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.

Sightseeing

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

Udaipur Palace

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

Historic Places in Udaipur

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!

Go back in Time – Holiday at a Heritage Site

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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.

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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.

Udaipur

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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

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?

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So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head off to these awesome destinations!

Amazing Experiences at Club Mahindra

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Ahh vacations, the most wonderful time of the year, don’t we all look forward to that amazing relaxing vacation? It’s the time where we relax, unwind and leave behind all the stressful elements of our lives. Whenever you go on a vacation, you expect to have some magical experiences that wow you and stay with you for a long time.

With so many great places to visit in India, it’s really a case of having your pick from some really amazing choices. We’ve compiled four great resorts that Club Mahindra members have raved about and has their time of the lives at.

Nature:

For most of us who live in big cities, a return to nature is often exactly what we need as part of our vacation. That’s the beauty of Club Mahindra’s resorts. A common feedback received by Club Mahindra staff is of members loving the idea of going to a place that offers peace and tranquility that de-stresses them. Many of our members have had fabulous experiences at Club Mahindra’s resort in the heart of Corbett Park, one of India’s most iconic wildlife and nature reserves. The resort is located near the river which forms the lifeline of the flora and fauna. The beautiful cottages coupled with the amazing amenities and the vibe of this location make for an ideal vacation.

Incredible Surroundings:

One of the great things about India is that there are places that are simply amazing and have no peer in the whole world. Kerala’s famed backwaters are the most famous example of this. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. For the most part, they extend throughout the entirety of Kerala. Staying here, in these lagoons is a dream for most people. One of the most amazing experiences you can have is as Ashtamudi. The floating cottages of Club Mahindra are very unique. The location, the aura of the legendary backwaters and a perennial wonder are what set apart this destination. Ashtamudi makes for a rejuvenating holiday any time of the year.

Incredible Sorroundings

Amidst the Mountains:

There is a certain fascination we have with the Himalayas. They form an integral part of our famed mythology scriptures, are famous for their awe-inspiring mountains and other natural formations and are the custodians of India’s North, a larger than life colossus. Because of the incredible topographic diversity, they are divided into three parts – Lower, Middle and Upper Himalayas.

For those seeking a rejuvenating vacation, a visit to a destination in these parts would surely do the trick. Take for example Binsar Valley. Nestled among North-India’s Pine Forests, with a view of the great Himalayan Ranges, Binsar is a must-visit place for everyone. That’s not all, the melodious sound of various varieties of birds, the delight of seeing some very interesting flowers and of course the cool, pure breeze that sometimes people living in densely congested urban areas miss out on are just what make this place so awesome.

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Check it out for yourself here and experience the magic of Binsar!

Royal Treat:

Rajasthan has a charm of its own. From the sandy dunes of the Great Indian Desert to the iconic and unique culture that form the backbone of this State in Western India, not to mention the many forts and palaces that are as much part of this State’s identity as its culture, it’s one of the last-remaining bastions of Rajputana influences in India.

There really is no shortage with regards to what destinations to visit in this beautiful place. One of the most popular places for a really long time has been Udaipur; a truly royal destination. One of the great things is that Udaipur and many other iconic destinations still retail that old-world charm. The signature architecture of Rajasthan is still prevalent not only in the historic forts and palaces but also in exquisite resorts like the one Club Mahindra has. The combination of historic architecture and the modern touches that aid your stay in the best possible manner, with great service make Club Mahindra’s Udaipur resort a fantastic place for a holiday.

Royal Treat

All of this can be where you spend that amazing vacation that serves as the backdrop of magical moments that you cherish forever. What’s more with holidays for twenty-five years, it truly is a value proposition for you and your family. To know more about Club Mahindra’s Membership and information related to it, please click here.

A Holiday for the Soul – Baiguney, Paradise on Earth

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India is an incredible place – the sheer diversity with respect to food, language, landscape and so many other things, all melted into a homogenous culture that’s like no other. For most of us, getting up close and personal with nature, letting go of all the stress we face in our professional lives is probably the most important part of a holiday. At the same time, sampling multi-cultural cuisine and experience exotic cultures floats by our alley too. For all of this, Baiguney is an incredible destination.

Located in Sikkim, at the cusp of Northern India’s lush green fertile plains and the North-East with its unique and sadly, far unexplored culture and tradition, it’s a place like no other. Baiguney perfectly captures this sentiment; full of lush greenery, intimidating mountains and gushing river waters, it’s a vacation spot that entices you like no other. For nature lovers, it’s really a haven as the fresh air is truly refreshing and the breathtaking views of rivers and snow-capped mountains are inspiring to say the least. And for the adventure junkies, water rafting on the river Ranjeet, trekking and camping around the Baiguney area is an exhilarating experience to say the least.

Apart from enjoying Baiguney’s scenic beauty, you can visit monasteries, tea gardens and also try different types of cuisine.

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Amazing Sights

Two of the major tourist attractions here are Chakung and Phur Tsa Chu. Chakung offers a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain, and perhaps the most perilous mountain to summit in the world. If you are someone who enjoys this, you should definitely visit Pelling where you can see Kanchenjunga in her full glory.

On the other hand, Phur Tsa Chu is a hot spring that is a popular pilgrimage site, especially during the January to March period. The Temi Tea Gardens produce one of India’s finest brews and the iconic Tibetan monasteries and Kali temple of Kalimpong are also reasons enough for you to visit Baiguney. Namchi, home to the old Ngadak Monastery, boasts of the spectacular Rock Garden.

The Khecheopalri lake, locals believe makes wishes come true. This lake is of religious significance to Buddhists and Hindus alike. A 135 feet-high statue of Guru Padamasambhava, the highest in the world, is located in Samdrupste.

Foodie’s paradise

Like most Indian places with a lot of history, Baiguney has a unique cuisine. An interesting aspect to note is that it’s a blend of Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian preparations. Gyakho, a traditional soup made with meat and vegetables, and boiled over a charcoal stove, is something you must try and so is Pakku, which is nothing but mutton curry served with rice.

If you wish to give your palate a true taste of local flavour, you must have Chaangisa, a mild alcohol made from cereals like finger millet, rice, barley or wheat. Momos, popularized all over India by roadside stalls and even mainstream restaurants originated here.

Reaching Baiguney:

Baiguney is 97 kilometres from Siliguri in West Bengal. Siliguri is an important town because it serves as the most popular place that links West Bengal and in turn, the rest of India to Sikkim and Darjeeling. The nearest airport is located at Bagdogra, at 120 kilometres. The nearest railway station, West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri, is also 120 kilometres away.

Baiguney

 Club Mahindra Baiguney:

Club Mahindra’s resort in Baiguney offers a unique view of the surrounding greenery and mountains. The weather, that is pleasantly cool all year round, only makes your stay in this little paradise more comfortable. With a blend of classical design and modern amenities, it’s definitely one of the best places to stay at here.

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Magical Moments on your Travels

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”  ― Terry Pratchett

The world has so many amazing places to visit, so many sights and sounds for you to cherish, that it would be impossible to see all of it in one lifetime. Travelling is one of the best parts about life – going to a distant place, soaking in the culture and vibe is an experience like no other. With your hectic schedule and busy weekdays, you haven’t had the chance to go out and explore some truly amazing places. Well, this is something you owe to yourself and your family.

New Experiences:

Nothing stimulates the human mind like doing something new. The concrete jungles that we live in leave little room for many magical things that we see in the countryside. Head out into the wild in search of new experience, or do something that you’ve never done, or perhaps, reclaim a lost passion –

Magical Moments on Your Travel

Rock climbing/Rappelling

There’s something thrilling about strapping yourself in and climbing a rock face or rappelling between gorges. The exhilarating euphoria and the adrenaline rush are sure to satisfy the most ardent of adventure freaks.

Trekking

Of all the things you can do at amazing resorts like the ones Club Mahindra has all around the country, exploring the amazing scenery around the resorts is one of the best things you can do as nothing beats nature in sheer awesomeness.

Trekking through the jungles of the lower Himalayas is a very unique experience. These jungles are nothing like the ones in the rest of the country. The woods, the rhododendrons and the sunshine filtering through the trees, walking on fallen leaves on pathways that have preserved nature’s most intimate secrets; this is one of those experiences you’re never likely to forget.

Jungle Safari

Jungle Safari

Seeing wildlife in their backyard, unshackled and in their element is a sight to behold. For those who haven’t been on a safari, it’s nothing like you’ve done. For once, you’re entering a domain is controlled by the

A Day at the Beach

Day at the Beach

The beach is one of those places you can’t get enough of. It’s simple, elegant and timeless. No matter how many times you visit a beach, its allure and appeal never diminishes. In spite of a deceptively simple recipe, beaches have a personality of their own. From the sand to the ocean providing million-dollar views, this is one place where memories, magical moments are enshrined forever in your minds.

Throwback to a Glorious Past

The rich heritage and history of India is inspiring. Generations of rulers and empires have established their presence across our great nation. Even though they’re long gone, some of the things they left behind are still pristine and a glorious reminder of their heyday. Why not visit such places and soak in the atmosphere there? What’s more is that you can even stay at a heritage building like the one pictured above! Many resorts such as Club Mahindra’s resorts in Ooty and the grand palaces in Rajasthan have now been converted into resorts that you can stay in!

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