5 quirky stay options for summer vacation

The summer holiday season is fast approaching. Looking for interesting places to spend the days with the gang or the family? We’ve put together a list of summer vacation staycations that guarantee safe locations combined with unique experiences that inspire you to travel mindfully.

Chanoud Garh, Pali, Rajasthan

Located near the village of Chanoud in the heart of the Rajasthani countryside, the 300-year-old fortified palace has been superbly restored into a heritage property showcasing the taste of true Rajput hospitality. A quiet getaway to explore this region, Chanoud Garh takes you back to a time of enduring local traditions. It combines modernity with regal splendor and has been painstakingly restored to perfection. Food is an integral part of the whole experience and so every meal is an occasion adorned with menus that have been in the family for generations. Experiences that promise to bring the rich heritage of Chanoud Garh to life include jeep safaris, heritage walks, interaction with locals, hikes, unspoiled rural villages and culinary workshops. Book here.

Nearest airport: Jodhpur – 125 km

Chapslee, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Just steps from Mall Road in Shimla, Chapslee is one of Elysium Hill’s oldest estates and one of the first to be converted into a heritage hotel as far back as 1973. Beyond colonial charm that retains timeless elegance from the days of the Raj, the many guided activities offered by Chapslee showcase the best of Shimla. Think trails through pine forests, jungle picnics, heritage walks and apple orchards. Book here.

Assam Bengal Sailing Cruise

Explore Eastern India in a unique way as you cruise India’s greatest rivers – the Ganges and Brahmaputra in a boutique boat. ABN was the first to offer long-distance Indian river cruises on “World River-Cruising”. There’s something pleasantly vintage about ABN’s cruise ships. The mighty Brahmaputra River was previously considered too wild to navigate until Assam Bengal Navigation embarked on its first maiden voyage. They offer four to ten nights filled with adventure, wildlife, village walks, visits to tea gardens or artisan villages, exploring countryside towns by hand-pulled rickshaw, picnics and barbecues on changing river islands and dance performances. A cruise on the Ganges is all about exploring small hamlets and temple towns in a little-known but culturally rich part of eastern India. Your three to seven night itinerary will include the mighty temple city of Kalna, the historically rich plassey, the abundance of heritage in Murshidabad, the Mughal ruins of Gaur and the relics of colonial rule by the French, Dutch and British . Consult here the itinerary of the year.

Vanghat, Corbett, Uttarakhand

A beacon of sustainable tourism in modern times, Vanghat is one of the most remote wildlife lodges located on a secluded bank of the Western Ramganga River inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The verdant landscape is home to nine spacious cottages which offer absolute privacy and comfort – each dedicated to a different group of wildlife, named and painted accordingly to give them a unique identity. The outdoor expanse and setting of the property means you can view wildlife even from the property. Book here.

Windermere Retreats, Kerala

The curated properties of Windermere – The Estate & The River House are the epitome of calm and serenity and are nestled in spectacular yet diverse locations in Kerala. Located on the banks of the Periyar River at the foot of the Western Ghats, the charming Windermere River House offers excellent experiences and thoughtful services. The loudest sound you will hear is the lapping of water or the cry of a bird. Find yourself a nice place to go fishing or laze with a book watching the river flow. With a backdrop of tea gardens, lush hills and fields of cardamom, Windermere Estate is famous for its unique ambience and charm. The property serves as the base for a spectacular day hike to the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, the Meespulliamala. Windermere Estate is ideal for those looking for an idyllic mountain retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Book here.

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