It was the middle of , and year-old Ravish Ranjan was stuck between a rock and a hard place. He had been an entrepreneur since the age of 20 but now his consultancy business was going through a rough patch. Resources were in short supply and debts were just mounting. With no idea about how to deal with his financial difficulties, Ravish did some introspection to figure out what he could do next.
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He had shut down 16 offices across India, let go of more than people and cash flow was negative. Ravish had sold off his house and had to take loans from family and friends to clear off his debts. He had managed to keep some money to use in the next phase of his life. After much thinking, Ravish decided then that he would focus on an area where he could leverage his strengths: The Pod n Beyond team. After some basic research, he got the idea of a capsule hotel, also called a pod hotel, but something that was affordable for people looking to put down their heads after a long day at work, away from home.
Capsule hotels originated in Japan as a way of providing people working late and staying far from their homes or partying till late and too drunk to go home the option of simply spending the night at a comfortable, no-frills hotel.
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Here, customers have the option of booking short stay options, starting with just an hour to a full day or night, to long-stay options of a week or even a year. There are options of such as the 20 sqft personalised pod to a single, double, bunk, family, and group pod-stay accommodations. There are also options of booking an entire floor, a queen-sized pod and a sqft king-sized pod with all the star rated amenities. Guests can also order food, which is available 16 hours a day. There are basics like salt, milk and sugar available.
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While pod hotels have grown beyond Japan and cropped up across the world, they are not yet a mainstream offering. Bringing the concept to India, then, was a definite risk. While Ravish decided he would go ahead anyway, conceptualising, designing, funding, searching for the core team, and making the property operational were all severe challenges.
Penrith Station is home to the Mountain Heritage Trust , with its archive on Everest of particular interest.
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Click here for downloadable and printable directions. This is the longest day on the bike, but also the most rewarding. Taking in all that the Lake District has to offer, from fast free-wheeling descents to twisty lakeside trails; picturesque villages to grand castles , all with the high drama of the fells and lakes thrown in for good measure! Guests will arrive with their bikes by train at Penrith station, and then take an easy 8-mile ride to The Quiet Site overlooking Ullswater. After a night in one of the park's spacious and insulated timber pods, it's a delightful mile ride to Keswick via Aira Force waterfalls, and a gorgeous stretch along a disused railway track.
A must-see for many en-route will be the year-old mystical stone circle at Castlerigg! Journey's end is at Castlerigg Hall park near Keswick, highly rated by guests on many review websites, and enjoying breathtaking views over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. A winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level for 12 consecutive years and the 'Cumbria Holiday Park of the Year ', the park's stylish wooden pods have sheep's wool insulation and an outside patio area.
Day three's ride is along minor roads to Grasmere and Ambleside, followed by a lovely lakeside path along Windermere before a ferry crossing and a short journey to Park Cliffe. The multi-award winning park is set in 25 acres of picture-postcard scenery on Windermere's eastern shores with sweeping views across the lake and the panorama of surrounding fells. Here, as on all the parks on the tour, the camping pods have plenty of headroom, heating, lighting, and an electricity supply - plus the benefits of privacy and security not found in a tent.
Bookings can be made, or more information obtained, by emailing info podnpedal.