Travelling across India is a remarkable journey itself and nobody wants to miss a single chance to taste the rich and diverse culture of this great country while on wheels. But is it possible to feel that spirit in present India? Though it is true that there are huge luxury resorts in all the famous and not-so-famous places in India; each of them offer every possible luxury services and those are enough to make you feel at home. However, the true flavor of our daily life is far from those luxury realities. So, if you want to taste the flavor of real Indian-life then the following Boutique hotels are ideal for you.
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Padnekad, Kerala
Love melancholy? This is the place for you. Situated by the seaside Neeleshwar Hermitage is a quiet place to enjoy Indian lifestyle. You may not call Neeleshwar an actual hermitage, but it many of the services provide by this luxury hotel has hermitage qualities. The actual luxury part of this resort is the feeling of asceticism. Smoking is prohibited here and there is a big no to TVs in the rooms. Instead of the idiot box an Ayurvedic doctor will take care of the guests.
The charges start at INR11,245
Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Ahilya, hanging high above the River Narmada is an all time breeze and enthralling hotel. Starting from the pale stone floors, dark timbers and ancient heavy doors the elegance and grandeur of a fort is well restored here. Richard Holkar is the man behind Ahilya. He is one of the Royal family members of Indore. The main attraction here is the famous hand weaving of Maheshwar. You may visit the nearby handloom centre during your stay here. peaceful bedrooms have finely woven fabrics and views.
There are nine doubles, two twins, a single, two tents; full-board costs £140
The House of MG, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
This Baroque-faced boutique heritage hotel is situated in the heart of Ahmedabad city. This was originally a home for Mangaldas Girdhardas, a wealthy mill owner. In the 1990s, Abhay Mangaldas, great-grandson to MG, took over the building and transformed it to a boutique hotel. Today, the 80,000sqft hotel is a strange mixture of elegant old-worldliness, frugal contemporary design and a colonial style comfort offered by canopied four-poster beds, vintage furniture and the famous jhulas of Gujrat. The hotel offers 38 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a gift shop, a salon, an indoor swimming pool, a health club, a banquet and conference space, plus their textile gallery and an art bookstore. Charges starting at $50
Chapslee, Elysium Hill, Himachal Pradesh
Are you in love with Himalayas? If so, then the famous hilly city Shimla can be your next destination. In Shimla, Chapslee is a real treat where you can enjoy serenity. Without the disturbance of mobiles, internet or TV it is the place where you can find ultimate peace. It is one of the oldest houses in the town. Originally, it was the summer residence of the late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala. The walls of the hotel now display its glorious past. Comfortable bedrooms, the hunting-lodge style sitting room are the places where you can enjoy an ancient royal life in present day. The hotel has four doubles, one suite; half-board from £190