India - Rooms with MORE than a great view

by Zoe Dawes /
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Feb 05, 2010 / 1 comments

Sawdays IndiaI’ve always wanted to visit India and in November The Big Journey Company is planning a tour there, visiting The Golden Triangle and Ranthambhore Park  and I'm hoping to join them.  As a lover of the Alastair Sawday books, I was delighted to discover Sawday’s India & Sri Lanka Special Places To Stay, and I spent a magical time looking through the book and dreaming of the trip.


There are loads of wonderful choices – from palaces and luxury hotels to homely B&Bs, tree houses and tents – to suit every budget, including a fairly limited one like mine. All the places are chosen with Sawday’s unique approach to accommodation – “We look for comfort, originality, authenticity and reject the insincere, anonymous and the banal.”


I fell in love with exotic locations like Neemrana Fort-Palace built over 6 centuries and spread over 11 levels, Devra Udaipur with its organic farm and views across Lake Pichola, Savista Retreat and its musical preformances on the amphitheatre steps and Dev Villas with 7 ’stylish safari tents’ and India’s most famous tiger reserve nearby.


Having indulged in a myriad of fab places to stay, I then spent a while wandering around the websites giving info about the region, including Rajasthan Tourism site which gives loads of helpful info and ideas for travel. What a fascinating place to visit – I can’t wait.


If you have any suggestions for my Passage to India do let me know at The Quirky Traveller's Tales


Zoe Dawes is the Quirky Traveller Editor for Wandering Educators

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