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Stay in Victorian & Scottish Cottages of Shimla British Resort

The old Villa, ' Glen Urquhart' situated about a kilometer from the Kennedy House on the way to Annadale has a glorious past. Just happened to visit the historic property in Shimla. I had heard a lot about this property but could not make it for the last five years. Let me just give you a glimpse of the property. This Victorian period Villa is amidst tall conifers, popularly known as 'Glen' in the early days, and now as ' Shimla British Resort'.  Mr. Ajay Goel, the owner has been constantly working to restore this Villa and preserve this historic building. The property changed many hands before Mr. Ajay Goel could lay hands on this property from a Delhi-based person. The property was built in 1893 by a Britisher who had two wives, one Scottish and the other British. To keep both of them happy, the British owner built two separate cottages, one in Victorian Style & the other in Scottish fashion.  After restoration work on this heritage complex, a grand openin
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Nati-Popular Folk Dance of Himachal Pradesh

Each state in India has the folk dance(s) which can be even called the community dance. Large gatherings or sometimes a sizeable group of people perform these folk dances. Earlier the performances used to be on some special occasions; wedding, celebrating good harvest! Anything that is synchronously performed by large groups catches attention and Nati is one such folk dance form prevalent in Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand. Kinnauri Nati Dress(Credit:Pintrest) It's a matter of pride for the state of Himachal Pradesh that Nati performed during Dussehra in Kullu by 8540 women on 7 Oct 2014, had set Limca World Record. Later, on 26 Oct 2015, 9892 women dancers went on to set a higher record, Guinness World Record.                                                       Nati Flash Mob @ Ellante Mall, Chandigarh Since Himachal Pradesh is a tourism-dependent state and Nati is being used extensively to amuse the tourists to make trips memorable. All major resorts/hotels have the Nati perf

Paradigm shift from Hotels to Home stays

Pandemic has bought in this paradigm shift as there are more number of tourists looking for Homestays than Hotels. So it's basically Health Tourism which is picking up in Himachal Pradesh, more than ever before. What pushes this demand further is the requirement “work-from-home “!! The requirement is for Homestays somewhere in the valley or on the mountain range with Wi-Fi connectivity for 4-5 weeks and accommodation for a full family or group of families. Wi-Fi in the valley of the mountain range could be practically difficult to achieve. Ultimately, it's only your mobile phone HOT SPOT which you can rely upon provided signals strength is fair. All these requirements clearly indicate that it’s an arrangement for isolation at the same time, remain fully functional and connected to the rest of the world. What scares us the most nowadays is our inability to remain in touch with the rest of the world through social media. In my opinion, the following points ease you out and dr

How can we plan budget trip from Delhi to Shimla for 2 for 2-3 days?

  Shimla is undoubtedly beautiful and beyond this famous tourist place, towards the Apple valley, is enchanting at the same time adventurous too. 2-3 days won’t suffice for what I call “ Beyond Shimla”. Logically budget trip to Shimla has to be arranged in Off-Season only . Planning a budget trip to Shimla is easy with the availability of the ample number of Homestays/B&B’s. Homestays generally are approved by HP Tourism Dept and will have a minimum of 3 rooms in a specific property, whereas B&B’s will have 5-6 rooms. B&B’s are approved by the Center Govt under the B&B Scheme launched nationwide to enhance the village/ecotourism. The planning starts with several questions like How to go? Where to stay? Where to eat ?.. to be answered. Budget Transport- For two, if the plan is to travel by road using your own vehicle then I don’t think it's going to be a budget trip. If you love driving- this is the best way !! The drive is going to be arduous because the hill d

Daafi House - An Offbeat Place to Stay close to Shimla

Realizing the fact that Shimla is already crowded, Hotels & Resorts are finding more hills around Shimla to house their hospitality projects. This idea is sure to get the tourists flooded in these areas. One such place is Theog which is now known as a mountain village, chosen by Taj for their premier property. Now Club Mahindra has also found a place near Taj. I was close to the Taj location for one of our project-setting-up when I encountered this property which is my prime focus in this article. The property signboard read - Daafi. The Architecture was captivating & could not resist requesting the manager to allow me to go around and take pictures. The property has Vernacular Architecture looks- high stone walls and lined with wooden spars. I even noticed the spars extruding out of walls to provide the real Vernacular Architecture looks. Kudos to the Architect & Owner, who hail from Himachal itself,  for finalizing such a design. More than the architect it's the owner

Drive from Shimla to Rampur Bushehar

I always feel the traveler has to be whimsical. The moment thought comes to your mind, pick up your vehicle, gather companions, and get-set-go !! My family demanded an outing, and I thought let's go for a drive. While taking the car out from the parking lot, I asked my wife," Which way, right or left ?".Well, we headed towards a left-way to Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur, Sarahan. The destination set was Sarahan, Bhimakali temple. On the way, we passed through Kufri, Kaithu, Theog, Narkanda, Kumarsain.  Somewhere near Theog By the time we reached Kumarsain, it was late afternoon and we were famished. We didn't get any decent place en route. HP Tourism restaurant at Narkanda was blocked due to snowfall, and we didn't want to climb the curled knolls formed by the snow cutter.  Lucky us, we got " Happy Bhojnalya " near Kumasain. I could spot a ladder to reach the terrace of the restaurant. I decided to request the owner to set our lunch on the terrace which he agr

Airports in Himachal Pradesh

  Himachal Pradesh has been the dream destination of tourists from all over the world. Himachal Pradesh had only one airport at Bhunter ( Kullu-Manali) airport for a long time, until the Shimla Airport was built and opened for operation, with very limited flights, mostly Indian Airlines. The flights were heavy on the pocket and mostly the flight used to be from Delhi via Chandigarh. Therefore, very few would opt for flights and would always be ready to take the pains of traveling by road. Presently, Himachal Pradesh has three domestic airports – Kullu Manali Airport Shimla Airport Kangra Airport   Kullu-Manali Airport At Bhunter – Kullu–Manali Airport  (I ATA Airport Code :  KUU )  is situated at Bhunter closer to Kullu –Manali. It’s a domestic airport and built on the banks of the river Beas. Those who wish to visit Kullu-Manali, Lahaul Spiti valley, they make use of this airport and it saves ample time. The places around this airport from travelers point of view are Kasol,