Holidays for 25 Years – A Commitment to Your Family this Diwali

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Diwali is here. India’s favorite festival is being welcomed by people all around the country. The relevance of Diwali in our culture is too huge for it not to permeate into many other aspects of our lives. Because it’s considered one of the most auspicious, many financial investments are made during this period. People usually buy something of value and some even go the extra mile and buy a vehicle and some, even a new house. The culture of investment in Diwali is actually rooted in Indian tradition and has even managed to become an important footnote in the stock market where trading on the day of Diwali is believed to bring good luck.Of all the things you could invest in, and there are plenty of those, something for the family are what would constitute a great investment. Now, think about your life and how much time, work and other professional commitments take up; we’re living in an era when 24 hours seems disparagingly few for us to fulfil all our desires. The precious moments that we spend with our loved ones are the ones we cherish forever.

An Investment for 25 Years:

In Diwali, we make many investments for our families. Why not invest in something that’s guaranteed to bring happiness for the next 25 years? Magical moments during vacations with your family stay with you forever. They survive the test of time and are a testament to the incredible bond between you, your spouse and your kids. Investing in vacation ownership can turn out to be a very smart investment.

The last few years have seen significant evolution in the vacation ownership sector in India. This ranges from enhanced experience that new age global travellers seek to set up of vacation ownership resorts in undiscovered locations which have not been on popular tourist map. It’s no longer just the location but various add-ons such as golf, trekking, river rafting, jungle safaris and adventure sports that attract people.

Magical Moments on Holiday:

Be it the bliss of being in the midst of an evergreen forest of Southern India, or in the presence of the colossal Himalayas, the great desert of Rajasthan, or even the mystique of India’s North-East; the sights and sounds of India’s incredibly diverse landscape are a delight to visit.

Club Mahindra, a division of Mahindra Holidays Resorts India Limited operates 40 resorts in India and some foreign locations. These resorts, with their picturesque location that imbibe the local culture, heritage and cuisine while retaining state-of-the-art amenities serve as the perfect place for your vacations and in turn, for amazing moments with your family.

An Incredible Experience:

A Club Mahindra Membership brings with it many possibilities. The number of resorts available, the twenty-five years of holidays and the prospect of staying at the amazing resorts spread over the entirety of India are just some of the hallmarks of vacation ownership at its finest! With Club Mahindra’s attractive membership fees, the decision to holiday for the coming 25 years is a great idea!

Club Mahindra resorts are a complete fun package for the entire family. There are engaging in-door and out-door activities for children that provide an experience for a lifetime. ‘Fun Zones’ at the resorts with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor games as well as carrom, table-Tennis (Ping-Pong), board games, Xbox and Play Stations provide the perfect platform to bond over some healthy competition.

All resorts have a wide variety of workshops and activities specially designed for children like pottery-making, music lessons, towel art, painting, dance workshops and much more. Some of these activities, especially the ones related to the arts like music and dancing take into account the local flavour as well in these workshops. Specially trained staff introduces you to these and many other things you can do at a Club Mahindra resort and help you learn the basics and more importantly, sustain an interest.

And what would a holiday be without some amazing and unforgettable experiences? You can enjoy a serene sunset with your spouse and avail of the excellent spa facilities; take a reinvigorating massage at ‘Svaastha’ spa centers in some resorts and feel reawakened from your hectic routine. Tickle your taste-buds at the multi-cuisine restaurants in the resorts and taste the local flavours.

With so many great reasons to, and with the prospect of memories for a lifetime, a Club Mahindra Membership can be the initiation of scintillating experiences that you and your family cherish forever.

Vacations in Winter’s

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Winter is the best season in a tropical country like India having diverse topography. Winter is knocking at the door and it is time to snuggle up with a good book in front of a fireplace and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in bed every morning. Winter is also a good time to go on a vacation with your family and friends.

If you are wondering why winter holiday destinations, it is because is the winters are the best time to explore the tourist destinations in India when there’s ample respite from heat. Winters also herald the beginning of the peak season for holidays in India. Not just domestic tourism is at its peak but the visitors from abroad also prefer to travel to India due to the favorable weather.

India is blessed with different climatic conditions in winter season in different parts of the country. Unlike most of the Western world, where cities are covered under a blanket of snow in winters, there is quite a bit to choose from when it comes to winter holiday destinations in India. Breathtaking beauty of Himalayan mountains, ample snowfall, panoramic natural views, frozen lakes, bonfire, winter festivals, adventure sports, and skiing facilities make India a popular winter destination for all sections of tourists with diverse flavors.

Magical Moments:

The best part about any vacation is the quality time you get to spend with your family. Think of those precious moments that you’ll remember forever, or the joy of seeing your children smile when they do something really exciting – this is the stuff magical moments are made of. What’s more is that vacationing during holidays such as Diwali is a special experience. Celebrating one of India’s biggest festivals with your loved ones, away from the big city, in a close intimate setting is moment that you’d want to last forever.

And what better place to celebrate such a vacation with your family than at a Club Mahindra Resort. With 40 resorts, incredible amenities and a holiday to cherish forever, it’s a no surprise that Club Mahindra’s vacation ownership gives you much more than just a ‘Holiday at a resort.’ It’s an experience in itself – watch the video below:

The Perfect Vacation – Part 2

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In the previous part of this series, we talked about how a vacation or spending some time in a magical setting with your family can be truly reinvigorating. In this piece, we present ways in which you can enjoy and make the most of your holiday at Club Mahindra Resorts.

Quality Family Time

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This is probably the main reason why you choose to vacation in the first place – to be able to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Being close to them and creating magical moments with them in a place far away from home and your daily routine.  These are the moments that will stay with you forever.

Spend Time Amidst Nature

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One of the prime reasons many visit Club Mahindra resorts is the location of our resorts. All our resorts are located in the heart of nature; it gives you a firsthand view of Mother Nature. Not only that, being surrounded by lush green forests, the serene backwaters of Kerala,  the snowy peaks  and vast green fields or for that matter, even the Great Indian Desert – all provide the kind of tranquility that is simply unmatched in any other setting!

Relaxing and Rejuvenating!

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Admit it, after giving it all at work and pulling off the kind of hours that seem impossible, a relaxing holiday is a must for all. The environment at Club Mahindra’s Resorts is specifically designed for this kind of relaxation and rejuvenation.  Located amidst nature and yet, providing the kind of amenities that ensure you don’t miss home helps make your vacation a blissful one.

Go Sightseeing

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We are after all, a curious species. Seeing and experiencing new things and new places, is always something that we have been used to and quite frankly, encouraged to do, since the days of old. Experiencing the local sights and sounds, the famous attractions is a great way to understand and imbibe the culture of a particular place. Plus, it also gives your children a chance to see something truly unique and even historic.

 Food!!

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A vacation without tasty food is hard to imagine. A vacation is a time to simply indulge you. At Club Mahindra, we’ve got some of the best chefs preparing delicacies that are simply mouthwatering! Add to that the amazing local cuisine that our chefs know at the back of their hands – a guaranteed combination that will add to your holiday experience.

Break Free!

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This one’s for you – the chance to get your hands dirty and try out some adventure sports, get the adrenalin flowing through your blood. Try rappelling or trekking and enjoy the thrilling experience of living life on the edge.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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And lastly, while you are indeed on a vacation, there’s no reason why you or your kids shouldn’t try out something new and creative! You have the option to choose from a host of activities – learn to paint or play the guitar or awaken the chef within you. You may be one of the lucky few who can discover their passion and develop a hobby for life..!

The Perfect Vacation – Part 1

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Like most professionals these days, work takes up a major chunk of our lives. There are 365 days in a year, and we end up devoting a large part of it to our work. As consummate professionals, there’s nothing wrong in that – the devotion and dedication you pour out is the reason you are where you are in your professional capacity, today. But let’s talk about those times when you decide to take a step back and relax, Those are the few precious moments that you get to enjoy with your family and bond with them. And what’s the perfect way to do this? Take a vacation of course!

Vacations – We All Need One!

Come to think of it, a vacation is the time that you truly get to get to connect with your family, leaving away all the stress of your routine life. . Being away from the daily grind, surrounded by the serenity and peace that exemplifies nature and picturesque surroundings that add to a truly amazing experience is what great vacations are made of!

Spending Time at your Dream Destination…

While a select few love the journey as much as the destination, for most, it’s the destination that is really exciting, where a vacation is concerned. What’s the most important part about that vacation? Sure, it’s got to be a place that you like and enjoy; but where you stay and how you spend your time is an equally important factor to be considered. It is a task pondering over where to stay and shortlisting accommodations that would please both you and your family. Hence, many people have started opting for “Vacation Ownership” and realized what a blessing it can be.

Vacation ownership is a unique concept and one of the providers of this in India is Club Mahindra. Simply put, by being a member of Club Mahindra, you can vacation at 40 resorts in India and select destinations overseas, for seven nights and eight days every year. Spanning across a diverse multitude of cultures in India, our resorts offer a unique blend of modern amenities that we are habituated with and the local flavor that is unique to the particular destination. Along with this, all the Club Mahindra resorts offer a multitude of activities which make your vacation, the most perfect one. In this two part series, we’ll be providing you with all the necessary information that contributes towards making your stay at Club Mahindra Resorts in India and abroad a truly magical experience. Happy vacationing!

The Inside Track on Amazing Holiday Experiences Every Year

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Ever so often, you’ll see friends or family at an exotic location enjoying their dream vacation. There are times when you can’t help but wonder as to how some people go on frequent holidays even as you slog it out at your workplace. The answer lies in ‘planning’. Going on a dream vacation with your family requires a lot of planning. A large chunk of the planning phase is devoted to travel and accommodation. Here’s a thought – what if the uncertainty regarding the hotel or resort where you’ll be staying at not be a concern at all? What if you could have a dream vacation in an amazing resort every year for twenty-five years?

The answer to all this and more is Club Mahindra. Club Mahindra has a unique offering called – Vacation Ownership. In simple terms, this plan lets you holiday for seven nights and eight days every year for 25 years. You can avail of this period at one go or split it depending on your convenience. As a result, vacation ownership gives you a considerable degree of flexibility. The real benefit though is that these holidays are some of the best you’ll ever experience. And that’s because all of your concerns be it taking care of kids or your elderly parents or planning the holiday in advance, are taken care of.

New Experiences; Year after Year

What’s life without some amazing experiences? One way of experiencing new things, meeting new people and broadening your horizons is by visiting new destinations. After all, India is known for its diversity – whether it is demographics, climate, flora or fauna, You also have a chance to visit resorts in foreign countries as apart from 40 resorts in India, Club Mahindra has resorts in various foreign cities. Because of the variety of these locations, you have a chance at different experience – right from staying in log huts (chalets) to going on jungle safaris. You get to enjoy these memorable and unique vacations, year on year.

Family-friendly resorts

A recent survey has shown that for families traveling with kids, safety is of utmost importance when it comes to choosing a vacation spot. All Club Mahindra resorts are designed for families and special emphases is laid on children’s activities and are family-friendly. Many of them have activities that not only keep kids engaged, but also foster parent-child bonding. Depending on the resort you choose, your kids can enjoy clay pottery, puppet-making or even being the junior chef among a host of other activities and workshops. So families can have worry-free vacations at Club Mahindra resorts. In fact, you can take your grandparents along too and still have a great time.

Savor the Delicious Cuisine, And Some More!

Life would be pretty boring without food, wouldn’t it? Lucky for you then, that expert chefs at Club Mahindra resorts are well-versed in not only your favorite dishes from around the world, but also have their own take on some scintillating local dishes! And if you’d like, the chefs will even give you some tips on cooking!

You know when to holiday every year

Once you are a Club Mahindra member, you can book a resort in advance. This gives you an advantage as planning in advance helps you plan a perfect vacation. Club Mahindra facilitates this by offering flexibility by spreading all its seasons out across the year so that you can pick when to go. This works really well for working couples. This is because they can plan your holidays and work well so that work does not come in way of the vacation. Plus, all of your travel arrangements can be made in advance as well for a relaxing holiday!

The Bottom line – Magical Holidays

The crux of a magical holiday comes down to three things – moments with your family, the happiness you see on your kids’ faces and relaxing without worrying too much about daily routine. Wouldn’t you want something like this? Sure, you do! Because traveling and staying at interesting places across a variety of geographies is an incredible experience. A Club Mahindra Membership is the only missing piece to this puzzle. A seven night, eight day holiday every year for twenty-five years at some incredible resorts will surely prove to be a worthy investment.

At the end of the day, your family is everything; they’re the center of your lives. Why not give them the most memorable vacations? It’s the perfect way for you to spend some valuable time with your children and relax and unwind from your daily routine. With Club Mahindra, you can experience both and have the most amazing holidays every year, for 25 years..!

Rajasthan’s Jewel – Udaipur

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Udaipur is a beautiful city, set amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. Known for its picturesque lakes, Udaipur is also called ‘the city of lakes’. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the ‘Venice of East’.

Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. The city is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences – an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers.

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Though termed as the city of lakes, Udaipur has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. We give you our top picks of places you must visit on your trip to Udaipur.

The countless Palaces

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The most famous palace, City Palace is a place carved in legend. It lies on the east bank of Lake Pichola and consists of series of palaces built at different times from 1559. Balconies from the palace offer stunning views of the horizon. Some of the palaces are Dilkhushi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and then there is Krishna Vilas, which folklore says was built in memory of a princess of such striking beauty, that she poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes.

Another palace worth a visit is the Monsoon Palace. Created and originally owned by the Mewar family with the sole purpose of observing monsoon clouds, the palace is appropriately called the Monsoon Palace. It is also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace. The location, atop a hill, offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces and countryside.

Historic Landmarks

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Like any other historic city, Udaipur too has a flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Start with Bagore Ki Haveli, an old haveli converted to a museum. This place offers a unique insight into the lifestyle during the reign of the Rajputs. There are 138 rooms in the Haveli, as well as numerous corridors & balconies, courtyards and terraces. The interiors of the Haveli are embellished with intricate and fine mirror work. While strolling in the Haveli, you can also see the private quarters of the royal ladies, their bath rooms, dressing rooms, bed rooms, living rooms, worship rooms and recreation rooms. In fact, the Chambers of the Royal Ladies still bear fine frescoes of the Mewari style and there are glorious coloured-glass windows in some of the rooms. One of most amazing sights you can’t miss is the two peacocks made with coloured glass mosaics that display the superb skills of the finest craftsmanship.

The Jagdish Temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh the First in the 17th Century. It is a shining example of Indo Aryan architecture and the largest temple in Udaipur dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan. This architectural marvel of exquisitely carved pillars, painted walls and lush halls is a visual treat for many. The idol of Lord Vishnu carved from a single black stone is a truly celestial sight.

One can also take the opportunity to visit Asia’s only solar observatory, the Udaipur Solar Observatory. This place is located on an island in the middle of Lake Fateh Sagar.

The Maharana Pratap Memorial stands atop Pearl Hill or Moti Magri and overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. A bronze statue of Rajput hero Maharana Pratap astride his favorite horse “Chetak” is a main attraction. Be sure to stick around for the light and sound show in the evening.

Staying at Club Mahindra Udaipur

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Club Mahindra’s Udaipur Resort echoes the cultural heritage, royal history and traditional architecture of the Rajputs. Built in a palatial style and nestled amongst pristine gardens, the resort provides tranquility to body and mind. It is an ideal holiday destination for those looking for a home away from home. It is the perfect blend of traditional charm and contemporary style, enchanting visitors and surpassing every expectation that people have when they visit Udaipur. The vast stretches of green lawns instill a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Visit Club Mahindra Udaipur Resort and allow yourself a few days to enjoy the tranquility of boat rides on the lake, the bustle of its ancient bazaars, its lively arts scene, and the quaint old-world feel of its better hotels, its scattering of genuinely good restaurants, its endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback.

Celebrate Christmas in Style!

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Christmas falls on 25th December, a Thursday this year. With a leave on Friday, you could take advantage of an amazing four day break come the end of the year. The cusp of December around the Christmas/New Year period is the heart of winter in India. During this time of the year, the searing heat that most of the country is accustomed to for long periods since the summer gives away to a cool breeze that provides some much needed relief. As a result, it’s also a great time to travel and explore new parts of the country. We present to you three destinations to spend your Christmas Weekend sojourn at.

Mahabaleshwar

The idea of a vacation or a break is to step away from your usual surroundings and immerse yourself in locations that soothe your mind. Mahabaleshwar fits the bill as it’s a contrast to the urban landscape around us. The vivid green of trees and fields, the chirping of the birds, the mysterious mist in the air – it’s all here folks! Plus, it’s well connected from most of Western India. This is a great place to spend Christmas and the short weekend break that follows.

Club Mahindra Mahabaleshwar:

The beauty of this resort is that it’s located a bit higher than the rest of the town. Hence, you get an amazing view, plus you feel as though you’re between clouds! It is nestled among lots of huge green trees. It has an amazing ambience that is helped no doubt by the stunning flora and fauna that surround it. Come winter, the chill in the air coupled with the location and the amazing vibe make this resort a great place to visit for a short Christmas break.

Thekkady

A rather unconventional destination for a Christmas break, Thekkady is nevertheless an incredible destination that promises so much. Situated about 4000 feet above sea level, the place is a perfect holiday destination with its cool weather, endless scenic beauties and aroma of spices.

The wildlife of the Periyar Forest that surrounds the lake at the center of the park is never dull. The National Park, with its dense vegetation is home to Elephants as well as herds of deer, tigers; lion tailed Macaques, and Nilgiri Langurs. A boat ride in the lake and walkabout through the jungle will get you in a good place to spot some animals.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, the destination has various other opportunities for adventurous tourism such as trekking, wildlife train, bamboo rafting, border hiking and rock climbing. The nearby Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is a great place to see Kerala’s martial art and dance forms being exhibited.

Club Mahindra Thekkady:

Club Mahindra Thekkady Resort is this breathtakingly beautiful resort built at an altitude of 2,700 feet above the sea level. Embracing the typical ‘machan’ style, you can feel the essence of nature‘s glory in the air filled with the essence of exotic spices and lush greenery. The resort has a range of activities to cater for all kinds of interests. You could relax in the resort, feeling close to nature while being pampered in the spa, or go and explore Thekkady to the fullest. It combines modern convenience with old time charm, perfectly. Holidays, can’t get closer to nature than this.

Kandaghat

Located far, far away from the frenetic bustle of urban life – and in the lap of serene alpine beauty – Kandaghat offers you the nirvanic bliss and tranquility you have been longing for.

For working professionals looking for a much-needed break, Kandaghat is a great place to rejuvenate and achieve a personal “target” of fun with family or friends. During spring, this hill-town will welcome you with its colorful flowers and juicy fruits hanging from the trees in the orchards. During the winter, around Christmas, the snowfall creates a sea of white all around for a sight like no other! What’s more is that you can also visit Shimla and other scenic places as they’re in the vicinity of Kandaghat.

Club Mahindra Kandaghat:

Club Mahindra’s resort in this hill town is quite magnanimous as it is spread over 14 acres of land and equipped with every amenity you can ask for while being on a holiday. The glorious sight of snow-capped peaks along with views to last a lifetime, a Christmas spent at Kandaghat is something you’re bound to remember for a long time indeed!

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