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In Search of Spices – a Keralan Journey

Download the PDF here. It is said that seafarers could smell the scent of spice on the warm trade winds as they neared the coast of Cochin. Kerala’s history is infused with the legacy of its spices, the lure of which attracted traders to the southeastern tip of India where its ports bustled with Chinese, Greek, Arab, Syrian and Jewish merchants; where

Why book with us?

  Aside from being experienced travellers to the destinations you are visiting and being passionate about what we do, one of our greatest joys is to share the delights that we have experienced. And then there’s the following:   1. Souvenir Journeys is a growing collection of the finest boutique residences and experiences throughout India and Africa and are

An Aravali village walk

A simple early morning village walk in the Aravali’s can change your life. If you allow it. Around 7am we found ourselves making our way through mustard fields with women already stooping low amongst the crops, the herd boys with their flocks jingling past, the steaming breath of water buffalo in a paddy and the carefree chitter

Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan

It’s not often I will recommend a resort type accommodation but Oberoi does it in such style here in the Venice of the East that (if you can) you simply have to try it. Perched on teh western edges of Lake Pichola, its numerous domes have become a significant part of Udaipur’s western skyline; shimmering in the

Poolside at Shahpura Bagh

Shahpura Bagh is located precisely midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, and is the perfect stop over from Pushkar to Bundi or from Ranthambore to Udaipur or Jodhpur. This peaceful 45-acre wooded estate is one of our favourite destinations in Rajasthan. Beautifully appointed and set in a lush, verdant, estate, 800 square miles of which was originally gifted in 1630

Bhainsrorgarh, a boutique heritage hotel in Rajasthan

Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep slate ridge about 200 ft high, your first glimpse of Bhainsrorgarh Fort will literally take your breath away. Typical of the family owned and run heritage hotels in Rajasthan, Bhainsrorgarh is a jewel in these often dusty crowns. British historian Col. James Todd after seeing the splendid and

Journeys Rajasthan

Villager, Bhilwara Traveling between Jaipur & Udaipur Shahpura Bagh Located precisely midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, this peaceful 45-acre wooded estate is one of our favourite destinations in Rajasthan. Beautifully appointed and set in a lush, verdant, estate, 800 square miles of which was originally gifted in 1630 to the present owners’ forebears by the Mughal Emperor

Journeys Rajasthan

Outside Deogarh en route to Fort Seengh Sagr, Rajasthan Rajasthan Itinerary Rajasthan has so much to see, with long travel distances between top sites, that a trip here requires careful planning (particularly if you hire a car and driver, which is the best way to tour the state). The following overview can help you plan your itinerary.

Rajasthan: Land of Princes

Kumbulgarh Fort Introduction For many, Rajasthan is the very essence of India, with crenelated forts and impregnable palaces that rise like giant fairy-tale sets above dusty sun-scorched plains and shimmering lakes. India’s second-largest state – similar in size to France – is largely covered by the ever-encroaching Thar Desert. Yet despite its aridity, Rajasthan was once remarkably

Gujarat, Diu

Diu: a world apart Set apart, but infrastructurally attached to, the southern tip of Saurashtra, and perhaps symbolizing its multi-cultural history, the charming if neglected island of Diu is a welcome stop over but hardly a seaside destination in its own right – at least not for westerners. Governed from Delhi, with the other Union Territory of

Patan, Gujarat

Rani Ki Vav stepwell, Patan Patan The old Gujarati capital Anhilawada Patan, 2km northwest of today’s dusty town, served several Rajput dynasties and the Solankis between the 8th and 12th centuries before being taken by the Mughals. In 1411 it began to fall into decline when Ahmed Shah moved his capital to Ahmedabad and today few signs

Gujarat, The Rann of Kachch

Little Rann of Kutch and Wild Ass Sanctuary Covering 1873 square miles the Little Rann, to the east of The Greater Rann or simply Rann of Kutch, is a vast, salt encrusted desert plain that becomes a marsh during the monsoon rains. It is home to nine communities including the nomadic Mir, the Kharapat Rabhari’s, Bharawads, Bajania, Kholi,

Gujarat and Ahmedabad

Gujarat: The eclectic, Wild West The eclectic and yet particular Gujarat is best experienced by the intrepid traveller on a third or fourth visit to India as it does not have the tourism infrastructure and focus, nor the upmarket accommodation and services that one is accustomed to say in Rajasthan. Rather, it is frequented by the intrepid

Gujarat, Kutch/Kachch

KUTCH /KUCHCHH / KACHCHH Rabari maiden, Gora Ben Sawabhai, Ludiya, Kachch The untamed, wild west of Gujarat is bounded on its north and east by marshy salt flats and desert scrub (the Ranns, Greater and Little) and on the southwest by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea, the province of Kutch is a distinct realm

Gujarat Itinerary in Detail

Day 1. AHMEDABAD – PALITANA 239 km (Appx four hours drive) Ahmedabad: In the morning, take the Heritage Walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad. This organized walking tour is a great way to see the historic Swaminarayan Temple, exquisitely carved Jain and Hindu temples, ornate wooden havelis and the traditional lifestyle of the dwellers of the old

Gujarat Itineraries

Planning your Gujarat Trip: Special Interest Itineraries Gujarat’s uniqueness resides in its culture and history and it is advised to follow a specific itinerary that is aligned to your interests. Due to its poor infrastructure, distances and heavy industrial freight on the roads it is advised to pick out a particular interest, plan it and go enjoy

An Aravali Ramble

If you intend to lock in the rustic beauty and pastoral tranquility of the ancient Aravalli Hills and its folk, it is advised to plan your itinerary accordingly and overnight at properties that extend this theme and are not diluted by the chaos and noise of the larger towns or tourist groups. Even the small towns, whilst charming, can sometimes

Paradise Found

Image – Poolside at Shahpura Bagh An overview of how to travel in India. Growing up in Durban, my first experience of India was of course local. My grandfather and father both did brisk business with Indian traders; I shopped at Grey Street for eccentric retail fashion – blue diamond shirts, leopard print vests, brogues, and bought

Rajasthan – Land of Princes

  Image – Oberoi’s Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan In the first of a 3-part series, David Allardice describes his experience of luxury in Rajasthan, how India “gets it right”, sets the standards for and delivers on luxury service and experience like nobody else. Lastly he reviews the new Taj Hotel, Cape Town and discusses how the Taj as