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The festival is organised for 5 days from December 1-5. Besides the dance performances. Conceived as a festival of Classical Dances of India. visitors can also attend the artists’ camp—an exhibition of Odishan temple sculptures which are often described as poetry transcribed on stone. The Annual Konark Festival.[ PROMOTION ] Dance To The Divine Tune KonarK FesTival M odelled after the floating chariot of the mythical Sun God. Among popular events is the International Sand Art Festival that is held at the nearby Chandrabhaga Beach. the Sun Temple. Eminent dancers delight visitors with dramatic choreographies. the objective of the Konark Festival is to promote Konark and Odisha as a tourist destination. which is held in an Open Air Auditorium showcases a magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. DINODIA PhOTO LIBRARy . Konark is a quintessence of imaginative craftsmanship of ancient Odisha.
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The city is linked to Kolkata by air. people enjoy colourful performances. and sculptures are also on display. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways fly to Dimapur. folk songs eulogising ancestors. This is a temporary change in effect for one year.INdIaTOdayImagEs. acquiring the entry permit is a must. indigenous games and a musical concert. 12km from Kohima. cultural medley—songs and dances. within 24 hours of arrival. musIc Is an integral part of life. traditional archery. The distance between Dimapur and Kohima is 74km. gospel songs that touch your soul or modern tunes rendered exquisitely to set your feet tapping. The festival is named after the bird hornbill. assistant Resident commissioner guwahati and shillong. delicious traditional Naga food. Kolkota. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland. One such festival is the annual Hornbill festival organised by the government of Nagaland that takes place between december 1-7 in Kohima. wood carvings. food fairs. Most of the country’s important railheads are connected to Guwahati. during the week-long festival. HoW To gET THERE: By Air: There is an airport in Dimapur.[ PROmOTION ] The lAnD of folKlore The Hornbill Festival encourages inter-tribal interaction and promotes the cultural heritage of Nagaland I N NagalaNd. In Nagaland. Nagaland House. games and ceremonies. Traditional arts such as paintings. New delhi. poetic love songs immortalising ancient tragic love stories. the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes. herbal medicine stalls. Hornbill Festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama. which is regularly serviced by major airlines.cOm . which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes. The new rules require foreigners to register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district that they are visiting. sports. deputy Resident commissioner. gIRIsH masON/www. By Rail: Dimapur is a major railhead in the state that is linked to Guwahati. Proceed to Dimapur and then travel to Kohima which is 74km. By Road: The state is well connected by roads. RaP/PaP is still a requirement for Pakistani and chinese nationals. Kohima and mokokchung. domestic tourists should obtain the Inner line Permit issued by the following authorities: deputy Resident commissioner. FoREIgn TouRISTS: Foreign tourists no longer require a Restricted area Permit (RaP)/Protected area Permit (PaP) to enter Nagaland in 2012. PERMITS: Before travelling to Nagaland. Naga wrestling. each tribe celebrates the festival with dedication and passion. Kohima is linked to Shillong and Guwahati. crafts. The festival highlights include Traditional Naga morungs Exhibition and sale of arts and crafts. Nagas are fun loving in nature and songs are an integral part of all their festivities. flower shows. Nagaland House. all the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. deputy commissioner of dimapur. It is a great event for visitors to understand the people and culture of Nagaland.
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in . Doctor who and Jack the ripper (200th.000 marine animals of over 800 different species. 50th and 125th respectively). head to the beautiful lednice-Valtice complex in south moravia.photo. the castle cellars are home to the famed wine salons of the czech republic where visitors can taste the best of czech wines. this might be just the right time to venture out for those literary tours. nOVEMBER 2012 www. it’s time lots more featured in your itinerary. The package includes all meals.rwsentosa. www. with stunning buildings and vast parks. Resorts World Sentosa all set to open resorts world sentosa (rws) throws open its doors to the world on December 7. the Valtice castle has more than 100 rooms and 17 are accessible to the public.com courtesY: Visit britain Stay at the Tamassa Beach Resort in Mauritius for 6 nights/7 days at 69. the complex is considered to be the largest landscaped area in europe. www. Do it different this time. to bath where she lived. InDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUs . with the opening of the second of its two anchor attractions—the marine life park that has more than 100. making it the world’s largest oceanarium. drinks and unlimited watersports and outdoor activities.travel DEsTInATIOn nEws A different side to Czech Republic go beyond prague in the very exotic czech republic. it will have two ticketing options.czechtourism. literatours for austen advocates traverse the entire country: From hampshire where Jane was born. there’s lichtenstein paths—a unique complex of cycling trails connecting beautiful sights in the ledniceValtice complex and lower austria. whilst shakespeare devotees can head for stratford-upon-avon and Dickens fans can visit Kent—the author’s childhood home and inspiration for many of his novels.com Britain for the literature buffs the english are celebrating 2013 as the anniversary of pride and prejudice.tuiindia.990 per person. on unesco’s world heritage list. giving guests the option of either getting wet or staying dry. For the adventure seekers. 18 . it comprises five cycling trails altogether.
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From witnessing a glimpse of an ancient mahout ceremony, to joining an elephant behavioural research team, to performing a simple elephant health check with a specialist vet, the Four seasons tented camp golden triangle have come up with elephant whisperer package that brings you closer to the gentle giants in thailand. stay in luxury tents and enjoy a private elephant camp dinner for two, sunset cocktails and canapés experience on a raft on the ruak river and spa sessions. www.fourseasons.com
New Zealand beckons
representing a country known for its beauty tourism new zealand (tnz), announced its PLUSPICK partnership with malaysia airlines (mh) and auckland international airport (aial). the partnership is aimed at targeting the indian festive and wedding season and will offer indian travellers the convenience of flying to auckland from india on malaysia airlines for 58,717. bookings and ticketing for this deal are available till november 15, 2012 for the travel period valid up to December 15, 2012; www.malaysiaairlines.com.
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Carnival time in St Moritz
come november and st. moritz’s atmosphere is transformed into a never ending carnival. the birthplace of winter tourism in the alps, this season kick start with the st. moritz city race from november 30– December 2 (www.stmoritzcityrace.ch) and the ski opening Day (December 1-2), when equipment tests are offered to guests. in the evening, the ski piste will be transformed to a pedestrian zone for the city race (www. engadin.stmoritz.ch). round off with the sinfonia (between December 28–30) with the best musicians from berlin, Dresden, baden-baden, zurich, milan and bologna; www.sinfonia-engiadina.ch
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the aim is to make the service an option for all customers by the end of 2013.indiatodayimages. assigned a seat and will receive an electronic boarding pass. direct connections to male were through thiruvananthapuram and bangalore only. the airline also signed a revenue sharing joint agreement with japan airlines (jal) for flights between europe and japan. the frequency will be increased to five days a week in the months to follow.airarabia. initially the airline will fly thrice a week. the airline has started a trial for travellers flying out of airports in france. further trials of complimentary porter service for first and gold executive club customers will be undertaken at the heathrow terminal 5 in autumn. return flights depart from delhi international airport daily at 13:05pm and 04:40am.britishairways. if the trials are a success. twenty-four hours before flight time. for details visit www. earlier. becoming the second airline from the middle east after royal jordanian BA starts automatic check-in trials to make travel more convenient for its customers. the airline currently has 7 weekly flights to delhi. there will be 14 flights per week at 07:45am and 23:20pm. ba is experimenting with its new automatic check-in service. departing from sharjah international airport. customers will be automatically checked in. this means better connectivity for travellers between europe and japan with 19 weekly flights between the UK and japan. AIRLINE NEws Air Arabia increases Delhi flights to double daily making it easier for Uae-bound travellers. the automated check-ins will be extended to more travellers in the spring. meanwhile.com . Visit www.com qatar airways has been elected a member of oneworld alliance. air arabia doubled its connectivity to new delhi by adding two daily flights from sharjah. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUs .com 22 . NOVEMBER 2012 bharat aggarwal/www.travel Direct flights to Male from Mumbai maldivian airlines will start direct flights between male and mumbai starting november 15 onwards.
the airline also announced new flights to najaf that will be effective from january 23. featuring both business and economy class cabins. accommodation. flights will operate three times weekly. Kathmandu for 15. additionally.goindigo. tom aikens and nobu matsuhisa onboard. IndiGo launches four new flights launching four additional flights from mumbai. Vizag is the airline’s eighth destination in india and together with singapore airlines both airlines will now operate from 11 cities across the country. for flight schedules. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUs . 952 per night. the airline has created the ‘qatar airways culinary world menu’—a collection of signature dishes for its passengers. the new services will be operated with airbus a319 and a320.goindigo.silkair. with return flights the following day. The package includes return airfares. To book packages call (0) 99103 83838.in International flights from Vizag singapore airlines regional wing. visit www. NOVEMBER 2012 . visit www. for flight schedule visit www. silkair has started direct flights between Visakhapatnam and singapore. breakfast and sightseeing.travel AIRLINE NEws Qatar Airways begins inflight chef service getting top chefs like ramzi choueiri. fridays and sundays. both corporate as well as leisure travellers from mumbai will now have the opportunity to experience hassle-free connections. indigo will operate its third daily and direct flight between mumbai and ahmedabad and mumbai and goa.in Compiled by harsimran shergill 24 . the airline will also connect ahmedabad and goa to chandigarh via mumbai. Vineet bhatia. the new menu is available on all flights to and from doha international airport. there will be 12 flights per week to iraq and the airline will operate four direct flights a week to najaf via doha. departing on wednesdays.com Fly with IndiGo and avail the ‘get packing’ offer with Shangri-La Hotel. 2013.
S.500 per person PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation.500.marriott.com 28 . emergency medical evacuation insurance VAlIDITY: April 15. Balinese massage. forest guide fee. Havelock Island and snorkelling at Elephant Beach PACkAgE INClUDEs: Airfare. meals.com www.990 per person ITINERARY: Port Blair.arzoo. www.com MARRIOTT COURTYARD. www. Tsomgo Lake. Visit www. two scheduled safari activities daily. VAlIDITY: December 19.in. pick and drop anywhere in Mumbai VAlIDITY: Till March 2012 CONTACT: Trident Hotels. 2013. GURGAOn WHAT: The hotel offers special rates and package for the guests who stay for 5 days or more DURATION: 5 days PRICE: Between 27. novemBer 2012 . accommodation. 2012 CONTACT: For reservations call (0124) 4888 444.in TRIDEnT. Chandigarh.O. Valid till March 31.sotc. InDIa toDay travel Plus . MUMBAI WHAT: A weekend of rejuvenation in a restful and soothing environment of the Trident Spa and Fitness Centre DURATION: Friday/Saturday PRICE: 212. Rumtek Monastery.grandtravelplanners. transfers and sightseeing. Ltd. 2012 CONTACT: enquire@sotc. and Darjeeling for 15. soak in the sun at Port Blair and Havelock Island DURATION: 5 nights/6 days PRICE: 227.10029. breakfast VAlIDITY: December 31. KAnhA nATIOnAL PARK WHAT: Camping and safaris in the Kanha jungle DURATION: 2 nights/3 days PRICE: 221.C. meals. airport transfer.com The Best of East offer explores Kalimpon. tel: (0172) 4687 777.travel india TAJ SAFARI.000 per person/night (twin sharing) PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation. Sector 17-C. The offer includes accommodation (twin sharing). tel: 1800 2093 344 (toll free).com PackaGes & Deals Great value-for-money offers! RITAM BAnERjEE/www.tridenthotels. 2703 059.COM AnDAMAn & nICOBAR ISLAnDS WHAT: For beach and water sport lovers.000 for two PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation. for reservations call (011) 2389 0555 or toll-free 1800 11 2122. breakfast. Gangtok. gtp@grandtravelplanners. www. transfers and sightseeing. breakfast. 2013 CONTACT: Grand Travel Planners Pvt. 55-56. complimentary internet.InDIATODAyIMAGES.
breakfast and dinner. breakfast.550 ITINERARY: Sentosa Island Tour (includes admission fee.lushescapes. breakfast. 29 SInGAPORE TOURISM international AVARI hOTEL.com. 2012 CONTACT: Avari Dubai Hotel. night safaris PACkAgE INClUDEs: Airfare. luge ride.com InDIa toDay travel Plus . dolphin lagoon.ghmhotels.com. Vietnamese dinner for two. underwater world.BERTHOLD wERnER WHAT: Avari Dubai Hotel provides couples a chance to enjoy their romantic getaway in a private. transfers. Universal Studios. spa treatments VAlIDITY: Throughout the year CONTACT: C-7. www. herbal oil and floral bath.ae. info@lushescapes. song of the seas). airport transfers.com SInGAPORE WHAT: night safaris.com Stay at the Reef Villa & Spa. VIETnAM WHAT: A spa destination package for three restorative days of massage and yoga classes DURATION: 2 nights/3 days PRICE: Starting at 221. email@example.com. tel: (+84) 5103 940 000.400 per night PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation. 2012 CONTACT: reservations@ thenamhai.avari. wine tasting.com nAM hAI. full car insurance. complimentary shuttle to Hoi An Heritage Town VAlIDITY: December 20. DURATION: 4 nights/5 days PRICE: 247. The offer is valid till november 15. www. novemBer 2012 . Dubai.18. Florence and Orvieto (Umbria) PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation.makemytrip. DURATION: 3 nights PRICE: 222. airport transfers. new Delhi. tel: (0)98118 71888. Visit www.500 PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation. accommodation. UAE.com hOnEYMOOn PACKAGE ITALY WHAT: join team Ferrari for a tour around Rome and Florence and drive their latest models. city tour. sky ride. airport transfer. www. complimentary aroma therapy and a full body massage for two VAlIDITY: november 30. close encounters with the underwater world and plenty of quality moments to spend with family and friends. luxurious apartment with a number of special complimentary services. DURATION: 4 nights/5 days PRICE: Starts at 26. 2012 CONTACT: makemytrip.000 per person ITINERARY: Rome. tel: +971-4-295 6666. Singapore visa charges VAlIDITY: December 29. Sri Lanka for US$ 440 per night and enjoy US$ 250 credit in the Spa. breakfast. Val D’orcia.reefvilla. Paschimi Marg. Balinese massage. DUBAI . Vasant Vihar. jurassic Park rapids adventure. tel: 1800 1028 747. www. PO Box: 50400.
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WHAT: The wildlife at Bandipur Tiger Reserve in South Karnataka is both spectacular and abundant. Go on a jeep safari, nature treks and visit the neighbouring Mangala dam. DURATION: 2 nights/3 days PRICE: 25,000 onwards PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation, breakfast, transfers VAlIDITY: june15, 2013 CONTACT: arzoo.com; tel: (022) 6713 4444; www.arzoo.com
WHAT: Special packages for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair held between november 20–28. DURATION: 2 nights/3 days PRICE: 229,999 per person ITINERARY: Camel rides to the mela grounds, hot air ballooning, cycle routes, hikes up to the Savitri Brahmin Temple, shopping trips to Pisangan Fort in Kishangarh. PACkAgE INClUDEs: Accommodation, meals, yoga and meditation sessions, puppet show, magic show, Qwalli session in the evening, night safari VAlIDITY: november 20-28, 2012 CONTACT: Sewara Hospitality & Development, T-210 j, Shahpur jat, near Panchsheel Club, new Delhi; tel: (011) 2649 4531/32; www.sewara.com
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WHAT: A special offer to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland, Paris DURATION: One day PRICE: 116 per adult PACkAgE INClUDEs: One night accommodation, a ticket for Disneyland Park or walt Disney Studios Park) for every family member and breakfast VAlIDITY: november 6 CONTACT: For longer stay, contact (+33) 1 6417 9038 or mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp out at the Bannerghatta national Park, Bangalore for 2 nights/3 days and enjoy tiger safaris, nature walks and late night bonfire. The package includes all meals. Valid till June 15, 2013. www.arzoo.com
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a towering 102m structure. Germany’s largest national park.eu/ readyforeurope/ Or visit Facebook page: facebook. And while you are in Latvia you should not miss Jurmala—the largest and most popular seaside resort in the Baltic states as well as a popular spa town. Even nature lovers will take pleasure in exploring the flora and fauna of the region while visiting any one of the famous national parks in the region like Schleswig-Holstein Mud Flats National Park. visiteurope. Toy Museum. every member of your family will surely have a blast. Old 3 UM AN N BA RB AR A NE 5 4 EUROPA-PARk RUST 1. Children with TV figure Little Sandman 4. Museum of Musical Instruments. like Europa Park in Rust and Freizeit-Land Geiselwind in Bavaria to name a few. the Mini-Europe Park. The latter also is an abode of numerous beautiful churches including one of the most noted sanctuaries in the world—Aglona Basilica. Perhaps the best part about this country is that it offers a lot for children such as Children’s Museum.com/Discover/Themes/Beaches www.visiteurope.com/Discover/Themes/Museums To get more details on European holidays please go to: europa. Tintin and Lucky Luke). Grand Place by night 3.com/Europe. peaceful abbeys as well as historic battlefields. Europa-Park 5. manors etc.000 chocolate shops! Let yourself be captivated by this multilingual and multicultural country which is considered to be Europe in a nutshell. whenever. Gauja National Park . You will also be enamoured by its beautiful castles. a European holiday has something for everyone. For example in central Europe. stone castles. www. There is always something to do and something wonderful to see.000 chocolate shops in Belgium 2. And for shoppers there are bound to be some great deals on merchandise and gifts with a traditional touch. will mesmerize you with its rich heritage and multicultural environment. Comic Strip Centre (the kingdom of the Smurfs. top-class museums to renowned galleries. Don’t miss The Royal Palace.youre.com/Discover/Themes/History---heritage www.visiteurope. Germany has over 50 theme and amusement parks. Brussels’ answer to the Eiffel Tower. MATS UMOT O Nature aNd theme parks: With numerous theme parks in Europe having exciting rides and exhibitions.com/Discover/Themes/Shopping escape from your busy lives: If you are planning a quiet family vacation then northern Europe is the perfect place for you. To get a taste of its heritage you must visit Gauja National Park in Ligatne region which has more than 500 cultural and historical monuments such as hill forts.ready LATvIAN TOURISM sightseeiNg aNd shoppiNg: Europe has a lot to offer when it comes to family holidays loaded with sightseeing and shopping. visiteurope. where you could see the world’s biggest nutcracker or a huge Christmas pyramid. churches. Here are some activities that merit being part of your family’s vacation experience in Europe 1 N.com/Discover/Themes/Sightseeing www. If you are travelling during winters. Océade and a planetarium.[ PROMOTION ] TOERISME MECHELEN FAMILY FUN iN EUrOpE From keeping fractious toddlers busy and engaging the hard-to-please teens to reassuring the elderly and indulging in the high life.com/Discover/Themes/National-parks www. gardens. 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From art and architecture to beautiful cities.visiteurope. Europe has it all.visiteurope. For instance. 650 different types of beer and 2. a country like Latviaalso known as the pearl of Baltic States. It is a delightful way to experience other aspects of European culture—seaside holidays and spas. visiteurope. 300 art nouveau buildings in Brussels.com/Discover/Themes/UNESCO www. don’t miss the beautifully decorated Christmas markets.visiteurope. Scientastic Museum. the official home of the Belgian king and the Atomium. There are over 2.com/Discover/Where-To-Go/Central-Europe Riga will impress you with its vivid art nouveau buildings 2 while Latgale with its picturesque lakes is a haven for nature lovers.visiteurope.com/Discover/Themes/Wellness---spas to experieNce the eNtirety of europe: Belgium seems to offer something for everyone: with over 200 museums.
Oxford Street has a Royce chocolate stand-alone store. The Marina Bay sands Mall is beautiful and a pleasure to visit. The local brands. sentosa island is half an hour cab ride from the city. noVEmBER 2012 . There is a beautiful 7 theatre multiplex in isetan if you want to catch a quick film. the Chanel PsT and the Bulgari Tubogas watch. There are stores that sell fake herve leger dresses but i recommend you stay away from them as they clearly don’t look like the real thing.” she said. 34 . there is a store that sells the herve. She loves shopping and travels the globe. T Ion Mall Old favourite Takashimaya is the mall which is upmarket and houses most european designer brands. all these malls have subway stations with great transport connections which make shopping easier. some of the shops which are fun are Rara and I love Mystique. make the walk through to this mall interesting. Queenie Dhody is now a jewellery designer who has adorned famous people. sometimes difficult to acquire. Usually i don’t find the sales girls aggressive in singapore. Only in Singapore Popular with locals The Ion Mall is one of the most popular malls on Orchard street as it has a mix of the high-end as well as high street shopping. i ignored her and started browsing through the cosmetics. they look like Michael Jackson. On the way there are some local stores where you get fun casual clothes for a song. it is packed with interesting restaurants with all the cuisines you can think of. all original but you have to pay a premium because usually at the retail store there is a waiting line for it. she had caught my attention. as the duties make the product more expensive than other cities in the West. The Salaam gallery here has beautiful carpets and rugs. The Tanglin Mall which is off Orchard street is one where you can find furniture as well as interesting knick-knacks for the house. This high-end place has a little lake in the lobby with boats in case you feel like a ride on the water while window shopping! Former Miss India. were only available at a counter at Takashimaya or at the Raffles Hotel. it is situated on Orchard street next to the grand hyatt hotel. figures that i have a daughter as tall as me and then knows what to say. The shopping mall is huge with every store imaginable. which are exclusive to Singapore. which you can buy at isetan. examines me within minutes. This is situated on the ground floor next to an eatery that sells delicious shawarma. “i have something for you which when you use you will look like your daughter. i personally don’t recommend you buy these high-end designer brands from singapore. “When indians use make up without using the right base. ‘The magic lip treatment’ called lioele and secret Pore rich Balm also by the same brand.travel Shopping column WORld IN A bAG quEENIE dhOdy SINGAPORE SECRETS he sales girl looks at us. The other two destinations to shop and have fun are the sentosa island and the spanking new Marina Bay sands Mall. Berkin. There is a busy casino as well. but this one took the cake! The Far east Plaza Mall is a fun mall and if you are in a mood for some interesting shopping it is a must visit. however if you are looking for original brands. The famous Cut steakhouse is located here. i looked at her perfectly made up face as she reached out for two products. By the time i had left her store at the Far East Plaza Mall i had paid a hefty bill.” she said her pitch higher than before. Earlier these famous chocolates. inDiA ToDAY TRAVEl pluS . There are also fun stationery shops worth a stop.
travel NOV 11 TO 12 INDIA S KALYAN NOV 27 TO 29 INDIA ComPILeD by ANITA rAo KASHI AD TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILANd © JNTO NOV 28 THAILAND NOV 15 JAPAN RTdC . Held on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. Gaze at the surreal sight as thousands of banana leaf floats lit with lamps on Thailand’s rivers and waterways during the Loi Krathong festival. is a traditional rite of passage celebration for 3 and 7 year old girls. held at Jhalarapatan in Rajasthan. Witness colourful parades and dance performances portraying stories from Tibet. the Chemrey Angchok Festival in Ladakh. The Chandrabhaga Fair. Shichi-go-san. Children dressed in kimonos visit shrines and also wear Hifu. that literally means sevenfive-three. It is one of Thailand’s oldest festival. the floats are decorated and set adrift. a padded vest for three-year-old girls. The devout believe it is propitious to take a dip in the holy Chandrabhaga river on a full moon night.EVENTS WHAT’S ON WHERE AND WHEN A monastic festival of the beautiful mid-17th century Chemrey Monastery. celebrates Ladakh’s diverse culture. and 3 and 5 year old boys. commemorates the auspicious time during the Hindu month of Karthik.
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INDIATODAYIMAGES. Built in 1976 in colonial style. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . The gardens also have an Italian Cararra-marbled statue of Maharaja Rajinder Singh. When buying juttis remember to always go for the soft sole that can be completed folded. As the saying goes. Sadly it is the only remaining sarai that is looked after. Baba Ala once proclaimed that as long as the jyot burns. that the founder of Patiala. The end of this roads leads to the historic Qila Mubarak that has been witness to many a great celebratory processions. (that was converted into a sports academy-Netaji Subhash National Institute for Sports). stop to taste mouth smacking pickles at Vaidji’s and chose between vegetables and meat pickles. The morning after. the Sarai was built as a resting ground for Mughal emperors and their entourage while travelling between Kabul. It is said. after which it shall be destroyed. then visit the oldest school in the area—Yadavindra Public School—founded by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and those with a religious bent can head towards Gurudwara Dukhaniwarn Sahib. Before being converted into a hotel. NOVEMBER 2012 VIKRAM SHARMA . about an hour before Patiala. check into the Rajindra Kothi (now known as Neemrana Baradari Palace). While on your way back. Maharaja Rajinder Singh. however you might need to take due permission to enter the premises. an open pavilion with 12 arches. Even today. look for one of the many friendly gardeners and ask for Shimla Gardens and the ferns house.COM Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 40 . A nominal entrance fee is small price to pay to witness the grandest years Patiala has seen. they were assembled by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh to replicate the flora of the hills. In the same premise is the Laxman Jhula that is surrounded by statues of King Edward XIII and Queen Victoria constructed with industrial wrought iron. Delhi and Kashmir. Both are a short 10 minute walk. ANSHUMAN SEN & TANUJ AHUJA Day 1 Day 2 PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAVI S SAHANI/WWW. parandis. Then there is the Darbar Hall and Baba Ala’s jyot. This is also the place to pick up phulkaris. Leave an entire day to go through the magnificent Old Moti Bagh Palace. the city that is home to the last example of Sikh architecture in the world. a must-buy is the jackfruit pickle that tastes just like meat. A complete delight for both nature lovers and those interested in horticulture.travel PATIALA ITINERARY There’s more to Patiala than the peg. So head into the interiors and start with Adalat Bazaar to get taste of the bygone era. The main structure. for they might not exist in the next couple of years because of the condition they are in. which were constructed for both the royal and the common people. Qila Androon (literally. A walk further down the road is the popular Datta Jutti store that boasts of selling juttis to the who’s who of Punjab. which has an intriguing story behind it. Sheesh Mahal that houses the single largest medal and miniature paintings collection in the world. the lesser trouble you’ll have while walking. the palace is located around Mughal-style Baradari Gardens. the Royal House of Patiala employees people to keep it burning. All along the old-fashioned bazaar. Then there is the Yadavindra Kothi (now converted into the DSOI) and the Maharani Club located within the premises. Constructed by Sher Shah Suri. head for a walk to the Baradari Gardens that has trees some 200 years old. it was used as a repository of the Punjab State Archives. If time permits. the city shall exist. at Shambhu to visit the Mughal Caravan Sarai. make a pit stop. For the converted carnivores. that was once the residence of Patiala’s ruler. the Qila Mubarak By HArsImrAn sHergILL While on the historic Grand Truck Road. A lesser known fact about these two is that. ‘inner fort’) has a collection of chandeliers that can put most modern one’s to shame. The softer the shoe. stop by at Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib District to see the tombs of Ustad and Shagird and stop by at the Sarai Aam Khas Bhag. when in Rome do as the Romans do—a trip to Patiala would be incomplete without shopping for the famous Patiala juttis. salwars and phulkaris. Most around the state are in shambles. It might be a good idea to see them once. At Patiala. bhaags and those extremely popular Patiala salwars.
Bandipur or Nagarhole. INDIa toDaY traVeL PLUs . the city is best experienced as a stopover enroute to Kabini. coming back to palaces. unlike Bangalore. the lazy streets invite you to an afternoon stroll and the nearby hills are worth a gentle trek. it is however the palaces of mysore that entice and captivate.travel short break KaRNataKa tOuRiSm 1 MYSORE. tree lined avenues and a palace at every street corner. Watch the gardens awash with flowers of every hue as you sip your evening tea. the grandest of them. KARNATAKA the city of palaces continues to enchant visitors with its laidback charm. A verandah at Lalitha Mahal 2 is sure to put the spring back in your wearied step. tel: (0) 8212 526 100. the marble banisters and the restaurants overlooking the gardens. it even houses an antique bathtub imported from England with vintage fittings. where almost every single duet in South indian cinema was filmed. almost every well known hotel in mysore was once a palace. By NIRMALA RAVINDRAN W ith calm beautiful roads. You could stay at the Viceroy suite replete with silk and satin and experience royalty at its best.in The Royal Orchid Brindavan 4. mysore. email@example.com Must do: Try the famous Mysore Pak at Guru Sweets at Sayyaji Rao Road the Brindavan Gardens. a little more than a town and a little less than a bustling city mysore 1.cOm . it’s sure to keep the spring in your step. 000 per night. the hotel is sure to transport you to times bygone with its heritage horse drawn carriage and sweeping driveway. 42 . mysore has over the years become the yoga capital of the region and an entire industry centred around Yoga has sprung up. the lalitha mahal Palace built like an italian Palazzo by the maharaja of mysore to host the Viceroy of india. located within the gardens. The grand Mysore Palace on a clear day 2. has managed to retain its inherent charm. there is yoga specific cuisine health centers and spas. after a hectic day spent wandering around mysore the best way to relax is with an ayurvedic massage. a three hour journey with a mandatory stop at maddur Junction to sample the crispy Maddur vade takes us straight to mysore. tel: (080) 4127 6667. it might be a good idea to skip chamundi hills and instead wander around Gokulam where most of the yoga centers are located.iNdiatOdaYimaGES. rooms@royalorchidhotels. for another day of taking in the charms of the city. The nearest airport is about 3 hours away in Bangalore Stay: The Lalitha Mahal Palace at 8. has lost its charm and the only way to experience it is to have a meal (or stay) at the Royal Orchid Brindavan. NoVeMber 2012 GiREESh GV/WWW. is both quaint and delightful.500 per night. yet another palace turned hotel. the evening lights at the mysore Palace is akin to a ritual with hundreds of people thronging the streets to watch the transformation. a collective gasp goes up when the palace lights up with thousands of flickering lights.
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blackbirds.INDIATODAYIMAGES. Binsar over the years has become a popular tourist destination and the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary—a haunt for birding enthusiasts.[ PROMOTION ] Your affair with Nature and Adventure Experiencing Uttarakhand is like reliving a million stories.INDIATODAYIMAGES. sambhar and crocodiles. khalij pheasant. It is best done with a trained guide in the evening safari HAJRA AHMAD/WWW. parakeets and monal. nuthatches. Or you can visit the famous Zero Point and enjoy panoramic views of Nanda Devi.200 species of flora and fauna and it has the highest density of tigers with 20 tigers per sq km. deer.COM Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Binsar has the capacity to surprise you in a big way. Other species found here include the jungle cat. then stroll down one of the many forest trails that can be covered on foot. including forktail. There are more than 1. If birding isn’t your cup of tea. if you’re lucky you can spot elephants. But for some real spotting. Indian grey mongoose. WILDLIFE Corbett National Park Named after author and wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett. Nanda Spottng a tiger in the jungles of Jim Corbett is a thrilling experience. leopards. The state offers a treasure trove of experiences for travellers—from trekking. get yourself a guide and go for the early morning and evening safaris. HEMANT CHAWLA/WWW. There are more than 200 bird species both resident and migratory in the sanctuary. laughing thrush. the Jim Corbett National Park recently completed 75 years of existence and is one of the oldest forest reserves in India. Once the summer capital of the Chand kings. river rafting and paragliding.COM . Apart from the tiger. sloth bear. It has been declared an important bird area by Bird Life International. And then there are its majestic jungles where Corbett’s legacy is still alive. ghoral (goat-antelopes). pangolin and owls. Himalayan black bear.
cutting wind speed to the minimum—perfect for skiing. Kumaon hills and the town of Almora. GMVN conducts ski courses between January to March. Rafting What better place to enjoy the thrill of rafting than in the waters of Ganga. Kasar Devi Temple and Golu Devta Temple. slalom and downhill skiing events. Auli 14km from Joshimath is a perfect winter destination. Trishul and Kedarnath.com. The courses are conducted in modules of 7-14 days by qualified instructors from Skiing and Tourist Resorts. Auli at 2750m. You can opt for a simple half-day tour or a four to five-day experience with a trained guide and choose between simple or expert levels. With some of the best ski slopes in the country. apart from annual skiing festivals. Kamet. A major attraction for skiers is the three-kilometre long slope. To enrol visit www. ADVENTURE Skiing Quickly becoming the destination for winter sports. Gulmarg. The snowcapped slopes are flanked by the grand coniferous and oak forests. Skiers have clean stretches of virgin slopes to sport on. Auli and Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering. there is a 500m long ski lift that carries skiers back to the top. To make Auli a professional ski destination. Alaknanda. Mana Parvat and Doonagiri. Three official National Championships are also held in Auli. The most thrilling of them are the waters of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. the main tributaries of the The tourism department organises several skiing courses and equipment and ski gear is also available for first timers ANSHUMAN SEN . These slopes provide excellent opportunities for cross-country.Kot. Dhauliganga and the Kali river. For those interested in learning skiing. coupled with state-of-the-art facilities provided by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). And to top that there’s a 180 degree panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi.gmvnl. has over the last couple of years become a popular destination for travellers. Other nearby attractions include Binsar Mahadev Temple.
is an 8-day trek Ganga that meet at Devprayag. Trekking If walking along the Himalayas with a view of clear blue skies and snow capped peaks is something you have dreamed of. the town is well known for both modem and ancient ashrams. These range between easy to moderate and difficult treks. situated between the mountain ranges of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2010 . Camps are equipped with spacious double/single tents. About 24km from Haridwar. Kedarnath Vasuki Tal.gov. it is a trekkers’ paradise.PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY: MINISTRY OF TOURISM The Pindari Glacier trek. With over a dozen popular routes. Valley of Flowers-Hemkund. Madmaheshwar. Gangotri Bhoj Kharak Kedar Tal. Lahajung Bedni Roopkund. Milam Glacier. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . For non-swimmers. Day treks.uttarakhandtourism. Pindari Glacier and the Om Parwat. Mayali Pass. God appeared before him and 000 . Some of the treks organised by the Uttarakhand Tourism include Auli Kauri Pass. The best time for trekking is between May-August. Over the years. this quaint little town tucked away in the Himalayas has become a centre for pilgrims and tourists from both India and abroad. They also ensure pickups and drops from the nearest railhead to the camp site. Tapovan. For detailed itineraries and booking visit: www. Panch Kedar. Uttarkashi Kalyani Dodital. While some of them can be done in groups with friends and family.in WELLNESS Rishikesh Known as the yoga capital of the world. the high-altitude glacial one’s are best left for seasoned trekkers and should not be attempted without a local guide. then Uttarakhand is just the place for you. Rishikesh is truly the place to experience spirituality at its best. Khatling Glacier. Nanda Devi. camp fire. Devaria Tal Tungnath. Har-ki-Dun. Rafting enthusiasts can opt for the tougher Grade IV to V rapids while beginners have the option to experience the thrill on easier rapids down Devprayag’s 70 km stretch meant specifically for amateurs. Nandi Kund. Roop Kund. porters and accommodation. making it a peaceful venue for rafters. Panwali Kantha. Kagbhusandi Tal. The state run tourism corporations organise most of treks with special arrangements of a local guide. beach-ball games and jungle walks are also organised at the site. Uttarkashi-Dayara Buggyal. Legend has it that when Raibhya Rishi undertook rigourous penance. Uttarakhand Tourism organises self-bailing rafts with hand picked river guides. Bedni Bugyal. overlooking clear beaches on Ganga.
in Chamoli district.gov. Power Yoga. There are several ashrams where you can learn and practise yoga. A haven for spiritual seekers. Shri Vithala Ashram and Transcendental Meditation Centres of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Shankaracharya Nagar (it is believed that the popular English band The Beatles visited the ashram and penned many songs here). It is among the popularly known hot springs. Sukhi: A hot spring in a tiny village near Harsil. Deendayal Upadhayay Paryatan Bhawan. Many ashrams in Rishikesh offer stay and a great learning experience on religion. it gives yoga enthusiasts the opportunity to learn and practise multiple styles of yoga like Kundalini Yoga. Pilgrims believe that a holy dip in this sacred pond relieves them of their sinful deeds and thoughts.in Hot springs Sprinkled all across Uttarakhand there are numerous hot springs that are said to have healing powers. JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2010 . Rishi Kund/Gangnani: Is located along the way enroute from Yamunotri to Gangotri. the town also hosts the International Yoga Festival. Ved Niketan and the Yoga Study Centre. Fax: (0135) 255 9988 www. Yoga Sadan Ashram Rishikesh. Held in the first week of March. UTTARAKHAND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT BOARD Pt. Each year. thousands of people come together to attend the International Yoga Festival COURTESY: PARMARTH NIKETAN ASHRAM INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . Near ONGC Helipad. yoga. 000 . Tapt Kund: A natural spring situated at Badrinath. organised by Uttarakhand Tourism. tel: (0135) 255 9898. Dehradun 248 001. 255 9987. spirituality.that is how the town was named ‘Hrishikesh’ and subsequently the place came to be known as Rishikesh. Garhi Cantonment. this one is also believed to have healing powers. one of the most popular hot springs. meditation and ayurvedic practices. this is one of the places where you can take a dip in the holy water without prying eyes. It is also believed to be the holy abode of Lord Agni.uttarakhandtourism. Most are located near popular temples and en route the Chardhams. These include Yoga Niketan Laxman Jhoola. near Joshimath is Tapovan. Hatha Yoga and so on. Kriya Yoga. Some of the popular hot spots include: Tapovan: On the way from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Surya Kund/Gauri Kund: Are located at the site of the temple of Goddess Yamuna at Yamunotri. 255 9900.
inhaling pure oxygen from a handy little mask. Nine hours of compressed cabin time. Bali. i am advised to kick back in the steam room. a first of its kind i am told. Before the massage. NoVeMBeR 2012 . the prelude begins with some wushu breathing and stretching exercises—a technique inspired by the Chinese wushu 50 . Notwithstanding the power of pulchritude. not including the two hours of layover. since her english is halting. dina Anggraeni. Bali I By Chumki BhArAdWAj t is widely believed that medieval noblewomen swallowed arsenic and dabbed on bats’ blood to improve their complexions. i am a little concerned. i am as fond of a glow as the next narcissist. followed by some herbal tea. her eyes do most of the talking. After this delightful ritual. and the succor it would render. W. patiently allays my concerns by explaining that it merely refers to the 24x7 nature of the spa. but i am not sure that beautiful should always equal bizarre. Mercifully. i am led to my treatment room by my congenial Balinese therapist with the gentlest disposition and the most wonderfully expressive eyebrows.travel REVIEw hotel 1 Away Spa. followed by a quick plunge in the cold Jacuzzi and a soothing soak in the hot plunge pool. so when i see “whatever. their 75-minute traditional Balinese massage comes especially recommended for jet lag. while 18th-century Americans prized the warm urine of young boys to erase their freckles. INDIA toDAY tRAVel PlUS . And it is eagerly anticipated. are enough to help me appreciate the feat of endurance that this measure of service may invoke. i am already feeling suitably lose limbed but apparently i have to do time in the detox chamber. whenever” emblazoned as the motto of the Away spa at the w Hotel in seminyak. the spa manager.
Glamour & Glitz (for the dazzling diva that basks in limelight. A medium pressure tantric massage. one beauty room. if you really want to go wild. At a Glance WHAT: 24x7 Spa and Salon: Three single treatment rooms. as i limber up. two spa suites. imaginative sounds. coconut milk and ginger at the Chill Bar post treatment.martial arts. palm and thumb pressure to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. 2 3 INDIA toDAY tRAVel PlUS . in this calilbrated paradise. two double treatment rooms. Of course. whatever your bliss. hair salon and a bar. even at the spa. playful scents. Apparently. tantric meditation.000 for the light awaken the flow of my Fire couples Chi. explore the “shhhhhh…” menu of rare and exotic Balinese 1. splendour and romance) or Fit & Fabulous (for the healthy and sexy mortal that delights in youth). Indonesia WHEn: Anytime (open 24 hours) COST: Average massage (75 minute) will cost approx 24. scrub and bubble massage (specify bath. The spa also features a detox room 3. tamarind and lime body wrap to tighten and coconut butter for that delicious after glow. and whenever you can make the time to detox. energising light and detoxifying potions.starwoodhotels. we are pursuing a ‘w’ lifestyle. includes actually begins. Bali. 2. each detail has a subtext. The spa’s design is inspired by Bali’s most sacred elements. Choose from three scrumptious menus—serene & soulful (for the quiet passionate soul that delights in imagination and seduction). Seminyak. “After all. i feel so light on my feet. strangely. wind and water. The Chill Bar has its own ‘catwalk’ treatments: divine divas or Hot Mamas for the goddess glow using Balinese spices and candlenut scrub to smoothen the skin.” explains the manager (w Hotels are a chain of worldwide luxury hotels). the degree of www. Options also include whimsical cocktails or wine if that’s your preference. 51 .600 VERDICT: Total value for money and time. sip a cool juice made from fresh pineapple. NoVeMBeR 2012 . de-stress or refuel.com pressure needed or wanted) uses traditional healing techniques such as acupressure. she has to steady me. there are few limits to explore sensory delights set against vivid colours. with an extravagant spread of indoor and some outdoor treatments. the massage treatment. Once the twisting and the stretching have Romance sufficiently warmed in Bali up my body to 220. combined with the application of warm ginger pouches to vital areas to loosen up the stressed joints and stubborn knots. WHERE: w Hotel & Spa. there’s nothing inconsistent with a bar at a spa. Away promises to be the one-stop shop to urban Niravana. to rally your senses around to a new you. stretching.
000 sq ft of spa. Gym At 7 the next morning. NoVeMBeR 2012 . meanwhile. but something about the quiet surroundings. with views of either the lush green golf course or the pool. six senses hasn’t stinted on space. SpA A whole 90. when the trainer suggests a bout of boxing. VERDICT: Perfect for a holiday without the travel. the poached egg here. dr. should you care for it. we begin with a consultation. even a kinesis machine. INDIA toDAY tRAVel PlUS . served in miniature tureens. Fountains outside create a soothing illusion of rain.travel REVIEw hotel new! Six Senses Spa at jaypee Greens Golf & Spa resort By pArvATi ShArmA i nto each life of sedentary employment. Normally. yoga and a gym. and begins to chant. i just want my neck fixed. even more so for golfers. offers italian fine-dining. Having been diagnosed with mine. dietary advice. the Ayurveda-trained dr. a spa. some cervical spondylosis must fall. i’d have breakfast for lunch and dinner. WHERE: Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort. i’m trying not to let the ‘ha-ha!’ in my heart show. TreATmenTS during consultations. fitness balls. while Presidential suites cost about 280. especially the tuscan vegetable soup. Greater Noida. and the melt-in-the-mouth Chilean sea-bass. meditation. COST: Deluxe double rooms start at 29. soft and creamy.500. i’ve spent several months rolling my neck from side to side crankily until—if only to prove that God does care—i found myself zipping down the dNd toll to review. two pairs of hands work my nerves into calm somnolence—i’m half-asleep when it all ends. so i’m led to a room of hushed tones. one hand just above my head. makes the doctor’s invocation of well-being. he stands behind me. labrezza. At a Glance WHAT: The Thai luxury spa’s first step in India. and the thai chain wants to impress. colonic rejuvenation. this is its first indian venture. the spa’s highlight is its luxurious hamman—offered individually and for couples—and it also offers a watsu (water+shiatsu) pool. which has anything from body polishes to slimming and detox and even. and the beds are delicious to sink into after a bout in the gym or a round of golf. is the best i’ve ever had. it also seems i can’t use any of this without proper shoes. which i don’t have. but even someone who doesn’t worship at the altar of eggs and croissants will find it hard to resist eggspectation. Avinash tiwari asks me to close my eyes. and the spa offers treatments. then. of all things.000. the scent of lemongrass and flowers wafting discreetly through its wooden corridors. roomS All the rooms at Jaypee have balconies. 52 . (secret: no vinegar). peace and wholeness entrancing. The Spa has been integrated into naturally beautiful surroundings reSTAurAnTS if i could. But massages are only a small—if core—part of six senses’ vast menu. carrot juice for pigmentation) tailored to your needs. or any other luxury. in fact. where i lie on a bed of jackfruit wood for a massage-cum-foot-acupressure combo. even home-remedies (cinnamon is great for insomnia. i’m at the gym with a personal trainer guiding me through its array of treadmills. it seems. and most fine it is indeed. this would make me giggle. tiwari often makes startlingly accurate observations.
Solarium Cafe and Cafe Latte-tudes that serves Seattle’s Best Coffee and of course room service. OnbOard entertainment: There isn’t a dull moment throughout the journey thanks to the Royal Caribbean’s world-class onboard entertainment options.500 sq ft Vegas-style Casino Royale with 17 tables for black jack. apparels and more. GOld anchOr Service: Royal Caribbean International acknowledges that to make the cruise vacation truly memorable. Wine and dine: Including fine dining to the cruise experience. Penang. For A Indian Travellers. entertainment is incomplete without shopping. Terms and Conditions apply. Royal Caribbean International gives its travellers a choice between the beauty and tranquillity of Cambodia. No matter where you are—the pool. 2012 to March 31. It’s one of the reasons our guests keep coming back year after year. Royal Caribbean has ensured that the Indian cuisine including Jain meals is a part of the experience.in or call India Representative. 2012-April 2013. and get a free night hotel stay in Singapore inclusive of airport transfers. Some of the best dishes are served after a carefully conducted research by the culinary team. roulette and 117 slot machines where you can try your luck. catch live performances and theatrical productions each night at the deck. For those who relish the theatre of life.royalcaribbean. the Legend of the Seas has Romeo and Juliet as the main dining room where you can indulge in complimentary. 2012 to April 1. perfumes. Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia. the spa—rest assured there will be someone to address the smallest of queries. For information visit www. 2013 in conjunction with round trip air travel from India to Singapore on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir (October 30. the dining room. Passengers also have a choice between the Windjammer Cafe which offers a casual buffet almost around the clock. a Karaoke Bar and the Champagne Bar. the Gold Anchor Service is a unique style of service that enhances each aspect of your stay. including Anchors Aweigh Lounge. 2013). the flavours of Bangkok. The international crew which is the friendliest and most attentive is focused on delivering a great vacation experience and personalising the service for guests. Phuket in Thailand and new destinations like Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei. free Stay in SinGapOre: You can now book a Royal Caribbean International cruise from Singapore between October 31. poker. The ship comes loaded with eight chic and stylish bars and lounges that never have a cover. Children can try lip smacking frozen treats at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. to world class shopping in Hong Kong’s bustling open-air markets. TIRUN Travel Marketing at (011) 4906 1000 . 24-hours a day.[ PROMOTION ] Legend of the Seas Travelling to Singapore has got more exciting. Get pampered like never before onboard the Legend of the Seas—Royal Caribbean’s luxurious cruise ship ddING exCITING PORTS to its itinerary. The cruise has a well-equipped 6. Going the extra mile. The duty free shop on the cruise feature top names for jewellery. multi-course dining options. it is the service rendered by the onboard crew that will make it stand apart. You can choose between 2-7 night round trip cruises from Singapore between October 31. Other thrilling ports include—Malacca.
the lunch is sumptuous and the menu is rich with variety and the food. INDIA toDAY tRAVel PlUS . Friendly. it is contemporary yet classy. NoVeMBeR 2012 . films. The decor of the hotel is casual yet classy At a Glance WHAT: A luxury boutique hotel WHERE: S. it’s not in your face and quietly makes for a charming backdrop for whatever is on your mind—business or leisure. send your taste buds in a tizzy and not to mention. relax at the eye Club resto-bar and lounge 2. AmBienCe HHi Pune walks the tightrope between friendly yet formal. ServiCe the staff at HHi Pune almost anticipate what you need and with a smile. make it very difficult to stay awake through a long meeting. 2H. 1 The hhi pune By omkAr SAne i n an era where music. it couldn’t have chosen a better spot. From a 24-hour kitchen that delivers to your room to a thoughtful waiter who replenishes your empty glass—you are taken care of every step of the way. and always happy to help—with just about anything from what to order for lunch to getting a car for local sightseeing—they are just as efficient as they are elegant. Being so close to the airport and also right in the heart of the business end of the lazy city of Pune. but you can check into one at Varanasi or Bhubhaneswar and now. HHi is well connected. casual yet classy. the 1.000 per night VERDICT: A first rate business and luxury hotel well worth the money 2 54 . ambience and service. easygoing. Right from the colours to the motifs. but more about that later).travel REVIEw hotel breakfasts are light yet fulfilling. thankfully. tel: (020) 6628 3535 COST: starts at 210. it has a small yet spacious lobby because HHi Pune offers express check-ins.No. with flavours. the HHi Pune delivers on all these fronts. it’s a concept not many indians are familiar with (a quick survey showed they think it’s a hotel with a boutique). it’s refreshing to step into a boutique hotel. Pune. internationally. (that is not to say it’s not leisure friendly. with a team of cooks specialising in Asian and Chinese cuisine. deCor the decor too maintains the unique balance that’s the hallmark of HHi Pune—it is stylish yet subtle. Viman Nagar. there are three definite characteristics one expects when you say boutique hotel: location. Having opened in April 2012. the Chef’s signature dishes—pork ribs and mutton nihari deserve a special mention—are best had on a day when you do not have any other plans. but most importantly. from acrylic chairs to the choicest italian cutlery— HHi Pune is undoubtedly as modern as can be. you won’t find an HHi hotel in Mumbai or delhi. the rooms are spacious and sophisticated and yet warm and inviting. Neco Gardens Road. Plot No. people and hotels are graded with stars. the staff understands the difference between interruptive and attentive. you are taken to your room as soon as you walk in and check-in formalities (whatever little there are) are completed there. CuiSine Right from the a-la-carte to the buffets—HHi Pune delivers cuisine that is set to melt your heart. convenient and businessfriendly from the word go. at that. you must keep a day aside at the HHi Pune just for the kitchen to delight you. there are no intimidating chandeliers nor crockery you would be nervous to handle. 33/1/1. LoCATion the HHi chain has chosen unique locations across india.
with most of the land being lush green lawns makes for an ideal family getaway. Food when you are down at the coast. just that for me life is elsewhere. you know you are in good hands. Alibaug By AjAy khuLLAr The resort is spread over 16 acres and has lush green lawns and water bodies i turned my back on the city. library. lounge bar. From the two operating restaurants. NoVeMBeR 2012 . Nothing personal against thriving metropolises. expectedly the turnout from Mumbai and Pune is huge and the resort knows how to keep its guests. Malvani shallow Fry Prawns and Goan Pomfret. young or grown up. But there would be time to reflect later—the journey had been long—having registered myself. Far eastern to western. And so the feast began with three welcome drinks and starters such as Bombay duck.travel REVIEw hotel 1 radisson Blu resort & Spa. VERDICT: Set amidst acres of greenery. wooden flooring adds a touch of grace and the rooms open to a huge balcony overlooking the property and in some cases directly to the swimming pool.000 onwards per night. a piano room. At a Glance WHAT: A luxurious spa resort WHERE: Alibaug. is also the last—the resort spread over 16 acres. pretty as the first flowers of spring. radissonblu. i slept with an easy mind. busy. you would expect luxury and opulence. the moment i sank into my deep soft bed. discotheque. perhaps! Next time. derived from the sanskrit word meaning giver of life. And as we drove out of Mumbai i also drowned out its noise by the sound of smooth classic rock and shut my eyes and wished the city suburbs away. i retreated to my room. some of the villas and top suites in this 156 room resort are so downright luxurious that they would leave you feeling guilty for such indulgence. Goan and Manglorean cuisine. An hour later when i opened my eyes—i smiled and my surroundings seemed to smile back at me.com COST: 215. it makes for a perfect weekend getaway. roomS A lot of space and ample comfort are what the rooms at the Radisson offer. there is a swimming pool. i chose the latter. there are perhaps few resorts that seem to seamlessly merge with their surroundings. SpA it would be injustice not to mention the wonderful spa the resort has. while it is true that with any 5 star property. offers effective therapeutic and relaxation remedies. that is first impression Radisson Alibaug has on the visitor. gymnasium and games room. However. rain-washed. i requested for a light meal and the chef obliged with Prawns Masala. i was on the road to Alibaug—the playground of the rich and famous—where industrialists and filmstars share boundary walls. the choice of food is a no-brainer. you can choose from a wide assortment of treatments and massages ranging from indian. Malvani Kombdi (chicken) and Kajuani shahala. Maharashtra. 56 . the multi-cuisine Aparanta and Kokum & spice. Could i have asked for anything else on my trip to Alibaug? Meeting King Khan at his beach side mansion. and which also houses the Radisson Blu Resort & spa—my current destination. a speciality restaurant that serves Malvani. INDIA toDAY tRAVel PlUS . conference rooms. i guess. tel: (02141) 227 7777. Green. delicious though a tad rich. As light melodious music and the serene ambience soothes your nerves. the Mandara spa. The properTy what the first impression was.
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culture buff. sculptor. wild forests. archeologist. . massive red granite boulders and a rocky terrain.travel photo essay Gandikota is situated in the midst of beautiful deep valleys. impassable hills. architect. geologist. adventurer or simply a nature lover you are sure to fall in love with this unexplored beauty. Whether you are a history buff. rock climber.
By Sindhuja ParthaSarathy . Gandikota will thrill the intrepid traveller with labyrinths and untrodden bylanes filled with history and adventure that one can explore over days.guardian andhra pradesh of time a less known fort in southern India.
a mindboggling natural arrangement of boulders. one such is from western edge of the fort. There are quite a few interesting paths to the valley through caves. 3 . Bouldering or rock climbing is a popular option. The fort was built by a Chalukyan king in 1123. the fort that surrounds the gorge. Kota. One could camp at the lake between Jammalamadugu and Gandikota or by the riverbed. 3. Gandi refers to the gorge that is formed between the erramala hills and the river pennar that flows about 300 ft below. 2.1 1. quartzite stones and red granite rocks can be found all over the complex.
. Within the complex are two beautiful temples dedicated to Madhava and raghunatha. its ruins a testimony of its history and magnificence. This is an area full of the architectural glory of the past.The gate marks the entrance of the fort and is about 20 ft high. also worth seeing is the Jumma Masjid belonging to the Qutub shahi rulers. built in Vijayanagara style of temple architecture.
the all new trend indian family holiday Led largely by school breaks in India.IndIAtodAyImAges. the holidays get more experiential. the ubiquitous Family Holiday has undergone an amazing change over the last few years. As Indians get more experimental. customised and interesting.com . By HARSIMRAN SHERGILL deep pAHwA/www.
Actor Perizaad Zorabian holidays with daughter Zaha at Corbett in Uttarakhand .
the content of the vacation is changing big time. “But lately. La prAdesH HImAcHALdharamshala. of Thomas Cook. According to a study conducted by Yes Bank and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). we have started exploring other places. the package includes access to unlimited watersports and outdoor activities. filled with tourists on horsebacks walking down the ridge enjoying the afternoon sun while chapel bells waft through the cool mountain air… Stopping for photographs: almost wanting to freeze the moment dressed up in Himachali costumes and posing for overenthusiastic photographers for instant pictures meant to go up in family albums that would turn into an embarrassment years later! Family holidays in them days usually meant a trip to the hills with walks down the Mall Road and boating. Leh. the year that the global economy suffered the meltdown. Ha mysore. ooty. long eXPLoring neW With an increased number of destinAtions working parents and limited time and resources. The idea is to grow and evolve together. Ma . musso owne national park. Kodiakan nortH eAst . Apart from that there were lots of sports activities that they could indulge in.1 percent. TUI India. Kalimpong. the parents can enjoy meals at top end restaurants or watch local shows which are also a part of the package. it meant an annual trip to the grandparents. Udaipur. To make these journeys affordable at a time when the Indian economy suffered from the depreciating rupee and inflation. Earlier year on year.” Today as the children have grown they don’t want to sit and watch television in a sleepy town in Himachal. many of us seemed to have switched the much more expensive foreign trip for the affordable. people want to make the most of their time off. shorter Holidays are definitely getting shorter. Source: India Offices kemytrip. Sarika would take her 11-year-old daughter for a 10-day trip to Himachal Pradesh. and while we as a nation still love to travel with the entire family. “The travel industry has begun to cater to this group of people and we now have activities and packages aimed specifically at families who may have different interests but want to do something together. rest. SOTC. W HEN I THINK of “family holidays” an image conjures up in my mind: Shimla Mall Road in the early 90s. without a thought. Last year the Sharmas went on a week long trip to Goa. pondicherry al. Jim corbett ra nainital. Goibibo Kuoni. The joy of discovering newer things with your children is becoming the driver while planning vacations.990 ensures the families with varied interest have something to look forward to. however because of their children. yet in no terms less exciting. So Travel Plus decided to explore what’s trending in the Indian Family Vacation Package this season. coorg tAmIL nAdUmahabalipuram. domestic tourism grew at 15. shillong tok darjeeling. Jodhpur ra Jaipur. Or. domestic one. they have to take into consideration their children’s likes and dislikes. TOP 10 STATES Chosen for family vacations in 2011-12 goA KerALA JAmmU & KAsHmIr dakh srinagar. A 6 nights/7 day package for 269. for instance. domestic tourism has grown over 10 per cent in the last couple of years.8 percent. so they loved the experience. Kausani. For the children. TUI. Last year’s growth rate stood at 12. often in-laws and outlaws included. Lansd rAJAstHAn nthambhore. Executive Director. An UttArAKHorie. Gone are the days when you could stack children in a car and head off to the hills. leisure. travel and meeting up with parents. gang Ibex Expeditions. dalhousie shimla. “This is because my children had never seen the sea. based out of Chandigarh. Both Vishank and Sarika have worked in multinational companies in India and say that they do not have the luxury of time to holiday as much as they’d like to. hoLidAys Earlier the month long vacation during summer has largely turned into a ‘two-week’ one and a big reason for this could be the worrying economy.travel trend vacations are precious. While in India these still typically follow the school holiday season. the family makes it a point to travel once every year. Take the Sharma family.” Confirms Sunil Hasija. d nikhet. r AndAmAn & nIcoBA IsLAnds KArnAtAKA mpi . while in 2009. For us those holidays meant. We have come a long way since. manali. While the children stay busy.” A good example is TUI India’s Mauritius Tamassa Beach Resort Package. Now before planning a holiday. With couples working and the joint family system giving way to nuclear families.
nOVeMBer 2012 . jeep safaris. which is one of the first and foremost IndIA tOdAY trAVeL PLUS . jungle safaris.Holiday Family the top 3 tourist landmarks googled by indians in 2012 yAmUnA expresswAy KerALA tHe tAJ mAHAL ACtive While Indian families earlier preferred easybreAks going holidays. Throw in an exotic location like Jammu and Kashmir. calm your soul as you sink into rose petal baths surrounded by scented candles…” Jungle safaris follow close on heels in terms of popularity. camping and hot air ballooning. Among the many popular themed holidays are royal Rajasthan. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd reiterates the paradigm shift. personalised itineraries: Safaris with trained naturalists. Even though my parents were aghast at first. We camped by the Ganga in the mountains and what an amazing time we had. they breathed a sigh of relief. National parks like Corbett. we are now getting used to the idea of active or different types of vacations. mountaineering. a mountaineer and explorer. nature trails. Says Abhilasha Sihag. They settled for a vacation by the Ganga in Rishikesh.” Rajeev D. weekend rejuvenating programmes for the parents with fun activity for the kids. Anita. Daniel D’Souza. expert guides and top quality equipment and gear. Holidays are meant to be a new experience so we decided to move away from the familiar and opted for a new experience. once they saw the arrangements by the hotel. These palace hotels allow the travellers to escape reality into an unreal fantasy world of living like the maharajas: float in royal barge drinking champagne as the sun sets. Domestic. 67 .” A holiday for the Sihags. “We have done the jungles of Ranthambore and numerous heritage palaces in Rajasthan and frankly doing the same thing year after year was just getting monotonous. While organising these trips we ensure camping facilities. Kuoni India explains. decadent spa and wellness experiences. Head Sales B2C. The next holiday on our list is a Spa vacation. “The discerning Indian domestic traveller is increasingly demanding interest based. who works for an NGO in New Delhi decided to experiment with the idea of camping. Pench and Kanha are the top favourites. “Luxury travellers are opting for royal holidays in palaces of Rajasthan. Cruises and Sports Holiday. But when it came to affordability. Mandeep. explains why Rajasthan is high up on the travellers’ list.000-40. confirms: “Most of our customers are looking to combine good places to stay with activities like bird watching. child friendly resorts etc.” money We get to understand some of the mAtters spending pattern of Indians on family holidays through a recent report put out by IbiboGroup who offer customised holiday via their travel portal Goibibo. Chief Operating Officer—MICE. Bandhavgarh. weekend getaway stays at villas. Information courtesy: Google maps CUstomised Travel agents are continuously theme PACkAges on their toes to provide custom-built itineraries that suit the families’ preferences. Tour Operating. trekking and river rafting etc. Kerala or the Andaman Islands and families are willing to shell out between 235. and Founder and Managing Director of Ibex Expeditions. a family into farming from Haryana. established one of India’s first Adventure Travel Company back in 1979. Scuba diving is often combined with activities like underwater photography. Panna. spa and wellness and spiritual holidays. 000.” This is why ‘themed holidays’ are becoming a popular trend in the country. His wife and business partner. feast on food fit for the kings made from recipes handed down the generation in the royal kitchens. According to the report. Kale. Confirms D’Souza: “Scuba diving and white water river rafting are really picking up in India. Until their daughter. Both Mandeep and Anita Soin of Ibex Expeditions stand testimony to this changing trend.000. More and more people are gravitating towards active wildlife holidays that include bird watching. always revolved around Rajasthan. adventure sports. the average that a family of three is willing to spend on a holiday is just over 220.
Destinations like Nanital and Goa stay the evergreen favourites but both the travellers and the service providers are looking at trend newer ways to explore them. Travel in India can be an experience to remember. Travel agents are focussing on the customer like never before. “We have recently created a Goa Carnival package to make it even more exciting for Goa junkies. Says Ashish Kashyap. we’d like shillong to retain its identity and hundreds of years of tribal history and culture. For nature lovers a must-do are the Kanha and Bhandhavgarh wildlife parks. this dense mangrove forest lies on the delta of the ganga. gUJArAt the rann of kutch for its birding.travel decisions a family takes before planning a holiday— Uttarakhand was rated among the most affordable destination at just under 210. a visit here ends up being an extremely satisfying and humbling one. the list is endless. the focus is now more on how these breaks enrich our lives. architecture. culture. IndIA tOdAY trAVeL PLUS . The purpose of a family holiday is still the same. Kutchi art. ibiboGroup.000-odd stairs—the climb is worth it for this is some of the best temple architecture you will find in India. but Bhopal in itself is an all-round experience with the very best of traditional mouth smacking cuisines to its palaces. carved from a hill.” That picture of the Shimla mall road now is fading.000. Brahmaputra and meghna rivers and with the continuous degradation of the eco system. Apart from being the world’s largest salt desert stretching over 16. don’t get intimidated by the 2. the rare wild ass and the Banni grasslands. meghALAyA shillong It’s a little cheesy to call it the scotland of the east. nOVeMBer 2012 . however. or make a trip along the fascinating narmada river as it traverses the cities of maheshwar and omkreshwar. Lum diengiei and Lum shillong. 68 . there are four cave temples out of which the first cave that depicts Lord shiva as natraja with 18 arms in 81 dance positions is an absolute must-do. From super luxury to simple homestays and farmstays the world is your oyster. we recommend it because it’s an entirely different experience from one you’ll have anywhere in India. The new picture mind is conjuring up is that of a bucket list of must-dos at least once in a lifetime in our own country. wooing them and willing to customise to any extreme. not far away is cherrapunjii the rain capital of the country. mAdhyA PrAdesh bhopal for its food. opposite to the fort Badami. the Indian side is pretty mesmerising. West bengAL sunderbans even though a large part of them remain in Bangladesh. we think its one of those hidden treasures that surrounded by three of the most revered hills of the Khasi tradition—the sohpetbneng. It could be enjoying the thrill of white water rafting in the freezing waters of Rishkesh or facing your fears in the jungles of Nagarhole. CEO. lakes and wildlife parks. So things look vibrant and constantly evolving on the domestic travel front. PLUs PiCks next vacation try something different kArnAtAkA badami for its temple architecture. we suggest you see them while they exist.000 sqkm.
GarGi haBiB and manjira dutta IndIA tOdAY trAVeL PLUS . However. wipes.General n See a paediatrician before leaving and carry all the medicines you need. check for nearby medical facilities or a doctor Take some on call. n No long journeys with babies. Whining guaranteed after two hours. n Pack a few surprise gifts to occupy them during travel. nOVeMBer 2012 . Set a limit on electronics use —KALyAnI prAsHer with inputs from Vatsala Kaul Banerjee. TravellinG by Train n This is probably the best kind of journey with children. diapers and remember to overpack for delays during travel TravellinG by air n Plan the trip with as few connections or stops as possible and if you can’t escape stopovers. n Never introduce a new food to the baby on holiday. make them carry an identity card (with your phone number) in case of emergencies. For instance in many countries in the Middle East you get Arabic bread which your children might refuse to eat. TravellinG by road n Try to avoid a road journey of over 4-5 hours. n Upon reaching the destination. check with the doctor about which altitude sickness medicine is safe for your child. n Get as spacious a car as you can. n Involve them in a big way— hand them the camera and make them responsible for the pictures. your child is 7-10 n Make them carry their own stuff in a backpack. n Books and hand-held games are a must. games along n The preferred mode of transport will be train. 69 . n Stick to the routine as much as possible with food and sleep. Simple bread and butter sandwiches are ideal. for instance. n With babies. milk. your child is 0-2 n Always carry the stroller. n Don’t expect children of this age to appreciate nature or art as much as you do—activities should be non-taxing and engaging (museums. n If they start yelling and don’t settle down. and have them pack their own favourite clothes. air and road in that order. n If needed. n Hill roads can disorient children. make them longer so you don’t have to sprint through an airport. n Always keep a change of clothes at hand. carry something to suck on for take-off and landing in case of ear pain. horse-rides etc). your child is 3-6 n Prepare them about what they will experience during travel. favourite toys and n Avoid long journeys. n No matter how ‘responsible’ your child wants to feel. never hand any travel documents over. Book window seats in advance n Chair car only for short journeys. n Research the country of your travel—don’t rely on the there’s-always-Mc Donald’s theory as even they have different food in different countries. n Avoid very early morning or late night travel—well rested children make for somewhat peaceful travel. n Introduce them to the destination beforehand and let them make a list of what they want to see. Babies are not good with change in routines and don’t have much resistance to change in temperatures and hygiene standards. remember to book a bassinet well in advance and recheck during check-in. if your child is 11+ n Good luck. e Carry som per n Booking lounge access in a hotel n and pa pe may be worth the expense as your s or colour child will have a large space with food and internet access to while away hours after or in-between sightseeing. take your own. Carry enough baby food. for instance a plane’s take-off. n Don’t assume you will get simple food everywhere. n Don’t rely on an airline for appropriate food for toddlers. Keep them for later. to sit in a tight space is a much harder on them than you. Engaging with the holiday plan will delight them. especially for allergies (keep these in your handbag). Let them run about and disturb others—better them than you! n Pack sandwiches and dry snacks to avoid spilling the dal-roti-sabzi the train will provide. n Give them their space on holiday and it’s best to book them a separate room. TravellinG wiTh children n Break regularly for them to feel some air and space. n Promise a treat to the children to endure the journey— remember. give them some cold chamomile tea or similar relaxant.
My princess. turned 13 and I wanted to give her a very special birthday treat. As you must know me and my family of two—Renee and Alisah—have a very special bond to say the least. As as one holiday has come to an end. lots and lots of list—lists of things we need to take.H Memories Making olidays for me are a time away to replenish. By ankit Gupta 70 . Renee and I absolutely loved the adrenalin rush. This has been a very special year for me and special years always demand special vacations. while one equates Disneyland only with the characters. NOVEMBER 2012 . we are always making plans to go away together and make memories for each other. another one is already taking shape in my consciousness—Trinidad and Tobago to soak up some Caribbean Sun… I simply can’t wait! SuShmita Sen makes it a point to take out time to bond and vacation with her daughters. I particularly have special memories of Disney’s Blizzard Beach. there is really a lot to do—Pirates of the Caribbean treasure hunt. Finding Nemo submarine voyage. I see them as time away for me and my family to let our hair down and soak up some fun. The most interesting part of this is that. When Renee turned 13 this year. lists of what not to forget. lists of things to do and of course a wishlist of things to bring back. shopping and the interactive attractions. It all begins with lists. which features some of the world’s tallest and fastest water slides and I have to tell you this. recharge and reinvigorate. I took few of my close friends and my daughters to Miami—the city which seems to be on a permanent holiday! We went to Disneyland and seeing her delight in watching all her favourite characters come alive was truly special. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . We have all watched the world of Disney as children but to experience it in person is quite different. She was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on that day! I hadn’t imagined that this trip would turn out to be such a wonderful one. Renee. the actor took her for a special birthday treat to Disneyland.
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can turn any adult into an awestruck child. BY RITU AGARWAL ROHATGI . And the African bush. teeming with wildlife.travel South africa explore GO WILD! Kruger National Park is as spectacular as it is harsh.
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all rooms at the lodge are atmospheric A 1 . It may not have been so terrifying if I was not in the midst of wilderness. the massive guy is making lunch of the tree right next to me while I stand frozen and shivering. the landscape transforms into a world of grass and shrubs. “are you sure you guys don’t stage this?” I ask Sweet Boy our resident resort and safari guide.000 impala. points out our guide.00. the air feels biting cold as we hurdle up and drive on. buffalo. Miles on miles of stunted thorn trees and shrubs. bordering the northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti reserves. One wouldn’t expect that in South africa. they usually prefer dense. as I walk towards the central deck and dining area. this is the Big 5 territory—elephants. harsh and massive—352 km from north to south and covering over 1. Occasionally a baobab tree pops up on the horizon. the drama of Kruger unfolds and leaves me reeling.000 blue wildebeest. a rhino stands framed against the golden glow of the sky as sunlight breaks over the bush. and even cure. this is the Kruger national Park.500 lions. often 1. which is god knows how long ago. rhinos.000 leopard and 1. and one of its creatures is about to add me to his lunch menu. there are blankets in the safari vehicle. cylindrical in structure with earth coloured walls and a tapering thatched reed roof.000 zebra. the South african savannas are as rough as they are spectacular. lion and leopard. but it is.000 a kg with the myth spreading that consuming it can prevent. over 1. under an outdoor shower. promoted by Kingfisher resorts. outdoor showers and private game viewing decks.000 kudu (antelope). I find that my friend the elephant has wandered that ways as well. outside my room. & 2. the dining deck at hoyo hoyo is a vantage viewing point for animals as it is located in complete wilderness 3. 25. It is a black rhino. we tick off one from the list almost immediately. occasionally dotted with some trees as we enter the park gates. he was to have the last laugh as. he laughs at my cynicism. the gateway to the park which is a three hour drive from the airport. all fabrics. and is staging quite a show for the benefit of the guests. Sweet Boy is up and ready very early morning to take us game viewing. the Bomabraai is a african barbeque experience enjoyed in the outdoors with game meat 4. is located on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati river in a 10. the hoyo explore hoyo tosnga lodge. and that’s the last time they attempted to count. 9.travel wIld afrIcan elePhant is eyeing me. Built on local tribal traditions the lodge has six air conditioned ‘bee-hive’ suites. décor and objet d’art are sourced from the local tsonga community. It is freezing cold.9 million hectares it is crawling with over 1. woody vegetation but can live in a variety of habitats and we get lucky to spot one as the white ones are easier to find. 180 cheetah. over the next three days. the most famous tree in all of africa it stands eerie.000 warthog. cancer. with king size beds. 5. I gather my wits and dash inside the room at the hoyo hoyo tsonga lodge located on the Mluwati river. 10. South africa is currently battling a crisis of poaching as the street value of rhino horn soars up to uS$ 65. yet I am shivering in my light-weight jacket. most of whom forget the food to grab their cameras.000 hectare concession inside the park. en-suite bathrooms. a one-hour flight from Johannesburg takes us to hoedspruit.
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Shrubs and thorn trees suddenly give way to unending stenches of golden grass.cOM H y W e tick the elephant off our list next as we literally drive into a whole herd. we watch the giant creatures as they cross the road ahead and make their way once again into the wilderness. which is why an independently booked and planned safari is usually a better option for those travelling with children under 12 Your child is dreaming of zebras and giraffes but do note that each lodge has rules about allowing children on game drives. muffins and fruits to go around for everyone. NoVeMBer 2012 . the guide spots a fleeting feather as earnestly as he does a wild beast. of hiring a vehicle and ranger exclusively to take your family for a game drive customised for children You will also want to decide between staying in a ‘private concession’ which lies within the park or in a ‘private reserve’ which flank the park Check this link for some family holiday offers in Kruger: www.co.travel m Fa ily explore 4.za/ Kruger_Park_Safari_Packages-travel/ kruger-park-family-holiday-packages. there is much excitement as a baby lumbers up. we spot a herd of kudu with their strikingly beautiful long spiral horns. there is fresh hot and cold breakfast waiting for us back at hoyo hoyo. any movement. Check in advance to avoid disappointed kids! Many lodges offer the option. they chat us up as they ensure we get eggs to order with mushroom. the staff is very warm and friendly. elsewhere. at extra cost. hunting kudu is an official and popular trophy game in South africa. hot baths. what follows is a trip to enchanted land. INDIA ToDAY TrAVel plUS . there is enough of cereal. the guide’s enthusiasm is quite infectious and laudable as he drives into bushes and seriously rough terrain to follow any lead. any flap of the wings. the fruit of which ‘drives elephants mad’ when dropped to the ground and lightly fermented. and the meat makes its way onto the dinner table. Giraffes loom tall nibbling the top of a the wildebeest is a native animal of africa and a common sighting at Kruger 76 .html Safari with children PhOtOGraPhS By rItu aGarwal rOhatGI/www. chatter and lunch later we are saddled up inside the vehicle with Sweet Boy yet again for the afternoon safari. tea.krugerpark. cheese. breads. there are Marula trees. Kudu steak and stew are often part of our menu over the next few days in Kruger.IndIatOdayIMaGeS. potato and sausages on the side.000 year of age. ol ida Many safari tours have age restrictions on children. nibbling away at leaves even as a pretty lilac breasted roller watches on indulgently perched atop a tree nearby.
Early mornings in open safari vehicles can get very cold. he remains elusive. so is wild game like kudu or impala. The meat is similar to venison. an outdoor enclosure with fireplace in the lodges at Kruger Park. the deck at the lodge has a bonfire up and running. include 3 meals & 2 safaris. You cannot have enough. Most lodges do an early morning & a mid afternoon safari. my mind goes “Pumba!” this is the perfect lion King snapshot. But as we walk back to our huts. I get to see a lioness up. The resort can arrange for a transfer from Hoedspruit to the property in Kruger. 247. Sweet Boy has a search light that illuminates a huge owl and we hear the howl of a pack of wild dogs on the prowl. as we sip the best of wines and dig into a lovely spread. salads and breads washed down by some of the finest South African wines. the ride back to the lodge in the dark is an experience by itself. close and personal as she cuts across in front of our vehicle. At a Glance GETTING THERE Fly Delhi to Johannesburg on Emirates.680 (217. as I stare out of the open vehicle I am stunned by how close the stars are. Children above 8 years only and they are accommodated in their own rooms at adult rates. with a zoom. the break energizes us for what lies ahead. he is not too far away.500 approx) twin sharing and SAR 4.co.000 (approx). Rates are per person per night. NoVeMBer 2012 . Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: SAR 1. the night sky of the southern hemisphere is startling. I feel like I have a pretty black sari studded with crystals stretched above my head. 77 . e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) DO something to cover your ears.500 (approx 210. it’s a bit difficult to imagine we are actually in the wild. And you are here for the wildlife. l Binoculars! How I missed them l A good camera. and he is reiterating that this is his territory. INDIA ToDAY TrAVel plUS . Try some ‘pap’. Some offer special night safaris.za Cost: SAR 2. caRRy l A warm jacket and EaT STay Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge.000) for a round trip. You cannot come away without experiencing a Bomabraai. even as the afternoons are very hot under the African sun.Getting up close to a rhino during an early morning safari couple of trees dotted here and there as impalas frisk around their lanky long legs. All the safaris you probably can during your stay. It’s a lion. African maize meal (like porridge). This is essentially a barbecue around the boma. the sun turns a red ball of fire and then slowly melts into a golden orange sky as a folding table is set up with drinks and finger food. One of our team actually gets to witness a kill in progress. a roar echoes somewhere in the distance. Kruger National Park. Beef is common but at a braai. These animals are in plenty so you need not feel guilty. the hunt for the elusive leopard is long and hard.020 single (226. the sunsets in africa are some of the most brilliant ones you will ever witness. This is Kruger. as a wild boar jumps out of the bush. central reservations: +27 11 5164367. Sweet Boy parks the vehicle at a safe point for a sundowner. Grilled meats. Baobab trees look haunted with their leafless branches stretching upward like gnarled fingers. a couple of zebras stroll around and we spot some wildebeest at the other end. the headlight catches a startled hyena mooching along. though there are goose bump moments with lions. You never know what you may be missing if you get lazy & skip one.
INDIA TODAY TRAVeL pLUS . and the beauty of the surrounding hills. The town is named after lord Hills . its charm. it is still nowhere in the league of say . these crowds disappear by Sunday night leaving you to enjoy your walks in peace on weekdays. it has retained most of its forest cover over the years and instances of tree logging are said to be few and far between. But the thought of the invading hordes that high summer brings with it is enough to turn you off. Though Dalhousie does attract large weekend crowds due to its proximity to Punjab. one naturally thinks of the many hill stations up north. luring them back again and again. Unlike some of its peers. NOVeMBeR 2012 At home in the himachal pradesh HEn lookInG to escape Delhi in the heat. By Vandana Malhotra Shimla or Dharamshala. Dalhousie is largely about long scenic walks and picturesque hikes. Moreover. after great deliberation.travel expLORe W 78 An unfrequented homestay in Dalhousie becomes a place for bonding for a small family. natural beauty is the draw card here. Which is why. I chose Dalhousie.
playing endless rounds of rummy. We’d opted for a suite and another room on the ground floor with a small tv and reading lounge in between. a small hill with great views. Vickram himself is as interesting and knowledgeable a host as you’re likely to meet anywhere. Being a cantonment town has helped it retain its unspoiled charm and a semblance of order. Whenever it rained—and it rained quite a lot during our most recent stay—we sat here looking out over the garden. right till before the Indian Uprising. the sudden furious bursts of rain and hale gave way to more even-tempered weather in between. the lounge soon became our favourite haunt. the hill station of Dalhousie has prospered. NOVeMBeR 2012 . While he continues to be a controversial figure much criticised by historians for his callousness and neglect. I picked Silverton Estate for us. 79 DInoDIA PHoTo lIBrAry . Ushered in quickly out of the rain. Fitted with deep sofa chairs and a floor lamp. A fairly recent convert to the unique charm and hospitality of homestays. Perfect for a 4-day family holiday between weekends. A 150-year-old private estate built by its present owner Vickram Singh’s grandfather. Since running INDIA TODAY TRAVeL pLUS .Holiday Family Dalhousie. the Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856. it is advantageously located on Moti Tibba. we were greeted with cups of Himachal chai and shown into our rooms. devouring the most delicious pakoras and following the adventures of Hercule Poirot late into the night! Though the sky remained overcast throughout our stay.
By the time we reached our next stop, around sightseeing was not on our agenda, it do the Bakrota a small rocky beach that allows easy access suited us just fine. In fact we made it a point Walk, a denselyto the ravi, it had begun to rain again. We to avoid all the tourist spots. After feasting on wooded 5 km paved road that took shelter in the ramshackle teashop along sumptuous homemade dosas and a long the local elite the road and ordered ourselves bowls of siesta, we walked to Subhash Baoli, a small frequent every steaming Masala Maggi. spring well that Subhash Chandra Bose used evening Maggi, I’ll have you know, is the staple of to drink from when he came to Dalhousie to practically every teashop in Dalhousie. you can recover from tuberculosis. Beyond Subash Baoli, take your pick from the add-ons: vegetables, egg or lies Jandrighat, the residence of the former rulers of ketchup! As we sat at the back of the shop in a tin-roofed Chamba. This lovely estate draped in cedars served as balcony facing the river and being buffeted by gusts of the setting for the rather poetically shot “Ek Ladki Ko rain-laden wind, it felt little short of paradise. When the Dekha To Aisa Laga…” the popular song from the film storm finally tired itself out, we approached the river, 1942: A Love Story. hopping from one rock to another till we reached boulders we could sit on. It isn’t easy to forget the rain-drenched fter a leisurely breakfast in the open the next day beauty of the scene in a hurry. we headed down to Chamera Dam on ravi river in Day three saw us setting out for kalatope wildlife Chamba Valley. As we drove down to the floor of sanctuary, a pristine jungle of gigantic deodars that the valley, the line of majestic deodars (cedars) gave way dwarfed every other living creature in sight. With hills on to a profusion of pine trees. Much to my ten-year-old’s one side and drops on the other, the 3km path snakes its delight, we chose to walk across the dam rather than way through serious sloth and brown bear territory. We going round it through a tunnel in our car. made slow progress thanks to Urja’s frequent stops to The young, they say, know no fear but I confess my chase butterflies and place harmless ladybirds out of the heart sank when I looked down 741ft over the railing into way. At the end of the path is an old government forest those deep swirling waters! From the dam to the reservoir house that to our amusement was then being used as was a short ride. Giving in to the demands of my daughter, I persuaded my parents to come boating with us but the 30-minute ride turned out to be pretty tame. What I’d The atmospheric silverton estate is an ideal base to discover recommend instead is a short spin in a powerboat though the quaint hill town. it will make a good home away from home, I didn’t dare try it myself with a kid in tow! especially for your children
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There is a lot to do and explore with your child. Share stories under a shady tree, or a plate of piping hot Maggi noodles at a tea stall. You can also buy a range of colourful handicraft from the local bazaar
a shooting location for a film starring ranbir kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. not wishing to intrude, we stayed away from the set but Urja couldn’t resist inching closer for a dekko of her favourite movie star! Back from kalatope we spent the evening visiting the shops along the Mall and buying a couple of capes from lall Ji’s. With its own factory not far from town, lall Ji’s promises to replicate any possible design you can present them with in wool of your choice. Another great buy in Dalhousie is the Chamba Chukh, a delicious chilli-gingergarlic chutney. We couldn’t resist the fabulous spread of jams and preserves in flavours such as apple-cinnamon, peach, orange and kiwi either. But the piece de résistance of the entire trip was the magical hike up Dainkund Hill. It seemed as if we had stepped into a fairytale world of mountain slopes speckled with thousands of wild yellow and white daisies bobbing their heads in the breeze. As the swirling mist floated our way, it felt as if we were walking through the clouds. That the hike comes to an end at a couple of dingy teashops is a bit jarring. A little ahead of the shops stands an old temple with just some tridents wedged into the ground— you’ll find no idol here. In the absence of a specific deity, both kali and Shiva are worshipped. on the way back, nature seemed to have taken on a much wilder mien— deep, dark clouds rolled up the ridge from the east and the wind picked up speed. As the mist came in faster and I clutched Urja’s hand tight, I felt as if we were the only ones in the world!
A quarter of an hour or perhaps just a few moments later, the mist suddenly parted and the real world swam into our view again. We made our way back to Silverton in more or less total silence. And then on to Delhi on the evening train. And the memories, oh yes they travelled back with us too.
At a Glance
GETTiNG THERE Fly into Delhi and take the overnight train to Pathankot, from where Dalhousie is about two hours by road. Taxis are available at the station; strike a deal for the rest of the stay. WHEN TO GO Anytime except December to Feburary, when it is closed due to extreme temperatures. Silverton Estate, Above Circuit House, Moti Tibba. Contact: Vickram Singh; tel: (0) 94180 10674 Cost: Starting 23,000 for double room You should definitely have a meal at Kwality, the town’s oldest fine dining restaurant. l Red Chilli Chamba Chukh, the fieriest version of Chamba’s ginger-garlic chukh. l The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pudding prepared by our host’s wife.
sHOP Capes and woollen jackets
from Lall Ji’s, and Vale’s jams and preserves. Phuntsokling Tibetan Refugees Handicraft Centre to observe how traditional Tibetan carpets are made.
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he only sound that was heard in the stillness of the late evening came from the rumbling and rattling of the open jeep that we were travelling in. As its suspension creaked and squeaked from the impact of the bumpy forest path, we sat mesmerised with the thought of the little adventure that awaited us in the dense forest. The jeep slowly made its way through the narrow forest path and our eyes darted all around to spot the wild creatures of the night. no points for guessing that it was a tiger we were hoping to spot. Past experiences in an Indian jungle safari had taught us to rein in our expectations. We had spent two days in the forests of Ranthambhore a couple of years ago wanting to have a glimpse of Machli and returned home disappointed. spotting a tiger is a matter of chance, we had been told then. With half pragmatism and half hope we sat in the jeep, letting nature take its course. We tried to match the enthusiasm of the guards when they spotted wild rabbits scuttling into the bushes, or when they pointed out the 200-year-old pine tree that added to the eerie feeling of being in the jungle after dusk. And then it happened—all within a matter of seconds. The driver cum guide stepped on the accelerator calling out, “Ma’am, I spotted a tiger, tiger ma’am tiger ma’am…!” And sure enough it was the majestic beast himself. It was a huge six-footer, his mouth open, baring his sharp canines as if warning us that this is what we need to be afraid of. his stripes glowing like ambers in the dark. Tiger, tiger burning bright. he almost did a short catwalk for us, sliding through the shadowy bushes. long enough for us to admire his unhurried and confident gait before disappearing into the wild. he was obviously on an early leisurely stroll before he seriously started making plans for dinner. long after he had gone, we sat silent in the now stationary vehicle. each of us bound in a silent communication with the cosmos. “It leaves you speechless and then turns you into
a storyteller.” That’s how the legendary traveller Ibn Batuta described the magic of travel. And magic it certainly was. The universe had arranged itself—our sudden plan to take this trip, choosing this particular day for the safari and then making the tiger walk past just as we approached that particular spot—to grant us our long cherished wish. It was such a blessing to receive this gift. And it is moments like these that add to the lure of going on a wildlife holiday with the family. northern hay in Masinagudi in Tamil nadu promised us a ‘wildlife fix’. And they kept their word and how. We had the opportunity to spot wild boars, the beautiful burgundy coloured Malabar squirrel, a wild tusker, deer in plenty, an eagle circling high above the tree that a Malabar squirrel was perched upon, whistling thrush and quail. It was a perfect holiday for my family of three. It helped that our 13-year-old is a wildlife enthusiast. he realises that being in the territory of the animals you have to give them the right of way. northern hay is a coffee plantation sitting on the edge of the Mudumalai forest. Guests have had the opportunity to spot leopards and elephants right on the property itself. In fact, a particular couple who had decided to spend their honeymoon here were so horror struck after they saw a tiger chase a wild boar right in front of their eyes while they were sipping coffee on the porch that they took the same taxi back to civilisation. The caretaker Babu has many such tales to regale you with when he takes you for a morning walk on the plantation. Mind you it is no walk in the park though. you could be surprised by an advancing wild boar, or suddenly come face to face with a tusker. This is not a nature that invites you to wander off on your own to soak in the charms. you have to stick close to the more experienced companion who is leading you.
The homestay Northern Hay is an attractive space with an earthy design. Sitting next to the mudumalai forest reserve, it is surrounded by quiet and green spaces
At northern hay in Masinagudi, your family can bond over several intriguing wildlife tales of fellow travellers, while gathering thrilling new tales of your own. By Dipti Nair
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And it is actually not much of a challenge to keep a small family content and occupied here. We spent most of the day either reading. experience “so what happens if we see a herd of elephants?” I ask Babu as we make our way through the wet plantation grounds. It resembles a living room that could have belonged to one of the pucca sahibs… dIPTI nAIR 1 84 . this does not sound like a good option at all. All the rooms are aesthetically furnished with minimum fuss and designed to bring in the flavour of a homestay. I think what he really means is that you just run! For a city-bred. But that’s life I guess. “The guard in front of us will divert them while I will take you to safety. and sitting around it with the stars twinkling above us on a clear night sky we spoke in hushed tones almost hoping 1. the old colonial building and various artefacts and paintings in the house add to the quaint charm of the holiday. you take your chances… and if you are lucky you come back with a rewarding experience like we did.travel Old world charm The old colonial building is beautiful and cosy. inDiA TODAY TrAVeL pLUS . many guests have spotted elephants right from the property itself dIP TI nA IR even tree houses and a recently-added mud house. There is a library with books on birds and wildlife and large pictures of the Raj era framed on the walls with a fireplace adding to the charm of the room. Though wildlife is the main draw of this holiday experience. with no time to engage in any tiring physical exercise. nOVeMBer 2012 . sedentary creature like me. There are individual cottages. the caretaker organised a bonfire. a tree house within the property becomes a vantage point for spotting animals and will thrill the children 2.” he replies stoically. In the evenings. The internet and television are not particularly missed. munching on fresh onion pakodas or playing cards and carom on the long verandah that circles the whole house.
spotted deer and. nOVeMBer 2012 . book through Mahindra Homestays. Good To know The evening safari is your best bet of spotting wildlife. Make sure to have an SUV to negotiate the difficult terrain from here to the plantation. it still felt as if the dense forest cover contained many more magical creatures who had decided we were not worthy enough for a glimpse. Stick to blues. the thought uppermost in our mind was the same road had felt never-ending when we were approaching the resort. If you want you can instruct the cook to make your kind of daal or curry. l Carry comfortable clothes and walking shoes. the official clarification is that the safari is restricted to the plantation areas. Make sure your children don’t feed or tease them. inDiA TODAY TrAVeL pLUS . and children should understand that spotting any animal is a matter of chance. l There are many langurs and monkeys around. l Best to travel with children who are 10 years and above and who understand the rules of the jungle and respect animals. even wild elephants. After you cross Mysore. You can try your hand at free style fishing. mahindrahomestays. When we left the resort behind after two days on a bumpy kaccha road. including the big cat. greys and pale shades. if you are lucky as we were. If you are eaT wondering how night safari is allowed here when it is banned in our forest reserves. take the Ooty Road. l Do not wander around the plantation on your own. More than the mains. But now we didn’t want it to end because although we had been fortunate enough to spot so many of the local residents. It is a good thing that the animals know no borders! TiPS l Do not pack STay clothes with bright colours. 85 dIPTI nAIR . l This is not a zoo. northern hay. it is the accompanying chutneys and preserves that are mouthwatering. tel: 1800 425 2737 (toll free).575 for two with breakfast There is no set menu. Northern Hay is about five hours on the BangaloreMysore Highway. On the way. there are chances of spotting langurs.2 that the majestic cat comes lounging by to pay us a visit. At a Glance GeTTinG There From Bangalore.com Cost: Starting 25. A small picnic is also organised during the day along a mountain stream. www. and since that is at the edge of the Madhumalai forests animals are easy to spot.
we explore life beyond the Swiss Alps and discover its stunning lakes and waterbodies.travel switzerland explore The land wiTh beauTiful blue eyes As the country dedicates the year to ‘water’. BY AjAY KhullAr .
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so i smiled. the attention is towards treating sunburn . elegant bells. you saw the mountains—among which was mt rigi. more than 120 glaciers. town managed the difficult task of complementing the where the Alps have played the perfect prop to love. city. gorges and rivers! And the water is the cogwheel. it was the end of summer and the Alps the moment of final closure drew near. side. lakes and take a sip. “Perhaps a sip of water from the lake tasted like wine. manicured casual traveller. has always been about mountains—the matterhorn. considered by many as Switzerland’s prettiest everyone. young and “raindrops keep falling on my The goodness of water old. Baden for instance has enjoyed the benefits of thermal springs for 2. “do for granted. think water. it’s not for lucerne. nor did around the country. Switzerland for the domestic dream—wood panelled. the towers of the i have grown up on a healthy diet of Yash raj films. i’ve also been a cruise?” my guide prodded and so we set sail on lake close to life—most of my life. i wanted a lotus in a beautiful pond.000 lakes. now think cows that look fashionable with their Switzerland. facets to ourselves—that though you might have been many. life is harsh. think Switzerland. it is perhaps a truism that as we age. remarked. my mind looked lonely and bare. the with an affirmative wink. a land where raindrops were the thought was tempting no doubt. “this is the charmingest place we have ever Switzerland has about 7. As you go up slowly in innumerable waterfalls. And each time to escape the rain.000 years and vertical mineral baths can be found in Samedan. lived in for repose and restfulness”. in the lake seemed to have been modelled for the perfect background was the snow white Alps. think mountains. city and even as you tore your eyes away to look the other eiger and Jungfrau. in the beauty of the land and the houses that lined the side of the foreground were the male and female leads. vast head…” i hummed to myself as the There are various thermal turquoise blue lakes and snow soft drizzle trickled down my face. where you aged but never grew old. ambling up the hill. where angelic women replied to a query you want to take a swim in the lake?” my guide asked. but lucerne looked as pretty as wandered towards what heaven might be like. but i was not equipped for happiest to fall. we discover new my next destination. you get a sight of some quintessential so pure that you can simply dip your flask in any of the Switzerland—lush green countryside. tiled roofs. baths and treatments offered capped mountains in the i did not run for shelter. many summers before i went up to mt rigi in praised all this while for your lustrous hair—your deep blue a cogwheel. it was a better afterlife than life. peaceful under a violent sky. Switzerland is just about waking and it had made an impact enough on him to have up to its deep blue eyes—its lakes and waterbodies. not just from india but from around the lawns with lovely flowers. trekkers. A life where beauty was taken the lake lucerne—vast and at the centre of the city. In Gstaad. lucerne looked all the more prettier from the boat— welcome to Switzerland. mark twain had undertaken the same journey eyes are equally beautiful. rainwashed.travel explore I anyone else on the busy street of lucerne seem in a hurry ’ve been cloSe to death a few times. it wasn’t a pond really. where a swim. considered and declined. Sometimes we need to take a break. it was undoubtedly a charming world.
the trek that we were warned was ‘considerably tough’ was pleasant and ironically. Valid till but the sound. might give you a feeling of mild thrill but never is there an element of fear. where you walked on 1. lucerne is a perfect blend of a modern city with an old world atmosphere 2.background. might have looked like a scary rollercoaster but was really a mild joyride where your heart never missed a beat. it was a fun close-to-nature exercise. sight. the next and interlaken. in the Swiss countryside. of being really close to nature—in all its force—yet in a what you felt was a controlled environment. yet it is programmed and controlled. with a birdseye view of the panorama. it was the simple sounding barefoot blueberry picking trail that left the sole of your feet aching. we were walking travel insurance. what started as a causal stroll along the accommodation. but the sky was clear. spread the wings of its charm over me.650 Switzerland though had just about begun to explore lucerne. day was to be a mild trek along the Aare Gorge as includes airfare we made our way towards the bernese oberland from Delhi. fury and the sheer atmosphere December 31 www. taking the cogwheel to Mt rigi PhotoGrAPhS courteSY: luzern touriSmuS AG SwitzerlAnd touriSm 2 1 3 .makemytrip. it was an interesting experience. life was pretty pAcKAge and i felt at peace with my surrounding. the funicular that i took to the Gilmer lake. For 285. region. on a wooden platform at an elevation from the river. And then you were on rigi. pathway lined by trees soon turned to be an excursions and exciting hike along a gushing river. it was windy that SwiSS day at rigi. the steam boat is used not only for cruises but also to get across town 3.com created by the happy river left you feeling fresh and energised. the cogwheel that might take you up dizzying heights to the mountain. you are often close to nature.
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91 PhotoGrAPhS bY AJAY khullAr/www. French and German Cuisine. i smiled. a Swiss staple.indiAtodAYimAGeS. the first skier appeared on the slopes only in 1891. 2. i could think of nothing—no words of gravity or an insight into life came to me. Stay In Lucerne a good option is Palace Luzern. www. email@example.com Shop The Swiss watch and clock industry is one of the oldest and dates back to the 16th century. out of joy perhaps. more so perhaps as it is still being explored by tourists. Löwenplatz 4 CH-6004 Lucerne.ch In Interlaken you could check into the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage. charmed. many years after Switzerland’s other slopes had been discovered. Omega. I particularly loved my veal at the Old Swiss House restaurant in Lucerne. www. On the barefoot blueberry trail. If you are travelling towards the Bernese Oberland region the mountains offer good hiking trails and during winter Grindelwald region has over 90 miles of ski slopes.lindner. this wasn’t skiing season but the town had much to offer—you could just walk along the countryside.palaceluzern. You can pick up a ‘2 for 1’ Swiss Pass where you get one pass free. take pictures of the wonderful chalets and shop for souvenirs. now a popular winter sports destination. two pretty girls in my group broke into a spontaneous dance with the sound of waterfall as gentle music. though it gets quite crowded and you have to book your accommodation well in advance. buses and boats. soft moss. Charges start at approx 15. it was a fine summing up to what Switzerland was really all about. eat The Swiss menu has a heavy influence of Italian.1 1.000 from Mumbai (return fare) When to Go The summer season from June to September is a great time to be in Lucerne with perfect conditions for outdoor activities and lake cruises.000 from Delhi and 46. starts from 21. stand by a river. Tag Heuer or any of the other famous Swiss brands. offer a moment of such tranquillity that it is impossible to let the little things in life come in the way of nature’s goodness. with a slight sprinkle of water cleansing my soul. T he bernese oberland region with its towns of interlaken and Grindelwald is as charming as the rest of the country. grass and sometimes uncomfortable rocks and by the end of it you were very glad to be finally back in your shoes.de/en/LGHBR INDIA ToDAY TrAVel plUS . Giessbach Falls in the Bernese Oberland region 2 At a Glance GettinG there Swiss Air has flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Zurich Fare: 52. A must try is the Wienerschnitzel (a special veal prepared at your tableside) and the rosti. If you want to shop in style you could pick up a classy watch from Rolex. the region also offers some breathtaking lake cruises and waterfalls like the Giessbach Falls. in Grindelwald.com . GettinG around A Swiss Pass gives you unlimited travel on trains.800 for four days. NoVeMBer 2012 . As i stood at the foot of the Giessbach Falls.000 approx. which though not hollywoodised by Sherlock holmes like the reichenbach Falls. my mind was a blank where the only picture was of the waterfall and then suddenly.000 approx. it was a moment of innocence and beauty. starts from 20.
We tell you where to get what! 15 . food items. you must be familiar with these cities. or just an expert window-shopper.travel the plus list BEST SHOPPING CITIES If you are a compulsive buyer of clothes. curios.
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6 LONDON HIGH STREET From the country that defined the term—which refers to a town’s main street where all the principal stores that cater to the general public are located—it’s the city with the best on offer. from the tourist friendly oxford Street to the less crowded and more stylish Kensington high Street (where Salvation army stores give up a wealth of designer wear at high street prices). other stores to visit include Uniqlo (311. Cos (222. For some serious buying head to the Gem Palace (MI road) where the Kasliwals have wrought jewellery for the rich and famous. Drop off your bags: raj Palace. it’s known for kundan. you know they’ve got something special going on. besides the variety and cuts. 95 .co. which lays claim to some of the largest in the world.park. Whip out your credit card: Johri bazaar and Surajpol bazaar are both good for silver. Whip out your credit card: the Dubai Mall of the Emirates. oxford Street). Malls are a fine art in this emirate.com banDEEP SInGh iNDiA tODAY tRAVel plus . Sawai ramsingh road) are worth visiting. James Street) and Marks & Spencer (458. Jewels Emporium (MI road) and Surana Jewellers (b-7 E Surana Enclave. regent Street). MI road).hyatt. www. oxford Street). faux Mediterranean decor and shark viewing to round off the fab experience. oxford Street). www. NOVeMBeR 2012 .rajpalace.marriott. Deira City Center.com 8 JAIPUR GEMS AND JEWELLERY a historic centre for gem and jewellery trading.uk CoUrtESy: VISIt brItaIn 7 MALLS DUBAI When a city spends as much time at malls as Dubai does. London has multiple high Streets. www.dubai. Drop off your bags: Park hyatt Dubai. Kurt Geiger (1. you’ll also find a replica regent Street. Whip out your credit card: two words! top Shop (214. meenakari work. and silver jewellery. amrapali (Panch batti. Mercato town Center and burjuman Center cover everything from luxury brands to gold souks to supermarkets. add in the fact that Dubai is a duty free port and you have products likely to be cheaper here than at their country of origin. the flagship store on oxford Street attracts fashionistas the world over with reason. Jaipur is still unmatched when it comes to these precious buys. Drop off your bags: Grosvenor house. Dubai Festival City.
www. It’s the city that invented the praline. other chocolate houses of note are neuhaus (27 Grand-Place). the Ferry building Marketplace (Market Street) is the city’s best-known market that sells everything from farm produce and speciality grocery to wine and cookware.000 tonnes of chocolate a year. home to master chocolatiers. Grand Sablon). (125 Chaussée de Charleroi) and Mary (36 Galerie de la reine). how local and organic the produce is and the same goes for shopping. Godiva (47 Place du Grand Sablon). iNDiA tODAY tRAVel plus . Whip out your credit card: For the best of organic head to Whole Foods Market (1765 California St).com 96 . Wittamer (6&12 Place du Grand Sablon). the purest chocolate and produces close to 200. and Laurent Gerbaud’s Passion Chocolates (2/4 rue bodenbroek. Frederic blondeel Chocolatier.hotelamigo. www. bryan’s Grocery (3445 California Street). bi-rite (3639 18th Street). Zaabär. (24 Quai aux brix). Drop off your bags: hotel amigo.starwoodhotels.com 10 Van hULSt CHOCOLATE BRUSSELS there are some places where it’s criminal not to indulge your vice and brussels is top of that list. Drop off your bags: W San Francisco. NOVeMBeR 2012 . Whip out your credit card: Place du Grand Sablon has at least eight chocolate shops of note including master chocolatier Pierre Marcolini’s (39 Place du Grand Sablon). the city not only enjoys the best of eating out.travel the plus list 9 FOOD SHOPPING SAN FRANCISCO Few cities in the world celebrate food fads quite as much as San Fran. it also likes to discuss from where the food was sourced.
henri bendel has more youthful appeal. 20th century Scandinavian design to Modernity (6 Sibyllegatan).kempinski. Mari’s rock is your place for punk.mandarinoriental. Covered alleyways lined with stalls selling ceramics.o. Drop off your bags: Check out the Plaza hotel. bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth ave).se NEW YORK DEPARTMENT STORES When it comes to shopping. From street markets to air conditioned malls. Skärholmen). head for more unusual home items to Stockhome (25. cosmetics. shopping can be done till late at night. Go lingerie shopping at Lovx bldg. for architect designed furniture to nordiska Galleriet (11 nybrogatan). while anime fans should head to Evangelion. Macy’s. expensive and excellent design to r. and yes. and a modern crafty feel. is one of the city’s most iconic boutiques. Whip out your credit card: the famous Djemaa el Fna leads off to a number of souks. dressed as their favourite anime character or milkmaids. For local designers head to Siam Square. www. dates and spices form a maze of souks. Whip out your credit card: begin at Ikea (Kungens Kurva. Carry cash. Packed with teens in the latest in street fashion or character play. and the latest releases to the flagship store of bang & olufsen (52 regeringsgatan).com SOUKS MARRAKECH DISTINCTIVE STREET FASHION TOKYO SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN STOCKHOLM Sometimes people-watching can be as much fun as shopping and never more so than at takeshita-dori. Souk el attarine for perfumes. Even better. Whip out your credit card: the 35 acre Chatuchak Weekend Market has more than 8.000 stalls of pretty much anything you can dream up. just off the main street. 97 . Pratunam is where the locals go for wholesale fashion. Strandvägen). while Faline.o. think Ikea. food halls. Drop off your bags: Siam Kempinski hotel. www. and Saks (611 Fifth ave) offer a range of classic luxury labels. rugs. while tha Prachan is lined with vendors selling vintage. takenoko sells masks and costumes. Souk des bijoutiers for jewellery.theplaza.M (20 alströmergatan). Unleash your inner bargainista. NOVeMBeR 2012 . bangkok has an exhaustive variety of things to buy. the Patpong night Market is another landmark visit. Drop off your bags: La Maison arabe. blond wood. Saks Fifth avenue. clothes. It’s a hard-to-beat experience. though authenticity and prices both need to be given a good hard look. you’ve heard the stories of just how much your rupee can buy. they buy most of their clothes on takeshita-dori. head to Souk Semarine for fabrics. henri bendel. Souk Cherratin for leather and Souk Chouri for wood work.com 12 14 15 It’s a scene out of Arabian Nights. Whip out your credit card: Some stores are so cheap you may not need the card. Souk rahba Qdima for rugs and carpets.11 13 BANG FOR YOUR BAHT BANGKOK Even if you haven’t already visited.lamaisonarabe.nobishotel.com iNDiA tODAY tRAVel plus . bloomingdale’s. Kungsgatan). www. jewellery. www. and there are plenty of these grandes dames to choose from—bergdorf Goodman. a day in each might just do them justice. but Ikea is just the starting place in Stockhom.com/tokyo/ this is about clean lines. colourful plastic furniture by designers like Philippe Starck to Kartell (6 Smålandsgatan). the big apple may have everything. a pedestrian only street in tokyo’s harajuku area. www. but there’s nothing more new york than a visit to one of its many sprawling department stores. while Macy’s (712 Fifth ave) and bloomingdale’s (1000 third ave)—home. Drop off your bags: nobis hotel. Drop off your bags: Mandarin oriental. Whip out your credit card: barneys (660 Madison ave). or punked up and gothed out. credit cards only work at big stores. barney’s. for modern furniture and signature botanical prints to Svenskt tenn (5a.
You can also attend cooking classes and taste the newest and best in both wines and tequila. You can also sign up for farm tours.konacoffeefest. Cocktails by the team include an Andy Warhol that comes in a Campbell soup can. followed by a Sunday brunch with traditional mariachis. but Beard to Tail’s preview menus are all about large. The whole of France celebrates the event with Beaujeu being the hub of the revelry. so vegetarians should stay away. the famed young wine. Small plates may be chic elsewhere. robust platters. It opens with a village fest to introduce the visiting chefs.com Restaurant opening The third Thursday of November is very special in Beaujeu. Beard to Tail is at 77 Curtain Road. head to Hawaii from November 2 to 11. It is on this day the Beaujolais Noveau. www. Tradition dictates that the fruity. the little town to the south of Burgundy in France.com Gourmet burgers KoNA CoFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL Umami burger. nOVeMBeR 2012 .festivalgourmet. and gourmet a la carte meals by guest chefs at the restaurants participating in the festival. The Sarmentelles. Signature dishes include a Rumpie Pumpie Suffolk Pork Rump on a wooden platter with a jam jar of apple sauce and a jug of rich gravy. joSEF KANDoLL W Coffee Cruise The whole hog London’s exciting culinary scene gets a quirky addition with the opening of Beard to Tail in Shoreditch. Details on www. anyone? Gourmet burgers are quite the culinary rage at the Trend moment. coffee bean-picking contests and even a Miss Kona Coffee Pageant. with a line-up of star chefs participating. a party that follows a bonfire of the sarments.com compiled by priya bala neW IndIa tOdaY tRaVeL pLus . is worth attending. is now in its 18th year. And ever-trendy LA keeps up. when KailuaKona hosts its longest-running food and coffee festival. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival includes cupping competitions. the stylish shopping and entertainment hub. The gastronomic extravaganza. Shoreditch. This is the newest outlet of the chain and is pitched as its flagship. 99 . The threeday festival begins on November 15. is uncorked. the cuttings from the vines. with the newlyopened Umami at The Grove. There’s also a coffee and art stroll at Holualoa village worth checking out. www. Wake up and smell the coffee If the heady aroma of coffee gets you going. Exclusives on the menu include the Grove Truffle Burger. light wine must be all consumed by Christmas. As the name suggests it’s all about the whole animal here.food+drink news & updates Beaujolais Noveau Festival Say hola to Vallarta It’s a celebration of the best of Mexican dining at the International Gourmet Festival of Vallarta from November 8 to 18. London. You can also tuck into savoury Umami chips. a juicy beef patty topped with Parmesan fondue and truffle sauce.umami.
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we continued with a platter of seafood. ✓ In salads. charred to perfection. the bar menu celebrating gin couture. Mumbai. —neeti Mehra INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . though a tad too salty for me. an assortment of mains served on a communal platter is a wise choice. chili and parsley. deep fried potatoes filled with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with aioli. mango sauce. was lost in the richness of the salad. salt and pureed tomato. Accompanied with the refreshing Sangria de Sergi. but the cheese croquette was rather pleasing. is a must have. a gooey delight of local biscuits and mandarin sorbet with a hint of cinnamon—a wonderful mix of crunchy and mushy. the ‘Tomates Maduros’ tossed with extra virgin olive oil. The recent-most entrant making a splashy debut in Mumbai at the JW Marriott Mumbai is Two Michelin Star Catalan Chef Sergi Arola with the ArolaRestaurant & Bar. While the delicate flavor of the crab Chef Sergi Arola’s Signature Dishes ✓ The mealy Patatas Bravas. the knife cut steak tartar. The Gambas or prawns were sautéed to perfection with garlic. drizzled with pine nuts. The sublime eggplant. the latter a traditional sauce. Non-gin lovers can quaff from its wine cellar which stocks up primarily on wines from Spain and from its selection of spirits and more. two shared platters and one dessert a meal costs approx 26. a lovely way to end a quiet meal. offering over 30 varieties of the tipple and an extensive list of signature and classic cocktails such as the Spanish Martini and the Bella Rosa Cobbler. This was followed by the vegetarian Pica Pica selection that came with a rather ordinary crispy asparagus along with romesco sauce and gazpacho. NOVEMBER 2012 . Chef Arola’s interpretation of Spanish and Catalan cuisine. From the Sea and From the Land. with tomato and toasted bread. Rather than fret over options. Juhu Tara Road. diners can be rest assured they’re being served haute cuisine right off the griddle. served with a soy sauce and wasabi infusion.200 reservation: Required entry age: Above 21 years only W REVIEw ith culinary stars flocking from across the world to India. top the list of his vegetarian specialties. cherry tomato and spicy green chilis that melted in your mouth. filled with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with aioli were hearty but could have been crispier. The main menu is divided into the self-explanatory sections: From Garden to Table. plus there is a selection of main courses to choose from. marinated tuna and black Alentejo olives. Chef Arola’s Indianised version of Catalan tomato bread: warm pillowy naans served with diced garlic. The meal ended with Chef Sergi Arola’s interpretation of Crema Catalana. The curved bar serves as center stage of the restaurant. tel: (022) 6693 3344 cuisine: Contemporary Spanish cuisine cost: With a drink each. a stunning medley of ginger vinaigrette. the Pica Pica.mumbaI arOla JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai. the lobster rice was subtle and light. a special recipe of the Chef. Arola is perfect for an early romantic dinner and brings a whiff of contemporary Spanish and Catalonian fare to the city. marinated fillets. tempered with crunchy onions. in a balsamic reduction and the vegetable paella were faultless. ✓ The Filet Mignon. The cylinder shaped Patatas Bravas. ✓ The Sardinas. Our meal commenced with a heartwarming bread basket. starting with razor thin sea scallops. 101 .
This is followed by some Golmirch Chicken. On the menu. And their new ‘coach’ is Dharshan Munidasa. off late there have been some residents of Bihar who have been giving the state a good name. though. Tel: (020) 6525 7788 cuisine: Contemporary Italian cost: 21. but prawn options galore. —ajay Khullar 102 . Koregaon Park Annex Pune. they just spell and make it the Bihari way) and then move to the very MUSTTRY litti chokha basic—Litti Chokha served with aubergine mash. Rukmankan Sivaloganathan.ministryofcrab. actually. a banker turned entrepreneur and I sat on brown functional chairs. The Clay Pot Prawn Curry is a hot favourite. it is also about cricket—it is owned by Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene. legendary Sri Lankan cricketers.500 for two (without alcohol) reservation: Recommended on weekends the pOtbelly The Potbelly 116-C. —preeti verMa lal art of the Oakwood Premier. I detest pumpkin but I am in debt to the chef as the velvety pumpkin and goat’s cheese encased in delicate parcels of pasta melts on the tongue. So. I’ve never tasted authentic Bihari cuisine before. 4th floor. the music in the background is soft. The innovative contemporary Italian cuisine is a welcome change from the ubiquitous white sauce pasta that has dogged Italian restaurants for long. I get started with the interesting sounding Phish Phingers (yes. There are daily specials as well as a Pizza Bar.FOOD+DRINK coLombo PunE RESTAURANTS nEw dELHI Ministry Of crab Old Dutch Hospital Colombo-1 Tel: (0094) 2342 722 Website: www. We start with the Bruschetta. but I will say is that the food sure gave me an appetite and I polished off the last morsel and then some more. —reshMa Krishnan O REVIEw nce glorious. The dish that will have me going back. boneless chicken in creamy pepper preparation and Khada Masala Mutton with rice. near Asiad Village. Set up by Puja Sahu and Vivita Relan. and the view from the 4th floor is pleasant. Other things on the menu include spicy teriyaki and desserts. is not merely about crabs. the Bistro is most certainly the jewel in Oakwood Premier’s crown. That evening as Kumar Sangakkara. the colossal crab is called the OMG crab. of crab claws flowers from his garden that stand tall in glass vases and why cutlery is only brought in on special request—crabs are meant to eaten with hand. The Ministry of Crab restaurant. It is a customer favourite along with the BBC chicken wings.200 for two (without alcohol) reservations: Not mandatory hat would you say of Colombo’s hippest eatery that is housed in a 400-yearold Dutch hospital? What would you exclaim if the crab on your platter weighs more than 1. these wings are char grilled with a dark balsamic glaze and served with a sprig of spring onion. it’s pretty much fish fingers.com cuisine: Seafood cost: Crabs (550gms) start at 2. The décor is bright and modern with furniture in a riot of colours. Unlike the sweet sticky red wings that moonlight as a savory dessert. the cricketer talked of his wild crabs—they are not farmed or fattened—how he has graduated from steamed crabs to garlic crabs. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . which I believe are the best wings I have tasted in a while. Shahpur Jat. which is the perfect combination of room temperature tangy tomato glistening with olive oil and crisp bread.5 kgs? Oh My God? You wouldn’t be off the mark. The Ministry is certainly all about W REVIEw P REVIEw crabs. NOVEMBER 2012 . Potbelly with its uber chic feel is probably the best place to start. however. is the Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli. colourful café that serves ‘gourmet Bihari food’. so I’m not really in a position to make comparisons whether this is quintessential or repackaged. For a city dweller who’s never really taken a bite from a Bihari thali. of the Nihonbashi fame. it’s all about mum’s recipes with a modern twist at Potbelly. then notorious. Next come the Polenta Chips—deep fried polenta served with garlic aioli and sundried tomato paste and drizzled with olive tapenade.500 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) timing: 6 pm-11 pm bistrO Oakwood Premier 81 Mundhwa. Sangakarra believes. tel: (011) 4161 2048 cuisine: Bihari cost: 21. To be honest. The Potbelly in Shahpur Jat in South Delhi is a sunny. Chef Shailendra Singh has designed the menu to satisfy the needs of their discerning long stay guests as well as Pune’s residents who have come to love this neighborhood café.
Berry’s Fine Wine Reserve at the Alfred Dunhill store in Prince’s Building (Central Financial District). Whisky for Everyone. The wine flights (tasting) are the top draws of 1707’s menu. but two flights serve you the equivalent of a bottle of wine. and like being taken by surprise.be). talking with the shop assistants. where you get up to 25 per cent discounts and.com INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . 103 . If you love wine. Mail your questions for him to editortravelplus@intoday. and it leaves a long impression on the palate. Remy XO cognac. or look for the freebie that comes with a wine or champagne. tHeRe was a time when a bottle of Drambuie used to be de rigueur in every middle-class Indian home— it was held up like some badge of honour. you can make as many combinations as you wish. doesn’t get the attention it deserves. you’ve got to check out the iconic wine shop of your destination. NOVEMBER 2012 . Each flight has three 125ml pours of related wines in a happy ménage a trois. US$ 50 THAT. Just being at Berry Brothers is a learning experience. You learn by browsing through the labels (wines and whiskies). FLIGHTS OF THE FANcIFUL THE MENTION of Fortnum & Mason conjures up images of its festive food hampers. you can’t miss the circle made with the rainbow-hued Absolut Unique bottles. is Berry Brothers & Rudd. is organised like a gentlemen’s club because it’s only for serious connoisseurs of fine wine who also like to invest in the ones that get them hefty returns. is how much you’d have to pay for the World Cocktail at the World Bar on the United Nation Plaza in New York City. for only a handful of them have anything apart from the most commonplace labels. the poet and man about town in his time. so you could have the Riesling and Pinot Noir flights. or the Spanish and Bordeaux flights.COLUMN FOOD+DRINK BUY OF THE MONTH SPIRITEd TRAVELLER SOURISH BHATTAcHARYYA W WINE LOVER’S ONE-STOP SHOP HICH Is tHe best place in the world to go and buy wine? Certainly not the airport duty-free shops. says Eater. at price points ranging from £14 to £40. a one-night stand is all that you get—you either go for the label you know best. the initial sweetness of the drink melts into tangy orange notes with hints of spiciness. herbs and spices. informs us that the Drambuie 15 Year Old may just make you change your mind. and much later discovered the store (and its ‘binend’ outlet at Basingstoke. used to drop by before making his forays into gambling halls and fashionable balls.com).” We all know that Absolut is a B-school marketing success case study. for instance. which is as much an encyclopedia of wine as an online B2C platform. Berry Brothers is in Hong Kong as well. complimentary tastings). just like the world associates Harrods with high fashion. When you go shopping for wine. where its premium outlet. the swedish vodka maker has released four million Unique bottles for the travel retail business in 80 markets and each one has a design and colour palette that is unique to it. times have changed. Its ingredients are pricey: Veuve Clicquot Champagne. With 13 flights in all. the base of the sweet and tangy. the word of an unnamed American scientist just sticks to your mind: “Never forget that you are unique. but now the very useful blog. 1707. for every bottle of wine is like a woman—an enigma waiting to be explored. My favourite in London. but this one takes the cake and the icing too.com.skyshop. whisky liqueurs are going out of fashion. I first fell in love with its website (www. a diva demanding that you fuss over her. on certain days. the wine bar at F&M. In the bargain. you go to make a discovery. just like everybody else. then it’s the duffel bag that swings your decision.bbr. and just amusing yourself with the thought that you are where Lord Byron. you don’t have time to savour the quirks of the fine world of wine. And when you figure out why it’s there. the liqueur is priced at £35. golden yellow liqueur is one or several 15-year-old speyside malt(s)—the details remain a secret—infused with honey. Imagine getting a duffel bag for a couple of bottles of Penfolds—wine marketers couldn’t have come up with a more undignified way of downgrading a beverage that’s made with a lot of care and respect for history! But when you have all of five or 10 minutes to arrive at your decision. When you are rushing to catch a flight. Sourish Bhattacharyya is the Executive Editor of Mail Today and writes on food and drink. Pineau des Charentes (a French aperitif which is now a hot cocktail ingredient) and liquid gold! ABSOLUT-LY UNIQUE PROMOTION IF YOU visit the sky shops website (www.
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local flavours FOOD+DRINK UdAIPUR delights WITH KACHORI Nakuul Mehta JAYESH MISTHAN BHANDAR Chetak Circle The cold winter mornings of Udaipur are best enjoyed with JMB’s spicy and delicious pyaaz ki kachoris and a cup of tea. COLD COFFEE WITH CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM DEEP PAHWA SAI SAGAR COFFEE SHOP Along Lake Fatehsagar With panoramic views of Lake Fatehsagar as the perfect backdrop. this is the only place that comes close to the taste of daal baati my mum makes minus the generous dollops of ghee they serve it with here. anchor and model. it’s the perfect thirst-quencher while soaking in the scenery of Fatehsagar. I can’t think of bidding goodbye to Udaipur without gorging on ker sangari. times have changed and today it has become a once-a-year indulgence. Nakuul Mehta is an actor. deliciously heavy on the stomach. Back in the days when health wasn’t such a fad and we weren’t programmed to count calories in every morsel we ate. NovEMBEr 2012 . TOTO NANDY KER SANGARI THE ROYAL RETREAT Badi Hawala Road This lavish yet serene resort surrounded by the majestic Aravalli Hills serves the most authentic and delectable ker sangari—a Rajasthani delicacy made of berries and beans—at its Durbar Restaurant. anyone from the family coming back from Udaipur always makes it a point to bring me my favourite kachoris. the Mewar royal takes us down food street in the fascinating city. 105 . On warm summer evenings in the Lake City. Sai Sagar Coffee Shop’s chilled froth-full coffee beverage can give the better known Cafe Frappes of established coffee chains across the country a run for their money. Alas. DAAL BAATI SANTOSH DAAL BAATI BHOJANALAYA Surajpole This small restaurant serves the best daal baati with urad-chana daal mix and choorma in Udaipur. Santosh ki daal baati was a staple diet. SHILPI RESORT Rani Road A trip to Udaipur would be incomplete without savouring the scrumptious Rajasthani culinary delight Govind Gatta (fried gram flour dumplings in gravy) with tandoori roti or butter naan here. It can also be polished off with warm rice and pickle. yet light on the wallet! My favourite for the longest time. Having grown up in Udaipur. GOVIND GATTA the lead protagonist of ‘Pyar Ka Dard Hai…’ on star Plus. A mouth-watering experience. As told to SuNORy DuTT INDIa ToDaY TravEl Plus . Despite not being able to travel to Udaipur as much of late.
NOVeMBer 2012 . poses next to his popular creation 106 . INDIa tODaY traVeL PLuS . the proprietor of dindigul’s famous Ponram Biryani Hotel.FOOD+DRINK feature bowled madurai Prabhakar.
i could only nod in stupefaction. A triumphant look. proved that only quality ingredients were used and the biryani was slowcooked to allow the grains to completely absorb everything—ghee.over by biryani You’ve probably tasted it many times. spices and flavours of the meat. fresh banana S INDIa tODaY traVeL PLuS . the surface of the water was surprisingly clear and the expected film of grease failed to appear. Startled because it was totally unexpected and transfixed because it is a surreal sight to watch grains of biryani making their way through water. Take a journey to Dindigul. But Prabhakar was not done yet. As demos went. NOVeMBer 2012 . it was certainly fascinating. 107 . the visual equivalent of ‘i told you so’. by AnitA RAo KAshi pics: senthil KumARAn “ ee? No oil!” This was followed seconds after a spoonful of biryani was dramatically dunked into a transparent glass full of water. swept across Prabhakar’s face. He carefully laid a large. The test. mixed with pride. partly in acquiescence and partly because i was so blissfully overdosing on the most glorious biryani. i was startled and transfixed in equal parts. which has earned itself the moniker of Biryani City and dig into some sinful soul food. but never quite like this. near Madurai. As the grains and spices slowly sank to the bottom. Prabhakar painstakingly explained.
garlic and ½ kg cloves to produce its lip-smacking signature biryani but sells out within minutes. attain the moniker of Biryani City. falling off the bones and melting on the tongue. So too with this. keema (minced lamb) fry. And despite the ghee.” he explained. He continues to follow the recipe which belonged to his grandmother and is a zealously guarded secret. but not so much as to be overwhelming. but never too far away. The methods are old too: the biryani is cooked over firewood and red hot coals are heaped on top. A nondescript eatery. mutton in this case. a kind of aromatic small grain rice grown in Tamil Nadu) was packed with flavour and the meat. A fact that came home to me as i tucked in gleefully. vegetables and curries. it seemed almost too criminal to dilute the taste of the biryani with anything else right now. they were good. sambhar. It uses 150 kg rice. it was buzzing with people. NOVeMBer 2012 . on their own. 1 kg each of cardamom. 108 . South indian biryanis tend to have a more robust flavour. enjoying the meal. ginger.” he said. 120 kg mutton. The rice (called jeera samba. Meanwhile. “i need to be able to go and check from time to time. Ponram Biriyani Hotel dishes out 500-750 portions of biryani. always a good sign. After a bit of waiting. the recipes are ageold. cinnamon. Predictably. For vegetarians. such that there is heat from both sides. there was none of the heaviness that one would expect. with mutton biryani being the most popular. but they didn’t quite measure up to the biryani. where people travel from nearby towns just for some taste of some sinful biryani. the eatery dishes up a Tamilian thali with rasam. A third generation restaurateur belonging to Dindigul’s Ponram Biriyani Hotel brand. an otherwise nondescript town 60 km north of Madurai. in fact. The grains plopped on the leaf with a dull sound. He should know. i had headed to Konar Kadai near the railway station. Prabhakar grew up learning to make it at his father and grandfather’s knees at the restaurant started by the latter almost four decades ago. And it was not difficult to see why. quality is everything. i tucked into one of Madurai’s specialities. each batch takes almost three hours. “The grains stay separate only if it is slow-cooked and the method is correct. 15 kg ghee. which i did. Prabhakar tried to entice me to try some of the other non-vegetarian dishes popular at the restaurant such as mutton fry. i was amused by this notion since i had happily gorged on vegetarian stuff less than five hours earlier in the day. separate and all of them uniformly glistening brown in colour.FOOD+DRINK feature That’s a lot of biryani! On a typical day. it was mild brown in colour and slightly spicy. chicken curry. So popular is the dish that Ponram has opened many branches in town and a couple of other places. Prabhakar’s family is among a handful that has helped Dindigul. Both are cooked in a special kind of ghee that Prabhakar sources locally and monitors strictly for quality. Having arrived in Madurai the previous night. i took his word for it. it 1 leaf on the table and then proceeded to drop some biryani on it. Unlike the biryanis of the North. and which my companion assured me was quite tasty and fulfilling. kari dosa. INDIa tODaY traVeL PLuS . was tender.
i wolfed down four idlis without realising it. such was its 1. kothu parota means a layered maida paratha which is minced on a griddle and sautéed along with onions. Besides. mint and tomatoand sambhar. Delicate and soft. tel: (0452) 234 1379 Kari dosa/egg dosa at Konar Kadai.involved a spicy dry curry of minced lamb and fresh broken egg encased in a soft but firm dosa. West Veli Street. and it completely dissolved on the tongue. it was delicious. i was glad to have left it for last. i knew why fans swear by the restaurant. i was spoilt for choice in terms of accompaniments: a plate of idlis came with four kinds of chutneys— coconut. the place is always crowded. Madurai What to eat e arly this morning. Besides which. 32. it is a mesmerising place full of assorted sounds and myriad colours. i had to battle myself in and managed to find a seat.000 sq mts. south indian biryanis tend to have a more robust flavour Biryani at Dindigul. intriguing ceiling art. Westmasi Street. the waiter suggested i try one of the dosas or uthappams. Spread over 60. i headed to another of Madurai’s institutions—Murugan idli Shop on Westmasi street. and then launched into the idlis. 109 . but locals insist that’s where you get the best variety. to try one other Madurai delicacy—kothu parota. Salai Road. 32/33. and whatever other accompaniments you may want to choose such as egg. NOVeMBer 2012 . You might also want to sample the kothu parota at madurai 2 INDIa tODaY traVeL PLuS . i wanted to be adequately prepared for the biryani at Dindigul. near Railway Station. i am sure Freud will have a field day with this: i even occasionally dream about the biryani and i swear i wake up with its taste on my tongue. unlike the biryanis of the north. they were clean and everything was made fresh in front of you. The idlis had been superb. carvings. Started more than 40 years ago. From there. chicken or mutton. i decided on a quick visit to the sprawling Meenakshi temple complex in time for the Suprabhatham. coriander. i chose chicken and the concoction was an explosion of flavours and textures that lingered long after i had reached my hotel for the night. tel: (0451) 244 1003 Idlis and dosas at Murugan Idli Shop. Ponram Biriyani Hotel does brisk business 2. lightness. sculptures depicting various stories and incidents from the Puranas and epics. to one of the pushcarts. At its simplest. there was just a hint of the urad dal and methi seeds in the idli. Opp Canara Bank. Madurai.000 Pillar Hall. but i regretfully declined. i was too full from the goodness of the idlis and didn’t want to mess with its taste. and a stunning edifice called the 1. With the very first bite. Having worked up an appetite for breakfast. Now that i had tasted the biryani. the kari dosa and kothu parota had no peers. Fussy eaters might balk at having to eat at the roadside stalls. enthused by the blissfully beatific look on my face. tomatoes and spices. i headed to the bus stand. comprising 12 gopurams. exquisite pillars. but the biryani was almost nirvana-like. Ponram Biriyani Hotel. as was the egg dosa. 196.
At Turtle Bay. By vikrant singh e HAD two choices. adventure lovers can indulge in watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving while nature lovers can stroll or trek along the scenic coastal road INDIA PICTUre 1 110 . The honeymoon though was soon over leaving us with poorly marked diversions. What lay ahead was a narrow. was no doubt the tougher and foolhardy option. we knew. riding up the NH-4 from Bangalore towards Belgaum taking a left towards Goa— a day’s journey on uninteresting straight-four-lanned roads. we could take the more challenging coastal route. It would also take us twice the time and possibly also be dangerous. We headed out of Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the maddening traffic towards Mangalore. but riding a bike. busy and broken excuse for a national Turtle Bay adventures Make a pit stop and enjoy breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea on one side and the calm backwaters of the River Sowparnika on the other. The distance between the two is less than 400km and the initial few kilometres of NH-75 are beautifully laid. NOVEMBER 2012 . safety issues would have taken a backseat. If we were driving.car & bike karnataka DRIVINg hOLIDAY cruise on the coast W For the sheer abundance of nature’s goodness it’s difficult to find words to describe a journey along the Konkan Coast. on wet narrow roads with manic bus drivers. it would not be easy. we made good progress. The four-lane highway disappeared thereafter. but with consistent downpours on the two-lane road. after a good night’s sleep and barely any traffic. Or. INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . either we could take the easy way. We were told it was scenic. Fresh.
To breath it into your lung. And to complete the picture. Don’t expect the world of service or sumptuous delicacies here. As it began to pour. Belluru and Hassan before hitting the Western Ghats. the rain was gone just as suddenly as it had appeared. It’s similar 2 to a road side dhaba but we weren’t interested in the food. Like the popular saying goes. the scenery around us changed drastically. we decided to move on. With a few hours lost just gazing at the horizon. its human to stop and take in the moment. We were greeted by blue skies and dry tarmac instead. was the sea. For the record. we rode past and entered India’s most happening party hub—Goa. at a glance Mangalore GettinG arounD: There are number of ways of getting to Mangalore including trains. The second day we crawled along thanks to a heavy downpour. Sometimes. at a distance emerged a turquoise blue river that flowed with utter serenity. But it wasn’t to last long. The hutments. And minutes later after crossing Kundapura beyond Udupi. since there wasn’t much to do here. the route only gets scenic towards the end and though it is a cheap and flexible option. 111 . well kept and decently appointed room with television and air conditioning for as low as 21. It was the view that kept us glued to Turtle Bay. The next morning we decided on tracing the coastal road to Goa. The city’s weather is at its best at this time. we saw the most awesome sight. the variety of temples in and around the city can overwhelm you. If you choose to drive down though. NOVEMBER 2012 . In fact. SUKUMAr DAS Moti Mahal and a beach resort called Summer Sands as well. it isn’t the most comfortable. Then. one can also have a clean. Karwar is a naval base and it’s evident the moment you ride in. We decided to pull over and take a break at an equally beautiful place called Turtle Bay. Thankfully the road wasn’t too bad as we tugged along. it’s the journey that matters. We trudged along bouncing over potholes and sliding over gravel patches. They seemed to escort the road like the guard of honour meant for presidents. otherwise either it’s hot or pouring. When in Mangalore it’s good to set a few days exclusively to travel to neighbouring places like Udupi. there was nothing scenic about the route. the roads are well marked and the traffic is orderly. At Karwar the sea disappeared for a short while and then reappeared a some distance away at the border town before Goa. Thankfully the rain gods spared us as we passed Kunigal. the view kept getting better.1. So this one had to be experienced—to be thanked for. a must visit is the Krishna temple in Udupi. buses and flights. something that we were secretly waiting for. at least not so far. stopping every other hour to give our saddle-sore backsides some relief. One of the many virgin beaches at karwar 2. Mangalore is all about pretty beaches and temples. Hills mushroomed and tiny waterfalls appeared every now and then along the way and villages disappeared to make way for an odd lonely hamlet. There’s a ginger besides other reputed hotels like stay Mangalore BANGALORE KE RA LA INDIA TODAY TRAVEL PLUS . It’s clean. On our right was the river and to the left. 218 NH 4 MAHARASHTRA Belgaum BANGALORE TO GOA Hubli Bellary GOA NH 67 NH 748 Karwar NH 4 NH KARNATAKA ANDHRA PRADESH Do Chitradurga NH 69 NH Bhatkal NH 69 VIKrANT SINGH NH 69 16 9 NH 69 4 NH 4 NH Udupi Chikmagalur NH 73 NH 73 Hassan Depending on the budget there is a good collection of hotels. as we came around a corner for the umpteenth time.800. not the destination. when you are surrounded by such immense beauty. As we continued climbing. Pit stops to soak in the scenery are a must on this journey highway. you mind and most importantly to live it. GooD to KnoW: The best time to visit Mangalore is just after the monsoons in october up to February. the slush and the crowd started disappearing making way for lush green trees. However.
The engine options are limited to two. The straight line stability is good and with an improved ride quality. but it’s only the sport Line version on the petrol that gets paddle shifters. the 328i isn’t supercar fast. What isn’t as admirable is the handling. the 328i. With lots of comfort equipment. By Vikrant Singh roomier too. even in more expensive cars. it is the latter that tells us best the big strides that the new 3-series has taken with engine improvements. BMW has also widened the track lengths to improve the car’s stance and handling characteristics. as is a top speed of 250 kmph. The new 3-series looks more luxurious but what we really like are the high tech buttons. So. The weight distribution meanwhile. the new one isn’t as precise with handling. feature rich and better finished than the older version. the new car is. Talking about weight. What’s more? it sounds fantastic. is PHoTogrAPHs BY suresH nArAYAnAn A . The engine revs to almost 7. in fact. It is better suited for both inter-city travels and for a quick dash to a nearby hill station. one doesn’t have to tip-toe over broken roads. petrol Max power: 245bhp@5000rpm Max torque: 350Nm@1250rpm Gearbox: 8-speed sport auto Wheelbase (mm): 2810 LxWxH (mm): 4624 x 1811 x 1429 Top Speed: 250kmph 0-100kmph: 6. in typical BMW style. lighter than the one it replaces. Fancy drive modes— check. twin turbo. knobs and controls that gives the car a fresher feel.9s Tour rePorT unlike its predecessor. The 328i comes with four Engine: 1997cc. is 50:50. it dials in the revs with a kind of t urgency and refinement that’s hard to find. WesoMe engine note— check. it’s also longer than its predecessor and thanks to a longer wheelbase. The throttle response is crisp and the rush when the throttle is mashed to the floor will make you smile. the family won’t mind travelling long distances in the car. but a 0-100 kmph time of less than seven seconds is certainly commendable. We are talking about the top-ofthe-line new 3-series BMW.Car & bike Packed with power review The new BMW 3-series is a performance explosion that is high on practicality and output.000rpm. An outstanding handling to go with all this… not quite. Between the diesel powered 320d and the 328i petrol though. but it is more comfortable. of course. Both these super-refined engines are coupled to an 8-speed automatic box. This car in its sixth generation avatar is completely new ground up. Ballistic performance—check. the new 3-series does well. Before getting more into the handling bit. as a car to tour with. and both the petrol and the diesel 2-litre engines run twin turbos. here’s what’s new. The interiors are better appointed.
the connect that you’d expect from a car that carries the BMW badge and its firepower is simply not there. it has changed the landscape of motorcycling in india. The new Pulsar. based on the KTM Duke 200’s engine. the ns lacks feedback. it’s rather nimble on its feet. l The stereo plays all formats of audio files while the climate control system offers two separate temperature zones. 113 PAWAn DAgiA l Interiors are better appointed and put together. Bajaj has gone in for a street fighter styling. sport and sport+—which alter the engine. it also introduced a number of firsts. like no other bike. the 200ns. gearbox and steering characteristics.000 (est) —VIkraNT SINgh . Price: 237. it also displaces the exact same capacity and is liquid-cooled. The new 3 ushers in a different styling philosophy for BMW when it comes to the insides and something that we haven’t seen even on the likes of the 5. to almost everything from seats. NoveMBer 2012 . with the 3 reacting well to steering inputs and always managing to head in the intended direction.9 lakh (ex-showroom. The equipment list is massive from airbags to satnav to a multifunctional steering wheel and cruise control. The ns feels easier to corner with than the CBr 250r and the r15! However. no surprise it gives the rider a lot more confidence now. The switchgear looks a bit tacky and so does the fuel cock and the plastic around the rear seat lock opener. Today when most bike makers have chosen the fully faired route. which is mainly down to its tyres. However. it also lacks the planted feel of the r15 around a bend. backlit switchgear and of course the concept of proper muscular styling. from the headlamp to the tank and its extensions and even the size of its tyres. if the road is bumpy. it has good drive in the mid range too which makes corner exits quite enjoyable. comfort. no wonder it continues to be the motorcycle to beat when it comes to sales. You’d never feel at sea. Mumbai). iNDiA ToDAY TrAvel plus . And. which will go along with its expected pricing of under a lakh of rupees. The throttle response is sharp however the gearbox though could be better. The excess wallowing that plagued the previous Pulsars has been eliminated as well. it does get a hybrid twin spar frame of pressed steel. not only did it set the stunt scenario rolling. Testing it at Bajaj’s challenging test track. And not just in looks. to the sunroof to the outside rear mirror being operated via motors. it actually wallows and even feels a bit unsettled. the Pulsar 200ns is absolute brawn. so. the ns also gets three spark plugs against unlike one on the KTM. it’s not as well weighted as the competition. There’s no real effort required to get the bike to turn in on quick direction changes. it’s also retained its muscular look. Then there’s the gap between the tail piece and rear seat that looks like an unfinished job. there was digital instrumentation. The end result is less power and torque and a slower acceleration time. the engine is an easy revving one. Price: 90. but it doesn’t feel that sharp at turn in or well balanced mid corner. it’s impressed engine is heavily T drive modes—eco. in terms of feel. in the sport or the sport+ modes. particularly one that caters to the enthusiast. The instrumentation is easy with lots of information. a monoshock with a box section swingarm at the rear and reasonably fat tyres.or the 7-series. Here too the engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. However. Apart from the three spark plugs all other changes have been carried out to reduce costs including the use of a carburettor instead of fuel injection. we managed to max out the ns at a top speed of 141kmph As for its cornering abilities.close up Pulsar 200NS He PuLsAr is a legend. But it lacks the connect of the r15. Also Bajaj wants the 200ns to have a respectable fuel economy. is an outstanding bike. besides running a single overhead cam against a DoHC setup on the Duke. Bajaj has made changes to the head. meaty front forks. We would have liked the footpeg hangers better finished.
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He tells us where he vacations with his family and how he stays in touch with them when he’s out shooting 1Recent vacation Unfortunately my recent vacation was not so recent… Went for a quick getaway to Goa. I love Mumbai. to bring in my wife’s birthday and ring in the New Year. great beaches. richness. 2 Must take along while travelling 6 Weird onboard conversation wns Garlic pra I usually have known people around me. it’s where I live but Delhi will always be my home. so I get to visit my favourite streets of Chandni Chowk. NOVEmBEr 2012 Last year we ventured to romantic Rome and visited the spectacular Island of Capriin in southern Italy.END NOTES gLOBETrOTTEr akshay kumar This handsome actor can pack a mean punch. Mumbai made me famous. 7Trains. and they do a Seabass to die for. It’s become a yearly ritual now. But I have been asked by a passenger in 1st class “Don’t you think they should put 1st class at the back of a plane!” I obviously followed the question with “why would they do that?” the gentleman decided to reply with “Well. a small heritage town in Karnataka. but the best feature is Skype. I’m more of a fan of choppers myself. monthly magazine . so I put on my blind fold and attempted to sleep through the entire flight. V NAGRAJ 4 Most extravagant holiday 120 . but my dearest friends have just opened a new Spanish restaurant called Arola at the JW Marriot Juhu. YOGEN SHAH It used to be my cell phones! But the need for my iPad has become much more. Mumbai and I can’t seem to get enough of their prawns sautéed with garlic. adventure and the perfect setting for a spectacular yacht trip. A city you love I recently bought my wife a ring and a watch that she had had her eye on for a while. it’s a place of beauty. I’ve never played so many games in my life since I’ve had one. every time I go in one I’m so tempted to pass my flying exam and take my son around India… It’s good to dream!! 3 Delhi… I’d be lying if I’d say anywhere else. have you ever heard of plane reversing into a mountain!”… I sat there stunned at his choice of conversation. and great fun!! 5 Newest thing tasted I’m a lover of desi food. but Chandni Chowk gave me the roots to make it this far. Being able to Skype with my son every day before he leaves for school and my wife every night before she goes to bed when I’m on outdoor shootings is a blessing for any family man. charismatic even in its ruined state Hampi As Told To rupali dean Published on 28th October 2012. it was just a little something to say thank you for being the mother of my children. I’m lucky my shootings owk Chandni Ch take me there. be it my family. chilli and parsley. INDIa TODay TraVEL PLus . I discovered a new whole place which I didn’t even know existed… Hampi. whether it’s action or comedy. planes or automobiles 8 Your latest acquisition RITESH SHARMA Neither of the above. It’s the family’s favourite getaway—great food. film cast and crew while travelling.
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