a few games (chess/carom/TT) to keep the guests, especially the kids, entertained. They also
have a decent swimming pool and fitness centre. The staff is helpful and courteous. So as a hotel located
in the industrial area of Chakan, it definitely takes care of its guests well. The road to reach the hotel is
well-maintained. The check-in and check out was hassle-free. I used my savings account app to make the
balance transfer to the hotel for check out and they patiently handled the transaction. To get a detailed
review about the hotel, you can visit Tripadvisor or any other website.
Talegaon, Japalouppe,
But the main highlight of the trip was the visit to Japalouppe Equestrian Centre in Talegaon. Though,
people from Mumbai do drive down for a day trip but we thought it will be too strenuous for the
grandparents and the babies. So while we booked ourselves in Marriot Chakan, we decided to do a day
trip to Japalouppe from the hotel. We reached Japalouppe in half an hour from the hotel. I remember a
giant billboard with a zero in Chakan that worried my daughter as she is still learning the numbers. She
wondered why a huge zero was displayed in the middle of no where. It was a Zero Balance Savings
Account advert. Finally, we reached Japalouppe. For day picnic, they charged Rs. 1000 per adult and Rs
600 for a child. That included a visit to the petting farm, a treat bucket for the animals so that your little
ones can feed them and meals (lunch plus snacks). The pony rides were charged separately at Rs 470 per
ride which lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes. We were greeted by a gentle giant Great Dane and a lazy
Rotweiller. There were really big dogs but very comfortable around strangers. A white cockatoo and a
grey parakeet were nibbling on some seeds. Dotty was thrilled to feed them. My son was too young to
understand all this, so he chased a few ducks and decided to spend his time on the trampoline and the
swings.
Japalouppe Equestrian Centre in Talegaon, Marriot Chakan, Things to do around Marriot chakan
The pony rides, are between 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm, so plan your visit accordingly. You
can also go for a 2-hour visit if you don’t want to spend the whole day in Japalouppe. In fact, we realized
that 2 hours was more than enough for experiencing the petting farm and a pony ride. Though there
were a few families who had come in a group for birthday celebrations and stayed for the entire day.
The food was just ok. (Wada pav, jam pav, dal, sabji, rice, roti, salad, pasta, noodles, etc.) It is home
cooked food made by local women who work at the farm. Moreover, the food got over really quickly so
make sure that you line up right after they start serving. Else you might not get everything and have to
make do with whatever is left. And they charge you Rs 200 extra if you want non-veg as an option. (a
bowl of chicken curry) which I thought was too expensive. The environment is like any farm with natural
breeze, a few places where you can sit, and rest is all open area. They have many horses of different
breeds. The tallest being the Black Stallion. Really majestic!
Japalouppe Equestrian Centre in Talegaon.
  Japalouppe Equestrian Centre in Talegaon.
After a small induction by the owner of the farm Ms Lorraine and her son Rohan, the kids were given a
bucket of goodies for the animals (cabbage leaves, carrots, bread, etc.) Feeding life size horses, pigs,
ducks, turkeys, rabbits, emus, cow, turtle, parrot, cockatoo, etc. was very thrilling for the kids. Rabbit
feeding being the most popular activity was crowded throughout. There was a white lamb and a guinea
pig too. Later, my daughter took a pony ride on Lucy, the light brown cream mid-size horse. Children
who train at Japalouppe for horse riding, help with these pony rides. I found that a bit risky as they
themselves are learning to manage a horse so how will they be able to control the horse if it decides to
go wild. Though, I am sure, these horses have been trained multiple times and are safe to ride.
With all the dust, heat and sweat, I still believe it was a great outing for the kids as they could be near to
nature and could experience animals out of their text books.
Japalouppe Equestrian Centre in Talegaon.
Quick tip: Carry a hand sanitizer and wet wipes for the kids so that they can disinfect themselves after
touching the animals or after playing in the mud. They do have bathrooms where you can wash hands.
Carry enough water. They do not serve bottled water and aerated drinks. They do have one can of water
dispenser from where you can refill your bottles.

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