Fort Stays River Cruises: 5 Ways To Spend The Last Days Of 2021
Fancy a few quiet days to celebrate the end of the year holidays? Discover the quaint towns of India, rural hamlets and Himalayan villages, cruise along mighty rivers and traverse breathtaking landscapes.
For the travel obsessed, there is a treasure trove of options. You can also offer experiences that create memories. Here is a list that guarantees safe and remote locations combined with unique experiences that make you travel mindfully.
Chanoud Garh, Pali, Rajasthan
Located near the village of Chanoud in the heart of rural Rajasthan, the 300 year old fortified palace has been beautifully 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 an era of long-lived local traditions. It combines modernity and regal splendor and has been painstakingly restored to perfection. Food is an integral part of the whole experience, so every meal is an occasion complemented by menus that have been in the family for generations. Experiences that promise to bring Chanoud Garh’s rich heritage to life include jeep safaris, heritage walks, chat with locals, treks, unspoiled rural villages, and culinary workshops.
Printed price: 18,000 INR ++ *
Operational state: All year round except May and June
Nearest airport: Jodhpur – 125 Km
Chapslee, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Just steps from Mall Road in Shimla, Chapslee is one of the oldest estates in Elysium Hill and one of the first to be converted into a heritage hotel as early as 1973. Beyond colonial charm that retains elegance Timeless from the days of the Raj, the many guided activities offered by Chapslee showcase the best of Shimla. The Christmas period is particularly pleasant as you are taken on trails through pine forests, offer picnics in the jungle and go on heritage walks. For those who wish, you can even take horseback rides on lesser-known country roads surrounded by apple orchards. The special dinners in the beautiful dining room are a time to celebrate and, if luck turns in your favor, you can enjoy the magic of a White Christmas.
Printed price: INR 19,500 ++ *
Operational state: Closes after Christmas and reopens in March
Nearest airport: Chandigarh (4 hours)
Assam Bengal Sailing Cruise
Explore eastern India in a unique way as you descend India’s largest rivers – Ganges and Brahmaputra in a charming ship. ABN was the first to place Indian long-distance river cruises on “World River-Cruising”. There is something pleasantly vintage about ABN cruise ships. The mighty Brahmaputra River was previously considered too wild to navigate until Assam Bengal Navigation embarked on its maiden maiden voyage. They offer four to ten nights filled with adventure, wildlife, village walks, visits to tea gardens or craft villages, exploring country towns in rickshaws pulled from behind. hand, picnics and barbecues on changing river islands and dance performances. Sailing 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.
Printed price: Dancing Monks & Riverine Culture from INR 75,000 ++ * per person for 3 nights and 4 days. Brahmaputra River City & Beyond Cruises start from INR 66,400 ++ * per person for 2 nights and 3 days.
Operational state: Specific to the season. Currently, the Brahmaputra sails in January, February and March. Next cruise: December 30 and January 2.
Nearest airport for the Brahmaputra cruise: Guwahati
Nearest airport for Bengal cruise: Calcutta
Vanghat, Corbett, Uttarakhand
A beacon of sustainable tourism in modern times, Vanghat is one of the most remote animal sanctuaries located on a secluded bank of the Western Ramganga River inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The verdant landscape is home to nine spacious chalets that provide absolute privacy and comfort – each dedicated to a different group of wild animals, named and painted accordingly to give them a unique identity. The exterior expanse and setting of the property means you can view wildlife even from the property.
Printed price: INR 6,499 ++ *
Operational state: October 1 to June 30
Nearest airport: Delhi – 300 Km
Windermere Retreats, Kerala
The 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. Situated on the banks of the Periyar River at the foot of the Western Ghats, the charming Windermere River House offers excellent experiences and attentive service. The loudest sound you will hear is the lapping of water or the cry of a bird. Find a lovely spot to fish or laze with a book while watching the river flow. With a backdrop of tea gardens, lush rolling hills and cardamom fields, the Windermere Estate is famous for its unique ambiance and charm. The property serves as the base for a spectacular day hike to the second largest peak in the Western Ghats, the Meespulliamala. Windermere Estate is ideal for those looking for an idyllic mountain hideaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Printed price: INR 11,000 ++ * (Validity: Until January).
Operational state: All year.
Nearest airport: Cochin 110 Km
Printed price: 30,000 INR (Redemption)
Operational status: All year
Nearest airport: Kochi airport 40 km
More details here.