WE'RE BACK TO THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN THE SCORCHING SUN (AND SEVERAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS) URGE YOU TO START PLANNING THAT MUCH-NEEDED BREAK. HERE'S A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE BEST GETAWAYS FROM DELHI TO HELP YOU DECIDE YOUR HOLIDAY WITH EASE.
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