Explore the unexplored India on Independence Day
Let’s take a break from the busy life and explore the unexplored destination this long Independence Day weekend. It is the perfect time to unbox India's vast cultural and geographic variety up and feel proud of our country's accomplishments.
India is home to the largest display of the world's innumerable cultural concepts, each with its customs, traditions, language, and cuisine. And since it's only a short flight or drives away, we don't even need visas to visit and take in this mind-blowing heritage! Travel to one of these places to celebrate India this year and get a glimpse into its alluring, old, and diversified cultural and natural past while you treat yourself, experience local hospitality, and enjoy a well-earned, deliberately indulgent vacation.
Check in at these beautiful properties to savor the best of India:
Visalam, Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu
This lovely 15-room heritage-boutique resort in the Chettinad village of Kanadukathan allows guests to experience 19th-century Chettiar culture.
One of the finest examples of a typical Chettiar home, Visalam is a veritable museum. Burmese teak woodwork and ornate ceilings, Belgian glasswork, Italian marble, gorgeous handmade tiles, as well as a stunning heritage pool, all bear witness to the travels, explorations, global design, and aesthetic sensibilities of the otherwise traditional Chettinadu traders.
Visalam is authentic in all of its offerings and makes for a great starting point for exploring the Chettinad region's rich cultural heritage. Activities include cycle and walking tours of the opulent interiors and architecture of Chettinad homes, encounters with cotton weavers, instruction in the production of the distinctive, colorful Athangudi tiles, and observation of village life. The facility has been designed to offer hyperlocal experiences, including the hot, filling, and distinctive Chettinad cuisine prepared by the village women.
Samode Haveli, Jaipur:
"Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye"? visit Rajasthan to taste the much-spoken Rajasthan's royalty. The 200-year-old Samode Haveli is one of the finest examples of Rajputana hospitality that is right in the heart of Jaipur's Old City. The Haveli is the stuff of fairytales, with exquisitely detailed, century-old wall paintings, artwork, and furnishings made of colorful, flowing fabrics, and beautiful rooms and suites arranged among courtyards, terraces, and alcoves bordered by bouganvilla.
Enjoy the local food of Rajasthan; there are many options for vegetarians and carnivores alike, as well as various international cuisines. Don't miss the hotel's morning guided walks through the old city; go outside the walls to see the local markets, museums, and art galleries. Samode Haveli is ideal for a full-on taste of affluent aristocracy, binge-eating, Jaipur activities, and an Instagrammable vacation.
Jehan Numa Palace, Bhopal:
It is simple to understand why Bhopal city and the surrounding areas are so well-planned; they have pristine roads, beautiful architecture, strategically located government buildings, intelligently put green spaces and water features, and history of enlightening literature and the arts. On the streets, in their civic sense, in their museums (Tribal Museum and Museum of Man), and in their behavior, Bhopal residents demonstrate respect for the local tribes, the natural environment, and the city's history.
At the base of the Shyamla Hills, the Jehan Numa Palace offers panoramic views of the city. The Palace, which was built in the early 19th century by the last son of the Begum, General Obaidullah Khan, exquisitely encapsulates the family's legacy, the history of Bhopal, and the royal way of life. Heritage rooms open onto balconies with views of the pool of the royal stables and racecourse - undeterred love for horses has been a significant legacy in the family. The royal Bhopali cuisine, with a treasure trove of dishes created using centuries-old recipes, is served along with the global, modern cuisines.
Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi, Kerala:
Every inch of this 200-year-old King's residence, a regal mansion of devotion by the scenic backwaters, is adorned with earthy Keralan pleasures and grace. Chittoor Kottaram was created by the Rajah of Cochin as a vacation from his routine and a method to honor the nearby family deity temple.
One is immediately transported to a mythical bygone era upon entering the ancient palace with a single key and taking a mysterious boat journey across the Keralan waterways. This true-blooded legacy, which Lady Halyn's Trust painstakingly and precisely restored, is nestled among magical gardens and gorgeous backwaters with swaying palms and flowery creepers. Three bedrooms and the living area are peppered with wooden windows, making them spacious, well-lit, and visually pleasing.
Let Mervin, the traditional karyasthan (royal caretaker), regale you with tales and anecdotes about the Palace while you savor foods that are Kerala's best-kept secrets since they are painstakingly designed and customized to fit preferences and dietary demands. Do set aside a day to tour Fort Kochi, which is protected by UNESCO and is known for its unique cuisine and culture. The Muziris archaeological museum is another option for history buffs who want to learn the most recent information on the fabled community.
Spice Coast Cruises:
Uniquely discover Kerala! For generations, rice and spices were transported up and down these Keralan streams using kettuvallams. These historic houseboats are transformed by CGH Earth Spice Coast Cruises into stunning floating hotels for authentic experiences of Kerala's backwaters' cultural and ecological heritage.
The houseboats include a living area and a front deck in addition to single and double cabins with private, opulent bedrooms and tranquil lake views. Your entourage is made up of charming local fishermen who provide food and engage in crafts that perfectly depict the history and way of life of the people who depend on the waterways for their livelihood. CGH provides some unique tours aboard these luxurious houseboats. However, even a weekend getaway on these boats is a unique experience in serendipity and cultural insights. And one that you can pack with water activities such as standup paddling and canoeing for that extra zing to the fun!
Fazlani Natures Nest, Lonavla, Maharashtra:
In a serene village called Takwe near Lonavala in Maharashtra, Fazlani Natures Nest resort offers a breathtaking display of lush green lawns alongside azure lake waters. The resort overlooks the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats and is surrounded by dense green lands with a variety of flora and fauna.
It is therapeutic to enjoy the sights. The resort, which is conveniently situated halfway between Mumbai and Pune, specializes in integrated therapeutic techniques based on acknowledged alternative healthcare principles. Each visitor receives genuine therapies that are designed to align their lifestyle with a balanced state of wellness. Some of the treatments provided at Fazlani Nature's Nest are one-of-a-kind and distinctive in the nation.
The resort provides distinctive activities including "Equine therapy," a potent way of treatment that uses horses in a team effort with amazing outcomes to help people with particular needs. Enjoy a full meal made up of a variety of local specialties and international bestsellers while immersing yourself in a holistic lifestyle.
Each visitor receives a customized healthcare schedule that includes a variety of treatments employing a combination of naturopathy and Ayurveda to provide the greatest rebalancing and revitalizing experiences according to their body composition. The vast array of therapies on offer is focused on the use of natural healing techniques to promote healing. To attempt and treat any existing health conditions, guests are also offered naturopathy and a variety of yoga techniques.
Mansion Haus, Goa:
A historical building converted boutique hotel is called Mansion Haus. The Kezya De Braganca-restored family home from the 18th century is the perfect location to take in the lovely former Portuguese colony's remarkable makeover. Visitors will be enchanted by the Anjuna neighborhood of Goa, which is known for its vibrant nightlife, planned gastronomic adventures, and timeless architecture.
A luxurious boutique hotel has been created in the old private residence. It takes pride in the neo-classical furnishings and distinctive Goan architecture that delicately create a balance between hotel conveniences and environmental considerations. When dinner is cooked using gourmet, organic, and local foods, it is certain to be an epicurean adventure to remember.
Its authenticity comes from the fact that it is being run by a female local business owner whose family has a long history of involvement in the vibrant culture of the city. The location is intended to serve as a peaceful getaway for discriminating travelers, providing all the comforts, privacy, and familiarity of home while being a haven of history, culture, and the arts. A warm human connection and engaging experiential hospitality are offered by top-notch hospitality.
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