This year Dusshera is on 19th October (Friday), so we say take advantage of the long weekend and plan a getaway far from the madding crowd and celebrate by holidaying at one of these stellar retreats!
1. Coco Shambhala, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
Barely 200 metres off the beach, the villas here are designed as inclusive, barefoot retreats, each with their own infinity pool looking out to the sea. The bedrooms provide natural light and boast of gorgeous coconut wood furniture along with modern luxuries. There is no restaurant on the premises, every meal is tailor-made to suit your culinary preferences which proves to be a private dining experience. The ingredients used in your meals are sourced from within a 50km radius of the area. For those whose soul is in need of soothing, we strongly recommend getting pampered with the extensive line of massages they have created in collaboration with Forest Essentials.
2. Atali Ganga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Escape to the northern hilly terrain at this spectacular retreat for the holidays. Every year adventure junkies from India and abroad visit Rishikesh for the most thrilling activities like river rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and many more.This hideaway offers 22 private, comfortable and independent cottages overlooking the River Ganges. Indulge in adventure activities and spend some quality family bonding time in the Himalayas and definitely don’t forget to destress with a round of yoga by the banks of the river. After a long tiring day enjoy scrumptious meals at the White Water Café that has both an indoor and outdoor seating area –
3. Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh
The 250 year old Ahilya Fort has what is possibly one of the most dramatic and glorious settings – perched on the edge of a cliff, enclosed with the massive walls of the 16th century Maheshwar Fort, it has breathtaking views over the sacred Narmada River and the ghats below. The cottages are scattered around 18th century buildings, numerous gardens, hidden terraces, ancient turrets and battlements. There is no fixed dining room and meals take place in different parts of the property, there will gladly entertain dietary restrictions or requests for special tables. The menus are based on recipes created by the owner Prince Richard Holkar- a reputed gourmand, culinary author and chef. Definitely makes for a memorable Dusshera getaway!
4. The Orchard, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
This luxe spa situated at 5000 feet above sea level overlooks the breath taking Zabarwan Hills and Mount Mahadev and is spread across 15 acres, amidst apple orchards. It has 20 beautiful cottages with spectacular views of beautifully maintained garden and the magnificent orchard. Indulge in nature walks, mini golf, cycling, board games, mini theatre or relax and rejuvenate with an exclusive spa therapy at the spa. Our favourite thing to do here is admiring the glorious sunset over towering apple trees.
5. Meriyanda Nature Resort, Madikeri, Karnataka
Meriyanda Nature Lodge offers peace and solitude to the wary soul. Located near the Hattihole riverside and Kotte Betta Mountains, this hideaway is too far to be tainted by the dullness of the city. The retreat has 9 wooden cottages and each of them are stilted and perched high above the ground – overlooking Coorg’s gorgeous landscape and acres of private coffee plantations. The enchanting chorus of forest birds outside make this a splendid and refined haven for family getaways, nature lovers and honeymooners alike.
So where are you planning your Dusshera getaway to?
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