Think back to the hotel you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head for the night or did it give you a chance to mix with the locals, be one with nature or unleash your creativity. We have whittled down the top extraordinary place to stay this year – pick one that inspires you to travel.

 

Mihir Garh, Rajasthan, India

 

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Mihir Garh sits in a beautifully isolated stretch of land in Thar Desert.  From the distance, it could be mistaken for a mirage;but there is nothing illusory about this stunning piece of structure. It took 150 masons, craftsmen and artisans 2 years to build what the owner describes as ‘a dream realized’. There are just nine huge uber luxurious suites within the hotel, featuring custom made equestrian-inspired curtain holders and fireplaces fashioned from clay and cow dung. The structure is designed to reflect the Rajasthani countryscape – rounded edges that mimic the huts of the Bishnoi tribe;peacock fanning a bejewelled tail across a frescoed wall and murals of elegant Rajasthani women in bright, block printed saris. Continue Reading…

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Pondicherry

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A former French colonial outpost, Pondicherry is the desi version of St. Tropez and  makes for a great monsoon getaway. The rains are not incessant and you can catch the sun at fairly regular intervals. Start the day by the sea with a croissant and piping hot cup of coffee at the Le Cafe. Ride a ferry to Paradise Beach;visit Auroville and later hire a bicycle from the Park Guest House and explore the charming French architecture.

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Some cities lends itself well for off-the-radar adventures where you don’t have a clue about your current location. These spontaneous urban escapades are a great way to unearth the hidden gems, get a feel of the local culture and meet new people. Here is the list of cities which are best experienced without a guide book and map.

Venice

 

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The ultimate head spinner of a city – try navigating endless identical canals and streets that veers off into blind corners while your senses are being assaulted by stunning scenery. Getting lost in Venice can be a very rewarding experience – drift away from the crowds to vendors selling fresh produce from their gondolas and peaceful sunlit courtyards.

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Looking for a vacation spot that’s (almost) all yours? Here’s our list of the world’s best secret islands that offer the perfect mix of seclusion and value.

Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

 

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The Con Dao are a group of islands in southern coast of Vietnam with an ominous past. They were home to the most notorious penal colony in Indochina for many years until their abandonment at the end of the Vietnam War. These days, the islands are preserved as Con Dao National Park – a group of 16 islands teeming with dolphins, turtles and spectacular coral reefs. Couple of dive shops and a few resorts are the sparse tourist developments in the island.    Continue Reading…

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 Koh Kong, Cambodia

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The perfect holiday destination to connect with nature;this secluded island has wild elephants roaming amongst fragrant Cardamom plantations and several deserted beaches. Check in at any of the numerous cheap resorts and homestays for as low as Rs. 500 a night. Travellers who are in the mood to splurge can book a room at the luxurious Song Saa Private Island resort. Getting to the island involves a 30 minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville.

 

Perfect for :- Couples looking for the secluded island experience

 

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If the spike in airfare has had you having second thoughts about taking that international vacation, we got some great news for you.. There are several holiday destinations where you can offset the increased flight fares with budget hotels, cheap and efficient public transport and delicious street food.

Here are the top budget international getaways you can travel to without breaking the bank.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Vietnam is a recent addition on the Southeast trail but quickly became a backpacker haven thanks to availability of cheap hotels. It is still possible to find rooms for less than Rs.1000 in the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh. Explore Vietnam’s rich culture while gorging on delicious bowls of pho and noodle soups (around 70 rs) a pint of local beer (for less than 50 rs). Continue Reading…

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Antoni Gaudi’s mind had a knack of conjuring up visceral, surreal and visually stunning designs; and the Casa Batlló ranks right up there as his most iconic work. The structure was built to look more like a layers of an animal rather than a residence. Known locally as the “House of Bones” due to its visceral and organic texture, the Casa Batlló was commissioned by Batlló family and is located in the upscale Eixample district in Barcelona.

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The best time to travel is in your 20′s – when you’re independent and legal to do most of the stuff yet young enough to be forgiven for having a little too much fun. Set yourself a modest budget; squeeze your belongings into a backpack; sleep in a shared dormitory; survive on street food and bargain like your life depended on it and get out there to create some amazing experiences that will stick with you forever. Here are 10 of the best trips you should take in your 20′s!

    Backpack across the North East
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This is one of those trips best undertaken with no concrete plans and no pre-decided schedule. Stick to public transportation – trains, buses, shared jeeps and hitchhiking. Look around for budget hotels and bargain on the fares – clean bedding and clean toilets should be you sole requisites. The suggested itinerary is Gangtok – Pelling – Bhutan – Darjeeling – Shillong – Cherrapunji – Kazringa.

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From a secluded Tibetan Colony in Chhattisgarh to a luxurious Leopard Safari camp in Rajasthan. Here are the top destinations in India to visit before they go mainstream.

Parul & Bhogwe, Maharashtra

 

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This Konkani settlement is the perfect place for an authentic farm stay experience replete with relaxing walks around the plantations and delicious Malvani cuisine. The area was once a village built around a Surya temple where the rays of the sun touched the idol before disappearing into the horizon. The phenomenon was lost to multiple renovations but the magic still lingers in this quaint township. Stay with the Samants and experience life on a farm, get a fish spa in a natural stream, sunset trek to the beach, go on plantation walks and gorge on some delicious Malvani cuisine. The nearby Bhogwe is another secluded area that is yet to pop up on tourist maps. The area is home to rustic cottages crafted from bamboo and cane that offer stunning views of the ocean.

 

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Addicted to your smartphone? We have scoured the planet to find middle-of-nowhere destinations that are miles away from any phone and Wi-Fi networks;  where you can unplug and get a digital detox to clear your mind.

Baja Camp, Mexico

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Location :- Isla de Espíritu Santo – a deserted nature reserve off the coast of Baja California, reached by a 2 hr boat ride from La Paz.

Accommodation :-  5 green canvas tents on the ocean shore with two double beds. There is also a separate lounge and dining area.

To Do :-  Go fishing in the Sea of Cortés and get your catch made into ceviche by the camp chef, kayak your way into the numerous inlets in the area, go scuba diving amongst the sting rays and whale sharks.

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