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Tourist E-Visa for Chinese Nationals


E-Tourist Visa facility has been launched for Chinese nationals. From July 30, Chinese Nationals will be able to arrive at nine Indian airports after applying for tourist visas online. With this endeavor, relationship between India and China is expected to get healthier.

As per Indian officials, the e-Tourist visa application would get processed within four days and will cost US$ 60. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced the same on Chinese Twitter- Sina Weibo, and wrote to his 1.76 lakh followers. His message (posted in Chinese) said, "I am delighted to share that the e-Tourist Visa is now available to passport holders of China. I had talked about this during my China visit, and the Government of India has fulfilled this promise."

After taking note of the Chinese outbound tourism, it has been analyzed that though 100 million Chinese travel overseas every year but visits to India have remained very low. The e-tourist visa facility aims to increase Chinese tourist inflow that has remained low through the years. The main reason behind the low figures was the difficulty which occurred during visa application that required the person to personally go to visa centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and deposit 10,000 RMB (Rs. 1 lakh) as a financial guarantee.

During visit to China in the month of May, Narendra Modi announced that Indian government has decided to grant e-Tourist visa facility that is already available for more than 70 countries. His decision came as a complete surprise to all as the security agencies of the country because of security reasons and China too, did not reciprocate the move.

"This will deepen connectivity between our nations". "Come, experience the beauty of Incredible India!" Modi said on Weibo. He also added that this move will definitely add to the connectivity between the neighbors.

According to a statement given by the Indian Embassy, e-visa facility would allow Chinese, including nationals from Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions of China, to travel to India easily for sightseeing, casual visits, recreation, short-duration medical treatment and casual business visits.



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Top 20 Things To Do in Jodhpur

Sun City, Blue City and other such beautiful names are enjoyed by much-deserved Jodhpur, the largest city of Rajasthan. The city’s people have embraced their age-old culture and this is one of the major reasons why it is visited by huge number of people, regardless of their geographical location.

It’s not its culture; Jodhpur has some legendary edifices to be proud of, like the Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh Palace and Jaswant Thada. Talking of culture again, it comes as an obvious fact that Jodhpur houses a number of important temples and its festivals like Maand Festival, RIFF and Kite Festival are among some of India’s most vibrant festivals.

Nature-lovers have lakes to spend their time around, while adventure-seekers can try their hands on different adventure-activities like the flying fox.

This article focuses on the humongous opportunities Jodhpur holds for you. So, here are top 20 things to do in Jodhpur.

1. Visit the Massive Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort - Things to do in Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort : One of the largest forts of India
This obviously had to be at the top of the list. One of the largest forts of India, Mehrangarh Fort sits upon a hillock at a height of 120 meters, overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur. The fort isn’t beautiful or delicate, but it is legendary and impressive. Impressions of cannon balls are still seen on one of its seven gates. It was built sometime around 1460 by Rao Jodha. The fort isn’t all about rugged charm; you can have a look at some of the best masterpieces in the gallery of the fort. The museum showcases armory, paintings, turbans, folk music instruments, palanquins, elephants’ howdahs etc.

2. Experience the Essence of Royalty in the Umaid Bhawan Palace 

Umaid Bhawan Palace - Experience the essence of royalty
Front View of Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan is probably one of the most iconic palaces in India, better yet; it has now been transformed into a luxury hotel. By 1943, the construction of the palace was completed and today it is one the largest residences in the world. The palace is divided into three parts- hotel, residence of royal family and a museum. The museum lets its visitors get the taste of history through various artifacts and other exhibits. Pictures of the palace during different times in the place, banner and antique clocks are some of most outstanding exhibits here. Also the vintage car collection gallery is a prime highlight.

3. Spend Some Time in Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada - Things to do in Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada : A White-marble Memorial Landmark
Stark yet soothing, Jaswant Thada, a white-marble memorial was built by 1899 by Maharajas Jaswant Singh ii in the memory of his father. Today, like it has always been, this is an important landmark in Jodhpur. It is a cremation ground for Jodhpur which is prettified with jali-work, portraits of Rathore rulers, mulch-tiered garden, a small lake and carved gazeboz. The memorial is located to the left of Mehrangarh Fort and one needs to trek through rocky hill in order to reach here.

4. Balsamand Lake

Balsamand Lake - Things to do in Jodhpur
Balsamand Lake : A water reservoir lake in Jodhpur
Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD in order to provide water to Mandore. This one-kilometer long lake is located beside the Balsamand Lake Palace which was built as a summer palace. Peacocks, jackals and other such animals and birds can be spotted from the lake. Grove of mango, papaya, plum, guava and pomegranate etc. surround it.

5. Kaylana Lake

Having lazy hillocks and Babul trees by its side, Kaylana Lake dates back to 1872 when Maharaja Pratap Singh built it. The palaces and gardens built by former rulers were destroyed in order to give space to this lake which covers an area of 84 km sq. This scenic spot is ideal for bird-viewing, as migratory birds like Siberian Crane come here and build their nests. A lot many nature-lovers, photographer and people looking for some alone-moments spend their time by the lake or boating on it.

6. Shop Around the iconic Ghanta Ghar

Ghanta Ghar - Things to do in Jodhpur

Located beside the bustling Sadar Bazar, Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower is often frequented because of rich colorful goods sold in the vicinity. People can buy marble-inlay items, miniature elephants and camels, clay figurines, Rajasthani textiles and traditional jewelry among many other items, from the market.

7. Gangaur festival

Gangaur festival - Things to do in Jodhpur
Celebration of Gangaur Festival in Jodhpur
This is a popular festival celebrated in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. It falls in March or April and is specially celebrated by girls and women. Ladies worship Lord Shiva’s consort, Gauri in order to celebrated marital fidelity, spring and harvest. While unmarried girls pray for a good husband, married ones pray for a happy married life. Ladies fast for eighteen days, apply mehendi, some families even paint fresh wooden images each year, sing songs of Ghudlia during the span of the festival.

8. Visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Jodha Desert Rock Park - Things to do in Jodhpur
Enterance gate of  Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
This, one-of-its kind park, is situated beside the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. The main intention of its founders was to make a suitable home for native plants that grow on rocks and they are indeed doing fantastic job. There are three trails for the tourists, all of which lead back to the Visitors Center, where you can not only buy tickets but can also relax in the café or buy souvenirs. Jaswant Thada is located very near to the park.

9. Treat your eyes with the Cenotaphs of Mandore Garden

The Cenotaphs (or dewals) of Mandore Garden are popular local attraction. One if its unique feature is that it doesn’t have any semblances with typical chhatri-shaped cenotaphs of Rajasthan. They are built mainly of red sandstone with elegant spires, four stories and fine columns. Surrounding these cenotaphs are manicured gardens, which has a Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods with vivid images of Hindu god.

10. Go for Desert Safari at Ossian

Desert Safari at Ossian - Things to do in Jodhpur
Desert Safari in Jodhpur
Osian Desert is renowned for its intricately carved Jain and Hindu Temples, such as Surya Temple and Sachiya Mata Temple. Since most of the temples have erotic sculptures, Ossian is also known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Other than that, the desert served as an important trading center on the Silk Route between 8th and 12th centuries. Opting for camel-safari is one of the best things you can do here.

11. Fly kites in Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival

Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival - Things to do in Jodhpur
International Kite Festival in Jodhpur
One of India’s most popular festivals, Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival is attended by people coming from different parts of the world, many of whom visit Jodhpur exclusively for the festival. This three-day long festival takes place annually and features colorful and unique kites throughout the ground. Here you can witness one-of-its-kinds kite-flying choreography. Various competitions are also held here such as the Display Flying and Fighter Kite Competition, winners of which are awarded dinner at an exotic location.

12. Jodhpur RIFF - Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Jodhpur RIFF - Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Performing cultural event on RIFF festival in Jodhpur
There perhaps isn’t a better way to get in acquaintance with the essence of Rajasthan, other than attending Rajasthan International Folk Festival, which also happens to be one of India’s most popular festivals. The event celebrates and promotes traditional folk music and arts of Rajasthan. It is made even grander as it takes place in the premises of Mehrangarh Fort.

[ Read more about Jodhpur RIFF Festival ]

13. Pay a visit to Udai Mandir

Udai Mandir - Things to do in Jodhpur
Udai Mandir in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Udai Mandir is one of Jodhpur’s popular temples. It is supported by 102 pillars and stands on a huge platform. The walls are adorned with paintings of Yogasanas and Nath Yogis. The Garbha Griha of the temple is covered with cloth, with railing around it finely carved. Known for its architecture, the gold polish of the temple hasn’t lost its sheen.

14. Enjoy Nature’s Beauty in Umed Garden

Covering an area of about 82 acres, Umed Garden is named after Maharaja Umed Singh, who developed it. The park, other than beautiful flowers houses a museum, library, fountain and zoo. The zoo is named Walk in Aviary and was constructed in 1978.  Here, you can spot ducks, crocodiles, lions, deers, leopards, foxes, rabbits, local, Australian and African parrots, among many.

15. Walk Around The Rai ka Baag Palace

Rai ka Baag Palace is located near Raika Palace Railway Station. It was built in 1663 by the queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I and was King Jaswant Singh II’s favorite palaces. He loved to spend time in palace’s octagonal-shaped bungalow. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj, visited the palace and gave sermons in the ground in 1883.

16. Flying Fox

Flying Fox - Things to do in Jodhpur
Flying Fox : An Adventurous Sport in Jodhpur
With the incredible backdrop of Mehrangarh Fort (one of the largest forts of India), you can try your favorite adventure- Flying Fox. This not only gets your adrenaline rushing but lets you savor spectacular views of the vicinity. Also, you don’t have to worry about the safety as this activity is offered by experienced company that takes safety as a priority.

[ You may also check-out here Top 10 Adventurous Sports in India ]

17. Marwar Festival

Marwar Festival - Things to do in Jodhpur
Marwar Festival in Jodhpur 
Falling in the month September or October, Marwar Festival or Maand Festival is celebrated for two days. Maand basically is a form of traditional music that talks about romance and grandeur of Rajasthan rulers. The festival dates back to 1459 AD when the Rathore’s chief Rao Jodha found it. During the festival various events and activities take place- such as puppet shows, magic shows, horse-riding, camel tattoo shows, horse-polo along with dancing and singing.

[ Read more about Fairs & Festival in Rajasthan ]

18. Take a Stroll on the Sardar Government Museum

Taking you down the memory lane, Sardar Government Museum houses weapons, textiles, coins, miniatures, portraits, manuscripts, local crafts and sculptures that date back to 6th and 10th century. The museum was built during the reign of Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1909. When done with the museum, you can take a stroll in the zoo or read in the public library.

19. Go Shopping in Sarafa Bazaar

Sarafa Bazar is a one-stop shop, dealing in anything and everything such as footwear, Bandhinis, antiques, bangles, accessories, leather items, textiles, utensils and what not!

20. Visit Mahamandir Temple

Mahamandir Temple - Things to do in Jodhpur
Mahamandir Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Dating back to 1812, Mahamandir Temple is a brilliant piece of architecture and off course, its spiritual significance. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This 84-pillared temple features stone carvings that depict various asanas and other artworks.


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Maharajas Express Special Departure this September 2015

One of the best luxury trains in the world, Maharajas’ Express is scheduled to depart on 23rd of September 2015. Hop on this train featuring immense comfort and lavishness and become a part of India’s glorious history. Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. (IHPL), a 2 times National Tourism Award winning Company that is successfully serving global clientele for last 25 years along with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has organized this special departure.

Choose from Special Departure in September to Live a Maharaja Life!
Choose from Special Departure in September to Live a Maharaja Life!
Maharaja Express Special Departure is a journey of 4 days and 3 nights. The offer gives the travelers five percent discount along with complementary one night stay in a five star hotel in Delhi and one way airport transfer on arrival. Further, with this offer travelers can save an additional amount of USD 300 on the normal tariff of the Maharaja Express journey.

Beginning from the capital city of Delhi, Maharaja Express takes you to destinations like Agra, Ajmer and Jaipur. World’s leading luxury train, Maharaja Express makes you experience a king size life with its world class facilities. With this train journey, you get to flip back the golden pages of Indian History as you visit the finest World Heritage Sites of India including Jantar Mantar, Taj Mahal, and Red Fortt. The tour also covers popular forts & palaces of North India.
 
Counted one of the best luxury trains in the world, Maharajas’ Express has won 3 World Travel Awards in the category of World’s Leading Luxury Train. Every corner of the train speaks much about the royalty of kings and queens of India. Every journey with Maharajas’ express is planned to give the travelers a ride through India’s culture and tradition.

For more information on this special departure of Maharajas’ Express train, visit www.maharajas-express-india.com/offer/
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Top 15 Luxury Beach Resorts in Kerala

The south Indian state of Kerala is one of the most popular destinations of India that receives heavy footfall from all around the globe. Referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, this lovely place boasts of backwaters, beaches, temples, rich flora and fauna, lush greenery, several tourist destinations and attractions, opportunities for adventure activities, rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies and massages, rich culture, sumptuous local cuisine, salubrious climate and more. To accommodate discerning travelers, the state also has several hotels to suit every budget, from economy hotels to high-quality luxury hotels. If you are one of those, who like to splurge on luxury stay, here is a list of top 15 luxury beach resorts in Kerala:

Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam

Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam, Kerala
Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam, Kerala
Located in the fishing town of Mararikulam, Marari Beach Resort lies near the Malabar Coast. Something different than a regular holiday resort, Marari resort has an access to the sea and wonderful surroundings. The ambiance of the resort is rustic, tranquil and charming. For a memorable holiday experience, the resort has 52 luxurious and spacious villas segregated into categories like Garden Villas, Garden Pool Villas and Deluxe Pool Villas, offering mesmerizing views and world-class comforts. 

The décor of the resort and the villa is inspired from nature’s elements. At the multi-cuisine restaurant, guests can relish lip-smacking healthy delicacies of Indian and popular World cuisines. Outdoor and indoor games, Ayurveda therapies, swimming pool, car rental, sightseeing arrangements are some of the facilities offered here.

[ Get detailed information about Marari Beach Resort ]

The Lalit Resort & Spa, Bekal

The Lalit Resort & Spa, Bekal
The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, Kerala
Offering ultimate royal treatment, unparalleled luxury, impeccable hospitality and contemporary comforts, The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal is a luxury resort that is spread on an area of 26 acres of a beach stretch in northern part of the state. Bounded by Nombili River on 3 sides, the resort has a stunning internal lagoon that overlooks the beach. The resort has world-renowned Rejuve Spa offering excellent Ayerved and modern spa therapies to this special clientele. 

The resort comprises of 37 guest rooms (Deluxe room, Luxury rooms, Spa room and Presidential Suite) and one floating cottage (Kettuvollam), a restaurant, a bar, business spaces and more. The food served here is mouth-watering and the resort is simply stunning.

[ Read More about The Lalit Resort & Spa ]

Neeleshwar Hermitage, Kasaragod

Neeleshwar Hermitage - One of the finest luxury beach resorts in Kerala 
One of the finest luxury beach resorts in Kerala, Neeleshwar Hermitage Kasargod is placed on a private grove alongside the Arabian Sea in the northern region of the state. The resort is known for its rustic serene feel and flawless hospitality services. Neeleshwar Hermitage features 18 huts that are modeled on the structure of traditional fishermen huts. Each of the 18 well-equipped huts has different names. While some offer sea view, the others provide the views of the resort’s garden. 

The material used to build the hits is eco-friendly and the interiors are inspired from traditional Kerala home décor. Get a rejuvenated mind, body and soul by going for relaxing Ayurveda therapies and massages and attending Yoga-Meditation sessions. There are two dining venues at the resort serving lip-smacking local cuisine and seafood delicacies. At the well-stocked bar, savor your favorite beverage. Some of the comforts offered here are swimming pool, sightseeing, wildlife watching and more.

[ Read More About Neeleshwar Hermitage Kasaragod ]

Vivanta By Taj, Bekal

Vivanta By Taj Luxury Resort in Bekal,Kerala

Spread in an area of 26 acres of lush land, Vivanta by Taj Bekal is placed near Kappil Beach. The interiors of the resort are a striking combination of North Kerala influences and Balinese touches. 71 villas and rooms have a décor that is inspired from traditional Kettuvallam houseboat. The walls of the guest rooms are decorated with Chitra Pothi art. 

Some of the world-class modern comforts offered here include various dining venues, a well-stocked bar, a swimming pool, various indoor and outdoor activities, and more. Jiva Grande Spa, spread in an area of 27000 sq feet, is well-known for offering excellent Ayurveda treatments and therapies and a modern chic setting.

[ Read More about Vivanta By Taj Bekal ]

The Zuri, Kumarakom

The Zuri Beach - Experience the backwaters of Kerala from a luxury lake hotel and resort in Kumarakom 
Placed in 18 acres of well-maintained lush lawn, The Zuri Kumarakom Resort is an award-winning resort that is extremely popular for its flawless hospitality services as well as world-class comforts. A picture of ultimate luxury and beauty, Zuri is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake.  A total of 72 rooms divided Zuri Rooms (18), Zuri Deluxe Rooms (16), Zuri Cottages (28) and Zuri Presidential Pool Villas (10) are a combination of stylish décor and contemporary facilities. 

The resort features South India’s largest Spa, Maya Spa that offers Ayurveda, Oriental and Western therapies. The experiences of fine dining at the various restaurants is memorable where you can relish delicacies of Indian and World fares. The bar is well-stocked too.

[ Get detailed information about The Zuri Resort & Spa ]

The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort, Thrissur

The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort, Thrissur,kerala

Lying on the shores of serene Nattika Beach, The Nattika Beach Ayurveda resort is spread on 16 acres of verdant coconut groves. The resort features 52 air-conditioned Villas with traditional Kerala interiors that are divided into 4 categories- Superior Deluxe Villa, Deluxe Villa,Deluxe Twin Villa  and Twin Villa. Mini fridge, Sun desk, LCD TV, work desk are some of the comforts in the villas. 

Have a comfortable stay at Nattika amidst luxuries such as swimming pool with Jaccuzi, a huge library, Wi-fi, indoor games, different dining, bar, travel desk, outdoor activities, cultural programs etc. Relax all your sense during special Yoga sessions. Trained therapists and masseurs at the resort’s Spa offer Ayuerveda therapies and beauty services. There is an Ayurveda shop too and an Ayurveda restaurant.

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala

Located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Lake Resort is one of the most popular luxury resorts that lies on a serene location and offer mesmerizing views. 4- time winner of the ‘World Travel Award’ as a leading resort, the resort is spread in an area of 25 acres. 

Boasting of preserving the traditional legacy of Kerala, this resort consists of 59 guest rooms, houseboats, suites and villas that are spacious and well-equipped. The décor is traditional and stunning. Guests can relish a vast variety of delicacies and beverages. Indoor and outdoor activities, world-class Ayurveda and Spa services, outdoor Jacuzzi, business center, Wi-fi are some of the services provided here.

Niraamaya Surya Samudra, Kovalam

Niraamaya Surya Samudra Beach Resort in Kovalam, Kerala 
Bounded by the sprawling Arabian Sea and verdant green surroundings, Niraamaya- Surya Samudra, Kovalam has 31 heritage cottages styled as Kerala houses clubbed with contemporary facilities. Soak-in the serenity all around and have an unforgettable stay. 

Take a walk in the lush garden, take a bath in the open air bathroom, sit in your private verandah and enjoy the views of the sea and have a refreshing session at the resort’s swimming pool.The resort also houses the world-renowned Niraamaya Spa that has expert masseurs and therapists offering age-old Ayurveda therapies and treatment. Do not forget to book a relaxing Yoga and meditation session. The resort has 2 restaurants and a bar to meet all your dining needs.

The Leela Kovalam Beach Resort

The Leela Kovalam Beach Resort, Kerala

Overlooking the tranquil beach, the Leela Kovalam beach resort is placed on the top of a cliff. Faultless hospitality, unmatched luxury, huge well-adorned accommodations, contemporary comforts and world-class fine dining experiences make the resort extremely popular all around the globe. 

Segregated into two categories- The Club (Presidential Suite, Duplex Suite, Club Suite, Club Room) and Guest Rooms (Beach View, Garden View), each of the rooms and suite boasts of elegant décor and luxury facilities. Opt for excellent Ayurveda therapies and get soothing Yoga sessions. The food is sumptuous, the drinks worth-relishing and the facilities of international standards.

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Carnoustie Resort, Mararikulam

Carnoustie Beach Resort in Mararikulam, Kerala 
An award-winning resort in Mararikulam, Carnoustie Ayurveda and Wellness resort deserves a mention for its serene ambiance, lush surroundings, and excellent services. Placed on the shores of the Arabian Sea, around 20 km from Alleppey, this luxury beach resort is a heaven away from the stress and tension. 

The resort has luxury Villas that are very well-equipped and come with spacious rooms, walk-in dressers, private deck, private pool and plush en-suite bathrooms. At the on-site restaurants, savor tasty world fares and seafood specialties. Yoga, Spa, Wi-fi connectivity, LED with satellite connection, indoor-outdoor games, cooking lessons, sightseeing arrangements, cultural programs are some of the facilities that you can indulge in.

Samsara Harmony Beach Resort, Varkala

Samsara Harmony Beach Resort in Varkala, Kerala 
Lying on the northern shores of pretty Odayam beach of Varkala, Samsara Harmony Beach Resort exudes the serene feel of Kerala and its vibrant culture. Enjoy facilities like Wi-fi connectivity, swimming pool, travel desk, round the clock room service, currency exchange, free parking during your stay. 

Unwind completely while admiring the lush surroundings. Deluxe Cottages, Deluxe Room with Kitchen and Super-Deluxe two -bedroom Suite are the accommodation options at the resort that offer a pleasant stay amidst modern comforts. The on-site Mermaid Restaurant serves tasty dishes of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon Beach Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala 
Located in the Kuttanad district of Kerala, amidst tranquil coconut grove, Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom offers a panoramic view of the Vemabanda Lake. The resort is just 6 km from the very popular Kovalam Beach. The Pool Villas, Heritage Bungalows and the Heritage Mansions are remodeled tharawads of Kerala, very well-equipped with all the contemporary comforts and a graceful décor. 

Avail special Ayurvedic therapies, massages and attend relaxing Yoga sessions under the guidance of experts. Your stay at the resort would be calm and soothing. The in-house restaurant cum bar is going to meet all your food needs. The resort features a swimming pool, a library, a souvenir shop, outdoor and indoor activities, internet facility, travel desk etc.

Malabar Ocean Front Resort and Spa, Kasaragod

Malabar Ocean Front Beach Resort and Spa in Kasaragod, Kerala
  
Boasting of traditional Kerala architecture, spectacular surroundings and world-class hospitality, Malabar Ocean Front Resort & Spa is a serene retreat offering unmatchable Ayurveda therapies and Spa treatments. The 14 huge luxurious cottages overlook the sprawling sea and are ideal for honeymooning couple as well as family vacationers. 

During your stay, indulge in modern facilities, treat your eyes to the nature’s beauty, admire a rustic décor, rejuvenate all your senses by attending Toga and Meditation sessions. Gorge on multi-cuisine delicacies and seafood preparations along with your preferred drink.

Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam

Enjoy your vacations at our beautiful seaside cottages & villas at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, Kovalam
Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, Kovalam - Swimming Pool
Spread over 10 acres of land, Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam has been built on the parapet of a Dutch Fort. Lying on the sea shores, this luxury beach property is a seamless inter-mingle of Modern European and Scandinavian architectural styles. 59 hillside cottages at the resort have traditional Kerala architecture and elephant-grass thatched roofs with Balinese influences. 

From the private balcony of your cottage, admire lovely views of the sea, the green surroundings and the backwaters. The accommodation is divided into categories here. World-renowned Jiva Spa has a long list of beauty and Spa therapies and Ayurveda wellness treatments. The bar has an extensive menu of beverages and the restaurants serve regional delicacies and world fares.

[ Read more about  Vivanta By Taj ]

Kairali Heritage, Kannur

Kairali Heritage Luxury Beach Resort in Kannur - A Perfect Amalgam of recreation and relaxation
Kairali Heritage Luxury Beach Resort in Kannur, Kerala
Placed on the banks of River Kattampally, Kairali Heritage Resort is spread in an area of 11 acres where you can enjoy flawless personalized services. At the Ayurveda center of Kairali, avail the services of trained masseurs and expert doctors, amid a serene environment and calm nature-friendly ambiance. 

The resort features 24 river-facing cottages (20 studios and 4 suites) that are well-furnished and have an elegant décor. At the multi-cuisine of the resort, relish international dishes and lip-smacking local savories. Do not miss trying authentic Malabari delicacies. Indoor and outdoor games, swimming pool, fitness center, business space, and travel assistance are some of the facilities that you can avail.

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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Udaipur

Referred to as the ‘most romantic city of India’ and the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur allures family vacationers and honeymooners in huge numbers each year. Festooned with glorious palaces, splendid temples, magnificent forts and placid lakes, Udaipur casts its charm on its visitors from all around. The city has a fair share of international fame as it has been the venue of celebrity weddings and the site of shooting of popular James Bond movie, Octopussy. To accommodate its domestic and foreign travelers, Udaipur houses a number of luxury hotels, offering world-class hospitality and all modern comforts. The blog enlists 10 best luxury hotels in Udaipur:

Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace - Best Luxury Hotels in Udaipur
View of the gardens on the inside of the Taj Lake Palace
Looking like a ‘jewel in the Lake Pichola’, Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is a representation of Indian luxury, offering mesmerizing views of the tranquil waters of the Lake. This 18th century palace has pavilions with inlaid stones, huge corridors and courtyards, mirror work and gilt moldings. Accessible through boats, the property is spread in an area of around 4 acres of man-made island.  The hotel is perfect for both leisure and business guests. Banquet halls, meeting rooms, outdoor activities, Jiva Spa, Wi-fi connectivity, swimming pools, and more are a part of your stay. The interiors and exteriors are equally alluring and royal.

Rooms

The property consists of 66 rooms and 17 suites, boasting of superb views and regal charm in the interiors. Intricate mosaics, swings, stained glasses, silk bolsters and hand-painted motifs look completely alluring. The guest rooms are divided into 5 categories- luxury rooms, palace rooms, royal suites, grand royal suites and grand presidential suite. Every room and suite is a combination of modern comfort and royal heritage. En-suite lavish bathrooms, plush furnishings, elegant furniture, hand-picked decorations are some of the features of the guest rooms.

Dining

Neel Kamal, Amrit Sagar, Bhairo, Jharokha are the four dining venues serving sumptuous delicacies of Indian and popular world fares, amidst superb views, splendid interiors and relaxing ambiance. The chef and his team churn out lip-smacking dishes using age-old secrets, freshest of ingredients and modern touches culinary skills. The exhaustive menus at all the restaurants comprise of tasty dishes and choicest of beverages. Private dinners can also be arranged.

Address- P.O. Box 5, Lake Pichola, Udaipur - 313001, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 24.3 km (40 min)

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas - the best premium luxury hotel in Udaipur

Placed on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas was erected on the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mewar. Covering an area of 50 acres, this luxury property offers wonderful views of the Lake and the lush gardens all around. While the interlocked domes, expansive corridors, huge courtyard, crème-colored façade, pavilions, elephant safaris tell the tale of royalty on one side, the swimming pool, the Spa, special spaces for business, private dinners, internet connectivity and gathering etc offer modern experiences. Live life King-size here by indulging in royal comforts.

Rooms

Oberoi Udaivilas consists of 63 Premiere Rooms, 19 Superior Premiere Rooms with semi-private pool, 4 Luxury Suites and 1 Kohinoor Suite that are blessed with royal ambiance, hand-picked furniture, fine furnishings, elegant furniture, LCD TV with satellite connected, butler service, personal mini-bar, electronic safety deposit, attached bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, world-class facilities and more. The suites come with huge living areas with fireplace, 2 bedrooms, dining area, garden terrace and private pool. Overlooking private-walled courtyard, the en-suite Victorian-style bathrooms have standing bath tubs.

Dining

The dining venues at Oberoi Udaivilas are an amazing combination of superb architecture, al fresco and indoor spaces, amazing décor, wonderful views and mouthwatering food. Savor a vast variety of tasty Indian and Western dishes along with heady cocktails. The chefs and their team take special care of hygiene, use of fresh ingredients and taste by using their secretive culinary techniques. Arrangements for private dinners can also be done at various venues.

Address- Haridasji Ki Magri Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 26.1 km (43 min)

The Leela Palace

The Leela Palace Udaipur with its breathtaking view of the Aravali Mountains stands majestically on the banks of Lake Pichola.

With the Aravali Mountains in the background and lying beside the Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace radiates the splendor and lavishness of the Mewar era. While the authentic Rajasthani interiors and exteriors, hand-picked artifacts and delicate craftsmanship give a regal feel; the swimming pool, world-class amenities, contemporary comforts, ESPA tented spa, business rooms, wedding venues makes it a five star hotel. Arrive at the hotel by cruising in decorated boat or in a luxury car. A royal fairytale-like treatment would be memorable.

Rooms

80 guest rooms and suites at the Leela Palace are beautifully-equipped mesmerizing views of the surroundings and contemporary comforts, letting you indulge in sheer luxury. The rooms and suites divided into categories- Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Suites (Duplex Suites - Luxury Suites) and Premiere Rooms (Grande Heritage Lake View Room - Grande Heritage Lake View Room with Balcony). Elegant amenities and graceful Indian charm are the perfect words for the interiors of these rooms. The presidential suite is simply heavenly with huge bedroom, spacious dressing room with closet, master bathrooms, huge living area, separate work space, plunge pool, dining area with pantry and courtyard garden.

Dining

A heaven for the gastronomical aficionados, The Leela Palace has a variety of dining venues offering superb environment, nice views, excellent dining spaces, tasty food and impeccable services. Dining Room (all-day dining area), Sheesh Mahal (roof-top venue with the view of the Lake), Library Bar (an elegant lounge) and Pool side bar (tasty snacks and beverages by the poolside) are the dining venues where the guests can binge on sumptuous Indian and Western fares while sipping on their favorite beverage. If you wish, a private dinner can also be organized for you.

Address- Lake Pichola, P. O. Box No. 125, Udaipur 313001, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 25.7 km (44 min)

Devi Garh by Lebua

Devi Garh by lebua is a heritage hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Pool of the Devigarh Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan
An 18th century palace turned into a luxury hotel, Devi Garh by Lebua is the royal residence of the erstwhile Delwara rulers till the mid of the 20th century. Lying in the Aravali Mountains, this luxury heritage property is a stylish, lavish and romantic property. This palace hotel has traditional exterior and superb interiors. Offering royal accommodation, the luxury hotel is a mix of elegant styling and ancient architecture on one side and modern amenities, a Spa, flawless hospitality services and fine dining experience on the other. Two 12 feet high blocks of white marble on the entry gate look striking.

Rooms

The luxury accommodation at Devi Garh by Lebua can be divided into Garden Suite, Palace Suite, Aravali Suite and Presidential Suite. The guest rooms and suites are elegantly-appointed with all the comforts and boats of stunning interiors. All the rooms have splendid views of the surrounding area and are festooned with semi-precious stones. A separate sit-out area, tented terrace, plush attached bathrooms, tasteful décor, elegant furnishings and furniture, private garden, private sun deck, private black marble pool are some of the features of the suites.

Dining

The multi-cuisine restaurant at the hotel serves mouthwatering Indian and International fares amidst a relaxed ambiance. The chef and his team prepares choicest of delicacies with immense care by using age-old secrets, modern cooking techniques and fresh ingredients. At the Bar, you can not only enjoy a mix of cocktail, wines, whiskeys etc but also special Indian street food. There are exclusive venues for private dining too.

Address- Delwara, NH8, Near Eklingji Udaipur, District Rajsamand, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 40.4 km (50 min)

Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa

Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort Spa in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Placed right on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa is a luxury accommodation options with panoramic views of the surroundings including the Aravali Mountains and Sajjangarh Fort. This five star property boasts of royal comforts, modern interiors coupled with faultless hospitality services. The hotel is ideal for both family vacationers as well as business travelers. There are contemporary facilities like a two-level swimming pool, fitness center, lounges, restaurants, business center, well-known Spa, high-speed internet connection etc. You will enjoy a comfortable stay while being pampered with royal treatment.

Rooms

The accommodation at the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa comprises of 240 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. The décor of the rooms is absolutely stunning including modern furniture, selective collection of decorative pieces and fine furnishings. Round the clock room service, attached bathroom with marble flooring and complimentary toiletries, separate work desk, LCD TV, in-room safety deposit are some of the amenities offered during your stay.

Dining

The dining experience is going to be unforgettable, amidst elegant interiors and superb hospitality from the staff. Antara, H2O, Aangan and Wok by the Lake are the four restaurants that serve sumptuous delicacies of Indian and World cuisines including Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese and Mediterranean fares. The menu also includes an exhaustive list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Address- Near Fateh Sagar Lake, Ambamata Udaipur - 313001, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 26.8 km (44 min)

Trident Hotel

Trident Hotel in Udaipur,Rajasthan

An ideal luxury retreat to unwind and relax, Trident Hotel has an architecture that is inspired by the cultural and architectural masterpieces of Udaipur. Covering 43 acres of verdant green grounds, the property stands beside Lake Pichola. You enter into the world that is filled with contemporary comforts and you are treated in a royal manner by the hotel’s staff who offer impeccable services. Arrangements can also be done for special sightseeing tours and boat rides on the Lake’s placid waters. The rooms are amazing, the stay memorable and the food mouthwatering. Avail world-class facilities like spa, kid’s rooms, meeting rooms, valet parking, concierge service, swimming pools, round the clock services and more.

Rooms

Trident comprises of 137 guest rooms and 4 suites that are wonderful spaces coupled with modern comforts and traditional feel. Deluxe Garden View Rooms (115), Deluxe Pool View Rooms (22) and Suites (4) are the categories of rooms that have soothing earthy tones, special marble interiors, fine furnishings, handpicked artifacts and facilities of international standards. Special Jharokhas (designed windows) and Jaipuri Kalam (art with vegetable dyes) are the 2 striking features.

Dining

Savor delicacies made from the secret recipes from the royal kitchens at Aravalli restaurant including dishes from region Indian, Asian and Western fares. Enjoy al fresco dining at the Terrace with grills and barbeques. Amrit Mahal is a well-stocked bar with an excellent collection of selective spirits.

Address- Haridasji Ki Magri, Mulla Talai, Udaipur, Rajasthan -313001, India

Distance from Airport- 26.2 km (43 min)

The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace

The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, Rajasthan

Overlooking Lake Fateh Sagar, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace has the mighty Aravalli hills as its background. Constructed in 1911 by Maharana Fateh Singh, this palace has now been turned into a luxury heritage hotel that exudes royal grandeur and is an impressive architecture. A display of the rich culture of the city, the property has a grand décor. Enjoy horse riding, camel riding, and puppet shows during your stay. The staff is known for offering impeccable hospitality services, amidst modern luxury amenities.

Rooms

Meeting the needs and preferences of leisure as well as business travelers, the hotel has 55 well-appointed spacious guest rooms and suites offering enchanting views of valley, the Lake and the skyline of the city. Deluxe Rooms, Palace Suites, Princess Suites, Maharana Suite and Maharani Suite are the five different room categories, each capturing royal splendor of the bygone era through its interiors. Have a pleasant stay amidst modern comforts, luxurious furnishings and elegant furniture. These tastefully-done rooms come with facilities like private mini bar, complimentary seasonal fruits, Electronic in-room safe, 40-inch LCD TV with satellite connection, Wi-fi accessibility and more. The attached bathrooms are huge, offer complimentary toiletries and come with separate shower cubicle.

Dining

Aangan and Padmini are the two dining venues here that serve lip-smacking delicacies in a regal setting. Binge on tasty Indian and multi-cuisine dishes that are prepared by the chef and his team with great care, maintaining high hygiene level and with fresh ingredients. Eat your meal and enjoy live Rajasthani folk dance performances. Relish your favorite drink from an amazing selection of cocktails, beer and wine. While grilled, barbequed and a Hunter Menu are the specialties at Aangan, Padmini is known for its Continental and Rajasthani assortments. Both the dining venues have a wonderful décor.

Address- Opposite Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur – 313004 Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 23.6 km (38 min)

Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel 

Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur Rajasthan - Best Heritage hotel of Udaipur stand witnesses to erstwhile glory of the royal era in Rajasthan.

Have a memorable stay and enjoy a treatment like the Mewar kings and queens at the Shiv Niwas Palace hotel. Located in the City Palace complex, this palace was originally for special guests and dignitaries of the King. Today a popular heritage hotel of Udaipur festooned with all the modern comforts, it was built in the first half of the 20th century. This crescent-shaped palace is placed on the banks of Pichola Lake and is a recreation of the rich past of the royalty and their opulence. Flawless hospitality service, fine delicacies and stunning architecture are the highlights here.

Rooms

The luxurious rooms and suites at Shiv Niwas Palace have been divided into categories- Palace Rooms (19), Terrace Suites (8), Royal Suites (6) and Imperial Suites (3). One of the most striking features of these rooms is the use of original portraits and furniture that belonged to the royal family from ages. The suites offer a panoramic view of the city. Every room is spacious and offers contemporary amenities and facilities like attached marbled bathroom with complimentary toiletries, stocked mini-bar, TV with satellite television, international direct dial telephones and more.

Dining

You can try tasty dishes at the four restaurants of Shiv Niwas Palace- Paantya, The Pool Deck, Panera and Palki Khana. The mouthwatering dishes served are of Indian and popular World cuisines along with an extensive list of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Admire the superb décor and serene ambiance while enjoying meals at the indoor venues. The outdoor venues offer a great al fresco dining coupled with superb views of the surroundings.

Address- The City Palace, Udaipur 313001, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 24.5 km (41 min)

Fateh Prakash Palace

Hotel Fateh Prakash Palace - the grand heritage palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Lying in the City Palace Complex, Fateh Prakash Palace originally the site where Maharana Fateh Singh of Merwar used to organize his royal gatherings and functions for his special guests. Today a well-known luxury hotel of Udaipur, the property is placed on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. Re-visit the bygone era through the royal interiors that include of miniature paintings, royal objects, portraits and weapons of the Mewar rulers. Opt for a relaxing Ayurveda therapy at the Panghat Spa.

Rooms

The palace hotel consists of 21 Dovecote Rooms and 44 Dovecote Premier Suites. The guest rooms are spacious, airy and well-appointed. The suites at Fateh Prakash Palace consist of authentic miniature paintings, period furniture and beautiful portraits. All the guest accommodations offer comforts like mini-bar, international direct dial telephone, TV with satellite connection, private sitting areas and more. From the large windows, enjoy mesmerizing views of the surroundings.

Dining

The property has 2 remarkable restaurants. At Sunset Terrace, an open-air restaurant, enjoy tasty multi-cuisine delicacies while admiring panoramic views of the scenery. At the well-stocked bar of the hotel, Surya Darshan Bar, sip traditional English afternoon tea or evening beverages, while the sun is setting over the hills.

Address- The City Palace Complex, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Distance from Airport- 24.2 km (41 min)

Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa

Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa - Best Luxury Hotels in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Proud of its magnificent architecture, Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa is a luxury hotel of Udaipur that evokes sheer grandeur through its traditional construction, Tekri Work. The hotel features huge verandas, terraces and courtyards, superb interiors coupled with contemporary luxury facilities. At Sohum Spa, avail the best of Ayurveda therapies and treatments. Some of the highlights of this luxury resort include two well-appointed banquet halls, parking, swimming pool, fitness center, indoor and outdoor activities and more. Admire spectacular views of Lake Pichola, lush gardens of the property and the surrounding area.

Rooms

Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa has 72 guest rooms and suites, segregated into 1 Double Bed Deluxe Room, 1 Double Bed Deluxe Room, 1 Twin Bed Accessible Room and1 King Bed Suite. These four room types are placed around a huge central courtyard. From the huge windows, admire nice views of the scenery. The suites are Peacock theme based. The attached bathrooms are huge and come with complimentary toiletries. Enjoy modern services and facilities like round the clock room service, private balcony, Flat screen TV with satellite connection, private mini-bar and more.

Dining

There is one on-site restaurant at Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa, Sajjan where the guests can enjoy sumptuous dishes of Indian cuisine during lunch and dinner. During breakfast, the restaurant includes live pasta counter, egg counter, authentic Rajasthani dishes and more.

Address- Rampura Circle, Khodiyat Road, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India

Distance from Airport- 27.9 km (48 min)
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