Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kovalam : The Most Famous Beach of India

Around 15 kms from the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram is the one of the most famous beaches of India, for local as well as international tourists, the Kovalam Beach. The small village of Kovalam came into limelight due to its beautiful beaches; those were thronged by tourists from all over the world. The uniqueness of the beaches was what attracted the tourists to this tiny village. Kovalam in the local language means, place fringed with coconut palms, and indeed it is. Kovalam is full of coconut trees and soothing seashore, one of the best in India for swimming and other water sports. The beaches of Kovalam are in a crescent like shape and can be divided in three parts. To the south is the most popular beach known as the lighthouse beach. One can have a spectacular view of the Vizhinzam Mosque from here. The northern most beach is known as the Samudra Beach and in between lies the beach called Hawah. While the other two beaches are mostly used for fishing purposes, it is only the Lighthouse beach that is full of tourists day in and out.

The soothing sand, the cool breeze and the beautiful sea, is the best place to relax. Kovalam beach offers many other options for relaxation such as the Ayurvedic massage parlours and Yoga classes. To top all the wonderful sea cuisine to cheer one's palate is always there. The nights on the beaches are enlivened with the traditional Kathakali dance performances and various other folk forms of art performed by the local artists.

Location: It is located at a distance of around 15 kms from the capital of the state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

Languages Spoken : Malayalam, English
Long Distance : Code +91-471
Importance :  world famous beach
Best Time To Visit : September To March

Kovalam Attractions:

Pozhikkara Beach

This is another picturesque beach near Kovalam. The serene and calm atmosphere draws many people to this place every year. It is famous for the various beautiful sea birds that visit this place. Thus this beach in Pachalloor is also considered to be a birdwatchers' paradise.

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave

The place is important for both its historical and religious significance. It is famous for the beautiful sculptures. There is a granite temple inside the cave. On the outer walls mythological stories on the life of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are carved.

Kaudiar Palace

This magnificent old structure was the home to the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma. This grand palace is admired mainly for its architectural splendor.


In this place near Kovalam you can enjoy the Kerala backwaters. There are facilities for cruising in the water while you enjoy the surrounding greenery. The Parashuram temple in this region also attracts many pilgrims every year.

Kovalam Hotels:

Total Rooms : 193
Star Category : 5
The Leela Palaces and Resorts, four of India's finest deluxe hotels, hallmark the essence of India in Kovalam. The Group has established a global leadership position in the 5-star luxury hotel and resort industry for the world's most discerning business and leisure travelers. The proximity to International airports and central business districts, strategic location, individuality, architectural aesthetics, lush greens and the intrinsic Indian culture and heritage distinguishes the group from the rest. The Leela is committed to striving for excellence and exceeding expectations based on the ancient Indian philosophy that the 'Guest is God'

Total Rooms : 110
Star Category : 4
Located on one of India's most popular beaches, Kovalam, the property is spread across 10 acres of land, offering a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and unspoiled beaches. With its exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul.

Total Rooms : 30
Star Category : 4
Sagara Beach Resort is a small friendly hotel in front of the light house beach of Kovalam. It has 42 air conditioned rooms, each with twin beds, en-suite toilet and shower, running hot and cold water etc. All the rooms have balcony with a view of the Arabian sea, which is a perfect venue for your early evening G & T. The hotel has an ayurvedic Centre, swimming pool and a restaurant on the roof.

Total Rooms : 64
Star Category : 3
Samudra - the word means Ocean - is your perfect seaside getaway. The hotel lies sprawled languidly in la luxuriant landscaped garden that won acclaim as the best in the State at the annual International Flower Show held at Thiruvananthapuram.

Total Rooms : 90
Star Category :
Reception Lobby : The reception building, a 120-year-old Palace (the Valiamadom Kottaram) of a regional King of Edapally lineage is a replica of the beauty and grandeur of the old architectural style of the time. It houses the reception, lobby and front office. The guest activity center on the first floor has a small library, facilities for indoor games like chess and card games, satellite TV and an internet kiosk. Locker Facility is available on request at the reception : Conference/Banquet Hall : On the basement of the reception building is an air-conditioned conference/banquet hall which can accommodate 100 guests with adequate service foyer and all modern audio and video equipments for even blue chip conferences. : Swimming Pool : The main swimming pool is of 228 sq. mtrs, with a kid's pool and set of Jacuzzis. The pool has broad pool decks finished in natural dressed granite with poolside umbrellas and long reclining poolside cots. The second swimming pool having an area of 110 sq.mtrs is at the beach grove with sea view. Beverages and light refreshments for the pool users will be served from the restaurant. : Health Club : The Resort has a well equiped health club which is located at the top of the beach grove : Travel Desk & Shopping : The Resort has a travel desk and car rental service. It also has a small shop selling essential cosmetics

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pushkar:The Blessing of Brahma

Pushkar is all about a semicircular lake with 52 'ghats'. The maximum depth of the lake is 10mteres. It is a holy place and is known as king of all 'tiraths'. A holy dip in this lake on Karthik Purnima is said to wash all the sins and leads to salvation. It is said that the one who bathes in this holy water during the brighter fortnight of the Hindu calendar month Karthik and sees a Varah (an incarnation of Vishnu), will not take a rebirth on this planet again and can enjoy the heavenly bliss forever. The Karthik Purnima holy dip in this lake gives one a blessing equal to hundred penances. There are many yojana spots which cannot be counted by the teacher of gods, Brihaspati.How the name Pushkar came as a mythological story behind it. Once Lord Brahma was worried over the matter of not being prayed to on the earth like the other Gods. He had the desire to have a place on his name on the earth. So he threw a lotus flower which fell on three places and water sprang out from there miraculously. The first place where the flower fell is known as the Jyeshtha Pushkar, the second place is the Madhya Pushkar, and the third place is the Kanishtha Pushkar or Senior, Middle and the Junior respectively. Brahma threw the flower that is the 'Pushpa' with his own hands that is the 'Kar', therefore the name of this place became Pushkar.There are 52 bathing ghats built around the lake. The water of each ghats is supposed to have special powers. Some of which are the Nag Kund for fertility, Roop tirath for beauty, Kapil vyapi Kund water helps cure leprosy and dip in the Mirakand Muni Kund grants the boon of wisdom.

Every year on the day of Karthik Purnima, that is the full moon day in the month of Karthik (somewhere in October - November), the famous Pushkar fair is held here. People from all over the country come to take the holy dip. The town comes alive with folk dancers and musicians who come from all the regions to show their talent. Joyful celebration, cultural variety and cattle market make Pushkar fair famous. This fair is one of the major cultural reflectors of the state of Rajasthan. This is a five day affair when the small town comes alive with cultural activities and vibrant energy.Apart from the religious rituals at the Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir, and other festivities, people participate in a number of sporting and cultural events. The great attraction of this fair other than the variety of folk dances and songs that fill the atmosphere is the camel race and the cattle fair. Cows, Buffaloes, Camels, Horses and even Donkeys are bargained for. This special fair attracts tourists from all over the world.

Location: 11 Kilometers from Ajmer, on the edge of the desert, lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar, long the bank of a picturesque Pushkar lake. It is an important pilgrimage spot. The Nag pahar or the snake mountain forms a natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar.

Languages Spoken: Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Long Distance Code: +91-145
Importance:World famous for the annual Camel fair and the only Lord Brahma temple.
Area: 5 sq.kms.
Best Time To Visit: July To March

Pushkar Attractions:

Brahma Temple

The only Brahma temple in India where, according to Hindu mythology the creator of earth - Brahma is worshipped. Therefore it has become one of the most important pilgrimage centres for the Hindus. It is nestled in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nag parvat and the Ana Sagar Lake. This place is full of natural beauty. It is believed that Lord Brahma, along with other deities performed a Yagnya here. This only temple where Lord Brahma is worshiped is built with marble and decorated with silver coins and has a silver turtle on the floor of. It has a red spire and a goose, considered to be auspicious to Brahma.

Savitri Temple

The temple is situated on the Ratnagiri Hill and is dedicated to Goddess Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. An interesting legend is attached to the temple. Once Lord Brahma had to perform a 'Yagna' (a holy rite to appease gods) on a very short notice. Since he could not do this without his wife, he married Gayatri, a local milkmaid after purifying her. When Savitri came to know of all this, she was furious and cursed her husband that he would never be worshipped anywhere except in Pushkar and that too only once a year. She then left for the Ratnagiri Hill and performed self-immolation.

Man Mahal

On the banks of Pushkar is the magnificent palace built by Raja Man Singh - I of Amer. Now it has been converted into an RTDC Hotel Sarovar and offers a comfortable accommodation to the tourists.

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake is said to be very sacred and has said to be originated when the petals from Lord Brahma's lotus fell on the earth and a lake of clear blue water emerged at its place. 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats surround the lake. It is at this lake that the world-renowned Pushkar fair is organized on the occasion of Kartik Purnima every year.

Total Rooms : 45
Star Category : 3
The pushkar bagh is an exceptional example of elegance and symmetry in Indian architecture of the last century. The entire bagh is carved out of the famous pink sandstone of Jodhpur it exquisitely captures the romance and grace of a bygone era. The Pushkar Bagh courtyards are peaceful havens where guests can unwind for the day and spend the afternoon leisurely reading or relaxing while capturing the panoramic view of mountains and desert.

Total Rooms : 50
Star Category : 3
Hotel The park city is located in central Pushkar, opposite the city bus stand and next to a gurudwara, with the Pushkar Lake 5 minutes down the road. The rooms are comfortably appointed with all modern amenities and attached with balconies which have great views of a garden. The rooftop restaurant is ideal for dinner as it overlooks the Pushkar Lake .

Total Rooms : 53
Star Category : 3
Hotel Pushkar Palace has well appointed 48 Super Deluxe Rooms and 5 Suites with all facilities in the rooms. Hotel has two floors, most of the rooms including all suites are overlooking the lake and has garden view.

Total Rooms : 136
Star Category : 2.5
"PUSHKAR FORT" offers 16 ethnic Royal Huts, which is situated in the Base of Savitri Temple at Pushkar. It has on offer gorgeous guestrooms for the guests. It pampers them with a wide selection of Maharaja Suites, Maharani Suites, Royal Huts and Swiss Cottages. All these accommodations at this hotel enjoy a very impressive location as they overlook verdant green lawns set in the backdrop of mountains and sand dunes. Apart from elegance, the other feature that characterizes them well is the availability of modern comforts. Some of the modern comforts include television, telephone, air conditioners and en suite bathrooms.Pushkar Fort offers 16 Royal Huts , 10 Deluxe Room, 10 Deluxe AC Tent & 100 Swiss Cottages. Every room has a different view of nature with beautiful Sunset & Sunrise. Tastefully Designed and decorated with antique and modern furniture fixtures. 4 Maharaja Suit, 12 Royal Huts fitted with air conditioning & modern attached bath offers a memorable, peaceful and comfortable stay to guest visiting Pushkar. 125 luxury tents, each 512 sq ft. All have private gardens and an outside deck for sunbathing. The tents have been innovatively crafted using the traditional local artist’s skills and Block printing crafts of Rajasthan. The tents feature Hand crafted wooden furniture, Hand knotted "durries" to cover the floor, separate dressing room with attach showers. All the tents have marble floors and embroidered interior canopies and are furnished in regal style

Total Rooms : 19
Star Category : 0
Teerth Palace Pushkar is in a good and peaceful location, quite suitable for all guests coming to Pushkar. Either you come here for business purpose or sightseeing, you can relax in this comfortable hotel.A warm greeting, a welcoming smile and dedicated reception at the hotel lobby offer you an experience of visiting and staying at the hotel.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bikaner: Citadel of Culture and Camels

Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore prince, Rao Bhikaji, established his kingdom here. He was the descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459) A.D. Rao Jodhaji. Rao Jodhaji had five sons and Bhikaji proved to be the most enterprising amongst them. He chose a barren wilderness to transform it into an impressive city called Bikaner.Ever since the foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian union, Bikaner has always played an important role in the history of the country. Bikaner has produced several able generals and warriors and distinguished rulers. The most important of them was Akbar's general Raja Rai Singhji. Raja Anup Singh's tenure, who ascended the throne in 1669A.D, has been described as the golden time of Bikaner's fame and valor.

Location: Bikaner, heart of west Rajasthan is known as the 'Tapo bhoomi' of great sages and saints, since pre-historic times. The holy rivers of Saraswati and Drishadwati used to flow in this region. Archaeologists believe that the Great Indian Desert, of which Bikaner is a part, was once an ocean. A belief which stands substantiated by the presence of sedimentary layers of various kinds of the precious clay, bajri etc. in the holy Kolayat area55 kms away from Bikaner.

Languages Spoken Rajasthani, Hindi, English.
Long Distance Code +91-151
Importance Karni devi temple where rats are treated as pets
Area 38 sq.kms.
Best Time To Visit October To February

Bikaner Attractions:

Junagarh Fort

This fort was built between1588-1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in army of Mughal emperor Akbar. The Suraj pol is the main entrance to this fort. The palaces are on the southern side of the fort and courtyards, balconies and windows.The major feature of the Junagarh fort is the excellent quality of stone carving, best in the world. The Chandra Mahal or the moon palace is beautiful with paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels. The phool mahal or the flower palace is decorated with glass and mirrors. The Karan mahal was built to commemorate the victory over Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Anup Mahal is famous for its gold leaf painting.

Lalgarh Palace

The architectural masterpiece in red sand stone, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942A.D.) in the memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, this palace has large halls, pavilions, lounges and couplas. It has magnificent pillars, richly carved fire mantles, Italian colonnades and motif of lotus in full bloom. Walls of the palace are reminiscent of the past vintage etchings, hunting trophies and old portraits. The palace has its own museum and library that is the fourth largest in the world. The royal family still lives in part of the palace.

Gajner Palace
Gajner palace was summer resort of the Maharajas of Bikaner and is often referred to as the incomparable jewel in the Thar desert. The beautiful paace stands on lake. Built by Ganga Singh of Bikaner, the palace was used for grand shoots and lavish entertainments by the Maharaja. Indian and foreign royalties, Viceroys and other dignitaries have been entertained here. The amazing craftsmanship with intricately carved pillars, charkas and screens leaves one awestruck. It is surrounded by beautiful sanctuary which provides shelter to chinkaras, black bucks, Nilgai and flocks of imperial sand grouse. A part of the palace is converted into hotel.

Deshnok's Karni Mata Temple

This 600 year old famous temple on the Jodhpur highway is dedicated to mata Karni, a form of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The interesting thing about the temple is the rats roaming freely around. They are fed by the priests and the devotees, owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men.

Bikaner Hotels:


Total Rooms : 57
Star Category : 5
This building known as Raj Vilas Palace was built in the year 1866 and originally used to house the Resident and Agent to the Governor General of India. Now, this same building was converted into a Hotel, known as Hotel Raj Vilas Palace, with major structural changes so as to transform the same into a luxurious Deluxe hotel with almost all facilities of a Five-Star hotel. We Arrange Camel Safari, Folk Dance and Music, Traditional Fire Dance of Bikaner, Camel Dance, Jeep Safari etc. at affordable price.


Total Rooms : 50
Star Category : 3
Heritage Resort Bikaner, is a refined and refreshingly comfortable resort, exudes the mystique and beauty of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.Modem ammenities discreetly blends into the regal splendor of a bygone era. Here the rhythm of enchanting melodies, the sheer magic of the desert and the embracing smiles of our hospitality will surpass all your wildest expectations.


Total Rooms : 44
Star Category : 3
Gajner Palace is a Grand Heritage Palace of the HRH Group of Hotels. Spread over 6000 acres, the palace is a 30-minute drive from Bikaner. Gajner Palace was built on the banks of Gajner Lake by Sir Ganga Singhji, one of the greatest Maharajas of Bikaner, in the early decades of the twentieth century.The red sandstone palace is distinguished for its architectural grandeur and luxuriously appointed suites and rooms. The greenery at Gajner Palace, lawns and the chirping of birds and peacocks make it a truly memorable destination for leisure and corporate travellers.


Total Rooms : 20
Star Category : 3
Karni bhawan was built by maharajah Dr Karni Singh of Bikaner in the 40's.All rooms are large, well decorated, comfortable and full with all modern amenities. The palace is surrounded by large sprawling grounds and lots of shady trees .


Total Rooms : 56
Star Category : 3
Built in the year 1902 by one of the most outstanding personalities of princely India, Maharaja Ganga Singhji. The Lallgarh Palace is sheer poetry in sandstone. Constructed during the first half of the nineteenth century, it defies the bleak and rugged reality of the Thar desert. Lallagarh Palace is a complete integrated example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, a perfect example of Sir Swinton Jacob's creations. The palace has played host to a number of dignitaries from all over the world.

Bikaner Hotels...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jaisalmer:The Golden City

The golden city was founded by Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of the Yadav, a Bhati Rajput in 1156 A.D. It was on the advice of a hermit Eesul, that he also shifted his capital from Lodurva. A legend goes that once when Lord Krishna had visited this place, had predicted that a Yadav would build his capital over here which would be formidable for centuries. Jaisalmer was well protected due to the hostile landscape and Bhati Rajputs, who are known for their valor and chivalry. They levied taxes on the caravans that traveled the ancient spice route on their way to Delhi and went on rampage over the nearby fortress acquiring huge wealth for the city. Thus not only the royalties but also the merchants benefited and they displayed their wealth in their havelis. The glory of Jaisalmer got affected with the advent of the sea trade. Today this desert city is famous for its intricately carved havelis and old Jain temples. The sand dunes make it one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.

The perfect time to visit is during the desert festival in January / February, when the city dances to the melodious rhythms.

Location: Jaisalmer a beautiful city with harsh climatic conditions is located in the heart of the Thar Desert. Rightly called the museum city Jaisalmer involves vivid visions of valor, chivalry and love.

Languages Spoken:Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Long Distance Code +91-2991
Importance: Famous for the Golden fort
Area :5.1 sq.kms.
Best Time To Visit: September To March

Jaisalmer Attractions:


Intricately carved beautiful havelis are strewn all over Jaisalmer. Each has its own characteristics. Some of the important are:

NATHMALJI KI HAVELI: Carved by two brothers in the 19th century, the intricate architecture in stone is the epitome of beauty. The interior walls are adorned by the paintings in miniature style.

PATWON KI HAVELI: One of the most exquisite buildings in the walled city, which truly exemplifies the architectural style typical of erstwhile Rajputana. It is five storeyed and the extensive corridors and chambers are supported by intricately carved pillars.

SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI: Distinctive for its blue cupola roof, this extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered entirely with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top floor

Gadsisar Lake

This rain water lake was once upon a time a major supplier of water to the city. Today it has become favorite picnic spots. Sacred shrines and gardens flank the lake and a varied collection of birds can be spotted. Boating facility is also available.

Tazia Tower

From the Badal Vilas rises the delicate pagoda like structure of the Tazia tower. It is a gift to the city from the Muslim craftsmen, 'silvats' of Jaisalmer before they permanently migrated to Pakistan in 1947. This beautiful Tazia is ornately decorated and carried in a procession during Moharram.

Jaisalmer Fort

Housing in the entire township in its ramparts this huge golden fort gives a scenic view of the desertscape from its 80 meters high perch on the hill. It has a cobweb of narrow lanes with havelis, five interconnected palaces and three beautiful Jain temples dating back to the 12th to the 15th centuries.The golden fort built of sandstone on the Trikuta hill, seems like a majestic structure standing out of the sea of sand. The fort is protected by the rugged high walls and approachable only through four gates, namely the Akhaiy pol, the Ganesh pol, the Suraj pol and the Hava pol. The palaces built atop the main entrance form an imposing edifice crowned by a huge umbrella of metal mounted on a stone shaft.The fort also houses many old Hindu and Jain temples, beautifully carved havelis and the entire living area is well protected within the ramparts of the fort.

Desert National Park

The park set in the backdrop of rugged terrain with shifting sand dunes and scrub covered hills, it is an excellent example of desert eco system. Sand dunes constitute about 20% of the total park area, while the rocks and the salt lake form an appropriate dwelling for the Black buck and the Chinkara. The other animals found in this area are the desert fox, the Bengal fox and the desert cat.Sudhashri forest post is ideal place for watching the wildlife in the park. Birds like the Sand grouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks and shrikes are also fund here. Demosille cranes also visit the park in winters, but the most important occupant is the great Indian Bustard, a tall and heavy bird with confidence and grace!

Total Rooms : 40
Star Category : 3
Hotel Deoki Niwas Palace is designed like castle and is built from Jurassic yellow sand-stone . It offers world class facilities and services, in order to make your holiday even more adventurous and luxurious.Deoki Niwas Palace is one of the finest Luxury Boutique hotel of Jaisalmer. With its well appointed guest rooms Deoki Niwas is the perfect setting for a memorable vacation in the Desert city of Jaisalmer. Here next to the walled city entry point, you will quickly discover the allure of the only " LIVING FORT" of Jaisalmer. Our location places us just minutes away from the host of attractions that continue to make Jaisalmer one of the nation's popular tourist destination.

Total Rooms : 91
Star Category : 3
Located in 6 acres of land, this princely home has an interior decor created by the genius of renowned opera designer Ms. Stephanie Engeln. Located in peaceful countryside just out side the golden city is this oasis of serenity & comfort.

Total Rooms : 31
Star Category : 4
Overlooking the town of Jaisalmer, Hotel Rawal-Kot is the perfect combination of modern comfort and fairytale medieval charm. Perched above the town and seemingly rising out of the rocks, the hotel offers postcard-perfect views of the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort as well as the setting sun. Inspired by the havelis of yore, the hotel's design offers a palette of local colors, materials, and fabrics.

Total Rooms : 83
Star Category : 3
The very name of this hotel is inspired by the influence of the desert. Gorbandh is a harness, which the desert women decorate for their husband's camel with any material they can find: cowry shells, beads, sequins, couloured threads and even buttons. The architecture of this Royal Retreat has been inspired by traditional Indian homes. The hotel organises desert camps with Rajasthan's celebrated folk music and dance around a campfire on starlit evenings at the sand dunes.

Total Rooms : 59
Star Category : 3
A modern hotel with a ethnic touch - a resort redefined, away from the clamous of the city - yet only ten minutes away from it all - Heritage Inn helps relax and get the maximum out of your vacation - while you are here enjoy sunbathing by the pool or live in rustic luxury of our air conditioned cottages, all of which opens up in the garden - a multi cuisine restaurant, bar and rajasthani folk music & dance by the camp fire under the clear desert sky at night completes a dream vacation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Udaipur : The Lake City

The city of lakes,Udaipur, is perhaps one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of India. In contrast with its desert neighbourhood, it stands out with its enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens, temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It is an oasis of colour in the stark arid region and so indeed is the Venice of east.Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. It is said that this city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh at the advice of a hermit whom he met at the lake Pichhola during a hunting expedition. The city was built in 1559 A.D. and was named after Udai Singh. He died in 1572 A.D. He was succeeded by his son Maharana Pratap (1572 - 97), who defended the city from many attacks of the Mughals. After the Mughals it was the Marathas attacked the city. Rana Pratap as he is known, was a great warrior and lived in troubled times.An end to the bloody battles came with the British intervention in the early 19th century, when a treaty was signed to protect the city from any further attacks. Later, after independence, like all other princely states, Udaipur too became a part of the United India.

Location: Located in the Aravali ranges of Rajasthan, the city of Udaipur is situated at a distance of about405kms from the state capital of Jaipur. The city is well connected by air, rail and road to other important cities of India like Jaipur,Mumbai and Delhi.If Jaipur is study in pink, then Udaipur is vision in white. The city of dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant Kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.

Languages Spoken: Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Long Distance Code:+91-7833
Importance: Known as the city of Lakes
Area 37 sq.kms.
Best Time To Visit: September To March

Udaipur Attractions:

City Palace

City palace is a complete white structure, standing majestically on a hill and the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. This enormous structure is 30.4 meters in height and 244 meters in length and was started by Udai Singh and subsequently built by later rulers. The entrance to this palace is through Hathi pol or the Elephant gate, along the main street of the old city. The Bara pol or the big gate opens into the first court which leads to the Tripolia gate which has eight carved marble arches.Then there are series of courtyards overlapping pavilion of terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. There is the Suraj Gokhada, the balcony of the Sun, where the Suryawanshi (sons of the Sun God); Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence. The Mor chowk or the peacock courtyard gets its name form the glass decoration it has. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics, while a series of wall paintings on Lord Krishna are on display in the Bhim Vilas palace.

Jagadish Temple:

Built in1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo - Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. Alligators, Elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians are seen on the exterior. It is a gigantic construction and is just like a Hindu iconography school. Temples of Eklingji and Nathdwara are known as the most sacred pilgrims in Mewar.

Lake Palace:

The most enchanting tourist attraction of Udaipur, the Lake Palace (also known as Jag Niwas) is a beautiful island palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Situated on picturesque Lake Pichola, the white marble structure appears like emerging out of the shimmering blue waters on the lake, creating a spellbound effect on visitors.

Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir is another beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola, built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD. The palace once sheltered the Mughal prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jehan, who built the world-famous Taj Mahal) who rebelled against his father Jehangir in the 1620's. The Palace has a giant stone sculpture of elephants and an impressive chattri (cenotaphs) that add to its beauty.

Saheliyon-Ki- Bari:

The Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.

Hotels in Udaipu:

Total Rooms : 55
Star Category : 2.5
The Lalit Laxmi Vilas PalaceLaxmi Vilas Palace Hotel located at the bank of Fateh Sagar lake enjoys a picturesque view of the lakes, Aravalli Hills and Sajjangarh Palace. The hotel was built by Maharana Bhupal Singh originally in 1911 as a residence of Mr. Winn Gate political agent at that time and in 1945 Mr. Winngate was shifted to Hathi Pole and the Laxmi Vilas Palace was rebuilt as a royal guest house to house the dignitaries, visiting princes and British officers. In 1966 the Laxmi Vilas Palace was transferred to DOT and in 1969 it was handed over to ITDC. Ever since Laxmi Vilas Palace was run under the banner of Ashok Group of Hotels. The hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace expanded in two phases, firstly in 1977, 23 rooms were added to the existing 11 and in 1984, 20 more were added, thus taking total number of rooms to 55 (44 regular rooms and 11 suites) the banquet hall was also added during this period.

Total Rooms : 83
Star Category : 5
The Taj Lake Palace is a marble fantasy that floats magically on the still blue waters of Lake Pichola. The hotel has 83 rooms including 17 suites, some of which are breathtakingly beautiful. The Taj Lake Palace is located 26 km from the Udaipur airport and a kilometre from the city centre.

Total Rooms : 143
Star Category : 5
Trident Hilton Udaipur is located on the banks of the picturesque Pichola Lake and is ten minutes drive from the city center. Forty three acres of land with lush green landscaping surrounds the hotel.The hotel provides a perfect base to explore the fabled city of Udaipur, acclaimed worldwide for its beautiful lakes, medieval palaces and colourful bazaars. All rooms are furnished in shades of indigo blue and gold. The architecture reflects the ancient heritage of Udaipur city.

Total Rooms : 87
Star Category : 5
The Oberoi Udaivilas stands on the banks of Lake Pichola facing Udaipur, with views across the water to the 17th Century palaces of Jagmandir and Jagniwas. Udaivilas took ten years to build.A fabulous resort hotel set among thirty acres of former hunting grounds, Udaivilas itself is nothing short of palatial. A pristine version of an original Rajasthani Mewari moated palace, Udaivilas incorporates every conceivable modern comfort.Visual treats include open-air colonnades flanked by 450 hand-carved stone columns. Domes covered in gold leaf. Hand-painted murals, arches and fountains. Landscaped terraces and acres of white marble. A decorative pool of giant marble lotus flowers. And, a treat for all the senses, a superb banyan Tree Spa.

Total Rooms : 36
Star Category : 3
A crescent adorning the southern end of the Palace complex, the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel Udaipur was originally Maharana Fateh Singhji's residence. The rooms around this awe-inspiring courtyard were used as a place for entertaining personal guests. Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel Udaipur was the vision of the His Late Highness Maharana Bhagwat Singhji Mewar, which led to its conversion into a luxury hotel. Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel Udaipur is now categorised as a Grand Heritage Palace as it has been restored to its original pristine glory.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Amidst the sand dunes and thorny vegetation, towers a 120 mtr high fort above the plain. It overlooks the city. The old city is surrounded by a wall with 8 gates for the entrance. The new city is settled around this walled area. The Maruthal or land of death came to life when Rathores of Kanauj moved in, but the city was actually founded by Rao Jodhaji in 1459 A.D. He was the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be the descendant of Rama, the epic hero of Ramayana.

Location: Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is situated on the western border of India, on the edge of the Thar desert.

Languages Spoken: Marwari, Rajasthani, Hindi.
Long Distance Code: +91-291
Importance: Famous for the Mehrangarh fort and known as the blue city.
Area :78.6 sq.kms.

Best Time To Visit :November To March

Jodhpur Attractions:

Meharangarh Fort
In the heart of city of Jodhpur, stands the 125 mtrs high Meherangarh fort spread over 5 sq. km. This once invincible fort has 4 gates. The Jay pol, the Fateh pol and the Loha pol. Within the fort are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, and latticed windows. They are the Moti mahal, the Sheesh mahal, the Phool mahal, the Sileh khana and the Daulat khana. These have collections of palanquins, elephant's howdas, miniature paintings, instruments, costumes, and furniture.

Jaswant Thada
A cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh -II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of the Jodhpur rulers. A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant Singh succumbed to injuries while fighting in a battle against the Mughal king Jehangir at this very place.

Also known as the Chhittar place, because of the particular sand stone used, this palace was built by Umaid Singh. This is the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. It was built in 16 years. A part of the palace has been converted into hotel, one part is the museum and the remaining is still occupied by the royal family.

Mandore Gardens
The ancient capital of Marwars has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The highlight of this place is the Hall of Heroes which houses 16 gigantic figures chiseled out of single rock. The statues are either of popular Hindu deities or famous folk deities. Devals or the royal cenotaphs in the form of temples were built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Ajit Singh. They reflect the glory of Marwar.The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it popular. The garden has a gate known as the Ajit pol which is decorated with figures of Gods and Goddesses from Indian mythology.

It lies 58 kms away from Jodhpur on the Bikaner highway. It is an ancient town of Thar desert with 16 ruined brahmanical and Jain temples dating back to the 8th to the 11th century. The temples have sculptural elegance and the vase and flower motifs carved on the pillars can be seen here. The most important temples are the Surya temple and the Sachiya mata temple. Images of Vishnu, Narasimha and Durga also can be seen here.

Total Rooms : 88
Star Category : 5
Nestled in the city of Jodhpur, The Ummed Jodhpur, is set amidst 28 acres of landscape gardens. The hotel is constructed around a central courtyard in the true Rajasthani style. Build on the concept of a palace, the design bears true testimony to the architectural heritage of Jodhpur. Located 12 Km from the airport and 8 Km from the Railway station, the Ummed Jodhpur offers a perfect setting to experience the rich culture and traditions of Rajasthan.

Total Rooms : 64
Star Category : 5
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.Umaid Bhawan offers a wide range of personalized services and facilities to help make your stay in Jaipur a memorable one. The Swimming Pool Enjoy a rejuvenating swim in the azure depths of our swimming pool. Or you could just choose to sit by the pool and read a book. See more pictures of our pool in the picture gallery. Business Center / Internet Cafe Stay in touch with the world even as you lose yourself in the fantasy that is Rajasthan. You always have the option of connecting with friends and family, wherever they may be. Our modern business center has everything you need. While you may choose to stay in your room to make long distance calls, we also have an Internet Cafe where you can surf the net, chat with friends, and exchange email while enjoying a quite cup of coffee. Roof top Restaurant A section of the lounge Dining at the Umaid Bhawan Umaid Bhawan has a delectable range of Indian cuisine on offer. Enjoy the food prepared for you by our traditional cooks and supervised by the lady of the house while absorbing the traditional ambience of our cosy and private dining room. You could also choose to sit outside and eat while enjoying a puppet show.

Total Rooms : 93
Star Category : 5
Set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel makes lavish use of exquisite marble in an architectural style, which harmoniously bends an Old World charm with contemporary elegance.

Total Rooms : 54
Star Category : 4
We are proud to introduce ourselves as True hospitality Ambassador and specialize in all aspects of hospitality.Shree Ram International is located in the desert city of Jodhpur. Its tranquil gardens provide guests quiet elegance in the heart of the city. Shree Ram International comprises of 50 well appointed centrally air-conditioned rooms with four elegant suites,"Padharo Sa"- A 92 covers vegetarian multicuisine restaurant offers Indian, Chinese,Continental food in true Rajasthani decor and hospitality,a boutique swimming pool and lush green lawn for a gathering of 500 to 5000 people.

Total Rooms : 42
Star Category : 3
Hotel Apex International is situated closed to historical sights and entertainment centers in Jodhpur. Guests at the hotel can pamper themselves at the health center with spa, sauna, gym and game room. Hotel Apex International is an ideal and perfect place for vacations. The hotel offers all the comforts expected from a modern hotel

Monday, February 08, 2010

Jaipur-The Pink City

The City of Victory, Jaipur, was founded by Kachhawaha Rajput King, Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, who ruled from 1699 -1744. His took special interest in the designing, planning and execution of the making of this city. This has been divided into nine blocks, two of which were kept for the city palace and other state buildings. The rest were for the public. The city was encircled by a city wall and seven gates opened in to the city.In 1728 maharaja Jai singh II built the observatory, still one of the main tourist attractions of Jaipur. The old city of Jaipur has neat and broadly laid out avenues, all painted in pink thus giving a magical glow to the city in the evenings. Jaipur has what the most other Indian cities do not have, a combination of cultural and architectural beauty. This is evident in the various historical sites that dot the city. Amongst the most striking monument is the Hawa Mahal. As against the popular belief it is not actually a wind palace, but a sandstone screen, specially built for the ladies of the palace to watch the processions on the roads below, without being seen.Jaipur is also famous for semi-precious stones and the best place to buy them is the Johari Bazar. Miniatures, handicrafts, clothes, Jewellery of silver and Lakh are the other items that can be bought in Jaipur.

Languages Spoken:     Rajasthani, Hindi, English.

Long Distance Code:  +91-141

Importance:                 The pink City and the capital of the state of Rajasthan

Area:                             64.75 Sq.Kms.(Pinkcity:9.8sq.kms.)

Best Time To Visit:      September To March

Jaipur Attractions:

The City Palace:
In the heart of the old city stands the majestic city palace, a former residence of the royal family. It ahs a fine blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The carved arches are supported by grey white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones.Two marble elephants guard the entrance. The palace houses a museum with an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes. Some of them have precious stones embelled handles in gold.The palace has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit acquired by Sawai Jai Singh-II.

Rambagh Palace:
A lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a green house, a herbarlum, a museum and a popular sports ground.It was built by Sawai ram singh-II in 1868 A.D. as a famine relief project.Recently the Rabindra Manch with an auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open air theatre has been added to promote the cultural activities.Rambagh palace has now been converted in to a leading Heritage hotel of India. The rooms have an imperial legacy and the hotel has greenery all around. The Chinese room and the swimming pool in this hotel are interesting.

Amber Fort:
A fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, this fort was built by Raja Man singh on the hill side in the 16th century. The construction was started by Raja Mansingh I in 1592 and was completed by his descendant Jai singh I. While the exterior of the fort are rugged, equally bewitching are the interiors where the fusions of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles find ultimate refinement. Painted scenes of hunting and war adorn the wall with precious stones and mirrors set in to the plaster. In the foreground is the Maota Lake giving a magnificent reflection of the Fort.

Jaigarh Fort:
The Jaigarh fort means the fort of Victory. The fort is a rugged structure built in 172 by Sawai Jaisingh. It was the royal treasury for several years. The fort is perched on a cliff and is surrounded by huge battlements and inside walkways offering a stunning view from all sides. The world!¦s largest cannon on wheels, Jaivan is found here. It has 20 feet long barrel and the wheels are 9 feet in diameter.

Nahargarh Fort(Tiger Fort)
A sentinel to the pink city, the Nahargarh fort is situated on the Nahargarh hills about 600 feet above the city. Also known as the Sudarshangarh, this fort, is 6 km North West of the city palace providing stunning view of the city. It was built in 1734 A.D. for the defense of the city by Jai singh II. This is first of the here forts built by the kings of Jaipur. The fort carries many legends and every ruler left his stamp on it by adding to the structures within the fort. In the midst of the lake is a palatial duck blind which was used for shooting parties by the erstwhile royal families. A royal retreat for the Maharanis is also there which was used as a personal treasury for many years.

Hawa Mahal:
The Hawa Mahal is the most important landmark of the city. This honey-combed building, known as the wind palace was originally built to facilitate the women of the royal families to watch the everyday life and the processions held in the pink city, without being seen by the people downstairs. This remarkable structure was built by Sawai Pratap singh in 1799. The outer structure look like a crown (mukut) adorning Lord Krishna!¦s head, as the building is dedicated to the Lord of whom, Sawai Pratap singh was a great devotee. It overlooks one of the main streets, adjoining the outside of the city palace wall, and lies sandwiched between the more prosaic buildings.This five storeyed, pyramid shaped structure is made up of small casements, each with windows arched roofs with hanging carvices, exquisitely modeled and carved. It looks more like a screen than a palace. The top three storeyes are single rooms but at the base are two courtyards. It is a 50 feet high thin shield less than afoot thick. The carved sandstone grills, and domes gives this palace its unique facade. At sunrise the Hawa mahal bathes in the golden light glowing like a gem and is best viewed then.

Jaipur Hotels:

Total Rooms : 216
Star Category : 5
Rajasthan's first 5 Star Hotel is now India's first ISO 9001:2000 certified Deluxe 5 Star Hotel by QSI America Inc., USA.A unique blend of traditions and modern comfort awaits you at the Hotel Clarks Amer. Standard Double Rooms, Deluxe Guest Rooms and Suites, Poolside Barbeque, Golf, Bar, 24-hour Coffee Shop, Shopping Arcades, culinary delights, the ambience and the leisured and royal entertainment keeping with the spirit of Rajasthan, all add up to offer a charming holiday experience at the Pink City.

Total Rooms : 160
Star Category : 5
Located in the business district of the Pink City, Ramada Jaipur Promises international hospitality standards and the best of services, affiliated to Ramada worldwide it is a mid scale brand of Wyndham hotel group which has 10 lodging brands, 6300 properties and presence in 5 continents. Ramada Jaipur ecoes with international standards and trained staff. Business travelers will appreciate the hotel's strategic location to the Jaipur Airport, Train Station and Bus Terminal. "The key to a successful holiday is choice, which is why every action break is tailor-made for you!!" Ramada Jaipur offers 155 guest rooms and 5 suites with contemporary and stylish decor. It is the venue for the latest taste & Ramada Jaipur is owned by Dangayach Group, locally renowned in the field of Real Estate, Hotels, Jewelry and others. Business travellers will appreciate the hotel's strategic location to the Jaipur Airport, Train Station and Bus Terminal. The hotel is 10 minutes from Jaipur Airport, 15 minutes from Railway Station and 15 minutes from Bus Terminal.

Total Rooms : 73
Star Category : 5
Chokhi Dhani Resort literally meaning the "Fine Hamlet" is a 5 star Ethenic resort, the only one of its kind in the country. With quaint mud & thatch dwellings set in sprawling acreage of land, it has 65 cottages, 8 Haveli Suits, 2 Conferences Halls, Chaupal, Chandi Mahal Bar and Bindola Multi-cuisine restaurant.

Total Rooms : 96
Star Category : 5
The Shiv Vilas Resort has been specially built on "The Palace Theme' with the feeling of giving the "Best to the Guest" A heavy mix of romance and grandeur, it promises to offer a never before leisure and luxury with breathtaking interior and magnanimous architecture. This resort is simply a paradise on earth.Set in a beautiful landscape of Aravali mountain range, the majestic Shiv Vilas Resort is a masterpiece of architecture is an ultimate magnificence built on "Palace Theme" with world class modern hi-tech amenities. It is attracting global leisure & business Tourists from all over the world. Its easy to approach location is another big advantage.The royal ambience, the intricate craftsmanship and beautiful landscape makes it the most preferred destination in the itinerary of tourists. A visual delight for holiday maker, it revives the gracious life style of India's legendary Rajput Princes.

Thursday, February 04, 2010


The picturesque hill town of Manali is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of India, as it is surrounded by mountains on the three sides and has some of the most beautiful meadows, orchards, rivers and fields in Himachal Pradesh. Though discovered by the British and Europeans in the late 19th century, Manali had always been one of the pilgrimage sites in India. It derives its name from Manvalaya or Manuwali. The legend goes like that of the Joan's ark. Long long ago the sage Manu, the divine law writer in Hindu mythology, found a fish who asked him to build a huge ship to save the world from the terrible flood that would drown the land. Manu did so and when the water receded, the place he landed was today's Manali. The life started from this place. Therefore the place was known as Manvalaya that is the abode of Manu or Manuwali meaning Manu's. But it was only in the 1970s that the government realized its potential as growing tourist destination. That gave rise to the new town of Manali, which was linked with the old by a bridge. Today, Manali still maintains its charm and beauty despite the heavy tourist traffic. Manali is a hot spot throughout the year. It is at its best in the spring when the River Beas gushes through, the streams flow at every nook and corner, the meadows are lush and green, flowers bloom everywhere and various berries, raspberries and cherries start wearing the pink colour. The winters are no less when the green turn white and people from India come to experience the snow in the crisp cold. Pine forest all around, acres of verdant landscapes, grazing herds, apple orchards and the people with their smile and folk dances and song add to the mystic romance that Manali offers.

Apart from the beautiful nature Manali has many things to offer. Manali is the point to start trekking, learn skiing, go bird watching, do river rafting, go mountaineering and from Manali one can cycle up to the hilly regions of Leh in Ladakh. Manali offers great variety of food. Along with local preparation of Lentils and rice and rotis, the typical Tibetan thukpa and other dishes are famous in Manali. It is also a shopper's paradise where one can buy ample variety of woolen items and handicraft items made of wood.

Places to see in Manali :

Beas Kund:
Further ahead is the Beas Kund. The tiny roundish igloo like stone hut shelters the Beas Kund, the very source of the holy river Beas. Water flows at the source of the river likfe a spring, so clear and icy cold that it almost numbs the fingers. All around is the rocky terrain with very little vegetation. A few mules graze around while all and sundry try to brave the wind on a clear sunny day.

Solang Nala
To reach the closest glacier to Manali, Solang Nala around 15 kms Manali one has to pass through the road that actually has many turns. Solang Nala is the picturesque village with icy slopes those can be seen throughout the year.
Vashist Springs
At about half an hour’s brisk walking distance from town, there are sulphur springs-gush, hot and medicinal - emerging out of the mountains at Vashisht. Here, in a bath complex with a restaurant and a beautiful view, couples can soak in the privacy of their own sunken bath, warming all kinds of ailments out of their systems.

Rohatang Pass
The Rohatang Pass situated about 52 km from Manali town at an altitude of 3980m is the place one has pass through to reach Keylong or to Lahaul and Spiti. Full of snow throughout the year it supposed to be a difficult pass to go through. The trek to Rohatang starts from a small village of Marhi near the pass. The Sonapani glacier is clearly visible from the Rohatang pass on a clear day.

Hadimba Temple
This is probably the only place in India where a lady of a demon origin is worshipped as a goddess. It is said that when the Pandava brothers were wandering, they came across a demon called Hidamb. He was killed by one of the strongest of the five, Bhim. His strength and valour overpowered Hidamba, Hidamb's sister and she got married to him. She washed her sins following strict rituals and meditation and thus she attained the level of Goddess. Hidamba belonged to this region and hence the temple is here. The beautiful wooden temple in Pagoda style architecture has beautiful and intricately carved figurines on the doorway. The temple is 500 years old and there is no idol enshrined inside and only a foot-print on a stone is kept to worship. Every year in the month of May there is a major fair celebrating the goddess's birthday is held here.

Arjuna Cave
4 kms from Manali near the village of Perini is the Arjuna cave. It is said that Arjuna wanted the weapon from the king of the Gods Indra and he chose this place to meditate and please Indra to acquire the weapon. The place offers a charming panoramic view of the hills and the mountains around.

How To Get There:

The nearest airport to Manali is that of Bhuntar, which is 52-km from Manali. From Bhuntar one can take a taxi or a bus to Manali.
The nearest railhead is that of and this narrow gauze railway station is 95-km from Kullu. The scenic beauty of Kullu while going to Manali can best be enjoyed on a bus or a taxi. It is better to take a taxi, which one can stop and enjoy the nature at will.

The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The motorable roads to Manali connect the town with other major tourist places in Himachal as well as in the nearby states. At the Manali bus stand there are two booths, which do computerised reservation for buses. The reservations can be made one month in advance. Both private and state government buses are in service over here.

Climate Conditions:

In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy wollens are required. Summer temperatures are mild and light woollens/cottons are recommended.

Where to stay:

Total Rooms : 54
Star Category : 3
Located at the highest point, every room comes with a picturesque view of the snow-clad Rohtang Pass. The hotel is within walking distance to shops and places of historical and tourist interest.Quality Inn River Country Resort in Manali is the newest luxury resort of Manali. Located off the main crowded Mall Road overlooking the River Beas and the hills beyond, this is an exclusive hotel. It is only when you walk into the hotel that River Country Resort’s elegant world comes into view— large as life windows suffuse the lobby with lights, three very busy restaurants lie right ahead and an informal reception— devoid of gigantic desks and wooden faces, welcomes you! The interiors are uplifting in their colours, design and execution. A touch of understated elegance is all pervasive. It is one of the best Honeymoon resorts in Manali to begin a new life.

Total Rooms : 43
Star Category : 3
Sarovar Portico,Manali marks our presence in the hills. It is situated on the banks of the Manalsu River, below Manali village and next to the temple of Manu Maharaj. It has 43 rooms and suites.

Total Rooms : 74
Star Category : 3
Sterling Manali is located in lush green terraced environs, cradled in the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains which provides ample opportunities for trekking. The Rohtang Pass, the Rahla Falls, Beas Kund, Solang Valley and the Brighu Lake are all worth a visit. Other sight seeing places include Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Kund and the Dhoongri Temple.

Total Rooms : 39
Star Category : 3
Set at the highest point in Manali. The resort is a place where time stands still. Where you can bask in the sunshine or relax in the shade. And the rules are all your own. A place where you can find peace within. Where you lose yourself in the beauty of nature. And if you listen carefully you can hear your soul.