India - Asia

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex, massive Jama Masjid mosque and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for Himalayan trekking.

Weather and Climate in India
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That's when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you'll experience in India's coastal cities.

DELHI

Delhi also known as the National Capital Territory of India is the capital territory of India. Such is the nature of urban expansion in Delhi that its growth has expanded beyond the NCT to incorporate towns in neighboring states and at its largest extent can count a population of about 25 million residents as of 2014, and is the largest urban agglomeration in India by land area and population. It is also the 4th most populous city on the planet.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN DELHI

Visit The Red Fort which was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums

Visit the Humayun's tomb which is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum

Visit the Qutub Minar, at 74 meters, which is the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj in Chappar Chiri at Mohali, which measures 100 meters in height.

Visit Nizamuddin Dargah which is the dargah of one of the world's most famous Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya. Situated in the Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, the dargah is visited by thousands of Muslims every week

Visit The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, it is one of the largest mosques in India.

ACCOMMODATION

SURYA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL (3*)

Hotel Surya International Located in the national capital of India. Located in the heart of City Saraswati Marg, W.E.A., Karol Bagh, the location makes every other corner of Delhi easily accessible. Hotel Surya International is just believed in Indian mythology ´ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA´. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: hotelsuryainternational.com

REGENT GRAND (3* Deluxe)

An ideal place to create unforgettable memories, Hotel Regent Grand is Budget hotels in central Delhi portraits architectural grandeur and royal luxury for your leisure or business sojourn. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotelregentgrand.com

VIKRAM HOTEL (4*)

Hotel Vikram is the only Four Star Hotel in South Delhi, within stone throw distance not only from the main commercial area like Nehru Place, Okhla Industrial Area, Jasola and Mohan Cooperative but also from the main Market places like Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash, South Extension, Delhi Haat and the main Exhibition Ground Pragati Maidan. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotelvikram.com

RANTHAMBORE

Ranthambore National Park (is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 110 km northeast of Kota and 160 km southeast of Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport. The nearest town and railway station is at Sawai Madhopur, about 11 km away. The park is also close to the Kota train station.

Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can even be easily spotted in the daytime. The best time for tiger sightings at Ranthambore National Park is in November and May. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Ranthambhore Fort

In the heart of the national park, this ancient fort is believed to have been built by the Chauhan Rajputs in the 10th century, only a few years before the invasion by Mohammed of Ghori. From a distance, the fort is almost indiscernible on its hilltop perch – as you get closer, it seems almost as if it is growing out of the rock. It covers an area of 4.5 sq km, and affords peerless views from the disintegrating walls of the Badal Mahal (Palace of the Clouds), on its northern side. The ramparts stretch for more than 7km, and seven enormous gateways are still intact.

ACCOMMODATION

TIGER MACHAN (3*)

Tiger machan was built in 2006 the resort is located in reserve area of ranthambore national park jungle, near by the village of sherpur and kuttalpura in the state of Rajasthan. The resort is five minute drive from ranthambore national reserve gate and three and half hour by road and two and half hour by train from Jaipur. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.tigermachan.com

TIGER DEN RESORT (3*)

Tiger Den Resort, nestled in the lap of nature provides you a subline setting, for you feel the power of the Earth, Water, Fire, Space and the wild. Let the five elements, hidden in you for years, emerge and merge with surroundings. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.tigerdenresort.com

SHIMLA

Shimla also known as Simla, is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN SHIMLA

Visit Jakhoo Temple which is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m above sea level

Visit a Shimla institution, the Indian Coffee House is like an old boys’ club with its ageing booths, uniformed waiters and blackboard menu.

Visit the Ridge road which is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla.

Mountains & Mystics: Take a tour of India and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. This is a journey of the body and spirit as we travel through the foothills of the world's highest mountains.

Embassy Restaurant: It doesn’t look like much from the outside but Embassy is a cozy timber-lined restaurant with fabulous views over Shimla, especially at night when the city lights are on. The menu runs to Indian, Chinese and continental, with good biryanis and a tasty chicken curry

ACCOMMODATION

WOOD VILLE PALACE RESORT

Woodville Palace has an impressive history dating right back to 1866 when Sir William Mansfield, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army became the first resident of this charming and picturesque estate. It was later acquired by His Highness Maharaja Bhagvat Sinh of Gondal State in Western Indian as a gift for his daughter, Rani Leila Ba of Jubbal State. Her husband, Raja Rana Sir Bhagat Chand tore down the old structure and constructed a new building in 1938. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.woodvillepalacehotel.com

SHIMLA HAVENS RESORT

Situated at an altitude of 6400 feet in Himalayas Shimla Havens is a newly built resort spread in 6 acres surrounded by Pine, Cedar and Rhodo Dendron forests. The Resort is located around 4 km. from the newly built ISBT (Inter State Bust terminus) and 1 km from Summer Hill railway station. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: shimlahavens.com

MUMBAI

Mumbai also known as (Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, most populous metropolitan area in India, and the eighth most populous city in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million and metropolitan area population of 20.7 million as of 2011. Along with the urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2009, Mumbai was named an alpha world city.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN MUMBAI

The Gateway of India which is a monument built during the British Rule in Mumbai City of Maharashtra state in Western India. It is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea.

The Chhatrapatī Shivaji Mahārāj Vastu Saṅgrahālay, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is the main museum in Mumbai, Maharashtra It was founded in the early years of the 20th century

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously Borivali National Park, which is a large protected area in the northern part of Mumbai city in Maharashtra State in India.

The Kanheri Caves constitute a group of rock-cut monuments that are located to the north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai, the capital city of Indian State of Maharashtra.

Elephanta Island which is one of a number of islands in Mumbai Harbour, east of Mumbai,

ACCOMMODATION

SAHIL HOTEL (3*)

Step into an ambiance which goes beyond the conventional limits of hospitality, luxury and comfort. Experience the feeling of being really cared for, the feeling of a home.... Experience Hotel Sahil, Mumbai. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotelsahil.com

EMERALD HOTEL (3*)

The Emerald - Hotel & Executive Apartments is one of the leading 4 Star hotels in Mumbai, the dream city of India.

The royal ambiance of this Mumbai Hotel has been specially designed to suit the exact tastes and requirements of VIP dignitaries, Corporate CEOs and Business magnates in Mumbai. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.theemerald.com

SUBA PALACE

Situated near Gateway of India, Hotel Suba Palace offers free WI-Fi and houses a multi-cuisine restaurant. 24-hour room service is available. The hotel is 2 km from the CST main bus depot and 11 km from the Dadar Central Railway Station. It is an hours' drive from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.subahotels.com

FARIYAS HOTEL (4*)

Fariyas Hotel - Mumbai is in sync with the needs of today's savvy business travelers. Located just off the Colaba Causeway & right in the heart of south Mumbai, yet far from the bustling crowds. At Fariyas, you are just ten minutes away from the business districts of Nariman Point. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.fariyas.com

SHALIMAR HOTEL

The Shalimar Hotel is a trend setting 4 Star property located downtown, within South Mumbai’s elite residential enclave. The surrounding precinct is a Shopper's paradise and a fashionable hub of social activity and nightlife.

Approximately a 40 minute drive from the Mumbai airport, The Shalimar Hotel is close to Mumbai's business district, hospitals, shopping and entertainment. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.theshalimarhotel.com

RAMEE GUESTLINE JUHU

Ramee Guestline Hotel Juhu is located in an affluent western suburb of Mumbai, India, 100 meters from Juhu Beach and one kilometer from a shopping district. A boutique hotel, Ramee Guestline Hotel Juhu offers a health club, a day spa, a sauna, a spa tub, a steam and an indoor pool. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.rameehotels.com

BANGALORE

Bengaluru also known as Bangalore, is one of the largest cities and is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in India. Located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau, it is the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Located at a height of over 900 m (3,000 ft.) above sea level, Bengaluru is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. Its elevation is the highest among the major large cities of India.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN BANGALORE

Cubbon Park which is a landmark 'lung' area of the Bangalore city, located within the heart of city in the Central Administrative Area

Lalbagh or Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bangalore

the Bangalore Palace, a palace located in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, was built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College

Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, which was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974. In 2002 a portion of the park, became a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, in Bangalore, India, which is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan

Thottikallu which is a place near Bangalore off the Kanakapura road which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls, more popularly known as TK falls. It is also known as 'SwarnaMukhi' water falls. SwarnaMukhi translates as 'Golden-Faced'

Hebbal Lake which is located in the north of Bangalore at the mouth of National Highway 7, along the junction of Bellary Road and the Outer Ring Road. It was one of the three lakes created in 1537 by Kempe Gowda.

Devanahalli Fort which is located 35 kilometers north of Bangalore city, at Devanahalli in the State of Karnataka, India. It was originally built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda, which remained in the hands of his descendants until the mid–eighteenth century

ACCOMMODATION

THE INFANTRY HOTEL(3*)

Located in the most exciting part of Bangalore, surrounded by shopping and fine restaurants, the hotel is just five minutes’ walk from Commercial Street, which is a shopping hub. With exquisitely appointed rooms and modern comforts, the hotel offers the finest standards of hospitality and service. The Banquet Halls and Board room present perfect venues for banquets, seminars and conferences. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.theinfantryhotel.com

REGAALIS HOTEL(3*)

With a stay at Regaalis Bangalore, you'll be centrally located in Bengaluru, steps from St. Mark's Cathedral and minutes from Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Government Museum and M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.ushalexushotels.com

FORTUNE PARK JP CELESTIAL (4*)

Situated in the heart of Bengaluru just off the Race Course Road, in close proximity to the lush green Bengaluru Race Course-one of the finest in the country, is Fortune Park JP Celestial complementing the modern lifestyle of the city. Just 4 kms from MG Road, 1.5 kms from the railway station and with easy access to the airport, the hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and an excellent range of guest facilities and services backed by great hospitality. Recommended for families, couples and business purposes.

Website: www.fortunehotels.in/

KOVALAM

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city center.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN KOVALAM

South India Unplugged: Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Explore the lush landscapes, intriguing religions, exotic bazaars and incredible contrasts of this region. Jump on and off local transport, go rural through backwater coconut groves and fishing villages, and discover the heart of the subcontinent.

German Bakery (Waves): In a swanky new location on an airy, sun burnt-orange balcony, this remains the most popular hang-out in town. Finger-licking pastries still take pride of place on the menu, as do a huge range of winning breakfasts, strong coffee and quiches.

Fusion: The terrace restaurant at Beach Hotel II is one of the best dining experiences on Lighthouse Beach with an inventive East-meets-West menu, a range of Continental dishes, Asian fusion and interesting seafood numbers like lobster steamed in vodka.

India Experience: Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the cultures of the north and the lush beauty of the south. Highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green in Kerala and within the vibrant towns of Rajasthan.

Suprabhatham: This little veg place hidden back from the beach doesn't look like much, but it dishes up excellent, dirt-cheap Keralan cooking in a rustic setting of dirt floor and plastic chairs

Vizhinjam Lighthouse: Kovalam's most distinguishing feature is the candy-striped lighthouse at the southern end of the beach. Climb the spiral staircase for endless views along the coast.

Swiss Café: Swiss Cafe stands out for tasty Euro dishes like rosti, schnitzel, pasta and pizza, as well as the usual fresh seafood and Indian staples.

ACCOMMODATION

ABAD HARMONIA AYURVEDA BEACH GARDEN(3*)

Abad Harmonia, located at Chowara, 6-km south of Vizhinjam, Kovalam Offers tastefully designed cottages and rooms which exudes warmth of its own. Here the simple slice of nature extends to form a harmonic whole. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.abadhotels.com/

UDAY SAMUDRA LEISURE BEACH HOTEL (3*)

UDS located at the famed beaches of Kovalam, just 15 meters from the sea, is an exclusive 5 Star leisure beach hotel - a destination by itself. The setting, facilities, people, spa, cuisine and its whole philosophy is dedicated to your personal wellness in a luxurious environment. Just by being at UDS, one of the finest hotels in kovalam, your stresses start to flutter away; the landscaping has its own serenity, a harmony of a defined architecture, spacious lawns, blue water pools and soaring coconut grooves all set in four tranquil acres by the sea. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.cleartrip.com/hotels/.../uday-samudra-leisure-beach-hotel-and-spa-...

ISOLA DI COCCO POOVAR

The Isola Di Cocco ("The Island of Coconuts"), a unique heritage resort cosseted by a coconut grove, residing on the banks of the river Poovar, at the juncture where the tranquil river embraces the roaring Arabian Sea!

The resort is virtually encircled by water. Here nature offers you her bountiful best - a riverbank, a beach, lakes, ponds and backwaters. Look out from the resort, and you see the river beyond which is the delightful private beach and yonder, the sea. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.isoladicocco.com

TRAVANCORE HERITAGE HOTEL (3*)

Travancore Heritage, the glistening brand new heritage property of 15 acres built with recreated palaces and 'nalukettus' of vintage Kerala is situated on the pristine beach front of Chowara, south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.thetravancoreheritage.com

GRAND MAGRATH

Roomy and comfortable. Not just adjectives, the deluxe rooms and suites at 425 and 525 sq.ft. Respectively, are roomier than most 5 star hotels.

The Hotel, although in Bangalore’s business and shopping heartland is quite secluded and private. Windows are hermetically sealed for complete silence. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.thegrandmagrath.com

TURTLE ON THE BEACH (4*)

With a stay at Turtle on the Beach in Thiruvananthapuram (Kovalam), you'll be minutes from Hawah Beach and close to Kovalam Beach. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Lighthouse Beach and Vizhinjam Beach. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.turtleonthebeach.com

GULMARG & PAHALGAM

Pahalgam is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of

Jammu & Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination, and every year, many tourists visit Pahalgam. This world famous hill station is 45 km. from the District Headquarters at Anantnag and located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil headquarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam.

GULMARG

Gulmarg (translation: "Meadow of Flowers") is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN GULMARG & PAHALGAM

Gondola: A two-stage Gondola Cable Car, 1km west of Gulmarg’s bus stand, whisks you up Afarwat Mountain to 3930m, then 4390m for outstanding views

Jawahar Institute: The Jawahar Institute, 1km south of the town centre, organizes fair-value multiday treks and skiing

Log Inn: Cakes, good coffee and vegetarian meals served in a timber cabin cafe where barrel-seats are backed in sheepskin. Next door the co-owned Troutbeat has similar decor but serves fish meals. Both front the venerable 1931 Pahalgam Hotel in the upper bazaar area

Highland Excursions: Up the Aru road, white-water rafting is offered by Highland Excursions

ACCOMMODATION

GRAND MUMTAZ RESORT

Pahalgam "The shepherd’s village" famous for its astounding nine hole Golf course, Lidder River,Kolohoi Glaciers and Trout Fishing, surrounded by hills from all side is the crowning glory of the hill station and amidst its Luxuriant surroundings stands the brand new property of Grand Mumtaz Resort. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.grandmumtazsrinagar.com

TRIVANDRUM

Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as "Evergreen city of India”, the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. The city has a population of 957,730 inhabitants and a population of around 1.68 million in the urban agglomeration and is the largest and most populous city corporation in Kerala and one of the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram contributes 80% of the state's software exports and is a major IT hub of the state.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN TRIVANDRUM

Visit Padmanabhaswamy temple which is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighboring state of Tamil

The Napier Museum which is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala,

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo which is located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, India. It occupies 55 acres of woodland, lakes, and lawns. It is the oldest zoo in Asia.

Vellayani Lake, or Vellayani Kayal as known in local language, which is the largest fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala,

Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium which is a prominent football stadium situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The stadium, also known as 'Police Stadium', was constructed in honor of the first Inspector General of Police of Kerala Shri

ACCOMMODATION

KEYS HOTEL (3*)

The 101 room, stylishly-designed hotel is committed to delivering the highest standards of comfort and affordability. Its convenient location opposite the main fire station at the housing board junction allows guests to connect with Thiruvananthapuram Airport (6 km), Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station (1 km), Thiruvananthapuram Bus Station (1 km) and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (1 km) in a jiffy. Whereas its proximity to the M. G. Road shopping district and Techno park (15 km approx.), the business hub, makes it the perfect hotel for both business and pleasure. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.keys-hotel-tours.com

FORTUNE HOTEL THE SOUTH PARK (4*)

The South Park, awarded the best Four Star Deluxe Hotel in Kerala by the State Government, is located in the heart of Trivandrum on M.G.Road. Located just 08 kms away from the Airport and 3 kms from the Railway station and the City bus station, The South Park is the best business address in Trivandrum. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.fortunehotels.in

KUMARAKOM

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam (16 kilometers (10 mi)), in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN KUMARAKOM

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: This reserve on the five-hectare site of a former rubber plantation is the haunt of a variety of domestic and migratory birds. October to February is the time for traveling birds like the garganey teal, osprey, marsh harrier and steppe eagle; May to July is the breeding season for local species such as the Indian shag, pond herons, egrets and darters. Early morning is the best viewing time. A guide costs ₹200 for a two-hour tour.

Hotel Suryaas: It’s no surprise this cozy dining room is packed to the rafters with hungry families come mealtime the North and South Indian food here is excellent.

Meenachil: A favorite place in Kottayam to fill up on Indian and Chinese fare. The family atmosphere is friendly, the dining room modern and tidy, and the menu expansive

Nalekattu: The traditional Keralan restaurant at the Windsor Castle overlooks some neat backwaters and serves tasty Keralan specialties like chemeen (prawn curry). The hotel's more upmarket indoor restaurant, Lake Paradise, serves a spectacular multi-cuisine buffet at lunch and dinner for ₹300.

Thali: A lovely, spotlessly kept 1st-floor dining room with slatted blinds, Thali is a swankier version of the typical Keralan set-meal place. The food here is great, including Malabar fish curry and thalis

ACCOMMODATION

ROYAL RIVIERA HOTEL (3*)

Nestled on the bank of one of the tributaries of Vembanadu Lake in kumarakom. Our royal mansion spread across in more than seven acres. The palatial building is built in precise planning and ecofriendly to provide maximum freedom for relaxation to our guests. Each and every suite is artistically designed and furnished with all modern amenities. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.royal-riviera.com

EASTEND LAKE SONG (4*)

Lake song Kumarakom is a luxurious 3-star hotel conveniently located only 4.3km (2.7mi) from the centre of Kumarakom. Local tourist attractions such as Kumarakom Boat Jetty, City Centre Kumarakom and Vembanad Lake are not far from the hotel. Also within easy reach is Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple and City Centre Kottayam. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: eastend.in/

MANALI

Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft.) in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla. The small town, with a population of 8,096, is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN MANALI

Solang Nala which derives its name from combination of words Solang and Nullah. It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India

Rohtang Pass, which is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh,

Bhrigu Lake which is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometers from Gulaba village.

The Pandoh Dam which is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Under the Beas Project, the dam was completed in 1977 and its primary purpose is hydroelectric power generation

The Manali Sanctuary which is a wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The sanctuary starts about 2 km from Manali. It is the catchment of Manalsu khad

The Pin Valley National Park which is a National park of India located within the Lahaul and Spiti district, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in far Northern India

The Great Himalayan National Park, it is one of India's national parks, it is located in Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 1,171 km² at an altitude of between 1500 to 6000m.

ACCOMMODATION

THE MANALI INN (3*)

The Manali Inn is a charming 3-star hotel conveniently located near the centre of Manali. City Centre Manali is not far from the hotel. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: https://www.manaliinn.com/

QUALITY INN RIVER COUNTRY RESORT (3*)

River Country Resort is a new luxury resort in Manali. Located off the bustling Mall Road, River Country overlooks the river Beas amidst pine and cedar, offering you a grand getaway into the breezing valleys of the Himalayas. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.rivercountrymanali.co.in/

MANU ALLAYA (3*)

After seven days of this ordeal came the calm and with it the ark landed in a green picturesque valley, amidst the freshly risen Himalayas. That valley came to be known as Manuallaya, the mountain of Manu over time nothing of this beautiful valley changed except its name. Today the world refers to it as Manali, the valley of Gods. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.manuallaya.com/

KOCHIN

Kochi also known as Cochin which is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city. The city of Kochi (pop. 601,574) is the most densely populated city in the state and is part of an extended metropolitan region (pop. 2.1 million), which is the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. Kochi city is also a part of the Greater Cochin region and is classified as a Tier-II city by the Government of India.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN KOCHIN

Tourist Desk Information Counter: This private tour agency runs the popular full-day Water Valley Tour (₹650) through local backwater canals and lagoons. A canoe trip through smaller canals and villages is included, as is lunch and hotel pick-ups. It also offers a two night Wayanad Wildlife tour (₹6000), and an overnight Munnar Hillstation tour (₹3000). Prices include accommodation, transport and meals

Ayur Dara: Run by third-generation ayurvedic practitioner Dr Subhash, this delightful waterside treatment centre specializes in treatments of one to three weeks (₹9100 per week). By appointment only. It’s 3km from the Vypeen Island ferry (auto rickshaw ₹35)

Cook & Eat: Mrs Leelu Roy runs popular two-hour cooking classes in her big family kitchen, teaching five dishes to classes of five to 10 people. Several of the homestays in towns are also happy to organize cooking classes for their guests.


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