The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Live Like A Maharaja At This Grand Hotel In Srinagar

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds, a rising sun and snow-clad mountains. That’s what you get at this heritage hotel and more. Life here is the way the royals lived—pampered and relaxed. The grand palace was built in 1910 by Raja Pratap Singh and then his nephew, Hari Singh, used it as his winter palace. This is a place where the crème de … Continue reading Live Like A Maharaja At This Grand Hotel In Srinagar

Plan Your Next Family Getaway To Gaj Kesri In Bikaner

Ever dreamt of swimming under the open skies with birds as companions? You can do this at the open-air swimming pool offered by this hotel. The brainchild of Sunil Rampuria, who is a classic case of ‘back to the roots’ returning from Kolkata in the 1990s to his ancestral land, the 41 arty rooms have been designed to appeal to the modern traveller. Artistic walls, … Continue reading Plan Your Next Family Getaway To Gaj Kesri In Bikaner

Orchard Resort, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Plan A Luxurious Retreat At Orchard Resort In Pushkar

Green is a luxury in Rajasthan. But when greens combine with good food and luxury tents, it is heavenly. This is the world of Orchard Resort— 15 luxury tents are pegged in the middle of amla trees, hence the name orchard. With no sense of boundaries, the resort is a cosy place with little room for loud noises and city stress. Patches with vegetables and … Continue reading Plan A Luxurious Retreat At Orchard Resort In Pushkar

Enjoy An Instaworthy Vacay At Clarks Amer, Jaipur

The oldest 5-star in Jaipur offers an array of spots where you get the perfect pictures. Quite close to the Gandhinagar railway station and the airport, this hotel has an arty feel. A warm welcome and colourful lobby brighten up the day. The velvet sofas with brightly coloured cushions are quite an eye-catcher. Even as you check-in, just hang around a while to enjoy the … Continue reading Enjoy An Instaworthy Vacay At Clarks Amer, Jaipur

Banqueting hall, Residency. Complex, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

The bustling capital of Uttar Pradesh lures history lovers with its many Instaworthy spots Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Steeped in Nawabi culture, the city was touted as the ‘17th fastest growing city in India and 74th in the world’ in 2015. With roots supposedly going to the Ramayana era, Lucknow is where stories lie in every nook and corner. Legend goes that Lakshman had … Continue reading Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

People of Shahpura carry the idols of Isar Maharaj and Gangaur Mata, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Festivals of India: Gangaur Celebrated At Shahpura, Rajasthan

Among the more celebrated festivals of Rajasthan, Gangaur felicitates marital bliss, harvest and spring What is it that sets Rajasthan apart from all the other ethereal places in world? The festivals which are colourful and diverse! Among these is GANGAUR which embodies the spirit of diversity. As the bright skies ushered in the festive season, the remote town of Shahpura (65km from the capital Jaipur), … Continue reading Festivals of India: Gangaur Celebrated At Shahpura, Rajasthan

Porbandar: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi

In the little alleys of this quiet town is the home of the man who spoke the language of peace and brought India out of the shackles of the British Words: Ambica Gulati The road from Ahmedabad to Porbandar is jerkless and effortless. The destination was Kirti Mandir, ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, for a peace ceremony on Martyrs’ Day, … Continue reading Porbandar: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi

Making Happy Moves-Hyundai Motor India at Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Launching the third phase of its Happy Move-Save Our Heritage CSR campaign, volunteers began the work at the World Heritage Site Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati With 125 volunteers, 100 from South Korea and 25 from India, the automobile conglomerate has associated with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for this campaign. On its list are four monuments and five schools in Delhi during the period … Continue reading Making Happy Moves-Hyundai Motor India at Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Red City Bikaner: No Farewells, Please

Of champagne, drives and explorations in Rao Bika’s empire Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Sitting in the front seat, I almost went right through the windshield in my haste to capture the nilgai in my camera. The sun was about to go down. We had watched the sky change colours during the 30-minute drive to Darbari Lake. This was another surprise for me on this … Continue reading Red City Bikaner: No Farewells, Please

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Amidst the ruins of Jerash, Jordan

Called the Pompeii of the East or the city of 1000 columns, Jerash is located in the northern part of Jordan, about 48 km from the capital Amman towards Syria and here comes alive the Greco Roman era. Alexander the Great lay the roots for this city, evidence shows Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati The soil of the little country of Jordan is replete with … Continue reading Amidst the ruins of Jerash, Jordan

temple of hercules, amman citadel

Walk through the citadel in Amman, Jordan

Sometimes history repeats itself to teach you some new lessons, as I learned in the trip to Jordan Words and pictures: Ambica Gulati As I stepped into the city of Amman, I was once again reliving my memories of 2009. A country which lives by the principle of peace, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is surrounded by strife-ridden Syria, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. … Continue reading Walk through the citadel in Amman, Jordan

djinn abode, Feroze Shah Kotla Fort, Delhi

In Djinn-land: Feroze Shah Kotla Fort, Delhi

Like a magnet, they beckoned and we walked words: Ambica Gulati An Evening with the Djinns of Delhi—the event was floating on Facebook and it was winter. As the mist swirled outside, the call of the djinns somehow seemed appropriate. The call of the invisible creates a tug of war between the logical, the illogical, the real and the illusionary. And it’s a compelling tug of … Continue reading In Djinn-land: Feroze Shah Kotla Fort, Delhi