Best Island Destinations

Another year nears an end soon and it is the time of the year when you are wrapping up for your much-awaited dream trip after toiling all round the year. And why not, you deserve it in the most stylish ways. While you might have started off planning already, why not plan for some island hopping instead. Here’s a list of 7 best island destinations to hop from India this New Year!

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Grand Himalaya Hotel

At the foot of the Leh Palace, the Grand Himalaya Hotel is one of those idyllic hotels that come to you with a refreshing surprise; and when it comes with an unparalleled luxury, it makes your vacation worth the time. Placed conveniently in the heart of the Leh town, the Grand Himalaya Hotel a quick glimpse into the Ladakh’s vibrant culture.

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monsoon escapes

Having stayed in Central India for the better part of my life, I admit that people visiting from other parts of the country do have their prejudices. After all, staying closer to the Equatorial line has its own natural challenges.Harsh summer heat and water-shortage often make it an unusual choice for life settlement, let alone tourism.

But, it also does come with its own stroke of good luck, especially in the monsoon seasons. The otherwise intermittent, sometimes ephemeral  water bodies fill up with rain waters and the weather comes with an unexpected cool breeze in the air. It is one of those breezes you would love over the a.c in your car and are best enjoyed with your car window shades open. On the other hand, as September steps in, the festivities are on a high, as they keep pouring in one after the other, just like the rainfall. All this makes a perfect setting for a monsoon getaway here. And there are some really hidden offbeat escapes in Central India, that do exist on the map, but are yet to get discovered by the ‘traveler’s eye. 

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Amid the mountain desert of India, Leh has it own hidden secrets. Patterns of amber, yellow, brown colored mountains, with patches of greenery in between, and the sublime Indus flowing across the land, the mountains of Leh engulfing the vast plateau in front comes with a stunning beauty of its own. My journey here is…Continue Reading “Photojourney: In Conversation with Leh”