The Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel

The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel

Spread over 20 acres in the hills of Dhulikhel with panoramic views of the Himalayas, surrounded by pine, rhododendron, chrysanthemums and cherry blossom trees, architecture and design that reflect the Newari culture & heritage and a traditional Nepalese village, The Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel – a lifestyle retreat – founded on Nepal’s ancient philosophy of respect for nature and one’s self, offers a holistic experience focussed on wellness, rejuvenation, and  well-being of body, mind & soul combined with the warmth of Nepalese hospitality and impeccable service.

The resort offers 40 impressive suites. Each suite is inspired by nature, has an indoor and outdoor living and sleeping area, spacious en-suite bathroom and stone tub and is a beautiful blend of modern amenities with traditional decor embellished with local artifacts. Guests can enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas and its surrounding valley and immerse themselves in the peace and tranquility of nature from the comfort of their rooms.

Guests can rejuvenate themselves at The Pancha Kosha Spa, an integral part of the resort, which offers various relaxing and restorative massages and treatments that are derived from traditional Himalayan knowledge and practices including Ayurvedic and Buddhist medicine.

Additional facilities include The Himalayan salt house, fitness centre, swimming pool, holistic activities like singing bowl therapy, sound and color therapy to energize your chakras, yoga and meditation and more.

The resort and areas around present numerous opportunities for nature walks, hikes, butterfly watching and to explore the region’s indigenous flora and fauna. Guests can enjoy other inspiring activities such as pottery, mandala making, traditional block printing, farming, and cookery.

Guests can savor a wide range of flavors at their in-house restaurants, including Himalayan and exquisite Japanese cuisine prepared by following Buddist principles.All meals are thoughtfully prepared using fresh, organic produce from the Dwarika’s own farms or sourced from local farmers.

The resort is committed to the conservation of the environment and incorporates a number of ecologically responsible systems, including water re-harvesting, solar lighting, greywater treatment, recycling of waste and organic agriculture.

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The Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel – eco luxury resort is a perfect place for those who are looking for a healing retreat or a relaxing soul-enriching holiday amidst nature in the Himalayas.

For more details and direct bookings,http://www.dwarikas-dhulikhel.com/

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Glenburn Tea Estate, near Darjeeling, India

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Set in the Himalayas on a hillock above the banks of river Ranjeet, overlooking rolling tea plantation gardens, surrounded with 1,600 acres of verdant forest, tea picker villages, and orchards, these colonial-style planter’s bungalows at Glenburn Tea Estate offer a perfect escape for those seeking a laidback relaxed holiday amidst nature and mountains, experience the old-world charm and know about the legacy that has lasted over 100 years which is closely entwined with the tea plantations in India.

Glenburn, a fully functional tea estate, established in 1860 by Scottish tea planters, was passed in the hands of The Prakash’s – one of India’s pioneering tea planters families who beautifully restored and refurnished the bungalows whilst retaining the former style and old world grandeur.

The 150-year old Burra bungalow – the main house offers 4 attractive suites which open out into the veranda where guests can enjoy the magnificent mountain view and fresh air. Colors, decor, and furnishing beautifully blend the old with the new. Guest can also sit back and relax in the cozy colonial style living room by the fireplace. It also has a dining area and library which has a good collection of books and magazines.

The second bungalow- Waterlily- offers four more beautifully furnished floral themed suites, each with window-side sitting areas and private balcony wherein guest can simply sit back, read books and enjoy the aromatic Darjeeling tea with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range.

Breakfast and lunch are served on the verandah or in the gardens. Sit-down for a candle-lit dinner at the large wooden table along with other guests and immerse yourself in the lively and convivial atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy meals in the comfort and privacy of their suites.

The food is delicious and takes on a flavorful journey ranging from continental, oriental and Indian, and is made with fresh vegetables and local ingredients that are grown on the estate itself.

The estate and beautiful valley that surrounds offer exciting activities and adventures for guests to explore.Take a tour of the Glenburn Tea factory to see how tea is made, wander through the tea picker villages, indulge in reflexology and therapeutic treatments at the estate, walk and trek to spot the beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

Head off to the Glenburn Lodge and campsite, set beside a private river and enjoy a truly rustic experience with activities including fishing, swimming, birdwatching, barbeques and bonfires or explore the near towns of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Mirik.

Without a doubt, the estate, its surroundings, fantastic food and courteous staff all make for a unique and memorable holiday experience.

For more details and direct bookings, visit http://www.glenburnteaestate.com/

Terma Linka Resort & Spa, Bhutan

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Tranquil and secluded, draped by stunning mountain landscape, minimalistic, elegant in style & decor, Dzong-inspired architecture, set on the edge of on a curved bank of the picturesque Wangchu River , Terma Linka resort & spa is a perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the immersive Bhutanese experience and hospitality amidst unspoiled nature in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

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India Coffee House, College Street – Historic Coffee House, Kolkata

Unaltered by modernization, in operations since 1942, this historical Café is located amidst busy Collage Square area of central Kolkata.

Its past speaks of its history of catering to famous patrons – Rabindranath Tagore, freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose and was frequented by number of notable writers, painters, musicians, scholars, historians like Satyajit Ray, Manna Dey, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen, and Aparna Sen to name a few with many more names included in the list.

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Visit to S.E.A Center, Kathmandu

Photo Courtesy – Café Mitini, S.E.A Center,Kathmandu

Promoting Sustainable Tourism and Local Industry

My visit to this place was unplanned. While strolling and doing my touristy stuffs through the streets of Kathmandu, I just happened to pass by this quaint little café, located away from the hustle bustle of Kathmandu city in a quiet alley adjoining the Shangri-La Hotel in Lazimpat. The exteriors in pure white color caught my attention and being a ardent lover of coffee and local cafes, I could not stop myself from stepping inside to explore.

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On the Himalayan coffee trail…

Photo Courtesy – Café Himalayan Java,Kathmandu

Kathmandu is packed with coffee shops and bars – both international and local – of various formats which indicates the rapid growth of coffee industry and coffee culture in Nepal which was almost non-existent even in 10-15 years back in a primarily tea drinking country where coffee was considered as the drink of tourists and westerners and found only in the menu of specialized restaurants and five star hotels catering to tourists & expatriates.

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