Travel Ther­apy


India Today - - COVER STORY - By Team Simply Delhi

Ti­jara fort by Neem­rana Al­war

Afew me­an­der­ing and rick­ety turns lead you to the mag­nif­i­cent palace-turned-ho­tel. Like many other Neem­rana prop­er­ties, this too is a re­stored fort. Leg­end has it that Ma­haraja Bal­want Singh of Al­war started the con­struc­tion of this fort but died a sud­den death within 13 years. The fort was left aban­doned for years be­fore Neem­rana took it un­der its wings. It is di­vided into two sec­tions—The Rani Ma­hal com­pris­ing 20 suites and The Mar­dana Ma­hal hous­ing 40 suites that have been styled by lead­ing de­sign­ers, artists, and aes­thetes. Be it for an overnighter or a longer break, a stay at Ti­jara Fort-Palace would surely awaken the roy­alty in you.

Fateh Prakash Palace Udaipur

THead to Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur for a dose of roy­alty. Con­structed dur­ing the reign of Ma­ha­rana Fateh Singh of Me­war (1884-1930), this palace is lo­cated on the eastern shores of the pic­turesque Lake Pi­chola. The rooms and suites here over­look the lake, and have re­tained the pe­riod look.

Mo­saic Ho­tel Mus­soorie

The new out­post of the Mo­saic Ho­tel in Mus­soorie is smack-dab in the cen­tre of all the hus­tle-bus­tle of the mall road but it also pro­vides a space of si­lence and soli­tude within its re­mark­able in­te­ri­ors. It’s a for­mi­da­ble new en­trant in the ever-pop­u­lar hill sta­tion of Mus­soorie, but it’s the one to pick for that just-per­fect mix of the nat­u­ral hill-sta­tion ex­pe­ri­ence and the lux­u­ri­ous 5-star one.

The White Peaks Ga­gar, Ut­tarak­hand

Nes­tled in the lush hill­side of Ut­tarak­hand, The White Peaks home­s­tay takes you by sur­prise with its un­pre­ten­tious love­li­ness and quiet de­meanour. With sooth­ing white­washed walls taste­fully off­set with splashes of colour and a bal­cony that of­fers you a fab­u­lous view of the mighty snow-clad Hi­malayas, it's per­fect for those look­ing for some es­sen­tial me-time in qui­etude. And this is not the only rea­son you will want to go back to The White Peaks, for the food and ser­vice here is noth­ing short of ex­cep­tional.

Taj Swarna Amritsar

With Taj Swarna, the Taj group of ho­tels ar­rives with the only truly grand ho­tel in the Golden City. It of­fers a re­fresh­ing blend of tra­di­tional re­cep­tion and ur­bane ef­fi­ciency with well-ap­pointed rooms and suites that re­de­fine el­e­gance. Taj Swarna boasts of one multi-cui­sine res­tau­rant, The Grand Trunk; The Chi­nese Room, the ex­clu­sive Chi­nese spe­cialty res­tau­rant with au­then­tic ori­en­tal fare and The Peg, which is a spec­tac­u­larly de­signed bar lounge with an invit­ing vibe. Trust the res­tau­rant man­ager, De­barati Paul’s rec­om­men­da­tions if you are at The Chi­nese Room.

The Lalit Man­gar, Farid­abad

The mo­ment you step into this place, you hear the oft for­got­ten sounds—of si­lence. A one­hour drive past Gur­gaon to Farid­abad, this newly-launched prop­erty comes as a breath of tran­quil air for the city dwellers. Nes­tled in the Man­gar Bani Val­ley, The Lalit Man­gar boasts of huge green cover hous­ing six lakh trees. But the one thing that you simply can't miss here is an ex­pe­ri­ence at the Time Re­ver­sal Spa by Marma trained doc­tors.

Ahana Re­sort Jim Cor­bett

Aa­hana Re­sorts, lo­cated 7 km from Ram­na­gar, Ut­trak­hand, goes be­yond putting a roof over your head and prom­ises you ac­cess to your share of the wilder­ness. Choose any room and get lost in the Vic­to­rian style ar­chi­tec­ture fea­tur­ing giant fire­places, clear stain cedar roof and a bal­cony open­ing to the wild of Jim Cor­bett. When it comes to food, one must try baigan achari, kali mirch gosht and mut­ton kali mirch from the din­ner menu. Also, don't for­get to get an in­vig­o­rat­ing mas­sage at the Aa­hana Natur­opa­thy Cen­tre and at dusk, re­lax by the pool around the bon­fire un­der the star lit sky.

Ananta Spa and Re­sorts Pushkar, Ra­jasthan

Ananta Pushkar is a well­ness sanc­tu­ary and has a devoted staff and ef­fec­tive ther­a­pies that in­stantly trans­port you to a blissed-out space. With 52 con­tem­po­rary cot­tages and 20 sprawl­ing rooms, the un­touched mag­nif­i­cent re­sort makes all your hol­i­day dreams come true. Try the im­mensely re­lax­ing Madira Snan (beer bath) to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion. So go ahead and get lost for the week­end.

The Tree House Re­sort Chand­waji, Jaipur

Set amidst the un­ex­plored and un­touched vis­tas of the Syari Val­ley, this prop­erty gives your eyes a break from the cityscape. The spa­cious tree houses are el­e­gantly dec­o­rated with hand­picked art­work and have keekar trees jut­ting out of the walls. This unique eco-re­sort is an ideal fam­ily prop­erty.

Atali, Ganga Rishikesh, Ut­tarak­hand

AA lit­tle over half an hour's drive away from the densely pop­u­lated Rishikesh is Atali Ganga, an ac­tiv­o­tel—an ac­tiv­ity-based ho­tel that com­bines the tran­quil­lity of the Tehri Garhwal moun­tains and the thrilling en­ergy of the Ganges. A stay here comes with pack­ages for the ad­ven­turer with white water raft­ing, kayaking, wall-climb­ing or for the ex­plorer— with cy­cling, na­ture trails and rou­tine ex­pe­di­tions to lesser vis­ited gems in the re­gion.

Ti­jara fort by Neem­rana will awaken the roy­alty in you

Pho­to­graph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV

Pho­to­graph by RAJWANT RAWAT

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