The impressive 15th-century restored fort-palace lies on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Rajasthan. There are opulent rooms in the hill fort but there’s plenty of reason to step outside. A solar-heated pool, a spa, and an 18th-century stepwell sit on the six-acre property. Attend cultural performances organised by the Neemrana Music Foundation, take a spin around the village in a vintage car, or explore the grounds by camel or on a zip-lining tour.
The Deal Between May 1-August 31, 2016, except Saturdays, double rooms are from ₹5,200 (20 per cent discount), inclusive of breakfast. Details here.
Also See Neemrana’s heritage properties in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, have at least 20 per cent off on the room rate at various periods between March and May 2016. Details here.
The machans at Baghvan are located on the edge of Pench National Park. Photo courtesy Taj Safaris
Indian summers are sticky—and great for wildlife sightings. Taj Safaris’ lodges offers a luxurious Jungle Plan at its four properties in Madhya Pradesh—home to the majestic tiger—that is inclusive of all meals, domestic spirits, two daily safaris with a forest guide, and laundry. Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh National Park has suites and village huts (with bicycles for guests to use) while rooms at Baghvan at Pench National Park each have a machan. At Banjaar Tola, suites are on the bank of the Banjaar River in Kanha National Park. Pashan Garh in Panna National Park has stone cottages inspired by the region.
The Deal Jungle Plan for ₹21,000 per adult and ₹8,500 per child, per night in March and April. In May, ₹20,000 per adult and in June, ₹19,500 per adult; child rates remain the same. Certain days are excluded and additional discounts may be possible; call 1800111825 for details.
Teak furniture and artworks lend an old-world feel to Le Colonial. Photo courtesy Neemrana Hotels
This Neemrana heritage property built in 1506 A.D. is said to have housed Vasco da Gama, St. Francis, and the Portuguese and Dutch governors when Cochin was under their respective rules. Its teak-wood blinds, four-poster beds, garden pool, massage therapies, and free Wi-Fi are designed to make you want to stay for a very long time.
The Deal Double rooms from ₹9,100 from May 1-Sept 30, 2016 (60 per cent off peak season rates), inclusive of breakfast; details here.
A charming budget hotel with colonial-style architecture, Mount View Heritage has quiet views of the Krishna River valley while being close to the hill station’s market and adjacent tableland.
The Deal Until Apr 30, 2016, double occupancy is from ₹1,900 from Mon-Thur and ₹2,300 from Fri-Sun; inclusive of breakfast. The offer does not apply from Mar 24-27 and Apr 8-10. Details here.
The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla dates back to the 1880s. Photo courtesy Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
This charming heritage hotel has refreshing views of the Himalayan foothills, and is tucked in the quieter end of the busy Mall area. Facilities include a temperature-controlled swimming pool with valley views, and a children’s activity room. When you finally surface from the bathtub, sip on English teas and take long mountain walks.
The Deal The Himalayan Vacation offer includes a double room, dining credit of ₹2,000 per night, 15 per cent off on spa therapies, and 50 per cent off on an additional room for two children aged under 12. Minimum stay of two nights. From ₹12,500-16,000 per night until Mar 31, 2016, depending on time of week. Details here.
Also See Oberoi’s “Unforgettable Holidays” package offers a deal of ₹24,500 per night for a minimum stay of two nights at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. The offer runs from Apr 1-Sept 30, 2016. It is inclusive of a complimentary third night, breakfast and cocktail hour, along with a 20 per cent discount on the spa and food and beverage.
Cabana Dempo has a quiet, windswept view of Siridao Beach. Photo courtesy Neemrana Hotels
Cabana Dempo is a secluded 19th-century bungalow overlooking Siridao beach. The Neemrana property is situated about 15 minutes away from Panjim. Three cosy bedrooms, named after ships once owned by the Dempo family, can be booked as a whole or on a per-room basis.
The Deal Double rooms for ₹5,000 between May 1 and Sept 30, 2016 (50 per cent off peak season rates). Details here.
Bask in the sea breeze over a warm cuppa, in Eighth Bastion, Fort Kochi. Photo courtesy CGH Earth
A tribute to the thriving trading outpost of Fort Kochi under Dutch rule, Eighth Bastion has replicas of furniture from Dutch schooners and Delft pottery from the Netherlands in its quietly elegant rooms. Take one of the complimentary bicycles for guests to explore the rich cultural heritage and boutique cafes and stores in the area.
The Deal Doubles are for ₹9,500 and inclusive of breakfast, from May 1-Sept 30, 2016. Details here.
Chettinad is peppered with grand mansions, such as Visalam. Photo courtesy CGH Earth
A gift from a wealthy Chettiar merchant to his daughter, Visalam is a restored heritage mansion in the town of Kanadukathan that gives a window to the rich Chettinad region, famous for its fiery fare and beautiful crafts. The CGH Earth property is steeped in local flavour, with cooking classes, sessions on draping a sari or dhoti, cultural performances and excursions to temples and artisan workshops.
The Deal At Chettinad’s Visalam, doubles are for ₹9,500 from May 1-Sept 30, 2016, inclusive of breakfast, cooking demo of the local cuisine, and guided heritage rides by bicycle with the staff. Details here.
Also See Room rates are about 50 per cent off from May 1-Sept 30, 2016 at all CGH Earth properties in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The village of Anegundi dates back to the eighth century A.D., and is a coracle ride away from Hampi, across the Tungabhadra River. Uramma Heritage, named after the village goddess Uramma, has a variety of properties at a discounted room rate during the summer.
The Deal Between April 15-July 15, 2016, the two-bedroom Uramma House, and the Uramma Cottages, offer doubles at ₹2,000. Details here.
Spend your evening at Samode Palace by the infinity pool. Photo courtesy Samode Hotels
Samode Palace is a 19th-century nobleman’s home with a sprawling fort above a village, about 40km from Jaipur. The hotel has an elegant understated appeal, allowing the exquisite architecture to shine. Take leisurely swims in the rooftop infinity pool, walk through the surrounding Aravalli hills or stroll through the village for block-printed fabrics and ethnic jewellery to take home. For those that prefer to stay in the city, Samode Haveli is a restored 175-year-old mansion with classy interiors, and private courtyards with views of the pool, fountains, and gardens.
The Deal Samode offers a complimentary night’s stay on a two-night booking at its heritage properties in Rajasthan. This means you can book two nights at Samode Palace, and stay the third at the Haveli and vice versa. From May 1-Sept 30, 2016, double room rates at the palace start from ₹18,000 for two nights, including breakfast, one high tea, and a camel ride. Until July 15, 2016 the complimentary night is at Samode Haveli; from July 16, the free night’s stay will be at the palace. At Samode Haveli, all double rooms cost ₹18,000 for two nights, including breakfast, between May 1-July 31, 2015. The haveli offer excludes long weekends.
Suryagarh offers a lavish welcome to the shimmering sands of the Thar. Photo courtesy Suryagarh
A luxurious citadel on the shimmering sands of the Thar, Suryagarh conjures up an exquisite Rajasthani experience. Rooms are plush, with ethnic accents from handwoven rugs to the hand-block print designs walls. The royal Marwar cuisine is sumptuous; don’t miss the Halwaii breakfast of sweet and savoury local dishes, served in the beautiful courtyard with live folk music. The hotel also offers guided desert excursions to appreciate the oases, wildlife and tribal lifestyle.
The Deal The hotel offers a summer package for two nights with a third night free, for ₹30,000, from Apr 1-May 31, 2016. The package is inclusive of breakfast and one additional meal. Couples receive a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment each; families receive a complimentary camel dune safari, as well as a supervised daily kids’ hour with games and refreshments. Guests can opt to stay in a suite for an additional fee of ₹4,500 per night. The package discount is about 35 per cent on the hotel’s peak season rate. Details here.
Look out on Kangra Valley from the restored,19th-century WelcomHeritage Grace Hotel. Photo courtesy WelcomHeritage Hotels
The rich red of this 200-year-old country manor, built in the traditional style of hill architecture, makes a dramatic presence against the forest greens of the Dhauladhar Range. Former home to the first Chief Justice of India, and before him, the prime minister of Kashmir, this restored property is run by ITC’s WelcomHeritage.
The Deal From Apr 1-May 31, 2016, the hotel offers a 30 per cent discount on its summer package. ₹14,499 for a double occupancy room for two nights, including breakfast. Details here.
Also See WelcomHeritage also offers 30 per cent off on its two-night, double occupancy summer packages at the riverside Jukaso Ganges in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh (₹17,999); Jungle Home on the edge of the Pench tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh (₹13,999); and the century-old Sirsi Haveli near Jaipur (₹7,499), and the 16th-century Bassi Fort in Chittorgarh (₹6,499), in Rajasthan. Details here.
Maison Perumal has stained-glass doorways and stone verandahs that reflect its heritage. Photo courtesy CGH Earth
This restored mansion is in the Tamil quarter of the former French colony of Pondicherry (Puducherry). Maison Perumal reflects both the south Indian and European aspects of its heritage, from its stained-glass doorways and windows and the stone verandahs to the Tamil and Continental dishes at its restaurant. When the sun isn’t scorching the seaside town, Pondicherry is delightful to explore on foot and bicycle—available freely to guests. Maison Perumal also holds cooking demonstrations of local cuisine for guests in the evening.
The Deal ₹6,800 for double occupancy, inclusive of breakfast, from May 1-Sept 30, 2016. Details here.
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