Resorts & Hotels Review

This is where I write my hotel review blog posts. Please note some of the visits are sponsored by the hotels but the post will ALWAYS mention if I was invited by the Hotel / Resort / Homestay for the same.

Jan 172017
 
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge - A Review By desi Traveler

Raja Ampat Dive Lodge – Comfort In Lap of Nature Indonesia Before I start my series on my experience Raja Ampat Islands, I want to write about Raja Ampat Dive Resort that was our blissful base during our stay in Raja Ampat Islands Papua, Indonesia. You may wonder, what has happened to desi, he is writing about hotels and resorts now? Yes, you are right, I seldom write about the hotels I stay in for I feel there are better platforms that this blog to read about hotel reviews. I do hope to change that and write more often [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 142016
 
So Delhi Confluence at The Lalit

 The Good, the bad and the best of So Delhi Confluence at The Lalit Delhi Blogging as a creative medium and career choice is still evolving in India. Blogging as a career option is still trying to find its feet on the ground with only a handful of bloggers in India making decent money from blogging. Whenever I attend any blogging event, the talk eventually moves to “How to Make Money from Blogging”. Now, this always makes me a bit uncomfortable as I never started blogging with the intention of making money. I still do not make much money blogging, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 032016
 
It Was A Dark & Stormy Night in Satpura

The Lantern Man and other stories from Jungles of Satpura “It was a dark and stormy night”, those scary lines flashed across my mind as I saw the streak of light moving around in a serpentine fashion towards my cottage. I cursed myself for not remembering Hanuman Chalisa even though my grandmother had tried to teach it to me a hundred times when I  was growing. As the light continued to move languidly in my direction, stopping for a moment, and then continuing again the line “”It was a dark and stormy night”, now took me to old Bollywood movies [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052016
 
Haveli Dharampura  Delhi 6

Delhi Gets her own Heritage Hotel – Haveli Dharampura They say there were seven cities of Delhi. I say there are 7 cities of  Delhi. For I am not talking about the city of Delhi that is now found in history books or in the ruins of forts, that were once cursed by Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia as Ya Rahe Ujar, Ya Basey Gujar” या रहे  उजड़ या बसे गूजर. The patron saint of Delhi was upset with the mighty Emperor because he was diverting laborers from a step well that the saint was building towards the Tughlakabad fort. Emperors, plunderers [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 232015
 
Arabian Nights at Feynan Eco Lodge Jordan - Review

Sustainability at its best: Feynan Eco Lodge in Dana Biosphere Reserve Jordan By the time you realize that the Arabian nights has 1000s of tales you are hooked. One story leads to another and there are so many subplots that you can keep whole of Hollywood and Bollywood directors busy in making movies on them, such is the complexity of these simple tales that in the end connect you to a world that now only exists in fairy tales or in pockets of exotica like Petra, Wadi Rum and Feynan Eco Lodge. If you are like me you may [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 102015
 
Rangoli Frescoes in Rajasthan: A tradition lost & found

Rangoli Frescoes Found in Rajasthan I was watching Hitch the nth time and like every time Will Smith’s character Hitch says Hitch: Heard of Michelangelo? Heard of the Sistine Chapel? Albert: Yeah? [Points at himself] Hitch: Michelangelo. [Points at Albert] Hitch: Sistine Chapel. Albert: So you’re saying you can make this work? Hitch: My name is Alex Hitchens. Let’s go paint that ceiling. Now please look at the picture below it is a rangoli design right? But it is not painted on the floor it is painted on the ceiling!  The central sphere that you see is actually the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052015
 
Review of Houseboat Stay in Backwaters of Kerala

Review of Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters Let us continue with our love affair with God’s own country and in this post revisit the magical famed backwaters of Kerala. Though you may find backwaters in many places in Kerala right from Trivandrum to Kollam but it is Alleppey that has earned the moniker of Venice of East. Indeed these famed canals are the lifeline of most of the coastal and the preferred mode of transport. I have written about my cruises in the Alleppey backwaters when I visited the Champakulam Church one of the oldest Portuguese Church in India. But I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 112014
 
Kirikayan Boutique Hotel

 A Little Surprise in Koh Samui: The Kirikayan Boutique  Hotel Ah Koh Samui, so many memories, each better than other, every time I want to write about Koh Samui I am in a dilemma – should I write about the clean beaches that are great for water sports and even better to do nothing, or I should write about the eclectic Chewang road with its Thank God Its Friday attitude every single day ? So after the Koh Samui airport let me focus on the hotel we stayed in Koh Samui, the Kirikayan Boutique Hotel, Chaweng Beach. Luckily the hotel is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 282014
 
Birds, Bees, Flowers and Nature Watch at Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan

Nature watch at Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan: About Birds Bees and Flowers Most people associate Rajasthan with colors, palaces and forts, or with Tigers in Ranthambore, but let us not forget that Rajasthan is also the hotspot for some of the best birding activity in India, both Bharatpur and Tal Chapar is well known within birding circles. Now the purists may frown on me as some of the pictures you will see in this post are of domesticated fowl and some of common birds that we take for granted or totally ignore. But this ignorance was the cause of loss [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 202014
 
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort

Hotel Review : Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort As I mentioned in my post on my Top 10 experiences in Amazing Thailand that we stayed in some of the finest hotels and resorts during my trip to Thailand on invitation of Tourism Authority of Thailand New Delhi. During the last leg of the trip in Bangkok we stayed at Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa, on the banks of Chao Phraya the river of Kings.  A major challenge that most hotels face is to be a business hotel or to be a resort to relax. This dilemma multiplies when you are in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]