InterContinental, Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort Global hotel chain InterContinental Hotel Group(IHG) has launched its first luxury beach resort in Mahabalipuram. With InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, IHG marks the debut of InterContinental Resort in India. The 105-room property is located near the UNESCO world heritage site of Mahabalipuram and offers ocean front suites and rooms along with three food and beverage options http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/chennai/maamr/hoteldetail Chumbi Mountain Retreat Resort and Spa, Sikkim Experience Sikkim’s blessed places of refuge and sanctity – in the Chumbi Mountain Retreat Resort and Spa. It is the newest luxurious addition to the Chumbi Group of Hotels owned by filmmaker and hotelier Ugyen Chopel. Featuring every possible contemporary convienience blended with a traditional ambience for the guests to get the feel of quintessential Sikkimese culture and tradition as they relax in the serene comfort of a lush, luxurious five Star setting, for a unique enriching experience. http://www.thechumbimountainretreat.com/index.html   Taj, Santacruz Mumbai Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, a subsidiary of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) today announced the opening of its luxury hotel in Santacruz, Mumbai. “The property offers spacious rooms, which begins with 580 square feet for the base rooms. It is very spacious even in by international standards,” Taj Santacruz General Manager Pankaj Sampat. Located just off … Continue reading Most anticipated Hotel openings in 2016 across India

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Malshejghat Experience: If you are longing to have a monsoon break and want to peep into the clouds and the rains, there is no place like the Malshej Ghats within a 140 kms distance from the hectic Mumbai ! Once you decide to kick yourself out of a lazy monsoon week-end, a feast of greens in all imaginable tones for the eyes and cleanest oxy-rich air you can ever breathe …. awaits you !!! Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The lone choice for the food is MTDC, but who cares for food when you have a feast of greenery, clouds and the rains !!! Drive down the ghats, you have many options. .For a change, no shopping please …. except for the local voilet flowers and the hot-hot bhuttas(corn) !!! Activities & things to do: Just wander all over the place, as if enjoying rains is your only objective. Carry all the umbrellas, wind-cheaters and the rain coats, you own !!! If all that cannot protect you, the best recommendation is to go prepared for a full-time drench. If you want to seriously know the places to see…. a small temple on the ghat, the tunnel, the projection of a small … Continue reading “A Date with the Monsoon !!!”

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About Courtallam Tourism Courtallam is a small township located in the district of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 167 metres on the Western Ghats, Courtallam is the anglicised version of Kuttralam. Known as ‘Spa of the South’, the township is famous for its cascading waterfalls and ancient temples. The location features as many as seven waterfalls, which originate from the Chittar River. The town is also referred to as Mukthiveli, Nannagaram, Pithur Kanda, Theerthapuram, Thirunagaram and Vasanthaperur. Like many other Indian towns and cities, the township of Courtallam is also linked with mythological stories. According to legend, Lord Shiva commissioned saint Agastya to avoid imbalance due to the growing huddle in the Great Kailash on his celestial wedding. The inscriptions in the temples of Courtallam depict the feature of Chola and Pandya kings. According to local beliefs, the Sabha is one of the five Sabhas where Lord Nataraja had performed his trademark cosmic dance. Since the town is known for its waterfalls, tourists can head to the nearest fall to enjoy themselves. There is not much to shop in Courtallam other than local produce and souvenirs sold at local roadside shops. Tenkasi is a small town … Continue reading Nature has its very own Water Park!

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This lovely little getaway is one place where you will always find ample parking…for your horse! With a strict no-car policy, there’s little wonder that Matheran boasts of clean air. If you’re a nature lover, make sure you head to Panorama Point that – true to its name – provides a 360-degree view of the hill station. It is a perfect respite during this time of the year since its elevation (2,625 feet) ensures that it never gets too hot or humid. There are plenty of hotels and homestays to choose from, but book in advance since it’s a popular destination owing to the connectivity from many metro cities.

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Some places just aren’t content meeting Indian standards. This quaint village, around 90km from Shillong, holds the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia! Among its numerous titles is ‘God’s own garden’. The dustbins here are made of bamboo, and all the waste in it gets recycled as manure. A highlight of this gorgeous village is the Sky View, an 85-feet viewing tower made of…bamboo again! The village is apt for trekking, and the local Khasi people are warm and welcoming; so if you love homestays, put down Mawlynnong in your travel bucket list. Don’t miss the living roof bridges that actually grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees. Take that, modern engineering.

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Pardon the excessive humidity during this time of the year and you have a city that makes no compromises on its air quality. So much so that apart from meeting the air quality benchmark of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), even the World Health Organisation certified it as the ‘city with the cleanest air in India’. Many Indian metros are highly polluted, but Pathanamthitta’s air quality is comparable to some of the cleanest cities in the world. Oxygen achievements aside, this town is also known the ‘pilgrim capital of India’ since it hosts Sabarimala – a pilgrimage centre that is visited by 100 million devotees annually, making it one of the largest pilgrimages in the world. Feeling religious but don’t like the mess in most places of worship? Head to Pathanamthitta.

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About Kohima Tourism The capital city of the north-eastern state of Nagaland, Kohima is a scenic town with breath taking natural beauty. It is located in the Kohima district and is at the southern part of the state at an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level. Connect by the National Highway 39, Kohima is at a distance of 74 km from Dimapur which is another important town in Nagaland. Kohima is at a distance of 145 km from the Imphal and around 339 km from Guwahati which is the gateway city to the north-east. Known earlier as Thigoma, Kohima got its name from the wild flowering plant called Kew Hi which is found in the mountains of Nagaland. The original inhabitants of the place were the Angami Nagas and the Rengma tribes, but in recent times people from other parts of the region and country have come and settled here. Kohima is known for its virgin beauty and the amazing views of the Naga Hills. The place holds historical importance as the site of the battle between the British and Japanese troops during the World War II. There is a War Cemetery which has a memorial in honour of … Continue reading Hit like if you would Love to escape on a Long Drive right now

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About Malshejghat Tourism Malshejghat is a hill station and also a popular tourist spot located in the Pune District of Maharashtra. Malshejghat is surrounded by covers of dense green forests and the Western Ghats, which is why there are many varieties of flora and fauna available here. One of the rare attractions of this place is the Flamingos that can be seen near the areas of the Monsoon lakes. Malshejghat offers opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, hiking and boating, as the region is located at a height of 700 metres above sea level. The Shivneri Fort located here is one of the most popular ancient attractions of the place. The Shivneri Fort is located about 40 kilometres from the central region, and is the birthplace of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. The region of Malshejghat also includes many Buddhist caves that belong to the 3rd century and Shri Vigneshwar Temple, which is situated near Junnar town at Ozar. Monsoons are considered to be the best time to visit Malshejghat because the hills are covered in green during this time. The weather of the region is mild from the months of August and September. The region becomes misty during the winters … Continue reading What happens when the Clouds kiss the Mountains during when it rains?

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About Darjeeling Tourism Darjeeling is a popular hill station in the state of West Bengal. At an average elevation of 2050 meters, it is located in the Lesser Himalayan range and provides beautiful views of the mighty Himalayas, especially Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain peak. Known for its scenic beauty, snow-clad Himalayas, and tea gardens, Darjeeling is frequented by tourists from all over the country as well as from around the world. Especially during the summers, the place is a preferred destination due to its pleasant weather. History of Darjeeling The history of modern Darjeeling dates back to the 19th century. Till then, the town was under the reign of the kings of the kingdom of Sikkim. During the British Raj, Darjeeling was a favoured destination due to its cool and temperate climate. It soon became popular among the British, who later, established schools and built buildings in the region. It became the summer capital of the Bengal Presidency in 1864. Tea was introduced in Darjeeling in 1856 and due to this, many British people settled here. People & Culture of Darjeeling Darjeeling tea, which is known all over the world for its unique flavour, is one of … Continue reading Darjeeling, A Tourist Paradise

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Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India. It is located 13 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. Kufri with NH-22, Shimla district. The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning “lake” in the local language. Bear in the Kufri zoo The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan wild life zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular ski track. Geography Kufri is located at 31.10°N 77.25°E.It has an average elevation of 2,290 metres (7,510 feet). Places of interest Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri. Indira Tourist Park The Indira Tourist Park is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides panoramic view of the locations around. Chini Bunglow It is the Kufri bungalow which is very famous for its statues and architecture. Kufri Fun World Kufri Fun World, an amusement park to enjoy the whole day. This park is an excellent destination for family to make a memorable day, is equipped with various rides, pools … Continue reading Kufri, India

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The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River, near Jawaharlal Nehru road. History In January 1901, on the death of Queen Victoria, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston and Viceroy of India, suggested the creation of a fitting memorial. He proposed the construction of a grand building with a museum and gardens.Curzon said, “Let us, therefore, have a building, stately, spacious, monumental and grand, to which every newcomer in Calcutta will turn, to which all the resident population, European and Native, will flock, where all classes will learn the lessons of history, and see revived before their eyes the marvels of the past.” The Prince of Wales, later King George V, laid the foundation stone on 4 January 1906 and it was formally opened to the public in 1921.In 1912, before the construction of the Victoria Memorial was finished, King George V announced the transfer of the … Continue reading Victoria Memorial (India)

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This is one religious destination in India that entices everyone with its monasteries, monks and the alpine views. Since the place has still been unaffected by commercialization, it can be visited at a really low cost. The train fare for an individual from Delhi would cost around Rs. 2,000 in the second AC class but hotels wouldn’t charge you much in comparison to other destinations. Discover this relatively new destination at a low cost.

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NEEMRANA FORT PALACE, NEEMRANA Built in 1464 Neemrana is the oldest property being run as an heritage resort. Situated on a hill side, 122 kms from Delhi or the Delhi-Jaipur highway, it is Rajasthan’s closest palace from Delhi, The rooms are tastefully furnished with an eclectic blend of traditional Indian and colonial furniture Neemrana Fort Palace Post  Neemrana Distt. Alwar Rajasthan – 301 705 Tel: (91 1494) 6005, 6007, 6008 Fax : (91 1494) 6005

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