One of the best things about traveling is the moment you come face to face with something, a place or structure so impressive, so timeless and eloquent, you simply can’t find the words to describe it. You stand stupefied, looking, utterly moved by its sheer presence, with a heaviness you can’t quite understand. Such experiences become the highlight of your getaways and further inspire you to travel. Here are 5 great hideaways that are sure to leave you awestruck.
1. Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhogarh, Madhya Pradesh
The Samode Safari Lodge at the Bandhavgarh National Park is an imensely private and remote lodge. It is located adjacent to the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve which has one of the highest density of tigers in the world. Key species you are likely to see apart from the tiger are leopards, spotted deer, nilgais, sloth bears, jungle cats, rhesus macaques, jackals and chinkaras. Enjoy gourmet dining at the main restaurant, barbecues around a campfire, a table set for you out in the bushes, long lazy poolside meals, or romantic dining in the privacy of your own chalet.
2. ShivAdya Resort & Spa, Karjan, Himachal Pradesh
ShivAdya is a boutique spa-retreat nestled snugly amidst apple orchards in Karjan village. It commands spectacular views of the verdant valleys, lush apple orchards, tall Deodar trees and the snow-capped peaks in a landscape that seems to belong in a painting.The reason we love it? Because it is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet we aren’t bored because of the immense activities there are here to enjoy like mountain biking, trekking, nature walks, cooking classes etc.
3. Sujan Rajmahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Set in the prime location in the center of Rajasthan’s bustling capital, this palatial home is an enclosed oasis, secluded in exquisite gardens with a sense of celebrated history. The tall bay windows, mirrored doors and exquisite interior décor transport you to a new era of regal living. The lawns and gardens provide exquisite spaces for dining, teas or for afternoons just spent reading a book with a glass of wine. Set against the celebrated façade of the palace exteriors, the grounds are a verdant respite, right at the heart of Jaipur City.
4. Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bangalore, Karnataka
A 25-acre retreat on the outskirts of Bangalore is haven for people who wish to pamper, nourish and recharge themselves. Shreyas combines fine living with a spiritual touch, where you can immerse yourselves into the wisdom of the timeless spiritual traditions of Yoga and Vedanta. From age-old Ayurvedic treatments to modern therapies, from naturopathy to a wide range of massages, the spa offers a broad wellness experience. It also boasts of stunning gardens along with an organic herb and vegetable garden where everyone is welcome to come and get their hands dirty.
5. Taru Villas – Rampart Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
In a 19th century English merchant house in the heart of Galle Fort, this villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and Sri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple. This retreat is located within a UNESCO Heritage Site. It boasts of a charming garden, a rarity within Galle, with a dining pavilion by the 10 metre pool – our ideal spot for breakfast or lunch.
So where are you planing your next getaway to?
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