Sunday 29 July 2012

Club Mahindra Lake Pavna (Pawna) Resort Tungi Lonavala Maharashtra

I signed up for club Mahindra while I was on a roaming at a city mall in my hometown Bangalore. A boy approached me and asked me for my name and number, I asked him why he wanted that information, and he said there would be a lucky draw so I gave him my number. After 4 days I received a call from the Club Mahindra office informing me that I had won a complimentary holiday. I was very happy but there was a catch, I had to sign up for a Club Mahindra membership. I found the membership fee was very reasonable and the EMIs were really low. So I signed up for the holiday and have never regretted signing up for the holiday membership.

Just about 85 kms from Pune is a tiny village named Tungi. Based on the foothills of Tungi Fort and overlooking Lake Pavna and Tikona Fort gives the village a wonderful location advantage. And if you get to stay at Lake Pavna a resort by Mahindra Holidays you couldn’t be asking for anything better to cheer you up for a weekend or any other days for that matter. The property sits on the edge of the mountain giving fabulous views of pristine landscape that falls in Taluka Maval.

Lake Pavana as the resort is called is one of the latest properties introduced by Mahindra Holidays. Not very large in size and given its excellent access to Mumbai and Pune, I can imagine the demand from its members. However, if you fail to get a booking, you do have the option to stay at hotels on the main road or in Lonavala itself. The property is set on many acres. Club cars and other vehicles are at guests disposal. Rooms are excellent with many offering view of the Pavana dam and its backwaters. Only one restaurant was functional. The food was good but as expected it was expensive. And why not? Guests don’t have options to eat out unless one is willing to tackle 18 kms of bad road!

Club Mahindra Snowpeaks Manali Tourism

Manali is a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh known for its outstanding natural beauty and scenic sightseeing spots.

Just 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal and Zanskar ranges. From temples to antiquity, to picturesque sight-seeing spots and adventure activities, Manali is a popular resort for all seasons and for all travelers.

The climate of Manali remains pleasant mostly through the year. In winter, that is from October to February the temperature can fall below zero. It is an ideal time for skiing and enjoying snowfall. Summer that is the period from March to June is ideal for various adventure sports. The climate remains pleasant through the day and cold during night. 

The city of Manali consists of a mixed population of educated elites. But, there are many indigenous tribes present in and around Manali. Most of the local indigenous inhabitants of Manali belong to the aboriginal tribal community of Kinnaur. Gujjars are another indigenous community present. Most of the natives speak Manali language.

Tourism in Manali receives a large impetus from the opportunities on offer for adventure sports like River Rafting, Skiing, Paragliding, Trekking, Hiking, Mountaineering, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, River crossing, Jeep Safari, Motor Cycling, Rock Climbing, Angling etc.

The important tourist places nearby Manali worth a visit are Hadimba Temple, Buddhist Monastery, Vashisth Hot Sulphur Spring, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Club House, Van Vihar, Manu temple, Mall Road, Nehru Kund, Kothai, Gulaba, Rahala Fall, Marhi, Rani Nala and Manikaran Sahib.

Nestled amongst a thickly wooded rainforest is the resort of Club Mahindra Tusker Trails at Thekkady

Thekkady in Kerala State, India’s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.
The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady makes a wonderful stopover. No matter whether you are here for adventure, fun, wild life or nature, Thekkady will never disappoint you. Thekkady tourism offers something exceptional for every visitor here. There is a bevy of interesting outdoor leisure activities like bird watching, wild life safari and boating in the Periyar Lake, which will give you a wonderful chance to spot herds of elephants and other large animals like bisons and deer in their natural habitat.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the last homes of the Indian tigers, holds the repute of one of the best maintained wild life sanctuaries in the country. Spread over an area of 777 sq km, dotted with thick evergreen forest, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a treasure trove of some of the rare species of flora and fauna that are native of Kerala. The flora of the park includes over 1965 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids and the only South Indian conifer. Apart from the tigers, the park has a diverse wild life including wild elephant, gaur, wild boar, lion tailed macaque, Nilgir Tahr and Malabar giant squirrel among others.  The best time to visit animals is during summer   (March- May). The Sanctuary Watch Tower situated in the forest interior gives you a panoramic view of the park.

Hotel Club Mahindra Dancing Waters Resort in Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal, the nine cornered lake and a weekend getaway around Delhi is situated 25 kms from Nainital and 4 kms from Bhimtal. Also spelt Naukuchiyatal, it is the deepest lake in the Lake district of Nainital. The Lake Resort in Naukuchiatal is set amidst 70 acres of dense oak forest and is famous for its peaceful and serene settings offering a panoramic view of Naukuchiatal Lake. You get a  lakeview from all the rooms and a multitude of activities and great sight seeing options like Bhimtal, Nainital & Sattal. It is believed that Naukuchiatal dates back to the Mahabharata when the Pandavas came to Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal during their days of banishment. Naukuchiatal is also famous for a local belief as per which you can attain Nirvana if you see all nine corners of Naukuchiatal Lake from a Single Point. Discover your abode by the lake. Discover Naukuchiatal.

Choose a room that offers you a view of Lake Naukuchiatal. There several private run as well as state runs hotels and resorts in the vicinity of Lake Naukuchiatal. You can choose one that suits your budget and enjoy this weekend getaway with family or friends. Naukuchiatal literally means the nine-cornered lake. According to an ancient folk-lore, anyone who can spot each of the nine corners of the Naukuchiatal Lake attains a stage of nirvana. Naukuchiatal is located in the central Himalayas (Kumaon) and falls in the buffer zone between the indo-malay and palaearctic climates. The spring-summer season in this zone is amazingly beautiful. While Naukuchiatal itself has a hundred and more charms of its own, there are a number of other pretty places close-by. Nainital, the queen of Kumaon is just an hour’s drive away. The majestic royal Bengal tigers of Corbett are not too far away either. 

Club Mahindra HOMESTAY at Alleppey

Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in Kerala. It has a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large networks of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the Malabar Coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event.

Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated it in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike.

The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one first hand experience of the life style; toddy tapping, fishing for small fry, Coir-making, prawn farming etc., which remains more or less unchanged over the years.

It is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural features, the Sreekrishna Temple confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity.

Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this village is known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.

Champakulam - the water logged village is also the place of oldest angadi (market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists and believers. In Champakulam you can see Nadubhagum and Champakulam snake boats which take part in the annual snake boat races.

Friday 20 July 2012

Ooty Tourist Places and Hill Station Travel Guide

Ooty is a popular tourist destination in the southern part of India. Soothing climate which calms your nerves, tall and towering mountains, lush green tea gardens, picturesque landscape, and dense forests provides the perfect ambiance for the visiting tourist. Ooty has several tourist attractions. The number of tourists who travel to Ooty is increasing every year.  It also borders three states of India. People from Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala can visit Ooty easily. It is 155 Km away from Mysore (Karnataka) and 187 km away from Kozhikode (Kerala)

It is accessible by Air, Train and Road. Nearest cities are Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Kozhikode.
Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore is the nearest Airport to Ooty. It is 105 Km away from Ooty. Pe.
Kozhikode Airport is another Airport which is nearby to Ooty. Ooty has another Airport at Bangalore which is around 250 Km away from Ooty. Bangalore Airport is also one of the most favored airports for international tourists who visit Bangalore and drive from there to Ooty.

Nearest Broad-gauge railway station is at Mettupalayam which is 45 Km away. Mettupalayam is well connected with Chennai and Coimbatore. From Mettupalayam Ooty has a Mountain railway which takes nearly 4 hours to reach Ooty. Mountain railways here are declared as a heritage site by UNESCO.
Ooty is well connected by Road from almost all cities in India. It has direct road transport from Bangalore, Kozhikode, Chennai, Coimbatore and other cities.

Some of the places you can visit around Ooty are:
  • Government Botanical Gardens
  • Doddebetta peak
  • Rose Gardens
  • Wax Museum
  • Boating at Pykara
  • hidden valley
  • Sims park
  • Dolphin’s nose
  • Pine forests
 When you visit Ooty, you just cannot ignore NMR, Nilgiri Mountain Railway. NMR is one of the oldest mountain railways in India and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. This connects Ooty with Mettupalayam town. Another important feature of Ooty is the flower Kurinchi which blossoms once in twelve years.

Sasan Gir National Park Tourism

Sasan Gir is an important wildlife sanctuary in India. It is a popular tourist place in Gujarat. Gir National Park is well known all over the world as the last habitat of the Asiatic lion. A land with a long and deep historical past, Sasan Gir is popular with many Indian voyagers, travelers and adventurers. Located in the Junagarh district of Gujarat, it is an important part of tourism in Gujarat. The tourist attractions in Sasan Gir include the National Park, the historic town of Junagarh, the ancient temple of Somnath, and the beaches of Ahmedpur Mandwi and Chorwad. The tour packages for Sasan Gir National Park offer a variety of itineraries that cover most of the tourist attractions in Sasan Gir.  The major tourist attractions of Sasan Gir are:

Sasan Gir National park: It is the last refuge of the Asiatic Lion and it is very popular. This park was made a sanctuary by the Nawab of Junagarh. He initiated the conservation efforts that followed. Safaris are conducted at dawn or dusk by jeep and you can spot rare animals through the safaris. The National Park has a wide range of wildlife on display that includes lions, panthers, caracal, hyena, wild cat, sambar, chital, chowsingha, wild boar, nilgai, langur, macaques, and chinkara.

Nalsarovar Lake: This is one of the three reservoirs that adjoin the Sasan Gir wildlife sanctuary. The Nalsarovar Lake is home to a large species of birds, including migratory species that arrive here from far off places. The main bird species spotted here are: partridges, wood peckers, sand grouse, cuckoos, bush quail, paradise flycatcher, eagles, parrots, and flamingos. 

Junagarh: Junagarh is a town that has a deep history. It was part of the former princely state of Junagarh. It has several tourist attractions like the Girnar temples, mahabat ka maqbara, uperkot fort and durbar hall museum. 

Club Mahindra Backwater Retreat Ashtamudi Kerala Resorts

Ashtamudi the water paradise is an important backwater tourism hub in Kerala. It is the second largest and the deepest wetland ecosystem. It is next to the Vembanad Lake of Kerala. As per its name the lake branches off into eight different waterways during its course. This lake is famous for its house boat cruising option. It is a relaxed way of exploring the once upon a time port city of Kollam. Ashatamudi is popularly known as the gateway to the backwaters. It offers plenty of sight seeing opportunities. Places to visit  and activities to do around Ashatamudi are:

Kollam Boat Jetty The lake begins from the south connecting the Thiruvananthapuram water canal to Alapuzha touching Kadavoor bridge, with peninsular areas of water and tourism resorts to Kureepuzha, Thrikkadavoor temple. Kollam was earlier a trade centre for cashew nut, tobacco, coir, timber, fish, and khadi. It is now a popular tourist spot due to the Ashtamudi Lake.

It is the turning point to Alapuzha, the state water route and the largest part of the lake.

Munrore Islands
It is another lake within the Ashtamudi lake,smaller in size, facing the Kallada river on one side and is popular for Tourism.

Veerabhadra Temple This temple is located on the eastern shore of Ashtamudi Lake almost in the middle of the lake shore and this is proper Ashtamudi – a marginal land area of 2 kms in length with water on 3 sides

is the main attraction for lake everywhere. The boats are mechanized ones with carrying capacity of 10 plus, speed boats for 3 plus and double Decker passenger boats for 50 plus are available. A journey of minimum 2 hours to 5 hours will give the satisfaction.  It is trendy to stay in the house boats and they are extremely popular with the tourists. 

Accommodation in Binsar

Binsar is located at a height of 2400 meters above sea level. It is a well known forest reserve in Uttarakhand. The place offers visitors a panoramic view of the mesmerizing snowcapped Himalayan peaks. It offers a view of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Panchchuli and Nanda Kot. Binsar can be easily accessed by bus, rail and air. It is a popular weekend getaway destinations.

Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport which is at a distance of 127 kilometers from Binsar. It connects Binsar to the other parts of the country. The nearest railway station to Binsar is Kathgodam. It is located at a distance of 121 kilometers from Binsar. Kathgodam connects Binsar to important cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jammu and Kanpur.

By road Binsar is located at a distance of 380 kilometers from Delhi. It takes about 10 hours by road from Delhi to Binsar.

Tucked away in the Kumaon Hills, lies Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, a forest reserve sprawling over an area of about 47 sq km, the sanctuary extends tourists a wide variety of floral species, fauna as well. With so much to explore, Binsar truly makes way to be one of the ideal destinations in the Uttaranchal. Miles away from the clutter and clamor of city life, an escape to the wilds would be a truly fascinating as well as refreshing experience.

Binsar is one of the most scenic areas and highly-acclaimed hill resort in the Kumoun hills. It is located at a distance of about 26 kms from Almora. Surrounded by abundant garlands of alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss, and many other species of wild flowers, Binsar is surely one of the most delightful places to visit. Apart from the glorious mountain range and the varied flora and fauna, Binsar extends tourist a plethora of attractions. 

Thursday 12 July 2012

Club Mahindra Royal Demazong Gangtok Details

Covered in clouds Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 above sea-level. The town provides a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga. Gangtok was once an important transit point for traders travelling between India and Tibet. Today it is a busy administrative and business centre.  It also presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town that offers travelers all possible amenities. Hotels are available catering to all price ranges along with eateries that serve a variety of cuisines catering to all taste buds. Gangtok also has shopping complexes, night clubs, pool parlors and other recreational activities for those who are looking for such services.

MG marg the main market place of Gangtok is a great place for shoppers. The mall is lined with shops on both sides for those who want to shop. On MG marg an annual food and culture festival is conducted in the month of December. In this festival the multi cultural cuisine of Sikkim is presented along with songs and dances. This event attracts a large number of tourists and locals each year. You can also get a bird’s eye view of Gangtok from the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway. 

The one kilometer ride from Deorali to Tashiling costs Rupees thirty and takes seven minutes. Each cabin of the ropeway can fit in twenty-five people at a time. The ropeway has been fitted with fully computerized modern safety mechanism of international standards. There is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman at Hanuman Tok. This temple is located at a height of 7200 feet. The location is completely free of pollution of city life. Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is the most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world; NIT is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas.

Book Mahindra Resort in Coorg

Coorg is a beautiful hill station in the southern state of Karnataka. It is nestled in the Western Ghats like a shinning emerald. Coorg is not yet fully discovered by tourists. It is a leafy and hilly paradise in the southern part of India. This hilly paradise is geographically very different from the rest of the Karnataka state. Besides its natural beauty and historical attractions Coorg also has the largest number of golf courses in India. There are various attractions in Coorg besides the natural wonders that Coorg is. Coorg offers you the chance to experience nature at its best. You can hike through the lovely coffee plantations or the spice plantations. You can also trek to the beautiful Abbey falls. You could enjoy a peaceful time in the lush green hills. For those who are inclined to adventure Coorg offers trekking option to the Tadiandamol peak.

You can take a walk in the green forests surrounding Coorg or visit the Dubare forest in particular. Dubare forest is located on an island and it has the state run elephant training camp. Visit this place to view the daily routine of tamed elephants. Watch them being scrubbed and cleaned.

Tipu Sultan’s fort and various temples in Coorg ensure that the historically inclined and the religiously inclined are not disappointed in Coorg. You could try the Coorg cuisine cooked in fresh coconut and spices. You could also get a glimpse of Tibetan culture in nearby Bylakuppe.

There are plenty of sightseeing options in Coorg. Start your sightseeing tour with Madikeri. Visit the quaint Omkareshwara temple which is part Islamic, part Keralite and part Gothic. This temple was built in 1820. You can also view the lovely sunset by visiting the Raja’s seat. You could also view some ancient relics from the past at the St. Mark’s church museum. You could also see Buddhist monasteries dotting the landscape of Coorg near Bylakuppe. Coorg is also known as the Scotland of India.

Monday 9 July 2012

Poovar island a piece of paradise

Poovar is an island located thirty kilometers away from the state capital of Trivandrum. So it is easily approachable. Poovar Island resort is the only resort in the area with beach on one side and backwaters on the other. Poovar Island can be approached from the mainland by taking a short boat ride from the town of Poovar. This place is ideal for honeymooning couples.  

Poovar Island is enveloped in the serene backwaters of Kerala. It is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the east and the majestic Western Ghats towards the west. Swaying coconut palms, beautiful golden sands and the ultramarine backwaters add to the lustre of the place. Beautiful crimson sunsets and lush green vegetation give the place a paradise like look. It is an ideal getaway for a quiet holiday in natural surroundings. For accommodation you have the choice between floating cottages and land cottages. You could also enjoy a boating cruise along the palm-fringed shores of the backwaters.

If you wish to focus on a feeling of well-being go for the Ayurvedic treatments that will help you relax and rejuvenate. You can experience a touch of luxury with a combination of therapies to enjoy the best of the Ayurvedic spas that are present in Poovar. The Ayurveda spas in Poovar are the best known in Kerala and India.  The Poovar Island is close to popular beaches of Kerala like the Kovalam beach. In Poovar you can see the blue sea meeting the green backwaters and relish a slice of paradise as you look at the serene waters. Get rid of all your stress, tension, and deadline pressures and relax to the sound of the lilting waters. This is the place to lose yourself and recreate the best moments of your life. Poovar Island is a truly out of this world experience. 


Can the middle class citizen of India dream of holidaying in exotic locations. I would say no to that. Bogged down as we are with work and family life, our holidays are spent attending to the needs of the family and visiting relatives if we manage to find time to holiday. I managed to holiday in exotic locations in India thanks to Club Mahindra, who have resorts in some 42 destinations in India and abroad. I got my Club Mahindra membership through a phone call that I got at my office informing me about the Club Mahindra tour package. The rates were so reasonable that I immediately signed up. I have never regretted my decision.

The pristine beaches of Pondicherry also known as Pudducherry remind you the French colonial culture. This is one of the seven union territories of India. Presently Pondicherry town is the capital of the union territory. Pudducherry literally translated means new town. Popularly known as Pondy the town is a favorite destination of those who want to enjoy the pristine beaches of Pondicherry. Pondicherry is located on the Coromandel shoreline. It was ruled by the French for three centuries. Today it is a living monument of the French culture in India.

What attracts tourists to Pondicherry is its beautiful beaches, its natural beauty and the pleasant climate. The cuisine is also superb here and beer is cheaply available.

Pondicherry was a French colony from 1675 to 1954 and it became a part of the Indian union in 1954. Pondicherry was once upon a time an obscure village that later became a centre for learning. Pondicherry is full of historical architectural marvels. One of the main attractions of Pondicherry is the Sri Aurobindo ashram, where Sri Aurobindo and the mother spent time uplifting the society around them.  Some of the other attractions of Pondicherry are Auroville, Church of the sacred Heart of Jesus and the lovely beaches of Pondicherry.

Looking out for resorts in Ooty – the beautiful hill station.Check out Club MahindraDerby Green Ooty resorts.

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is one of the most popular hill stations in the southern part of India. It is located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240 meters. Ooty is the headquarter district where the two ranges meet. This region is blessed with greenery and is one of the most beautiful in the state. The greenery in Ooty is chiefly comprised of tea and coffee plantations but besides these there are conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle. The temperature in summer doesn’t soar above 25 degree Celsius with a minimum of 10 degree Celsius. The temperature in winter hits a low of 5 degree Celsius and a high of 21 degree Celsius. This lovely hill station was discovered by the British in the 18oos. The British were however not the first inhabitants of Ooty. It was inhabited by a tribe called Todas before the British discovered it. The first railway line to Ooty however was constructed by the British and they made it the summer capital of the Madras presidency. The places of interest in and around Ooty are:

Government botanical garden Ooty: This garden was laid out by the Marquis of Tweedale in 1847. It is divided into 6 parts, lower garden, new garden, Italian garden conservatory, fountain terrace and nurseries.  This garden is lush green and has well maintained lawns. It has several rare species of trees.
Rose garden:  The rose garden is located at a distance of 1 kilometer from the railway station. It can be easily accessed by roads from both sides.

Lake Park: The lake park is located on the banks of the Ooty Lake. It is close to the bus stand and opposite the Ooty railway station.

Ooty Lake: The Ooty Lake is the pride of the Nilgiri hills. Boating facilities were started here in the year 1973. There are several other places worth visiting in and around Ooty like the Doodabetta falls, the deer park and the government museum. 

Thursday 5 July 2012

Club Mahindra Spiti Valley Eco Tourism Reviews

Spiti is known as Little Tibet because it is the same terrain, vegetation and climate. Spiti is the sub-division of the Lahaul and Spiti district with its headquarters at Kaza. Spiti means middle country in the local language. It lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Kulu. From Shimla via Kinnaur there is a motorable road which remains open upto Kaza for 8 to 9 months. A large Tibetan population is settled in Spiti. Lahaul spiti is located at a distance of one-hundred and twenty kilometers from Manali. Since the Spiti valley is located in the rain shadow area, the weather remains pleasant in the summer months that is from May to mid-October. This is the best time to visit this valley. It rarely rains and the mercury does not go above thirty degree Celsius and does not go below fifteen degree Celsius during the summer months. One can enjoy bright sunshine wandering in the beautiful valley. There is little or no rain during the monsoon season. The days are hot and nights are cold so heavy to light woolens are recommended when travelling to this area. During winters that is from November to April it snows heavily and the temperature goes below minus.

The ideal time to visit Spiti is summer that is May to mid-October. The staple food of the people of this valley is buckwheat or Kathu as they call it. Barley, wheat and rice are also consumed. Smoking of tobacco and drinking of local liquor is common among the men folk, but is forbidden for the ladies. Spiti is an emerging tourist place and is a curious blend of culture and nature. Sphiti has a blend of Budhism and Hinduism. Lahaul and Spiti are two different valleys. While Lahaul is green and full of vegetation, Spiti is dry and like a dessert.

Village Tourism - Visit Kullu-Manali

Holidaying for the middle class citizen of India is an impossible dream. Bogged down as one is with work and family responsibilities, the never ending demands of the family and office leave you with little town and money to holiday. Thanks to Club Mahindra’s unique holiday concept this impossible dream comes true. I got my Club Mahindra membership through a club Mahindra executive when I was roaming with my wife and child at a shopping mall. The executive just asked for my name and mobile number and I received a call from the Club Mahindra team informing me that I had won a complimentary holiday with my family. The pre-condition was that I should buy a Club Mahindra membership. I was in a fix. I enquired the price of the membership and found that it was very reasonable.  The EMIs were really low, so I signed up with them. I have never regretted my decision would recommend Club Mahindra to everyone. I visited Kullu Manali through my Club Mahindra membership. Kullu is a valley that is known as the valley of the Gods. It is located between the majestic Himalayas. The calm and serene Beas River runs through the Kullu valley. The Kullu valley is surrounded by the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas.The greatest attraction of Kullu Manali is its proximity to the snowline. Manali is very popular with honeymooning couples and those who love adventure sports. Manali meaning the home of Manu is sacred to the Hindus and is treated as a place of pilgrimage. Places to visit in and around Kullu and Manali are:

The Rohtang pass-this opens to the public in mid-June and closes in November.

Raghunathji temple-this temple was established by Raja Jagat Singh who brought an idol of Raghunathji from Ayodhya.

Vaishno Devi-this temple is famous and pilgrims from all parts of India visit this place. There are several other places to visit in Kullu and Manali like the Kanwar sanctuary and the Jagannati temple. 

Enjoy hotel stay in Goa with Club Mahindra holiday packages

People visit Goa for sea food and beaches and Varca beach also fulfills that. It is a lovely beach with plenty of sea food options. Varca is a beautiful beach with long stretches of white sand and lovely dolphins to watch. Varca gives you the option of fishing and long boat rides. Varca is a very popular beach resort that is located just half an hour’s drive away from Margao. For local transportation make use of cycles and scooters. Varca is located in the southern part of Goa and it is far different from the hustle and bustle which is part of north Goa beaches. This is a beautiful, calm and peaceful beach. At just 5 kilometers away from Varca is Benaulim the popular tourist resort. If you are a sea food lover Varca is the place to be. It is full of sea food shacks for the sea food lover. Varca beach is ten kilometers long and has soft white sand. Varca is one of the most picturesque beaches of Goa. You can indulge in sun bathing and get massages done at Varca beach. As a tourist you can also go on boat rides and spot dolphins on Varca beach.

Because of the palm trees, coconut trees and other green vegetation located on it Varca beach is full of lush greenery. It is a pleasure to be in the calm and serene surroundings of Varca beach. Earlier Varca was considered as a fishing village but ever since it has been discovered by tourists it has become a favorite tourist spot. You can reach Varca by road , train and also by air. You can hire a taxi or travel by Dabolim airport. There are plenty of lodges in and around Varca including the popular Club Mahindra resort. You can travel to Varca to enjoy its scenic beauty.

Mashobra a charming hill station

For the middle class citizen holidaying in exotic locations remains a distant dream. It is impossible for them to dream of holidaying in the Himalayas, busy as they are with their office routine and the spare time goes in fulfilling the endless demands of the family. You can never save enough to plan a holiday. But thanks to Club Mahindra the distant dream becomes a reality. At their low EMIs you can visit 42 exotic destinations in India and abroad. Mashobra is one such exotic location in the list of Club Mahindra holidays that you can visit.

Mashobra is a charming hill station located in the Himalayas. It is surrounded by towering Cedar and Pine trees. This lovely hill station is an ideal gift of nature. There are numerous trekking and hiking trails for the nature lovers. So Mashobra has a lot to offer to the nature lovers. Mashobra is located on the Shimla-Naldhera road. It is ten kilometers away from the town of Shimla. Although this is a beautiful hill station it has not been explored by many. The lush green town of Mashobra houses a huge wildlife sanctuary. It is home to the rare musk deer. The town has many ancient temples around its beautiful landscape that one can visit. There are many apple orchards in the town of Mashobra that you can visit during your stay in Mashobra. You can also get a glimpse of colonial structure by visiting Apple Tree House and Wildflower Hall

You can also visit the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary as this lies nearby and get a glimpse of a rare collection of flora and fauna. You can spot many rare species of animals here. The protected musk deer is found here which you can see. You can enjoy winter sports like skiing by visiting Kufri which is located nearby.