Indoor siwmming pool at The Chalets, Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh, India

#GetLost Amid The Forests In Shimla

The lone hammock swayed in the breeze, tied to the sturdy trunks of two deodars. Sunlight streamed through the tall trees, playing the game of light and dark. This is bliss, I thought, watching the sun settle down for the day. I was staying at The Chalets, Naldehra. I had spent two hours just watching the birds, hearing the swish of the leaves, and letting … Continue reading #GetLost Amid The Forests In Shimla

Morning at birthplace of Radha in Barsana, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Experience The Magic Of Braj At Nidhivan Sarovar Portico In Vrindavan

Live music, sattvic cuisine, massages, and facials, that’s what a stay at this cosy and colourful hotel in Vrindavan has to offer. While the 68-room hotel is located quite close to the city’s main temples, it is still a haven for the area is not crowded. There’s gym, light, fresh food, strong Wi-Fi, and live music on the weekends during dinner. There’s also a shop … Continue reading Experience The Magic Of Braj At Nidhivan Sarovar Portico In Vrindavan

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

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

Retreat To Lake Nahargarh Palace In Rajasthan & Unwind

Ever thought of leaving the world for a few days and living on an island? Or in the middle of a lake? No, no, nothing fancy like The Blue Lagoon, Castaway or George in the Jungle, something simpler and closer home. There is a private lake in Rajasthan that offers some ‘me’ moments. Even I was surprised to find water and privacy in the state … Continue reading Retreat To Lake Nahargarh Palace In Rajasthan & Unwind

Enjoying sundowners at Desert National Park, Suryagarh, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Weekend Goals: Plan A Stay At Suryagarh In Jaisalmer & Explore The Desert National Park With Your Fam

Suryagarh’s ambience and their service are spot on to kick-off a remarkable weekend experience. Suryagarh is around seven years old, an initiative by MRS Hotels, and located on the road to the famous Sam Sand Dunes. With nothing but sand and yellow stones all around, the hotel is truly a dream destination. No noise, no rush and an endless sky to gaze upon. Each and … Continue reading Weekend Goals: Plan A Stay At Suryagarh In Jaisalmer & Explore The Desert National Park With Your Fam

Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Call Of The Hills: Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra

Shimla is  Delhi’s crowded cousin. Once the summer capital of the British, it is now choc-a-block with cars and noise. For those who still dream of a clean, green holiday in the hills, the nearby villages promise a happy vacation. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati I experienced one at this modern yet quaint hotel. Sloping roofs and colourful flowers line its driveway. Nothing ostentatious, just … Continue reading The Call Of The Hills: Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra

Aarti at Kesi Ghat, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dance Of Colours In Vrindavan

Home to the blue god, Krishna, and his spiritual consort, Radha, Vrindavan is where you can see the many shades of life.  Words & photos: Ambica Gulati A year round destination, Vrindavan is probably a search for the love that Krishna and Radha stand for. But for me, it was just a weekend to unwind with a spa, facial, vegetarian cuisine, and generally forget the world, for … Continue reading Dance Of Colours In Vrindavan

Exclusive residence, The Havelis, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer: Cupid’s Playground

The dreamy, musical journey created by this luxury boutique hotel in the arid region will make you fall in love with life. Words & photos: Ambica Gulati Sufi Night Flat on my back, I gazed at the stars as the Manganiyar troupe sang its heart out. Little frogs jumped over my feet, as I felt the music penetrating the womb of the night. I call … Continue reading Suryagarh, Jaisalmer: Cupid’s Playground

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

Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner: The Royal Dream Unfolds

When three people decide to take a break and land at the home of the last Maharaja of Bikaner, they get lost in the royal past and clutch on to the super hospitable present. Words & Photographs: Ambica Gulati It all started with chikunguniya. Yes, chikunguniya. Just before I was to join a new place of work, I had been writhing in pain for two … Continue reading Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner: The Royal Dream Unfolds