8 May

The top 25 hotels in India which you must visit

Tripadvisor presents a list of top 25 in every accommodation category like luxury hotels, places to see, small hotels etc. These hotels and resorts are those which users have shown their love by sharing a review about their stay.

So today at vermontmountainbikefestival.com we are sharing a list of top 25 hotels which has been awarded as the best 25 in India. Have a look.

1. Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas

This beauty is at Mashobra, India and has been ranked as no 1 by tripadvisor.

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

There is no doubt the this princly palace at Jodhpur, India can’t be named in this list.

3. The Oberoi, Mumbai

Well the name is enough here. This beauty in Mumbai, India has been since some decaded and have entertained some of the richest of India.

4. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

Well there isn’t no doubt that this palace in Udaipur, India can’t be in this list. A palce on water which make every traveler.

5. Orange County, Coorg

Located in Siddapura, India, Orange County is an amazing resort and a favorite destination for south Indian honeymoon travelers. Just have a look at these images and you might skip Europe for this place.

6. Orange County Resorts Kabini Nagarhole

Not once but twice, Orange County 2 properties has been awarded as the best 25 hotels in India and this one is at National Park, India which is a popular destination for wildlife travelers.

7. The Oberoi, Bangalore

Well not just orange county but Oberoi in Bengaluru (Bangalore), India has has one more hotel in this list. The best thing about this hotel is their cusine. Do try this one out.

8. The Oberoi Udaivilas

Apart from Taj lake Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur is also an amazing resort which attracts global & domiestic traveler.

9. Lohagarh Fort Resort, Jaipur

An amazing resort near New Delhi offering accommodation in tree houses, cottages with private pool and some tents which are again quite luxurious. Do stay here if you planning a honeymoon trip near delhi. Continue reading

8 Mar

Best places to visit India during monsoon

Well if you ask me then there is no season to visit India. You can visit India at any season. But still as India is famous for its monsoon seasons and I have personally noticed that many tourists visits Indian subcontinent during moonsoon, so I deciided to share this blog on Best places to visit India during monsoon

Gangtok – Sikkim

Gangtok – Sikkim

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is has a lot of wonderful tourist attractions which blend in the taste of modern and traditional elements, a characteristic truly exceptional to the place.

Gangtok is a blossoming town located set in the east range of the Himlayas. Some of the finest places to do excursion are the Do-Drul Chorten, Tashi View Point, Lal Bazaar, and Rumtek Monastery.

Arguably the best place to stay at Gangtok is the Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino. It is a family resort with seal of excellent approvals from previous travelers who stayed there. The place is maintained very well and great for families with children. The staffs are specifically trained to give customers the best hotel experience while relaxing in Gangtok.

Goa

Goa

There are around 2 million tourists that visit Goa yearly for its majestic white sand and pristine waters. Goa is located at the western part of the country where the coastline waters is surrounded by the mighty Arabian Sea.

The place used to be a colonial base of Portugal, and the remains of the colonial rule can be seen almost everywhere in Goa. Some of the best places to visit are the amazing catholic churches.

Aside from attending yoga classes, whole day activity can also be done snorkeling. For a taste of luxury, stay at The Leela Goa where well lush green landscaping grass are well manicured in its own golf course and rooms are made to perfection for guests to enjoy its aesthetics while feeling relaxed seen right across the lagoon. Enjoy a range of amenities from spa sessions to cruise at the sea during the sunset.

Lonavala – Maharashtra

Lonavala – Maharashtra

A three hour drive away from the city of Mumbai, the Lonavala which is one part of the dual hill resorts, the other is khandala, is a good place to seek refuge from the Mumbai hustle and bustle on weekends.

Lonavala is said to have awesome features to offer guests, but trekking has been the unbeaten path to learn the local tracks as well as riding the bicycle. Try seeing awesome places like Valvan Dam, Duke’s Nose, and Tiger’s Leap. Hilton Shillim Estate is undoubtedly the best place to check in at Lonavala that is near Pavna Dam.

The resort caters to the high end market where luxury and retreats are given new meaning. The place is perfect for ayurveda massage spa after a long day of nature tripping in Lonavala.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur - Maharashtra

Northern India’s most popular tourist destination, Jaipur has set the standard of being the most majestic place where old architectural wonders still exists. Find out why it is called the “Pink Palace”, and you’ll definitely be more excited to learn few things about the city itself other than its fascinating buildings.

The best place to experience Jaipur is through its bazaars or head on down to the City Palace or three much- frequented forts- the Amber, Jaigarh, and Hawa Mahal.

For a more redefined experience as a royalty, it is best to settle at The Oberoi Rajvilas to be treated as a Rajasthani King once entering the premises and before leaving. Live entertainment is always a recommended itinerary that can be seen every two hours on evenings. Hotel team will go out of the way to take care of each of the guests according to individual preferences, truly memorable and once in a lifetime experience. Plus if you are looking for medium range hotels then try some 3 star hotels in Jaipur city like La Premier.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur

An administrative city in Rajasthan, Udaipur is another touristy destination to behold. Like Jaipur, it has fascinating ancient landmarks that are still standing all around the area with the Aravali hills as its backdrop.

Take a visit at some of its majestic lakes like Fateh Sagar Lake and know why the city is known as “City of Lakes”. Sites to siege while visiting are Lake Palace, Nehru Garden, Udaipur Solar Observatory, and City Palace.

As mentioned, Lake Palace is a site that must be visited when in Udaipur, that is why Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is always the best place to take refuge, a very romantic area that is surrounded by water and has the 360 degree scenery of the whole of Udaipur. Taj Lake Palace is truly a magical area that is rich in history and excellent hotel service that has captured the hearts of many of its guests.

The Valley of Flowers National Park

The Valley of Flowers National Park is a natural park that is located in Uttarakhand State and is situated at the western portion of the Himalayan range which houses flowers and other shrubs that can only be seen in high altitude areas.

The best thing to do in the place is trekking, as there are a lot of flowers to be seen while walking and animals that are endangered and specifically rare such as the snow leopard, blue sheep, brown bear, Asiatic black bear, and musk deer.

A traveler does not need to stay at a luxurious hotel; the Garwhal Mandal Vikas Nigam Guesthouse is the perfect place to stay while near the Valley of Flowers. It is government owned and cheap but comfortable and relaxing place to stay in the great outback.

Splash Monsoon Carnival, Kerala

SPLASH or aptly known as Wayanad Monsoon Festival to be held this July 10-12 is the 6th edition of the yearly festivity. It is a great way to enjoy nature at its best while enjoying the activities of the monsoon carnival.

It is also a great way to meet some of the finest businessmen near the area’s vicinity through the B2B (business to business) meet.

The Health District Club is a good way to stay at, knowing that the carnival will also be held in the same hotel. Guests are welcome warmly by the hotel staff and are very much willing to take care of even the littlest detail to make visitors feel relaxed and at ease. The room service and rooms are exceptional, a must stay hotel while at the monsoon festival.

Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg also named Kodagu located on the mountainous area of South India is a very beautiful area with nice landscapes and fresh air where visitors are mesmerized with rugged terrain and untouched environment.

Coorg is a nature on its own with alluring sceneries, wooded hills, and fascinating villages. While at Coorg, enjoy visiting wonderful places such as Abbi Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, and nagarhole National Park.

Orange County, a traveler’s choice in hotel is the best place to take haven when in Kodagu. The ambiance of the hotel makes guests at one with nature. It is a truly exceptional hotel with superb hospitality management aside from awesome food that’s being served. The hotel itself can also become a tourist destination because of its charming surroundings. Staying at Orange County is the best idea when in Coorg, nothing compares.

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai or previously called Bombay is one of the most developed and busiest cities of India. It is the capital of the Maharashta State, and is said to be one of the most populous cities of the world.

Mumbai is home to the largest urban slum in Asia and yet has the most enormous tropical jungle that is located in an urban area. Sights to be seen are the Global Pagoda that looks stunning in the Gorai Creek, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or the Prince of Wales Museum, Colaba, and Gateway of India. In the midst of chaos and filth of the city, a tourist can truly appreciate some sites that are wonderful to be captured by the camera lens and the naked eye.

Like many other majestic infrastructures in the city, the Taj Mahal Palace is one for the books. In fact, it is one of the best places to stay at while enjoying Mumbai’s organized chaos. The hotel is more than a hundred years old with beautiful architecture and pool. Enjoy the private balconies that have elegant accommodations that are furnished with class for visitors to enjoy.

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

A town in the east part of Khasi Hills, Cherrapunji, locally termed as Sohra is known to be the wettest area on earth because of the average rainfall of the place that has been recorded in the past.

Cheranpunji lies at the foot of the Himalayas and overlooking the country of Bangladesh. The place has beautiful valleys that are so picturesque and should be photographed for the world to see. Root Bridges are naturally made to become pathways for local and tourists alike. The Moors that surround Cherrapunjee is also a good place to view as well as the Mawsmai Cave.

The number one hotel in the area is the Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort, ideal place to retreat over viewing the beautiful scenery of the place and the plains of Bangladesh as well.

8 Jan

My Favorite desert city in India

Jaisalmer is a beautiful city which has history, tradition and tales on war& love and personally believe that this is a perfect mixture to start camps in jaisalmer sand dune. Last year we went to Jaisalmer to meet our friend Mr Singh who is the owner of 2 desert camps in Jaisalmer and Pushkar. Well the Pushkar one was active and its amazing, but the Jaisalmer one has just started. So after spending 3 nights in Jaisaler I thought I should write a blog for my audience that why they should spend a night in luxury camps in jaisalmer sand dune. Continue reading

8 Dec

Some Amazing Facts About New Delhi

The capital city and the main airport hub of India is New Delhi. The city holds all three arms of the government, the legislative, judiciary, and executive government, thus, the city is also the seat of government located in the National Capital Region of India.

Founded in 1911 by George V, who used to be the country’s emperor in the time of the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911, was named as India’s capital in 1931 inaugurated by Viceroy Lord Irwin. Most of the city’s architectural designs are credited by two great men, Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Here are some amazing and cool facts about New Delhi

Geographic view of Delhi

Geographic-view-of-Delhi

The city’s population is by any means lower than any other cities in India. Home to nearly 300,000 and the whole Delhi combined at around 14 million in numbers of people. The main religion of the people of New Delhi is Hindu totaling to 88.8% of the total population; Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs make up to remaining 11.2%.

Transportation View of New Delhi

Transportation-View-of-Delhi

The public transport system of the city uses compressed natural gas in order to run, an environment-friendly substance that has named New Delhi as one of the greenest cities in the entire world. According to some research, about a fifth of its total land mass is enclosed in a natural jungle. This is a definite feat for a country where 20% of the whole world’s populace calls it home, such an accomplishment indeed.

Historical Gates of the city

Of the original 14 gates of New Delhi’s walled city, 5 of which are stabilized and remains to be standing erectly, the gates include Tukman Gate that was named after Hazrat Shah Turkam, a pious saint; Ajmeri Gate that is facing Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan; the Lahori Gate that faces Lahore the capital city of Pakistan; Delhi Gate, the main road to Delhi’s old cities; and Kashmiri Gate that points to the North towards Kashmir. Beside if you want to know more about places to hangout in delhi for couples then check this blog post by Piyush Sharma.

Spice Market of Delhi

The Khari Baoli market of New Delhi is being called Asia’s biggest and largest wholesale market of spices. If you are a sucker for food that have a lot of spices on it, then this public market is a must visit.

Conclusion

If you are planning a trip to India, then New Delhi must be included in your places to visit. There’s a lot to know about the history and the rich culture and diversity of the city that is somewhat different from other cities in the country. One day is not enough to learn new things in New Delhi, that’s for sure!.Plus check out tripadvisor delhi page for more details.

8 Nov

Top 3 cities to live after travelling the nation

Many and I mean many backpackers travel through their life. In India there are many locals who have spend like 30-40 years of their age to explore this mighty nation. Last night I met Mr Singh who is from Oink City Jaipur and he wasn’t here to explore the city with his friends. He was here to settle down in his home town and was looking for a good residential property in jaipur for sale.

Yes he was here in the city to buy a property. Well I never though about retirement and investment but now even I am thinking that travelling cost lots of money and every person should think about real estate invest at one stage of his life. So a person like me wants to write a post on 3 best cities to live after you have explored the nation.

Investment Strategy
Investment Strategy

Option 1 – The Pink City Jaipur

Jaipur has been in news for many reasons and one of them is real estate investment. This years we saw the ingratiation of Metro train in the city which will help the locals to commute smoothly and the track of this train is throwing gold. All the regions of the city where Metro train has passed has witness huge incline of property rates and many investors have called that the land rate of Jaipur will touch land rate of Delhi by 2015. So Jaipur is a city to settle and even invest.

Option 2 – Jodhpur

The royal city of Rajasthan is a popular destination for big bungalows and this is the reason why Jodhpur is on my list. The city has a royal style and as I love the beautiful homes and villas in the city so I will suggest you to buy one as they are still being offered at a pretty low price.

Option 3 – Jaisalmer

The desert city of the state is also a popular destination for new start-ups of hospitality Industry which are buying land over here very quickly and at higher prices. Jaisalmer is a city of gold which is dead 6 months because of harsh climate but the rest 6 months provide a good amount of tax to the state government. I have personally noticed that many resorts and hotels are opening in the city and they are really spending money in commercial land. Believe me a traveller like you can live his complete like in Jaisalmer and the real estate will definitely get a boost (pretty soon) and its always full of global backpackers.

8 Oct

Why you should visit Jaisalmer in coming holiday season

Jaisalmer is a popular tourist city in India which is famous for its desert adventure activities, desert camp resorts and some century old tourist destinations. In this post we will try to cover all the above mentioned destination which will answer my question that Why you should visit Jaisalmer in coming holiday season?

1. Desert Adventure Activities

Jaisalmer is in deeper parts of Thar desert and travellers from all over the world this harsh land to enjoy Camel Safari. In India Jaisalmer is at number 1 when it comes to desert safari as the sand over here is pure and the sun set and rise view from Sam Sand Dunes (Jaisalmer) is amazing. Just look at the below image to know more.

desert safari

2. Desert Camps

As camel safari is the number 1 activity in Jaisalmer and this activity is mostly organized by owners of some of the best camps in jaisalmer. These camps mostly belong to Jaisalmer royal family members. They offer some of the finest accommodation in their luxury tent, local rajasthani cuisine cooked by local chefs and desert safari. I will suggest you to stay in these desert camps instead of any hotel in main city.

camps

3. Popular tourist attractions

Jaisalmer has some amazing monuments like Jaisalmer fort which is almost 800 year old and it shines like gold when the 1st ray of sunlight touches it.In the fort you will find some amazing Jain temples, weapons and my favourite restaurant, Trio. Just next to the Golden fort is the famous Gadisar lake which reminds us of the amazing and prosperous time of Jaisalmer royalty. There soo much to see in the city that I might have to write a complete book on it.

golden fort

Apart from these I have also mentioned some resources which will assist you in planning your holiday for Jaisalmer. For air or rail tickets prefer Makemytrip and for bus service prefer Redbus. Camp accommodation in Jaisalmer is best at Royal Desert Camp and Spirit Desert Camp and I will suggest you to visit the city from the month of September to March as in the renaming months the city is not the best place for vacation.

 

8 Aug

Top 5 romantic getaways for couples

True love is something which is as pure as water from a white waterfalls. Many have tried to stopped true love but not have been successful as even god loves to flourish the real meaning on love on this planet Earth. So today I decided to post a content on some of the best romantic getaways for couples

The Kauai, Hawaii

There are like 8 islands in Hawai and Kauai is the oldest one and I personally believe that it is the best among all 8. There is every thing which will force you to say wow. Like the waterfalls, boating and even the locals. The hospitality in this island is very welcoming and honeymoon couples from all over the globe visit this. Thus with no doubt Kauai is at number 1 in my list of Top 5 romantic getaways for couples.

Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii

Boracay in Philippines

Philippines is a island nation in Asia and it catches the eyes of water games lover and many young love birds. The island is small but beautiful destination which has clean water, nice resorts on white beach, luxury villas and many lush green mountains. Many travellers have also suggested that Philippines also offer great food and there is no way that I can’t add this love island in my list.

Also have a look at this hotel which is considered as the best Romantic hotels for couples in Delhi.

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Kerala is also referred as The Might ones own nation and I had to add Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala in this list. This small resort (not too small) is situated in Kumarakom which offer some of the best spa, massage, green jungles, backwaters and much more. The resort is privately owned by a local family and as per them them have entertained couples from more than 100 nations and many of their clients. There is something magical about this places and the best way to find out is to explore the destination yourself.

The Cecil, Shimla

Shimla is my personal favourite destination when some one asks for Romantic gateways. There are many romantic resorts on this hill station by the best among all is Cecil which is a Oberai property. This resort came to lime light when US President Bill Clinton visited this resort.

Since then the whole world knows about this amazing resort and also remember that accommodation or reservation here isn’t cheap. So come here with good budget…

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

So here it is and now I want you to tell me the best 5 one in below comments. For that have a look at this post on Romantic gateways

8 Jul

Why an addicted traveller must visit South Delhi

This is a guest post by Mr Akshat, who is the General Manager of Hotel GTC, South Delhi. Dear readers, every city in the world, especially a travel destination has some old part or a shopping favourite region or sometimes a bad neighbourhood in their city. Similarly New Delhi, capital of Republic of India also has a special region where you will note huge bungalows, luxury cars, awesome shopping malls and some 2000 year old historical monuments which traveller love to visit. I am talking about the Southern part of New Delhi, also referred as “South Delhi”

This post is written by one of my good friend Akshat who in an expert in the field of New Delhi tourism and he will reveal that Why an addicted traveller must visit South Delhi. Over to Akshat now.

Hi friends, I am Akshat and Jamie has also introduced me so I won’t waste your time and will straight come to the heading of this post. New Delhi is not just the capital of India but its a heritage city where you will find locals praying monkeys & cows and on the other had you have super luxury hotels & resorts, some of the most expensive shopping malls and restaurants which will rob you if you are one of those who don’t care what’s the price mentioned for a meal for two. So New Delhi, my friends is a place which you can call as a reflection of Human civilization.

As I operate a a hotel in South Delhi so I will only share the tourist destinations of this part of the city.

At Number 1- Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple

Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh you all are welcome to a Lotus shaped temple situated in the Southern part of Delhi. The temple opens its door for all human beings fron any faith, creed or culture. The architecture of this temple is marvalous and it will be a foolish mistake if you skip to see this amazing jewel of New Delhi.

At Number 2- The Embassy area

Chanakyapuri
Chanakyapuri

In India, the political economists follow the teachings of a priest who was born in present Patna and taught Political Science in present Afghanistan. I am talking about the great “Chankya”. His teachings of political life is so important that the Indian Central Government has names a street in Delhi as Chanakyapuri and almost 80% of foreign embassies offices are situated here,

This particular read is simply amazing as it is one of the greenest, cleanest street in Deihi. Just have a look at the below image.

At Number 3- Greater Kailash

Greater Kailash
Greater Kailash

A property of 400 sq yard in Greater Kailash, South Delhi is at around 2 million $. Greater Kailash is on of the most expensive destination in Delhi and as I have worked with some of the finest budget hotels in Greater kailash or GK 2, I can tell you that you will find some of the most expensive hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, even schools. The best hotel here will be the Eros Hotel and our’s Hotel GTC. Eros is the oldest hotel in South Delhi and when is comes to budget accommodation, Hotel GTC is one of the finest hotels in South Delhi too. Have a look at my about us page – http://hotelgtc.in/about-our-hotel-delhi/. The best shopping mall will be the Select City Walk and the best school in this location with be Delhi Public School. So do explore Greater Kailash on your next Delhi trip.

At Number 4- Lodhi Garden

Lodhi Garden
Lodhi Garden

Prepared by an Islamic ruler and currently a popular destination for locals, Lodhi garden is a place to explore. I personally go here for an evening walk and the monuments built in the center of the park is something which attract many tourists to visit this park. Entry in the Lodhi Garden is free and do come in your walking shoes as you have to walk a lot.

At Number 5- Ansal Plaza

Ansal place Shopping Mall
Ansal place Shopping Mall

Thi is a popular Shopping all, situated in Andrew Ganj, South Delhi and is also considered as the 1st Shopping Mall of New Delhi. It started in 1999 and its one of many popular Shopping Malls of Delhi. Whenever a new movie is being released, Bollywood would come and seek for PR via Ansal Plaza and the audience in this mall are some of the richest individuals of Delhi. So do mark your presence in Ansal Plaza on your Delhi trip.

At Number 6- Nehru Palace Market

nehru-place

This is Asia’s biggest computer parts market and attract 1000’s of business travellers every day from all over the Asia. I have personally bought all the tech related instruments for my Hotel from this market. Why a traveller should visit this market? Every backpacker has a lap top and the deals you can get from here are amazing. So do visit it. Apart from these destinations kindly have a look at our photographic blog on places to visit in delhi.

New corrections made on this post on 22-6-2014…

8 Jun

An expert view on the best tree house resort in the world

It is a well-known fact that tree house is loved by every luxury accommodation seeker. It is the best way to get close to the Mother Nature and quite adventurous to live with birds in a house that is built on leafy branches of a tree. The very idea sound interesting and cool. Such houses built on trees are called tree houses and anybody can be swept away by the magical beauty of these tree houses. Through this post I will try to bring into light some of the most stunning and beautiful tree houses all around the world. There is some story related to all these tree houses.

Lohagarh Forest resort

Lohagarh fort resort is one of the tree house Jaipur. This resort is situated in mountainous area.  The tree house here is best combination of luxury and comfort.  The tree house stands on the 300 years old tree. Moreover it is believed that this old tree has the pure aura which can purify the mind and heart of the person who stands close to it. All the basic amenities can be found on this tree house.

Free spirit spheres

The main idea behind this spirit was oneness. Unlike the other houses the floors, walls and ceilings of this house was one continuous space.  They can fit into the forests setting without any change required. They also make use of biomimicry.  The main foundation of this sphere is tree. Further it also very well depicts the connectedness of human to nature. This free spirit is freely hanging in air so it also reduces the possibility of any footprints. The shell of this is so strong that it can withstand any impact. Further the rope from which it is hanged allows it to move freely.

Minister’s tree house

This is in fact the largest tree house in the world. It is situated in town of Crossville and was built by Minister Horace Burgess in 1993. He got idea to build this house after seeing a dream in which God himself said to him that if he builds a tree house he will never fall short of any sort of material.  It took around 14 years to complete this tree house. Around 258,000 were used to build this tree house. This is a ten story tree house standing on six trees.

4tree house

It was designed by Lukasz Kos. He was of the idea to build a tree house which had minimum impact on the trees. With this idea he suspended two ton lattice frame around 20 feet above the floor of forest.  It is situated in Lake Muskoka in Ontario. The travelers can enter this tree house through rolling stairs.

Temple of the blue moon

This is one of the most amazing tree house. It is situated in Pete Nelson’s Tree house Point in Issaquah. However there are many tree house lodgings available there and this is just one among them.  It was built by Wash Nelson who was a very famous tree house builder. This provides a unique gateway to the visitors to connect with the nature.  This tree house is built on a 300 year old Sitka Spruce.

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