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3 day trip to holiday destination near Delhi


August 26, 2010
 

Hi, my 4th marriage anniversary is on 2nd Oct, can you pls suggest 2-3 places near delhi, don't want to go to Himachal as been there n number of times. Budget is under 15k for a 3 day trip should include food, stay and places. A package for the same is also fine.

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August 28, 2010

Hi, there! First and foremost, my heartiest congratulations on your four years of matrimony!

Keeping in mind your understandable aversion to destinations in Himachal, the occasion at hand and your offbeat style of traveling, I have here three places that can become just the perfect trip that you have in mind. I have gone for comparatively lavish options within your budget.

Since you mentioned Corbett, I will talk about it first.

CORBETT: The Jim Corbett National Park never fails to mesmerize anyone who goes there. Add to that the beautiful forest resorts and villas that have mushroomed around and it becomes one of the most endearing destinations in India, specially if you are looking for an offbeat and relaxing retreat. Established in 1936 and nestled in picturesque Nainital, it was formerly known as the Hailey National Park.


Sitabani, Jim Corbett National Park (Source: TusharKumar)


 

Travel It is a 4 hour drive (approx. 250 Kms) along the Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad -  Kashipur -  Ramnagar -  Corbett National Park route. Here's the map;

 

 

To StayThe areas around Ramnagar, Dhikala and Gairal have some great resorts and hotels. Based on authentic reviews, pricing structure, ambiance, amenities, etc., I would suggest the following:

  • [RECOMMENDED] Solluna Resort (Jim Corbett National Park Merchula 244 | Corbett, Corbett 715 ) : Apart from the Government run forest guest house, Solluna Resort is the only resort which is actually within the reserve area division. It provides for a unique balance between luxury with serenity and proximity to nature. Snuggled under the leopard zone, it is easily reached by the NH 121. The price is the best amongst others of the same standards.

Tariff : The superior category rooms are at Rs. 11499 for 3 Days and 2 Nights - American Plan (that is including  buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner) including all taxes.  Deluxe Category rooms are at Rs. 13999 for the same 3 Days 2 Nights (American Plan) all inclusive.

 


Solluna Resort (Source: sollunaresort.com)


 

Here's a review from TripAdvisor:

We did a lot of research into finding the perfect resort for our weekend getaway to Corbett National Park. We were looking for a resort that would offer all the creature comforts, yet be clean and make you feel that you are truly in nature's lap. We finally settled on Solluna, and I think it was a great decision

The Solluna Resort (Source: TripAdvisor)


 

  • Pine Tree Resort (National Highway No. 121, Ranikhet Road, Corbett) : This is a great alternative. The resort gives a welcome change in the decor aspect where it is designed to mirror a typical Indian village. The staff is known to be very hospitable and the facilities are wonderfully complete with a spa and evening barbecues. Tariff : The deluxe huts are at Rs.10200 for 3 Days and 2 Nights including breakfast, lunch and dinner while the deluxe cottages are at Rs.11200. All taxes are included in the price. Check here for the reviews.

ActivitiesWhile here, a thing to not miss out would obviously be the safari. There are many ways you can do this, however, I would recommend that you take the Elephant Safari. The open jeep alternative has restricted access due to pollution concerns.

In the evening, almost all the resorts have options for a bonfire. October is the official beginning of the winter season according to the hotel calendars and the bonfire is included in the packages I have chosen above. So, if you are willing, do indulge in it. Two sightseeing options here are the beautiful town of Manilla where you get magnificent sights of the Himalayas and the Garjia temple.

Corbett Tiger (Source: Peter Davis)



AMBER, THE TREE HOUSE (along NH 8, 4 hrs drive from Delhi): Our second alternative destination is the Tree House Resort in Amber near Jaipur. It is the world's largest "living" resort, being made atop live trees. The Tree House offers a really unique get away. 17 luxury cottages with Indian and local cuisine restaurant and all modern amenities while literally in nature's lap. Swimming pool, open air theater, jungle safari, forest treks, hill climbing and nature biking are some of the many activities that the resort offers. The place also boasts of a 400 year old Peacock Bar dating back to the Mughal Era

Here's a review from TripAdvisor:

It is amazing place to stay. I stayed this weekend fabulous ambience, facilities food and service..enjoyed thoroughly.
 The Tree House Resort (Source: TripAdvisor)


 

Tariff : The luxury cottages are at Rs.12000 for a 3 Days and 2 Nights package. The jungle safari will cost you Rs. 1600 per trip. The rates include all meals and taxes. Make it a point to chose between elephant and camel safaris while booking to get a choice.

To See : The resort is located in a forested area and offers breathtaking jungle sounds and views. Apart from the safari, a 15 minute drive will bring you to Amber Fort and the Nahargarh (Tiger) Fort. An hour long drive from the resort is Project Tiger Sariska National park and the ancient twin cities of Ajabgarh and Bhangarh. Jaipur, the Pink City is about 20 minutes' drive from the resort. For places to see in Jaipur check out this customized trip.


The Tree House Resort (Source: treehouseresort.in)



 


Peacock Bar (Source: treehouseresort.in)




KEOLADEO BIRD SANCTUARY : Our third option would be this ornithologist's haven. Rated amongst the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, it is well worth a visit. 10 of it's 29 sq.km fenced area is marshes and bogs becoming an ideal home for thousands of both Indian as well as migratory birds. Also known as 'Bharatpur National Park', it offers a splendid weekend retreat. It is a 3 hours drive from Delhi and falls along the path to the Tree House Resort.

Mother and child (Source: Pravine Chester)



To Stay : There are a few gorgeous resorts here tailor-made for the offbeat traveler. Here are the picks:

  • [RECOMMENDED] The Birder's Inn : Praises for this little patch of paradise keep pouring in. Known for its exemplary hospitality & location (being tucked away at a stone's throw from the sanctuary), it is a very lovely place indeed.

              Tariff : Deluxe rooms are priced at Rs. 3700 per night inclusive of all meals and taxes.

             Here's a review:

We had only a very short stay at Birder's Inn but we will definitely come back :o) We are still telling friends about the great time we had. All the staff at the hotel were so nice and warmhearted ... unbelievable !!!
 

Review of The Birders Inn (Source: TripAdvisor)


 

  • [RECOMMENDED] Laxmi Vilas Palace : I cannot help but recommend two places to stay this time. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is in itself a divine experience and ultimately the choice has to come from you between the cozy Birder's Inn or the royal and majestic Palace. Built in 1887 for Raja Raghunath Singh, the younger brother of the then ruler of Bharatpur, Maharaja Ram Singh it was converted into a luxury hotel in 1994. Talk about a royal experience!

              Tariff : Rs.4800 per night for the Deluxe rooms excluding food which is at Rs.1150 (all three meals).

            Here's a review:            

The hotel is beautiful and beautifully kept up, housekeeping perfect. Our marble bathroom was spotless, with plentiful hot water, the twin beds comfortable. We spent a nice hour in the inner courtyard having drinks and writing postcards. Flowers everywhere and good service, and you will get a huge kick out of the Raj-era photographs on the walls

 Laxmi Vilas Palace - review (Source: TripAdvisor)

 

            


Laxmi Vilas Palace (Source: laxmivilas.com)




Activities : More than 375 species of birds flock this bird sanctuary. Take a slow boat ride to the island in the center of a lake where you can get a "bird's" eye view of the place.

Sightseeing : Lohagarh Fort or Upardangghari Fort remains the only fort in India invincible till date. Other attractions include the Kasrra Durbar Palace, the 8th century Kalika Temple and the Diyalo Bangala Palace.

I have made you a map for your convenience that shows the above to destinations (The Tree House, Amber and Bharatpur);

Although all the spots that I have mentioned above have the food factor nicely taken care of, if you would like to give typical Rajasthani cuisine a go, please do let me know and I will list out the best places for you. If I can be of any other help, feel free to write back.

Have the best anniversary ever,

Debnathsmiley



Answered by A photographer, designer, artist but above all a traveller. I have travelled long and far and pride myself as the proverbial vagabond. Bodhisattwa Debnath

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