Saturday, November 28, 2009

Xmas New Year Packages Around Delhi 2013

22It's that time of the year, when it's time to say 'Good Bye'  to the 'Year' itself. Another year comes to an end and all of us prepare to usher in the 'New Year 2013'. Around Delhi offers you various options to do so at resorts in North India. All the resorts have special packages for New Year and some for X-Mas too.
Click on the Resort name for more information about the resorts.
Around Delhi


Country Inn Kosi  is just 100k from Delhi on the Agra highway, now has added new rooms, New Year One night @ Rs 14000/- and NY 2n/3days  for a couple at Rs 19000/- for a couple for 2n/3d.(spl. deal avbl)

Sariska Palace is 180 km from Delhi and close to Sariska Tiger Sanctuary, an easy 4 hrs drive from Delhi. Enjoy the New Year with a package of 30,000  for 2 Nites/3Days  all meals package with gala dinner with drinks on 31st nite with lots of activities like folk music & dance, DJ, magic show and more.


Shiva Oasis, Behror 2 hours drive from Delhi on Delhi-Jaipur highway, a beautiful resort with a lot of green open areas. Package starts from Rs.11999/- for1n/2d with all meals, snacks, drinks, Rajasthani theme dinner etc. 2n/3d Package start at Rs 19999/- for a couple(taxes extra)
Fort Unchagaon,  a heritage property about 130k from Delhi offers an all inclusive package with all meals, snacks, drinks, celebrations etc. starting at Rs 15,200/- + taxes


Hans resort, just 70k from Delhi, Package starts at Rs 14000/- + taxes for a night with all meals,snacks & drinks.



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Wild Life

Ramganga Corbett is set amidst hills on one side and flowing Ramganga river on the other. The valley some times just explodes with the roar of the tiger in the night. Packages start from Rs 17,500/- for 2 Nites /3 Days with all meals, jungle safari, unlimited snacks and drinks.
Corbett Hideaway Lots of celebrations, games, all meals, jungle safari, snacks, drinks and stay in deluxe cottages. Package Rs 36,000/- for 2n/3d for a couple. Xmas package starts at Rs 27,000/-
Kadamb Kunj Bharatpur 4 hrs drive from Delhi. Package Rs 13,500/-includes all meals for 2n/3d for a couple with gala dinner,DJ,folk dance and more.


Ranthambhore Forest Resort Tiger viewing at it's best along with NY celebrations. Pay only a supplement of 600/- per person for the NY with Gala Dinner and DJ.
 Contact Seema 0-9891458220/ Anand 0-9811193634(10 AM-8PM)EMAIL us for bookings and packages.
Hills

Country Inn, Bhimtal Xmas packages start at Rs 18,999/- and NY at Rs 27,999/-with all meals, drinks, snacks, celebrations etc.

Hotel Willowbanks on the Mall, Shimla NY packages start at Rs 19000/- for 2n/3d with bf, dinner ,gala dinner,snacks, drinks & live band on 31st Dec.
Kassar Jungle Resort, Binsar: Kassar Jungle resort is situated on the Almora-Binsar Road and a more modern resort with all the amenities in the lap of nature. Economical  New Year package of Rs 14,999/- for 2 Nites /3 Days with Bed Tea, Breakfast and Dinner for a couple, gala dinner with snacks on 31st nite and DJ.


Kufri Resorts, 3nights package starts at Rs 28000/- for  a couple

Jungle Retreat, Chail A beautiful resort in Chail near Shimla, packages start from Rs 26000/- for 2n/3d with all meals and lots of competitions, gala dinner, DJ nite, fireworks etc.


Fort Resorts, Mussoorie Package starts at Rs 15000/- for a couple + NY supplement for 2n/3d.


Claridges Nabha, Mussoorie A nice and cosy resort offers package starting Rs. 25,500/- for a couple and Rs 24,499/- for a family of 2+2.

Classic Chamba, an offbeat destination offers value for money packages starting at Rs 15000/- for a couple.
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Rajasthan
Gold Palace, Jaipur All inclusive package for a couple starts at Rs 25,000/-
KK Royal, Jaipur Package starts at Rs 15,500/- plus NY supplement with Gala Dinner in 2n/3d package.


Country Inns Suits, Ajmer, a 4 star property near Pushkar, value for money package at Rs    12000/- for 2n/3d with bfast & gala dinner.  


Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur Ethnic Village resort near Jaipur offers New Year packages starting Rs 24,999/- + taxes.


Udai Vilas, Mandawa, situated in Shekhawati region, the place famous for the painted havelis of Rajasthan. Located about 270k from Delhi. Xmas package starts at Rs9000/- for 2n/3d with bfast,camel safari and evening bon fire. Guide can also be hired for village tour of havelis.(Contact us for more details) NY package at Rs 13000/- for 2n/3d with all meals and gala dinner on 31st Dec.

Jaisalmer NY Package with celebrations at the Sand Dunes - Limited rooms ar Rs 12000/- for a couple 2n/3d for a couple with camel safari, Rajasthani cultural show and more.
 

Packages and itineraries available for Jodhpur, Bikaner,Jasialmer,Udaipur,Pushkar.




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Friday, October 30, 2009

Claridges Surajkund Conference

          Just back from organising a conference at a new 5 star hotel near Delhi-The Claridges Surajkund, a lovely Business cum leisure hotel. Very nicely located on the Shooting range road near the Surajkund lake, a very green and quiet area. The Claridges hotel has about 200+ rooms with most of them overlooking the Courtyard with a beautiful lawn and a spectacular Dancing fountain with burning fires making it a treat to watch. The staff was very professional and since we were handling the top 11 executives of a big telecom company I was a little nervous about the services. The check in was handed expertly and even all the arrangements were as required. We were using one of the smaller halls the 'Cilantro' and the place had an excellent pre function area for lunch, tea etc.
          The rooms at Claridges Surajkund are just too good with even the base category rooms being about 400sq feet with all the facilities like 42 inch LCD, a sofa to relax apart from the king size or twin beds. There is a tea/coffee maker and an electronic safe for the guests. There is a separate work desk if you want to do some written work. The bathrooms have both a bathtub and a glass shower cubicle with premium bathroom amenities. You also have wifi and interactive web tv along with 24 hour room service. The Courtyard rooms are even better with a huge balcony and overlooking the central courtyard. even the balcony has a set of chairs and a recliner.
           Coming to the Food and Beverage section, the multi cuisine section provides a great range of dishes along with a cold section served on the central verge of  a table with ice cubes keeping things cool. There is also a Blue bar with a choice collection of hard liquor and some of the best wines available in India.  The meal I had was the breakfast when the choice of fruits, confectionery, cold meats etc left one spoilt for choice.
           The hotel is also promoting special Weekend Packages for couples and family which being introductory packages(bound to go up soon) are definitely a steal.
Romantic Package for Couple


2days & 1 Nite in deluxe room @ Rs.11999/- includes-

    * Welcome drink on arrival
    * Upgrade to room with private balcony facing central courtyard (subject to availability)
    * Bottle of wine and special chef amenities in room
    * Cocktails at Bluebar  2030 – 2130 hours(pouring brands, 2 drinks per person)
    * Evening Tea set up in the balcony (1730 – 1830 hours). Choice of Earl Grey, Darjeeling    High Elevation, Assam High Elevation, Green tea
    * Candle light dinner at the courtyard
    * After meal drink
    * Movies on demand
    * Brunch at Oasis on Sunday 1100 to 1500 hours
    * Couple massage
    * Late check out till 1600 hrs.


Also available the Family Package for 2 adults and 2 children below 12 years


New Year Package- Bfast and gala dinner package with dance troupe,live band,DJ and unlimited snacks & drinks only at Rs 15999/- for a couple and two kids below 12 years.  

 

 I think Claridges Surajkund is a perfect place to hold a conference or just spend a lazy weekend. One can even hop over for 2 nights stay straight from office on Friday as it is just 30 mins from South Delhi and one hour from Gurgaon/Noida.

Contact  Anand 0-9811193634/ Seema 0-9891458220/  EMAIL us for bookings and packages. 
More one nite options around Delhi

R.Anand

Classic Hilltop Chamba Uttaranchal


                Visited Chamba, Uttaranchal with a group of about 50 people for a leisure group. Started in the night on two 27 seaters and the driver was good but the roads not too good, still we were there in about 8 hours, which is good time. The Delhi-Haridwar Highway is being four laned and you have to constantly switch between single and double roads, but I think things will be much better shortly as construction is complete. The route is via Merrut, Muzzafarnagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Narendernagar. We were staying at the Classic Hilltop Chamba, which is literally at the top of a hill and at least 200m above in height from the Mussoorie-Chamba road. The first thing that strikes you as you hit the place is the wonderful view of the snow capped peaks of Himalayas giving you and almost 180 degree view of these wonderful natural precipices. You can see Yamunotri, Nanda Devi, Gangotri and more. The view from the lawns is fantastic and having tea at these lawns was as great a welcome as it gets. The weather in middle September was just perfect, not too cold and not warm in the day. Chamba is about 50k from Mussoorie
                     The rooms at Classic Chamba are comfortable and some of them give the same view. The breakfast was refreshing and the group were given some free time to recuperate. Post lunch we headed for the Tehri Dam about 15 km away. The Dam, which has been recently commissioned, is important to the whole of North India for it’s electricity generation and irrigation. The whole of Tehri town was submerged to make a reservoir for the dam, the depth of the reservoir is more than a km and the view from the  Gallery of the two rivers merging is seen to be believed.
                       In the evening we had a poolside party with DJ where various games and dance were organized and the whole group including the children enjoyed it a lot. Next day we traveled to Dhanaulti/Dhanolti which is about 22 km from Chamba. Dhanolti is an un spoilt hill station with lovely views and thick Deodar forests with green meadows. There is an eco park at Dhanaulti giving an insight to vegetation of the area and it is great place to relax and visit. One can also stop at Kanatal on the way to Dhanauti. On the way back we stopped at Haridwar, Har Ki Paudi where most guests took a dip in the holy Ganges. So Chamba, Uttaranchal turned out to be a perfect leisure destination with great weather, lots of thing to and not too far from Delhi.

Contact  Anand 0-9811193634/ Seema 0-9891458220/  EMAIL us for bookings and packages and group tours to Chamba,Mussoorie or Kanatal.
R.Anand,
Around Delhi

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mussoorie Hotels Claridges Nabha


                            Had a fantastic time last weekend at a 4 star hotel of Mussoorie Claridges Nabha, with family. I have never been too fond of Mussoorie because of too much commercialisation and concretisation of this hill 
station. Lots of construction and deforestation had left the hill station, the Queen of Hills as a barren lot. The last few years has seen a sea change in this place with a bar on all new construction leading to a revival in greenery and better weather and rains to Mussoorie. This Monsoon the city had an excellent downpour and it had turned wonderfully green as we reached it in mid October of '09. Even the highway route to Mussoorie via Merrut, Khatauli, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee and Dehradun is on improving as four laning is going on at most of the places along the highway. Once complete I think this will lead to decrease in time take to reach Mussoorie (presently 7-8hrs).
                              We were staying at the Claridges Nabha, Mussoorie, the only Claridges hotel outside the NCR region. Claridges Nabha is a heritage hotel of  Mussoorie and the old residence of Mahraja of Nabha about 4 km from Mall Road, Mussoorie. The place is a heaven when you compare it to the hulla-gulla of the Mall Road, Mussoorie as it is surrounded by dense Cedar forests and immaculate gardens. Nabha Mussoorie is a small place with 21 rooms, a mixture of deluxe and Duplex rooms. It was just wonderful to stroll in the dense forest area around the place with a nice and cool breeze just about feeling the chill. The deluxe rooms are with a sitout area and some of them face the jungle. The Duplex rooms are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children with a master bed and two single beds in the attic. The radiation warmer keeps you warm in the winter as the temperature turns freezing outside. The hotel provides free transfers to the Mall and it becomes convenient as you do not have to search for parking around the Mall Mussoorie, so we took this facility and visited the Mall in the afternoon.
                         There are various hotels on the Mall road Mussoorie like Hotel Silver Rock, Shiva, Green Castle etc along with a lot of places to eat like the wonderful confectionary shops, Dominoes, Cafe Coffee Day, Barista and some good Chinese/Tibetan outlets with authentic Chinese & Tibetan food like Kasrang etc.We also tried the trolly which takes you to the Gun Hill which affords wonderful views of the surrounding area along with snow capped peaks of Himalayas. The peaks view was blocked by the clouds but still the surrounding view was worth the visit. One can also see the snow capped view from the Camels back road or the Himalaya facing rooms of Silver Rock or Shiva. You can also take other walks around Mussoorie. In the evening the view of the Doon Valley with thousands of shimmering lights is just superb. Around Mussoorie one can also visit Kempty falls, Dhanolti and Yamuna bridge beyond Kempty. I am sure you too will experience the change for the better in Mussoorie on your next visit.

Need a place to stay in Mussoorie call Seema @ 9891458220 or Anand @ 9811193634 for options and bookings or log onto our website- Hotels of Mussoorie

R.Anand

Monday, October 5, 2009

Delhi-Rishikesh rafting trip




Organized an all inclusive trip for rafting at Rishikesh end of October for 3N/3D. A group of 22 people enjoyed a wonderful rafting and camping adventure trip on the beautiful White sands of Rishikesh at the banks of the Ganges at

Camp 5 Elements, Byasi,Rishikesh
Run by the Leisure Hotels the camp the rafting camp in Rishikesh offers serene and rejuvenating environment. The Camp is indeed the most scenic, secluded & romantic beach camp on the Ganges. Sprawling over 500 meters of Silvery Sandy beach, the camp is surrounded by thick forests and mountains. The camp is located 27 kms from Rishikesh on the road to Deoprayag  between Shivpuri and Byasi Village. The tents are deluxe with a twin/double bed. There is an attached bathroom having running water (The only camps in Rishikesh with attached bathrooms). Toilets, the typical dry pit ones are separately made. 

Rafting Itinerary - Delhi-Rishikesh-Delhi

Day 01
Friday 30th October
Left Delhi -11PM by 27 seater A/c Deluxe bus
Arrival at the Camp. Welcome drink on arrival followed by breakfast. Briefing about the camp stay followed by chk in.
Lunch and camp orientation ; briefing. Post lunch
we left for our first encounter with the rapids at the Ganges,The first session included the stretch from Marine Drive
to Shivpuri covering thrilling rapids like 'Black Money',
'Three Blind Mice', 'Crossfire', 'Body Surfing', and 'The Shivpuri' rapids. Some of the people were nervous as this was their first encounter with the Ganges and rafting, but still all were super excited. One does not need to know swimming for doing rafting as Life jackets are provided and all safety precautions are taken. Post lunch camp activities such as Rock Climbing,
Rappelling, Beach Volleyball, Beach Cricket, Kayaking etc. kept the group ready.
.In the evening lazed over a Bonfire along with fun games followed by a sumptuous dinner specially
prepared by the Chef. Some of the hidden talents of singing etc came out of the group. Tucked into our Deluxe Tents at The Camp 5 Elements.


Day 02 Saturday

Woke up early to enjoy a refreshing Nature Walk with our guide. After a hearty breakfast changed into our rafting gear
and proceed for rafting on the river Ganges for the second round of rafting, the second stretch of Rafting
from Shivpuri to NIM beach. This stretch had even more rapids than the first round and the fear of water too had subsided for most.
Return to the Camp and go for lunch.

Post Lunch -
in camp activities such as Rock Climbing,
Rappelling, Beach Volleyball, Beach Cricket, Kayaking etc.
Evening Tea/coffee with cookies
Evening bon fire with cocktail snacks and a game of antakshri among participants

Day 03 2nd November, Monday

Breakfast & after breakfast 1100 Hrs Departure from the camp. Lunch on the way back. Evening tea with cookies.
Reached back Delhi



Cost Charged Per Person
Rs 6000/- inclusive of transfers Delhi-Rishikesh-Delhi , Stay for 2nigths in deluxe camps, Meals as per itinerary, Two rafting trips.
Does not include- Personal/medical expense of any nature, Service tax (2.58% extra), anything not mentioned in the Package as above.
Contact  Anand 0-9811193634/ Seema 0-9891458220/  EMAIL us for bookings and packages.
Wait for announcement of our next trip. Individuals and groups for customised itineraries can contact us any time.
 Other Rishikesh White Water Rafting options

 R.Anand 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Delhi-Khajuraho trip

                             Did a trip to Khajuraho last weekend from Delhi, as we were organizing a Conference cum Leisure trip for a Corporate for a group of about 60 people. Took the morning flight on Friday from IG domestic by Air India. It had rained a lot on Thursday in Delhi and the Cab driver of Easy Cabs was telling me that it took about 3 hours on Thurs to reach the Airport from Patel Nagar(normal time 1 hr). Well I alomost missed my flight because of traffic jams starting from Delhi Cantt till the Airport and probably got saved because the flight was late, I reached just about 25 mins before the scheduled departure. The flight was via Varanasi and it took about 2.5 hrs to reach Khajuraho. On reaching the small airport, the taxi from the hotel, Usha Bundela, was there to pick me up. The hotel is just 3 k from the Airport, infact all hotels( six in total) are all within 6 k, so it is very convenient. You can take an auto or even a rickshaw to reach the hotel..

                              Usha Bundela is 3 star hotel with 66 rooms, spread over 3 acres with lawns, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and off course the Conference Hall. The participants reached on their own from Agra, Jhansi etc and we headed for the main attraction of Khajuraho, the erotic temples divided in to East, South and the main-Western Temples. The temples are some thing to really seen to be believed, the beautiful sculpture and architecture doesn't look like to be hundreds of years old. All the temples are dedicated to a God and the out side walls depict statues in erotic art. The motifs signify how advanced the particular generation was regarding Kama and other man-woman relations, all the temples have carved figurines posing, dancing, admiring themselves in mirrors, combing their hair, gossiping and making love. Absolutely unusual poses that have made Khajuraho temples unique in style.The different poses leave little to imagination. The Western Temples are UNESCO nominated World Heritage site.
                               Next morning was dedicated to the Conference while I had a look at other hotels in the vicinity like Ramada, Clarks, Taj and Radisson. In the evening we visited the beautiful Raneh falls about 20 km from Khajuraho on river Ken, Famous for their seasonal waterfalls and rock formations, the attraction here is a five-km long, 100-ft deep canyon of crystalline granite in shades of pink, red and gray. Also closeby is the Panna Wildlife National Park(closed till 1st October) known for the Tiger, leopard, wolf, gharial, chinkara etc.

                             While coming back on Sunday, my Jet flight was cancelled due to the strike and I used the other way to travel between Delhi-Khajuraho, which was quiet convenient too. Took a taxi to Jhansi(about 3.5 hrs) and then the Shatabadi(there are lot of other trains too) which took 4.5 hrs to reach Delhi via Agra. There is also a direct train between Delhi-Khajuraho but runs only 3 times a week. Khajuraho cna also be part of an itinerary covering Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Panna and Bandhavgarh. So, if you have done enough of the hill-station drive and want to be away from traffic and shops and people, you could take a short break at Khajuraho — a peaceful destination with, perhaps, the finest sculptures in the world.
R.Anand,
For planning your trip to Khajuraho call us at AroundDelhi.com, Seema 9891458220/Anand 9811193634 or email us @ arounddelhi(at)gmail.com.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tree House Bhiwadi near Delhi

Conducted a Conference for a Govt. body at The Tree House at Bhiwadi. A comparatively new property Tree House is hotel cum Club with excellent rooms and lot of open and green areas. It is only 70 km from Delhi and 40 from Gurgaon, less than an hour's drive. As you enter the place you are greeted by lovely landscaping and flowing fountains adding to the freshness of the place. The reception area reflects the good ambiance of the hotel and check in of the rooms were done professionally by the Front office staff. The reception leads on to the courtyard area which again has flowing water in form of small fountains and also a place to sit out in the evening for meals etc.


Wings and Rooms- Tree House Resort at Bhiwadi now has wings a Business wing which is part of a Mall and the resort wing ( the older wing) There are various categories of rooms including the Executive, Junior Suite and Suite in Business wing and Premier, Superior and Junior Suite in Resort wing.


Food- Food is the Tree House Bhiwadi's speciality and its mouth watering dishes are bound to bound to tickle your palate.

There is a multicuisine restaurant for meals and also a restro bar with a huge LCD perfect to watch a cricket match over drinks or your favourite flick. The food is just excellent with the chef being ex Taj, I think that is the biggest plus of this place. The other big plus is the variety of recreation the club provides with a lovely swimming pool, synthetic tennis courts, squash courts, an indoor badminton court, a pool table and a kids room for children. For relaxation there is also a spa with steam, sauna, Jacuzzi and massage facilities.


We have a special package of Rs 6000/- for Executive Room and Rs 6500/- for the Premier room with Bfast, lunch and dinner for couple and two children of 5 years. The Package also includes
Complimentary usage of all recreational facilities like:
  • Well laid out tennis courts (The option of playing under floodlights is possible at an extra charge)
  • Well stacked library
  • The refreshing Swimming Pool
  • The Billiards and Pool Room
  • The indoor Badminton Court
  • The Squash Court
  • The Kids Room
For bookings call Seema 9891458220/Anand 9811193634 at Around Delhi Holidays.
Other one nite options near Delhi.

R.Anand

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Surya Vilas Solan Himachal

                    Visited a new place near Solan, Himachal in last month of June-Surya Vilas. Started from Delhi at 6PM and stopped only once for refreshment and more at 9PM and reached Surya Vilas by 12 mn after travelling about 300k. The resort is just 90 mins drive from The road from Ambala to Zirakpur has really improved and the only bottleneck is the ongoing work at Panckula, crossing Panipat was a breeze with the new flyovers. On reaching Surya Vilas we were served piping hot dinner in the room thanks to the F& B manager, the food was really delicious specially so after the long drive.
The rooms are in form of cottages each having four rooms each with seperate entrance. The room size is huge with equally large bathrooms with their glass roofs giving you a view of the sky while bathing. The rooms are a/c as the resort is only 40 km from Kalka. The resort offers a lot of acitivities including a swimming pool overloojing the hills, the Thalgo spa offering stress busting treatments, pool table, table tennis etc. The a/c restaurant and bar keep you in great spirits and the food is excellent specially the confectionery part. The Buffet offers close to 50 items in Lunch or dinner. For moving about at the resort

you just have to call for the comfortable golf carts.
There is also a conference hall ( for which I had brought my clients to this place) for about 50 people with all necessary equipment. In the evening we had a quiet party in the lawns when the weather was just pefect for outdoors.
So if you want to plan a leisure trip to this luxurious place or go for a corporate work shop Surya Vilas is perfect venue for both.
Surya Vilas-a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi/Chandigarh/Punjab through out the year.
More on Surya Vilas/Surya Vilas Packages
For queries contact us at Around Delhi 9891458220/9811193634 or email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com

More Snaps of Surya Vilas
R.Anand

Monday, July 13, 2009

Delhi-Mussoorie trip

Headed to Mussoorie on 10th July night accompanying a group of about 45 people in two 27 seater A/c buses. Although the main route to Mussoorie is via Merrut,Khatauli,Muzaffarnagar,Roorke Dehradun and onto Mussoorie we had to take an alternative road as it was Saawan maas, the month when the Kanwadias travel to collect the Ganges water from Haridwar and take it back to their local Shiv temple on foot. So the main highway had been taken over by them so we took another route via Merrut, Mawana, Meerapur, Bijnaur,Najibabad, Haridwar, Dehradun onto Mussoorie, the route was longer by about 50 k but very less crowded and the route between Haridwar and Najibabad is through Rajaji forest area and a wonderful one.
The weather had cooled down as we started our climb to Mussoorie from Dehradun and soon we engulfed in mist and clouds all around. Must say this natural a/c is much better than the artificial one. We were staying at the Fort Resorts Mussoorie, about 1 k from the Mall road and easily approachable by own vehicle although you walk up another 100m from the parking area. The breakfast was ready and inviting specially after the ovenite journey and the milk shake and fresh fruits were just yummy. The rooms at Fort Resorts, Mussoorie are either new or even the old ones have been fully renovated with wooden flooring, LCD TV, shower cubicles, mini bar, tea-coffee maker and what have you. The view of the Doon Valley from the huge terrace was eye catching and got better in the evening and night.
The walk to the Mussoorie Mall was refreshing because of the fine weather and fine ladies out in all their glory and make up. A bonus was a chance meeting with Mr Ruskin Bond, the famous author at one of the book stores. I got one of his novels signed for my elder son who is being taught his stories at School. I must say the greenery around Mussoorie has improved in the last few years after the ban on construction in the area. The cable car ride to the Gun Hill gives you some wonderful view of the forest and the valley, the cloud cover prevented the view of the snow capped peaks.
In the evening we organised an evening party for the client on the open terrace overlooking the valley with some foot tapping being played by the DJ and some juicy snacks being served with the drinks. Some interesting games were also organised to keep the guests entertained. The fantastic evening ended with a sumptuous dinner.
Next morning after breakfast we headed to Kempty falls after breakfast. The falls are about 15 km from Mussoorie and favorite with the crowd visiting. Here also one can take a cable car to down and come up. The water and the dip is really refreshing and cool though it became quiet crowded as time went by. Soon it was time to leave, we had our lunch at Dehradun and then on to Delhi by the same route.
Around Mussoorie one can also visit Dhanolti, Chamba and Kanatal.
Snaps of Fort Resorts Mussoorie. Other Mussoorie Hotels
With lot of new big hotels coming up in Mussoorie, it has come up as a favoured Conference Destination from Delhi.

For organising your trip to Mussoorie contact us at Around Delhi Holidays Pvt Ltd. Call Seema @ 9891458220 / Anand @ 9811193634
R.Anand

Monday, June 15, 2009

Delhi-Corbett Trip to Den Resorts

Organized a group trip to Corbett from 11th June night onwards for about 90 people from Rashi Peripheral for their annual meet. The travel was arranged in A/c deluxe buses from Delhi and we left at 11 PM from Delhi for The Den at Kumeria Reserve,Corbett. We reached early at 7AM in the morning, the resort is about 29 km from Ramnagar. The resort is the oldest resort in Corbett in dense forest area and a stand alone with no other resort or even other houses etc closeby. It is situated on the banks of River Kosi though at a little height and one can climb down to the river. The accommodation is in Cottage form and all the rooms have been recently renovated and are air conditioned. Some of the cottages have TV and mini fridge also. There are more than 100 Mango trees in the Resort and the trees were full of Mangoes a this time, very tempting to pick these raw mangoes. The USP of the place is it's location. The first full day was spent in the conference in the A/c hall and in the evening the group had light refreshments. Though it was quiet in the afternoon but it rained quiet heavily with hail stones post lunch with turning the weather to a very pleasant one. We slept early as we had a wake up call at 4 AM next day to go for morning Jungle Safari.

Next day we were out of the resort by 5 AM to travel to Bijrani Gate for Jungle Safari. We hired about 15 four wheel jeeps with 6 people in each. We saw a lot of deer-spotted, barking and sambhar, birds like woodpecker, magpie, hornbill etc. The best spotting was first of a herd of elephants and then a wild tusker with huge tusks which we saw at very close range and followed for at least 15 minutes in the jungle. It was a treat to watch as the male was probably in heat and looking for a partner. Corbett has many gates of entry for Jungle Safari like Bijrani, Jhirna and Durga Devi and Dhangarhi for Dhikala. One has to take a permit for Jungle entry and it is allowed in the morning or afternoon. The Dhikala entry is only for residents or for full day Canter Safari.
Post Lunch we trekked down to a flowing stream in the mountain for some adventure activities. Three activities were arranged rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing. The people were very enthusiastic and almost everybody participated. In the evening we arranged a DJ party in the lawns where people enjoyed some snacks, drinks and music and danced the blues away. Checked out early next day and had lunch on the way at Meriton, Gajraula reaching Delhi by 2PM
Contact us at Around Delhi Holidays Pvt. Ltd. for you Corbett bookings for individuals or groups and get some great deals. Call us at 09891458220/09811193634.
More Corbett Resorts. Another blog on Corbett.
R.Anand

Monday, May 4, 2009

Summer Hill Destinations of North India

The Heat is On...
Remember that Beverly Hills Song by Glen Frey-The Heat is on. The song holds true for the plains of India in May and June.It's Summer time once again and the plains are going to be hot,
very hot in fact.

So Around Delhi gives you some cool getaways to hill stations of North India. I am sure you will not mind sitting on the side of a stream or lake under a beautiful pine tree and laze around at 20 degress. Be it that you are looking for regular hiil places like Shimla, Nainital, Mussoorie, Manali etc we have hotels and resorts that fit to all pockets and cater to all tastes. Looking for a regular or an off beat hill
station- go no further as we have plethora of different places available like

Around Shimla- Kufri,

Near Nainital - Binsar
Ranikhet,

Near Mussoorie - Chamba- Uttaranchal,
Kanatal,
Camping near Kanatal/Dhanolti..

Dalhousie Hotels Resorts Cottages

Dharamshala Hotels Resorts Cottages

We also have Cottages available at Ranikhet, Kasauli,Ramgarh,Chail, and Manali.
Service Apartments at Mussoorie

Camping facilities available at Tehri,
Mukteshwar, Saattal, Chail, Kanatal(contact for details)



Call Seema
9891458220 or Anand 9811193634 for queries & bookings.




We also arrange for
conferences, training programmes, leisure trips etc.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Whirlwind tour of Shimla-Kasauli

Did a whirlwind tour of Shimla and Kasauli this weekend. Took a morning Shatabdi on Sunday, 7:40 am from NDLS(got up late by 45 mins but still managed to reach on time, thanks to Metro). The train was fully booked but got quiet empty at Chandigarh. Reached Kalka by 12 noon and took an Indigo for travelling to Shimla by road. I think this is the best way to cover this region as it is comfortable and time saving. After a small stop we reached Shimla by 3:15 PM. I had gone to Shimla for some meetings with the hoteliers and I was staying at Hotel Willow Banks, an excellent deluxe hotel on the Mall Road.


I got down at the lift and took it to reach the Mall(charges Rs 7), it is an easy way to reach the Mall from the Cart Road, takes just 1 minute. The weather was just fine and must have been about 25 degrees, a blessing after the searing heat of plains at 40 deg+. Had a nice lunch at the Hotel and checked into the newly done premium rooms. These premium rooms at Willow Banks are just too good. They are huge in size, wooden flooring with balcony. The rooms have a fridge, TV, tea-coffe maker, wifi connectivity, electronic safes and lots more. The bathrooms have tubs along with 24 hours running water supply(hot and cold). The hotel has central heating during winters. The adjoining terrace is huge and give a wonderful view of the Valley and Shimla town and can be used for evening sitout and parties etc.
 Terrace Hotel Willow Banks
Terrace with a a view, Willow Banks on the Mall, Shimla
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Premium Rooms, Willow Banks
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Being a Sunday, the Mall was crowded in the evening, though not overtly so. Shimla though being a little commercial, still is enjoyable as there is no traffic is allowed on the Mall. There is also a mix of old World charm with the new modern culture. The walk down the Mall road from Clarks in the eastern end to finish at the western end, about 3 km is leisurely and comfortable and you may sit down at various benches provided for rest. On the way you pass various shops, vendors, Gaiety Theater, Scandal Point- a popular hang out point, Indian Coffee House etc. You can also stop for some coffee, light snacks or a cool Softie(ice cream cone) to enjoy the walk. You may also buy some great looking and smelling fruits down the Mall. I will never get bored walking down the Mall road of Shimla. The evening also became quiet cool and woolens had to be taken out.

Next day left early from Shimla, the driver had parked the vehicle at the High Court Parking which is just 5 minutes walk from the Hotel. Started for Kasauli and reached in 2 hours time. Kasauli never seems to change(probably the Cantonment Board does not let it change, good for the town). Although few new resorts have come up near Kasauli, but no new construction is allowed in main town. Checked out a new resort called- Hills Pride. It is about 5 km from Kasauli town and slightly on the lower altitude(you need A/c during peak Summer in some of the rooms). Still it is a nice place with a beautiful lawn almost surrounding the whole building, one can sit out in the evening to enjoy a nice drink and meal.
Also checked on some two bed room apartments next to Kasauli Resorts, about 2 k from the main town. It is basically like a home away form home with a complete house to live in with a wonderful view from the balcony and some nice green terrace and lawns to sit out. The Apartment offers two bedrooms, a living rooms, attached baths with each room, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony and attached lawns. Every one dreams of owning a house in the hills, and living here you will feel your dream is being fulfilled, although for a small period.
Reached in time at Kalka to catch the Evening Shatabdi, 5:40 PM, to reach Delhi at 9:50 PM. You are served evening tea with snacks and dinner on the train itself. So thanks to Metro, Shatabadi and my driver for two days, Tinku I could make this business trip( with leisure as a bonus) in restricted time.

For arranging your trip to Shimla, Kasauli and other stations in the area like Chail, Parwanoo, Kufri etc you can call us at Around Delhi Holidays- me at 9811193634 or Semma at 09891458220. Or you can log onto our website Shimla Resorts or AroundDelhi.
Bye for now
R.Anand

Monday, March 9, 2009

Training Programme at Resort Country Club, Gurgaon



On Friday, 6th March'09 did a training programme for top executives of a comparatively new Mobile service provider. Resort Country Club is situated just beyond Manesar, and it falls in District Gurgaon only. It is about 5 km from the main NH8, the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. I could easily reach the resort from west Delhi in about one hour flat starting early morning. The resort is spread in a total of 12 acres with another 40 acres of green lawns with golf course nearby. The resort is surrounded by green fields and the resort itself is quiet green with a lot of trees, flowering plants etc.
The uniqueness of the resort is also in it’s location, it is not too far from Delhi and can be easily reached in less than one hour from Delhi and Guragaon, yet far enough from the city crowds and away from the busy NH 8 and offers vast open and green areas with a lot of shade giving trees. For recreation the place has a swimming
pool, lawn tennis courts, badminton courts, cricket, croquet, korf ball etc. For small children there is a sand pit area with slides, toy train, rides etc. There is also a 6 hole mini Golf course and a spa with massage facilities. Resort Country Club, Gurgaon is ideal for doing a conference or a training programme and also for short weekend getaways for the families or young couples. One can also come and enjoy the facilities and lots of organised games in a group.
The resort also has a pond and along with the greenery and trees attracts a lot of birds and one can hear the cacophony of their chatter through the day and more so in the evenings. The birds I saw on this trip were lots of peacocks, Hoopoe, Treepie, red vented Bulbul, rose ringed parakeets, jungle Babbler and more.

So next time you plan something and do not want to travel too far you can try out the Resort Country Club Gurgaon.
The family package for a couple and children below 6 yrs including all meals and evening snacks and drinks starts at Rs 7600 +taxes for weekdays and Rs 8000 + taxes for weekends.
For other options around Delhi log onto our website www.AroundDelhi.com or call Seema @ 9891458220 or Anand @ 9811193634.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tigers in Sariska

Hi,
The total strength of Tigers in Sariska went upto 3 with one more Tigress introduced from Ranthambhore Wild Life Sanctuary. So it makes it one tiger and two tigress. So people can look forward to have more frequent sightings in the future. The next best thing that can happen to Sariska is giving of birth to young ones by either of the Tigress.
Good wishes for the Tigers for that and Happy sighting to the visitors.

More about the Tiger shifting in the below links.
For bookings at Sariska, call us at Around Delhi 9891458220/9811193634

News article in Hindu
Article in TOI

Dr Anand

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Delhi-Manali-trip


Plan a Shimla Manali trip from Delhi lasting 5/6 night or higher. Stay can be arranged in cottages or budget to luxury hotels in Shimla and Manali. Vehicle can be arranged from Delhi/Kalka/Shimla/Chandigarh or Manali.
For detailed itinerary and bookings email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com or call Delhi-09811193634/09891458220. Around Delhi Holidays Pvt Ltd.


Delhi Shimla Manali Tour Packages (2012)

Shimla Hotels 


Planned a Delhi-Manali trip to Manali last Nov. Started early morning on Thursday to avoid the city rush. By 7 AM we had crossed the bypass
to NH1 and followed it till Chandigarh via Panipat and Karnal. Further route Route-Ropar-Kiratpur-Gharmora-Swarghat-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali. The journey took us about 13 hrs with about 3 stoppages, we had two people driving so that helped. The total distance covered 556 km, out of which about 225 was in the hills. We were staying at the Highland Park Manali , which was right next to the river Beas with beautiful views of the river and the valley. The resort had beautiful cottage style deluxe centrally heated accommodation and provided value for money. We took a Luxuria suite which had the bed room with a living room, a living room with a balcony and a garden. We had an excellent dinner in the restaurant and retired for the day to sleep away our tiredness.
Next day after early bfast we first went to Hidimaba Temple, The temple is dedicated to Hadimba, wife of Bhima from Mahabharata. No idol is enshrined and only a foot-print on a stone is kept within. Manu Temple and the Vashisht temple are also worth a visit. Vashisht is know for Hot Sulphur Water Spring and temple of Lord Vashist. Back at the hotel in the evening we warmed to a bon fire over some
drinks and light music.

Next day we were off to Rohtang pass, about 50 KM from Manali,which is a high mountain pass at 4000m, that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It has become a very popular summer spot for tourist as one can find snow here even in peak summers. It was freezing cold and the weather can be quiet unpredicatable here, so we were forewarned that we should leave at first hint of bad weather. We enjoyed some fun and frolic in the snow followed by some hot tea at a local joint and soon started back for Manali. On the way back we went to Solang Valley known for skiing and paragliding. Next morning we said good bye to this beautiful resort and hill station of Himachal and headed back to Delhi.
Where to stay at Manali
Stay at Shimla 
Shimla Manali Tour Packages

Dr. R.Anand, Around Delhi



Monday, February 16, 2009

Uttaranchal-Trip-Naukuchiatal-Nanital-Kausani-Binsar


(Also See Nainital Corbett Kausani Binsar Itinerary and Costing 2012)


Recently did a trip to Uttaranchal covering Nainital, Naukuchiatal, Binsar and Kausani. We knew it would be a hectic trip as we had limited days in which we wanted to cover a lot of destinations as we had some overseas guests traveling with us who wanted to see it all. Beautiful landscapes, lovely lakes, excellent weather and some very nice resorts, the trip had all this and more(details as below).
We started early morning on Thursday at 6Am and crossed Delhi by 6 AM onto Hapur via Gajiabad. Highway till Hapur bypass (NH 24) is one way with great roads.
The road from Hapur bypass till Moradabad is now fully constructed and it is a breeze to do this stretch.( 17th March 2012)  Stopped at Gajraula(Meriton) for breakfast(8:30AM) it is about 110 k from Delhi. (Route to Nainital) After Moradabad bypass we did not go towards Rampur, Haldwani but went towards Ramnagar
Corbett by taking a U turn. Took a right turn for Naintal(clearly marked)via Bazpur, Tanda and Kaladhungi. The road goes though a forest area near Kaaldhungi with Yamuna flowing on the right, it is a picturesque road with a wonderful drive and road. This route decreases the total distance to Nainital by 40 km. We reached Nainital via Sukhatal and went straight to Hotel Naini Retreat(previously Claridges). The hotel overlooks the lake and is a heritage property. The specialty of Naini Retreat is it's location, ambiance and food. We had a Garden view room which gave us a wonderful view. After a delicious lunch we went to the Nainital lake in the hotel's vehicle which dropped us near the Mosque. The lake is a walking distance from there and so is the Mall Road. After boating and some shopping we returned to the hotel by calling a vehicle form the hotel. In the evening we had some drinks in the lawns around a bon fire and listening to some nice old Hindi songs by a guitarist.
Next day we travelled about 30k to Naukuchiatal Lake Resort via Bhimtal, both lakes in the area. Naukuchiatal is a nine cornered lake and a beautiful one, it is much cleaner and less crowded than Nainital. Lake Resort Naukuchiatal is situated on the opposite side of the lake in the jungle with all lake facing rooms. The place is best to observe nature, go for long leisure walks and some boating on the lake. The serenity of the lake is something to look forward to and it really calms your senses.
Day 3 -Travelled 3 hours to Kausani via Kainchi and Almora. Staying at Sun-n-snow Kausani, a small but nice hotel, and by far the best available in Kausani. Kausani is a quiet place with some breathtaking views of the snow capped
peaks. The hill station is situated at a height of 1900 m and is surrounded by tea plantations and fruit orchards. Kausani is famous for it's Anasakti Ashram where the Mahatama stayed for some time in 1929.
Day 4- Travelled about 90 mins to Binsar, another of those quiet hill stations in the region. Stayed at Kassar Jungle Resort, named after a local Devi and located on Almora-Binsar road away from the main highway in the jungle area. Binsar is famous for the Binsar Wild Life Sactuary and Binsar Mahadev temple and of course the views of the peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Kedarnath. It is difficult to decide which is more beautiful between Binsar and Kausani, but I think the greater height of Binsar gives it the slight edge. Had a visit to the Sanctuary and though we could not much animals, we were told that Leopard and other animals are sighted especially in the evenings. One can also have a Picnic lunch at Kosi river a little away form the resort. The resort also arranges for Adventure activities at a little distance like rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing etc.
Day 5- Started back to Delhi via Bhimtal, Moradabad and it took us about 8 hrs of driving + two breaks.

All in all it was a wonderful Hill Holiday which was quiet close to nature, relaxing and with some wonderful photo opportunity moments.

To arrange your trip to Uttaranchal you can call Around Delhi Holidays at 09891458220/09811193634, choose from Economy, Deluxe or Luxury Hotels- Nainital Itinerary

R.Anand,
Around Delhi

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snow fall at most hill stations in North India


Fresh snowfall at Manali 9 Dec 2011
2011- 9th Dec- First snowfall of the season reported at Manali. Snowfall also reported in other parts of North India including Srinagar,Kufri and Narkanda.

2009-After a long dry spell this winter when most hill stations went without snow it snowed quiet heavily in hill stations of Kufri, Mussoorie, Chamba, Nainital, Kanatal and Shimla. The hills and trees in these hill stations were covered with a white blanket of snow giving a beautiful look. So if you are planning to take a break this weekend these places will make for a ideal weekend getaway. Below are some links with more details.

Snowfall at Shimla, Kufri,Narkanda


End of Dry spell at Shimla


Mussoorie, Nainital receive season's first snowfall

Dr R.Anand, Around Delhi

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Picnic at Botanics Damdama

Another corporate party near Damdama lake in Haryana, this time we did it at Botanics Nature Resort, the place I mentioned in my previous blog. The
place is based in 40 and most of it is lawns, gardens and full of flowering plants.The 40 acre global green park offers series of theme gardens and the marvels of nature. Park is built with the combined knowledge and inputs from experts of organizations like Samak Landscaping, WWF India and Haryana Tourism. The place provides options for a day picnic, day conference around Delhi or an overnite programme in it's cottages or luxury tents. The place is just half an hour drive
from Gurgaon and easily accessible from Delhi too. The place is a dream child of an horticulturist and what one sees is a result of a passion about nature and real hard work. The group was given a guided nature walk displaying the magnificent `Colors of Nature' in the breath taking series of gardens like Fragrance Garden, Herbs & Spices Gardens, Butterfly Park, and Rose Garden and many more. There is provision toplay various games along with the swimming pool and also the adventure activity area where one can do various activites like Jumping from Hurdle Wall Climbing Machaan, Balance Walk, Crossing Burma Bridge, Spider's Web etc.
We were served an excellent lunch and the sheer beauty and greenery surrounding us made it taste even better. For nature lovers the place is heaven with sighting of lot of birtds too in winter. The place also arranges for other activities like Zorbing, Dirt biking ATVs and Paint ball. For staying there are luxurious tents with attached toilets or the cottages.Only group bookings are done for minimum 5 rooms.So next time you plan to do some thing near Delhi either for the day or overnite contact Seema 09891458220 or Anand 09811193634 at Around Delhi.

More Picnic Options near Delhi


Dr Anand, Around Delhi