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Stanmore Garden Bungalow: A Slice of Heaven

Nestled in the picturesque hill station of Valparai is the Stanmore Garden Bungalow, under the ownership of Briar Tea Bungalows. The journey towards Stanmore is equally delightful as the property itself. The theme for Stanmore Garden Bungalow is the Plantation Evolution and the nostalgia that surrounds it. It has a very spacious compound. From the Stanmore compound, you can have a spectacular 360-degree view of the tea plantation and the surrounding hills. Yet another fantastic view is that of the

Enjoy the laid-back vibe of Kasauli


For those moping over the cold that is steadily making way for the summer, Kasauli offers a chance to enjoy the chill in a pristine mountain setting. The town of Kasauli was established as a hill station by the British in the year in 1842. Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, the town is at a distance of 77 km from Shimla and 65 km from Chandigarh. It is a small hill station around 2.30 hr drive from Chandigarh. A

Four reasons to visit The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh

The Beatles Ashram or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is one of the most visited places in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Located on the banks of river Ganges, the ashram falls within the range of the Rajaji National Park. At one point in time, this ashram was a hotspot to learn yoga and meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. People from all over the world used to come here, which led to the conversion of this ashram into a tourist place. But the arrival of

Make the most of lemon this season

Lemons pickle and crush

Despite the cold threatening to make a dreaded comeback every once in a while, it is perhaps official after Basant Panchami that warmer climes are round the corner. If you are a summer person, just like me, it is definitely a time to jump with joy. I am not going to get into a debate over what is better - summer or winter, because that is not what this post is about. I would like to share with you a really

Sandhya aarti at Vishram Ghat, Mathura

Evening aarti, as soon as we hear these words, visuals of oil lamps circled about by the priests in praise of River Ganges in Rishikesh, Haridwar or Benares come to our minds. The extravagance, the opulence and the sheer serenity of the daily ceremony appeal deeply to the pilgrims as well as the travellers. But on my last visit to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna, I witnessed a calming experience while attending the Sandhya (evening) aarti of River Yamuna. The longest

Zodiac-based travel predictions for 2018 by Neha Shinde

Read on to know how 2018 will treat the traveller in you. Happy Travel! ARIES Reason for travel: Mostly Work/Business tours but you’ll search more emotional involvement in this travel. Preparations for travel: Take senior’s advice and make proper plans on how to enjoy tour while working. People at destination: You’ll meet kind, loving, caring, and family oriented people during your travels. Be open to receive the love and affection and give back gratitude. Stay: Your stay will be luxurious. Focus during trip: The focus will

Sweet and Spicy Memories from South Korea

It's better to see something once than to hear about it thousand times. "Go and See" is what I believe in. Travelling and exploring different places is something I always loved doing. Miss Asia Awards gave me an opportunity to explore Seoul- one of Asia's major centres for culture, entertainment, and research, with additional strengths in the arts, commerce, and education. I had a memorable time in South Korea. From people to museums, food and culture, I made some wonderful memories

Four places to visit in Mumbai for a first-time visitor

The great port city of Mumbai is situated on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. It is one of India's dominant urban centres and truly the city that never sleeps and the city of dreams – whether the dream is a better life or seeing yourself on the 70mm silver screen a la Bollywood. It is one of the most paradoxical cities in India along with being one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world.

A day spent at Koolwal Kothi, Nawalgarh

The Koolwal Kothi is an impressive heritage building in Nawalgarh. Its monumental facade blends traditional and European elements. Constructed in 1934, during the time of Anandilal Ji Hemraj Ji Koolwal, it has a magnificent facia with a series of tasteful rooms organised around a central hall. This deviates pleasantly from traditional courtyard house planning of the region. The city of Nawalgarh was founded by Nawal Singh, the fourth of the five brothers in 1737 AD on an existing village of Kaimkhanis.

Lap of Luxury on a Houseboat

Houseboats, also known as water cruises, have always been a major attraction for travellers, both from India and abroad. Whether you are a first-time vacationer on a houseboat or are an experienced cruiser, a team of professionally trained crew pampers you with the best of services. Chartering the two extreme corners of the country, Kashmir and Kerala, these regions represent two distinct worlds and have their own charms. Right from culture, architecture, natural beauty, services and amenities, houseboats have their