Travel site Tripadvisor has announced its Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2012. The awards, based on feedback received from travelers all over the world, include the Top 25 Heritage Hotels in India.
Not surprisingly, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur occupies number one position on the list. Often referred to as the “Jewel of Jaipur”, it’s frequently voted the best hotel in India and the world. Also not surprising, 18 out of the 25 top heritage hotels are located in Rajasthan, particularly Jaipur and Jodhpur. It’s quite unexpected, and pleasing, to see that a couple of hotels from Alleppey (gateway to the Kerala backwaters) have made the list too.
Here’s how the list looks:
1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
3. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
4. Jaiwana Haveli, Udaipur (budget)
5. Samode Palace, Jaipur
6. Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur
7. Emerald Isle – The Heritage Villa, Alleppey
8. Rohet Garh, Rohet
9. KTDC Lake Palace, Thekkady
10. Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
11. Samode Haveli, Jaipur
12. Roopangarh Fort, Kishangarh
13. Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Udaipur
14. Brunton Boatyard, Kochi
15. Gajner Palace Hotel, Bikaner
16. The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur
17. Naila Bagh Palace, Jaipur
18. The House of MG, Ahmedabad
19. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur
20. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
21. Raheem Residency, Alleppey
22. Diggi Palace, Jaipur
23. Madhuban Hotel, Jaipur (mid range)
24. Umaid Mahal, Jaipur (mid range)
25. Connaught House, Mount Abu
We at www.outjourneys.com specially offers our Gay and Lesbian friends from across the world a taste of the Indian Heritage this winter, we are now offering a tour which is specially designed for the guests around the globe. This tour will consist of places which are the best destinations in terms of Heritage in India, we would like to offer them stays (accommodation) in different heritage properties and will have our gay friendly activities in the tour. Our Gay friendly chauffeurs and Gay Guides will take care of the guests for the entire tour and will take them to Gay parties and Gay venues across India.
We at Out Journeys are working constantly for the likes of the Gay and Lesbian guests and we always keep in mind the comfort and relaxation part of the tour.
The details of the tour are as follows:
India colourful and vibrant, a land as diverse as its people. A mosaic of faiths, cultures, customs and languages that blend harmoniously to form a composite whole. One of the world’s oldest living civilizations – which gave to the world – the concept of zero, the primordial sound Aum…Yoga, and Buddhism.
The ancient land of India portrays a landscape of vibrant cultural heritage and spiritual mysticism. This particular section invites you to lose yourself in a journey through the fascinating lanes of the country, which reflect its numerous national traits, such as art, national identity elements, cultural extravaganza, and so on. Living up to its name, this section houses information on all the elements that go on to shape this splendid nation called India, and is an enlightenment zone for anyone who wants to know all about this spiritual country.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrival to Delhi international airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Delhi.
- Evening: Excursion of a gay Bar / Night Club or an exclusive gay party.
Day 02: Delhi
This morning you take a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.
You will visit the Qutab Minar, a pillar monument built in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), and Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. You would also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre.
As for Old Delhi, you will visit Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid, while driving past the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the Red Fort.
Visit include rickshaw ride at Chandani chowk.
This day would end with an overnight stay at your friend`s place in Delhi.
- Evening: Excursion of a gay Bar / Night Club or an exclusive gay party.
- 01 body massage
Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur
After checking out from the hotel drive to Jaipur, Arrive at Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Day free to relax. The stay will be overnight at Jaipur.
- Evening visit to cinema at Raj Mandir to watch a movie.
Day 04: Jaipur
This morning gets you on an elephant first thing in the morning with a one way elephant ride to get to Amber Fort; the ancient capital of the State. You will also visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. In the afternoon, you visit to the city.
The capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 yrs old.
You will visit Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens and will drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. The stay will be overnight at Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
This day an early morning drive takes you to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs due to scarcity of water. It is dotted with graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Soon after arriving at Agra you transfer to the hotel. The stay will be overnight at Agra.
Day 06: Agra
Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort.
The stay will be overnight at Agra.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for visitors.
Day 07: Agra – Jhansi by train & Jhansi – Orchha by drive
Check out from hotel in morning. Transfer to railway station to board train for Jhansi. Arrive at Jhansi & drive to Orchha. Arrive at Orchha & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Orchha. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time & a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly: the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires & cenotaphs.
The stay will be overnight at Orchha.
Day 08: Orchha – Khajuraho
Morning drive to Khajuraho, Arrive at Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. Later visit the world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest & most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple – the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. The stay will be overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 09: Khajuraho Satna by drive and Satna Varanasi by train
Morning check out from hotel & straight drive to Satna and transfer to railway station to board train to Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi & transfer to hotel.
Later Half day sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple,Tulsi Manas Mandir,Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.
Day 10: Varanasi
Morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.
Later half day city tour of Sarnath
Visit the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum (Museum closed on Fridays).
The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.
Day 11: Varanasi – Delhi by flight and Departure
Check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi, Arrive at Delhi and stay in transit for onward journey.
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