Saturday, July 9, 2011

Monsoon Getaways

It seems that finally the Monsoons are here in Delhi and North India and non too soon you will agree. Monsoon is a great time to explore new places or spend time watching the rain or enjoying the cool breeze at places which are green and close to nature. It is great seeing Raindrops falling on your window or verandah or lawn or....

Around Delhi offers some great getaways where we feel you can enjoy the rains in green environs and yet not too far from Delhi. Click here for special discounted  Monsoon Offers from  Around Delhi Holidays
What's more you enjoy great discounts and fablous monsoon offers from Around Delhi Holidays.
Sariska is a beautiful jungle area just about 3 hours from Gurgaon and it gets really green and clean due to the rains with wild life too enjoying the downpour after a parched summer. Stay at the Sariska Palace, a heritage property spread over 100 acres of mostly green lawns with not too big build up area.And who knows you might come across a Tiger on your visit to the Jungle Safari. Book Sariska Palace with us and get Jungle Safari free with the 2n package.

Fort Unchagaon near Garh Mukteshwar is just 130k and surrounded by Mango orchards in a village setting very close to the River Ganges. Enjoy this stint of rural tourism in a heritage fort with excellent food and services. Fort Unchagaon also has a swimming pool now. All meals package for a couple starts at Rs 5000/-.

Kikar Lodge near Ropar and Chandigarh is a jungle property with world class facilities and accommodation in tents or cottages with a Spa thrown in. Go for a night safari in this very green surrounding about 5 hours drive from Delhi. Also avail of a 20% discount voucher for your next booking at preferred resorts.
Corbett in rains with it's flowing rivulets, growing rivers and increasing greens adds to the charm of the place. You can also go for rafting, walk in the rains and Jungle safari as one or two Jungle gates are still open. Plus you can enjoy your stay at lovely resorts with all modern facilities at reasonable rates. Choose from any of these resorts at Corbett. Stay for 2 nights at Corbett Hideaway and stay free for one night at Naini Retreat.

And then of course you can head to the hills if you want to enjoy the beautiful & green mountains washed out by the falling rains. Click here for Hill options.
For more options log onto www.AroundDelhi.com or call Seema 9891458220/Anand9811193634.

R.Anand,
Around Delhi

Monday, June 27, 2011

Conference at Goa in the Monsoon Rains

Ariel View, Majorda Beach Resort Goa
               May and June is a very hectic season for us as far as season booking in hills are concerned as it is extremely hot in the plains. This leads to a lot of difficulty to get rooms and also the rates are quiet high. So we planned a conference for one of our clients at Goa during June as it is Monsoon time in Goa and one can get good rates in 4/5 star beach resorts in Goa.
               The Conference cum Leisure trip was planned at Majorda Beach Resort in South Goa. Took the evening flight of Spicejet to Goa to reach one day before guest check in. On Landing at Dabolim Airport, Goa pickup vehicle was waiting in a light drizzle and it felt like heaven after the blistering heat of Delhi. After a welcome drink at the reception I was guided to my room, which was centrally air conditioned and felt so cold that I had switch off the A/c soon. There were also the delicious Goa Cashews and port wine waiting in the room, and the wine really set the mood for the evening with it's aroma and taste. I soon joined other guests near the indoor pool where a Goan band was playing along with some great acrobatic display including fire dance and all. The dinner had a wide variety with good taste and a definite Goan flavour.
View From Lounge at Majorda, Goa
              Majorda Beach Resort Goa is a 5 star hotel spread in 22 acres and located in South Goa on the beach. It is one of the oldest properties in Goa and shows a mixture of Goan and Portuguese culture. The resort at Majorda boasts of two swimming pools, one indoor and one out doors, spa facilities, Gym, Lawn tennis and Squash in recreation. It has two Conference Halls with the bigger hall catering up to 300 people. The resort is very green with a lot of lawn areas, tall palm trees and green areas doting the place. The resort is very close to the sea and one can view the sea from some of the rooms, though the tall palm trees come in the way. One can just walk to the beach and enjoy the sandy beach, just as we did early next morning before breakfast. The sea is quiet rough during Monsoon and one should be careful not to venture too far into the sea during this season.
Indoor Pool at Majorda
             After some fun in the pool and on the beach, it was time for the Conference and we were using the bigger San Rafael with back projection screens with LCD and an AV system. After the lunch it was time for some sight seeing to Old Goa to the famous Churches of Goa including that of Basilica of  Bom Jesus, situated in Old Goa and built in 1605, Basilica of Bom Jesus has now been declared a World Heritage Monument. The church houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa, who died while on a sea voyage to China. By 6 PM we crossed Panajim for the cruise of River Mandovi with the slight drizzle egging us on.  The evening cruise on the river is a One hour trip where the group enjoyed the lovely views and breeze along with some Goan and Portuguese dances to boot. After the cruise people bought some specialities of Goa like the cashew nuts and Port wine and Cashew Fenny from a nearby market. We made our way back to our resort in our bus in the falling rain and reached back in about an hour.
 San Rafael Conference Hall
           The next day was fully reserved for the conference followed by a DJ party indoors because of heavy rain inside. The Conference Hall was very spacious and made a perfect venue for the discussions and unveiling of some new themes for the Company. Last day after winding up the discussions in the pre lunch session, the group checked out and took flights back to Mumbai and Delhi. Majorda. 

Dr. R.Anand
 
 For planning your Conference or Leisure programmes at Goa contact us at Around Delhi,call us at 09811193634/09891458220 or email us at  arounddelhi@gmail.com

Also see Goa Airfare packages

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Confernece at Kasauli

Just finished a Conference for a group of Delhi District Court Judges at Victoria Continental near Kasauli. Total of about 120 Judges were hosted and the complete programmed was expertly handled including all transport facilities, stay, conference and trekking etc.

Dr.R.Anand
Resorts at Kasauli
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Good Friday Long Weekend


      We are fast approaching the long weekend of Good Friday 29-31st March 2013, a holiday on Friday makes it convenient to take a well deserved break from one's busy schedule and relax in the hills, forest or some nice resort around Delhi. Not surprisingly many of the resorts are already sold out and rest too are selling like hot cakes. So if you have not booked do it fast to avoid last minute disappointment. Some of the options available for this weekend are as below


 Wild Life
Sariska Palace, 4 hrs drive from Delhi, a heritage property based in 100
acres right next to Sariska Tiger Sanctuary. 
 Corbett, Corbett RiverView and Ramganga Corbett is just 6 hrs drive from Delhi and all year round destination plus a great place to watch the wildlife. Also available are
convenient 2/3/4 BR cottages.

 Hills
WillowBanks, Shimla, situated on the Mall Road, this beautiful hotel is
conveniently located on the Shimla Mall road and offers 4 star facilities.

 Situated near Shimla, Oakwood Shoghi is a great place for some adventure activities in natural surroundings
Ranikhetin Uttaranchal, Rosemount a beautiful heritage property near Nainital.

Kasauli Resorts is a nice resort overlooking the valley and can be easily reached in 3 hrs.

KassarJungle Resort, near Binsar,
the place to see the snow capped Himalayan peaks.

Claridges Nabha is a lovely 4 star resort near Mussooire in beautiful and quiet surroundings.
HotelSilver Rock at Mussoorie on the Mall Road Mussoorie.

Adventure

Rishikesh-Rafting ; Camping Options Camping on the white sand beaches and rafting on the Ganges. You can also join our Rafting trip Delhi-Rishikesh-Delhi

Dhanaulti & Kanatal Camps at a cooler place with option of adventure including rafting, 8 hrs from Delhi

 Rajasthan & Around Delhi

Jaipur is fun with it's colourful bazaars, variety of cuisines and various old forts and
havelis. Stay at  the KK Royal next to Amberfort or the Pride Amber Vilas, a new
resort in Jaipur based on a Rajasthani village, right opposite the Chokhi Dhani.
 

Tree House near Bhiwadi, is about an hour's drive from Delhi and a beautiful place to enjoy with swimming pool, spa , tennis etc. and great food to boot.

Country Inn Kosi - Enjoy an all meals package with snacks and drinks at just Rs 3500/- per person in a lovely green environs with lots of activities just 2 hrs drive from Delhi.

For other options log on to www.AroundDelhi.com  
For bookings nd queries call Seema @ 9891458220/ Anand 9811193634

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Devi Garh Udaipur

Devi Garh Udaipur
                                I was now on last leg of my Rajasthan tour and was to travel by road from Jodhpur to Udaipur. Started early morning from Jodhpur and made good time to reach Devi Garh a luxury resort, made popular by now divorced Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar wedding. The road from Jodhpur to Udaipur is fairly OK except for some bad patches. The usual time taken is about 6 hours.
Arravali Suites
Palace Suites
                                Devi Garh or Devi resorts as it is also called, is situated about 28k before Udaipur, The fort, surrounded by lush green fields and mountains on three sides, overlooks the village of Delwara, and is close to the temples of Eklingji and Nagda. Devi Garh fort palace with its contemporary interiors set in an 18th century fort palace, has been described as one of the most romantic places on earth, and it surely lives up to that. The lovely fort palace of Devi Garh offers a variety of palace suits each unique in it's own way. The well spread out Palace has been resurrected from almost scratch and now the garden, palace, terrace and the pool has a divine look. I was accompanied for a Palace tour as this was my first visit to the place followed by a sumptuous lunch. The accommodation is all suites with the Devigarh Suite having a private Jacuzzi and a semi private swimming pool,luxury at it's best. 

 All the palace suites have either balconies or bay windows, which overlook the lush green fields and the mountains which surround Devi Garh. Each suite is accessible through a traditional "aangan" (courtyard) with contemporary design. Each suite is decorated with semi precious stones and is unique in it's own way.

Garden Suites Sitout
The Garden suites at Devi Garh each have their own private lobby, garden and tented terrace, and overlook a vivid rectangular field of flowers. In each of the suites, the decor (based on local green marble) brings the serenity and beauty of the garden inside. A carved marble tree of life surmounts the headboard of the bed, adding to the effect of a garden within the room.

Apart from the suites there is also a lovely spa by L'Occitane presenting a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean well -being treatments 

 

 The evening at Devi garh was wonderful with the sun setting and turning the already golden fort more beautiful and paint it in lovely hues of red and gold. 
Devi Garh near Udaipur is a lovely place to be for a romantic holiday, a honey moon destination or a family outing. Also a great set up for a high end corporate meeting or training.

 Call us for best offers for Devi Garh Udaipur at 09811193634 or email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com.

R.Anand 


Already covered Jaipur-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur in Rajasthan itinerary.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Rajasthan-road-train-trip

                  After some memorable time at Jaisalmer & Sam,Khuri dunes it was time to move on to Jodhpur. Caught the evening train to Jodhpur, Jodhpur's main attractions are the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Mehrangarh fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Some of the palaces inside the fort are

Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur
Moti Mahal - The Pearl PalaceBuilt by Raja Sur Singh (1595-1619), the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms.

Sheesha Mahal - The Hall Of MirrorsIt is a fine example of a typical Rajput Sheesh Mahal. The mirror-work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another thing is the superimposition over the mirror-work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster.

Phool Mahal - The Palace Of Flowers The Phool Mahal was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724-1749). The grandest of Mehrangarh's period rooms the Phool Mahal was in all likelihood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure; dancing girls once swooned in exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in gold filigree.

Umaid Bhawan Palace  is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Part of the palace has been converted to a hotel and another part has a museum housed in it.

Fort Luni Chanwa
Around Jodhpur- One can visit the Osian temples about 65 km from Jodhpur which are medieval Hindu and Jain temples, like the Shiva temple, Harihara temple and the Surya temple. The temples date back to 8th-11th century. Osian also offers a desert safari and some camping options too.    Another place close to Jodhpur-40k, is Luni village where there is a lovely Fort Chanwa worth visiting and staying for one night at least.

 The city of Jodhpur is now on the international tourist map and also a big hit with the domestic tourists for leisure and conference. Jodhpur is almost an integral part of your Rajasthan itinerary also because of it's strategic location. I had a wonderful time at Jodhpur in my two days stay.


Next in line was Udaipur, and I had to go by road to Udaipur as Jodhpur to Udaipur has no train connection(strangely).

Dr. R.Anand
For planning your Rajasthan itinerary contact us at Around Delhi,call us at 09811193634/09891458220 or email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com You can also book Jodhpur hotels  with us.

Also see Bikaner, Jaisalmer.