Few countries can match India in the sheer number of historic civilizations and medieval kingdoms. The great thing is that even after centuries, many palaces, monuments and other priceless landmarks that were built by many different Kings, Emperors and territorial conquerors over time have retained their luster and aura. These heritage sites are some of the things that attract tourists from the world over to our great country.
A visit to a destination that retains the vibe, the culture and the hospitality from its Golden Age is a must if you’re looking to explore and visit the best of India. From the amazing palaces in Rajasthan to the signature British-style buildings in India’s picturesque hill stations, you really are spoilt for choice. That’s not all, at many destinations; you can actually stay in a hotel or resort that was a royal palace or a Stately vacation home in the past.
We pick three of our favorite places to stay at for the ultimate heritage experience.
Holidays in Ooty
Ooty is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and for good reason. Steeped in history, with many signature elements of the British Raj retained, this is one of those places where nature still reigns supreme.
It truly is one of the best places for a relaxing holiday. To experience the true vibe of Ooty, we recommend a stay at one of the two Club Mahindra Resorts here – Derby Green Ooty or Danish Villas Ooty. Derby Green Ooty is a building from the British Era that retains the charm and the grandeur of India’s Colonial past. A racecourse view, old world charm, exquisitely designed gardens and tours of all kinds, among other attractions, make for a delightful holiday.
The Danish Villas, as the name suggests have a very Continental European feel to them with wide open spaces, lawns and trees surrounding the resort. The roofed structure has signature elements of European Architecture that make it stand out.
When you talk about heritage destinations, you can’t leave out Rajasthan. There’s something magical about Udaipur; the lake that serenades people from all around the world, the colours, sights & sounds, and the fort that once was the bastion of the Kings that ruled this oasis in the Great Indian Desert – it’s a destination that you simply have to visit.
All the popular attractions like City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Jag Mandir, Nehru Garden and the observatory are located in and around the city. A rather unique thing about this destination is that the style and heritage that defined it; are used as inspiration in new structures coming up. That’s what makes Udaipur so special. And a stay at a resort like the one Club Mahindra has makes it the perfect trip for your family.
Mashobra lies in the one of the mist famous States for holidaying and vacationing in India – Himachal Pradesh. This small town situated in the Capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Shimla, an iconic city in North India is a famous and quite popular tourist destination.
This area, including Shimla and Mashobra, was actually a huge favorite of the British; they used to visit this place to vacation many times a year. Mashobra is also famous for housing a Presidential retreat. The President visits The Retreat at least once a year and the core office shifts to that place during stay in The Retreat. With such a remarkable history, wouldn’t you want to stay at a place that exudes all of the signature elements of this town? Club Mahindra Mashobra is one such resort. Being a part of Club Mahindra’s vacation ownership, you get a 7 night, 8 day holiday for 25 years. There are many more advantages to this very interesting membership program, but the fact that you get to stay at such amazing places is just one of them.
Below is a photo of a part of Club Mahindra’s Mashobra resort; isn’t it great?
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head off to these awesome destinations!