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Sarai (or Serai) is an ancient Persian term for an inn and Toria is a nearby village; hence the Sarai at Toria.  The Sarai at Toria’s uniquely designed accommodation is situated on a beautiful riverside site . The surrounding area is full of wonderful history and natural beauty, and it is also conveniently located to fit into a number of central Indian itineraries. 

This luxurious but earth-friendly small retreat is envisaged as the founding component of a wider project that seeks to play a positive role in the economic and social development of the local area; it is also a base for conservation activities and for wildlife and climate change research.
Where is it In Madhya Pradesh. Very close to the Famous Khajuraho and Panna National Park
How do we reach Fly to Khajuraho and drive 30 Km to Sarai
What you do there
Enjoy a country boat cruise on the tranquil Ken river to watch birds
 
Visit nearby villages, walk through the crop fields of the surrounding countryside and birding on site or at nearby forest and wetland areas. Lunch in the cool shade of a spreading neem tree or dine by candlelight under the stars. 
 
Go for a safari at Panna National park.  The reserve encompasses a unique landscape of gorges and plateaus that provide important habitat for an abundance of central Indian dry forest species.
 
Ajaygarh fort is rarely visited wonderful hilltop fort that has equally rich and even older temples and carvings than Khajuraho. These ruins are situated in dry forest, in a setting similar to how Khajuraho may have been when it was rediscovered. 

 


Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep slate ridge about 200 ft high, your first glimpse of Bhainsrorgarh Fort will literally take your breath away. British historian Col. James Todd after seeing the splendid and mesmerizing beauty of Bhainsrorgarh said that if he was offered a Jagir in Rajasthan and given the option to choose, it would be Bhainsrorgarh.

No two rooms in Bhainsrorgarh Fort are alike. Built over three levels around a courtyard, the fortress has been gently restored leaving its outward ruggedness untouched while enhancing the charm of its interiors.

Where is it In Rajasthan - near Kota
How to reach By train to Kota then drive 60 Km to Bhainsorgarh
What you do there

River cruise in hand roed country boat

 

For anglers, Chambal offers a chance to bait the charismatic Mahseer. Fishing rods are available on request

 

Bhainsrorgarh’s proximity to the Chambal River has resulted in a picturesque landscape dotted with small villages. A ride through the country side in an open four-by-four takes you through farms of wheat and mustard, typical villages under local governance and a tribal village which continue to live without electricity. 

 

A day picnic to Hingalaj Garh Fort which is set in a thick forest is another recommended half day excursion. This fort has beautifully carved statues and a step well (Baori). The path to the fort is through a forest, and the chance to spot blue bulls and chinkaras gives it the excitement of a safari.
 
If you love the wild, morning safaris to Mukundarah Hills National Park for birding and the exploring the scenic jungles could be a part of your stay at Bhaisrorgarh. On rare occasions you may be graced with the sight of a panther .

 


There are so many facets to the Coconut Lagoon experience. The heritage of the old fuedal villages of Malabar. The vast frolic of the Vembanad lake. The shimmering waters of the canals that criss-cross the property. The flavour buTogether, they are a celebration of harmony, life and natural beauty that touches every sense and takes you into a world still unsullied by modern ways. 

Coconut Lagoon is located in the Kerala district of Kuttanad, or the land of the short people. A wag has it that this name came about because the folks here are always knee deep in paddy fields. 
More than 8 of Coconut Lagoon’s 30 acres are actually given over to rice cultivation.Not quite what you’d expect from a holiday resort? Well, sit back, relax and explore.You’ll find much that defies easy definition.
There’s only one way to get to Coconut Lagoon: over the water. From the jetty, your boat courses out over a breeze-laden watery highway. You take a sharp turn into a narrow canal, it’s banks decked with wildflowers. And greeted with a reviving coconut cocktail, you step off the boat and straight to  the reception desk, all ready to check in.
Where is it In Kerala at Kuttanad near Alappuzha
How to reach Fly to Kochin and drive 80 Km to Kuttanad then reach Coconut Lagoon by their boat
What you do there
Coconut Husking: try your hand at something different!
 
Order up a special lunch at the picnic hut,with a wicker basket
 
Unforgettable: canoeing in the canals or out on the lake
 
One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to take the sunset cruise, an hour-long idyll with flute accompaniment. Water lovers might also enjoy taking an oar- or punt-boat out on to the lake with one of the local fishermen, both for company and a steadying hand on the tiller. Within minutes, you're in a watery universe.
 

 


Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake on one side and a cove of private reserve forest on the other, Udai Bilas Palace is the embodiment of the old world charm of princely India. It offers a scenic location for rest and recreation. This is an ideal paradise of unhurried hospitality from where to explore birdlife and tribal life and experience a splendidly romantic ambience for that very special honeymoon. Exquisite rajput anchitechure, fine murals, miniature paintings and stone carvings will delight the cultured traveller.

Where is it In Dungarpur near the famous Udaipur in Rajasthan
How to reach Fly to Udaipur and drive 125 Km
What you do there

Udai Bilas Palace is a round-the-year paradise for bird watchers.

 

Nature lovers are welcome to spend hours rowing on the lake or trekking in the forest to get a close look at the birdlife. Bird-watching trips can also be arranged to nearby lakes.

 

Dungarpur district is the stronghold of the Bheels, a tribe whose history of occupancy in the Aravalli range is said to date back to 4000 BC. Besides visits to the many unspoiled Bheel hamlets in and around the town, you can look forward to special shows of tribal music and dancing at the palace itself.

 


In the late nineteenth century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble of the desert kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur), decided to dam a seasonal stream flowing through his estate. His vision was to create a water reservoir which would harvest the monsoon rains. It was an ambitious project and a great drain on his resources but Thakur Chhatra Singh remained true to his vision. 
The dam was completed in 1890 and changed the dry scrub into prime agricultural land. Farmers struggling for sustenance on parched lands were invited by Thakur Chhatra Singh to settle around the reservoir. 
To capture the outdoor “big sky” feel of the place, permanent construction was deliberately kept to a minimum.  Luxury tents have always been an important part of Rajput lifestyle. Constant campaigns in far flung lands meant long stays in tents under inhospitable conditions. Tents were the only luxury available and soon these “homes away from home” evolved into mobile, mini-palaces. Chhatra Sagar captures the essence of this romance.
Where is it Near Jodhpur in Rajasthan
How to reach Fly ot Jodhpur and drive 120 Km
What you do there
The descendants of the people invited here by Thakur Chhatra Singh still live in settlements around Chhatra Sagar. Predominantly farmers and shepherds, they live a self-contained and harmonious life which has changed little in the last century. Chhatra Sagar continues to recharge their wells and provide water for their livestock.
Pristine wetlands, scrub forests, grasslands, and farms have made Chhatra Sagar a haven for birds. With a checklist of over 200 species, guests can enjoy birdlife from close quarters almost everywhere in the  camp.
 
The camp organises farm & village visits and conducts bird watching tours.

 


Ri Kynjai, a resort presiding over the picturesque Umiam Lake, translates from Khasi as ‘land of serene environs’.
With the backdrop of the enchanting Khasi hills, Ri Kynjai is set amidst groves of majestic pine, lush paddy fields and a small organic tea garden.
 
The architecture is inspired and derived from the original Khasi thatch huts, which make a symbolic presence as a cap on the roof of the cottages. The resort reflects the warmth of Khasi hospitality, their eco - centric culture and captivating architecture combined with modern convenience and luxury. Each cottage and room is designed with its orientation to the east, capturing the view of the lake and the rising sun.
Where is it In Shillong in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya
How to Reach Fly to Guwahati then drive 100 Km to Shillong
What you do there

Ri Kynjai offers something for everyone. For trekkers, the legendary and religious peaks, 'lumsohpetbneng' and 'lumdiengiei' are a few kilometers away. You can also while away your idleness ambling through verdant pine forests along the water. An extra gift may be an orchestra of nature’s inhabitants. For the more adventurous, a boat ride on serene umiam lake or even a hamper picnic in one of the islands is a veritable option.

 

Sao aiom ('four seasons') is a restaurant which opens the doors to the kitchens of the north - eastern communities. The Ri Kynjai dining experience starts with a drink on the platform of the sao aiom bar overlooking the azure blue water of the umiam lake. After which one can choose from a variety of exotic dishes. We specialise in traditional north - east Indian specialties, ranging from smoked pork with bamboo - shoot to rice fried in turmeric and the famous cherrapunji chicken cooked with freshly grounded pepper. 

 


Hidden away on the unspoilt backwaters of the River Chapora in North Goa, you will find natural beauty and serenity you can only dream of and yet the property is a mere twenty minutes by car or speedboat from the palm fringed beaches that have made Goa famous. Sweeping views of lush tropical landscapes with meandering rivers and magical islands combine with understated luxury and personal service.

Casa Colvale was originally designed to be a private estate, and many of our guests comment on how the hotel has retained the atmosphere of an elegant luxury villa with unobtrusive service and excellent food. The property was designed to enjoy the incredible surroundings in comfort and you will find many inviting sofas and seating areas dotted around the various verandas, terraces and decks.
Rediscover long lazy days and peaceful nights in an exclusive private luxury boutique resort where you determine the rhythm of your holiday.
Where is it
Casa Colvale is located in North Goa near the coastal belt in an area of outstanding natural beauty, 
How to reach
Fly to Goa and then a 1hr 15min transfer from Goa's Dabolim Airport.
Alternatively, arrangements can be made to arrive at Casa Colvale's jetty by speedboat from Morjim on the mouth of the River Chapora.
What you do there

The main activity at Casa Colvale is relaxation and harmony with nature. That said, there are two stunning swimming pools to choose from. The first pool is found on the elevated section of the property and has an infinity edge which provides an incredible view of the backwaters, islands, whitewashed churches, sleepy riverside villages and lush Goan jungle stretching for miles and miles. The second pool can be found perched on the riverside and affords a wonderful vantage point to watch the river wildlife and occasional traditional rice boat or dug-out canoe meandering past the hotel.

-Boat trips in our 25ft speedboat
-Private yoga classes
-Fishing
-Bird watching
-Boating
-Riverside walks
-Sightseeing (Old Goa, Spice Farms, Jungle, Forts, Panjim)

 


Over the years, the stretch of the Ganga river (India’s holiest river, which makes the Great Indo-Gangetic plain) above the pilgrim town of Rishikesh had infrastructure that was limited and catered mainly to the pilgrim traffic headed up to the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath. Very little existed for the leisure and active traveler, or the vacationer, considering this is the quickest one can get to the Himalaya. Atali, set amidst reserved Forest and over 300 trees, has changed all that.

The resort consists of a stone building that houses a storage facility on the lower level and  a veranda with a tensile roof that frames the surrounding mountains, a cafe and cottages for guests. The cottages sit comfortably and responsibly on the hill, they have an ageless quality about them. People come to see the architecture! The cottages that dot the upper levels are characterized by their spartan luxuriousness. 

Where is it Near Rishikesh in Uttarakhand
How to reach By train to Haridwar, then drive 50 Km to Atali
What you do there

Atali Ganga is an "activotel" offering adventure activities along the Ganges river.

-White water rafting and Kayaking in the Ganges river

- Mountain biking

- Hiking and village visits

- High ropes course

 

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