Guwahati: Bamboo crafts, textiles, terracotta handicrafts and Assamese silk
Guwahati: Kamakhya Temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas
Aurangabad: Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Srinagar: Nishat Bagh
Guwahati: Pork with fermented bamboo shoot at Maihang Restaurant, Chinese and Thai food at Silk Route and the Assamese Thai at Paradise
Assam: Cruise on Brahmaputra River
Srinagar: Take a shikara ride on the Dal Lake
Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Haider’ was shot in Srinagar, Kashmir
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It is safe to say that there is nothing like a Taj experience. While the luxury chain has impressed travellers with its Fort Aguada property in Goa, Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, and Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur (and lots more), there are a few Taj gems that you might not have heard of. Hotels beautifully interspersed within the bustling cities, these Taj properties are not only steeped in supreme luxury and unmatched style, but also offer all the relaxation and tranquillity you wish for. Go on, book a stay at these spectacular hotels for a splendid sojourn.
Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati
The highlight of Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati is its imposing façade, and architecture borrowed straight from the cultural ethos of Assam. The hotel’s design is inspired by the aesthetics of Rang Ghar, a popular royal amphitheatre of the Ahom dynasty. The Gamocha pattern and bamboo cane interweave incorporated in the interiors, Xingkhap murals adorning the room walls and 1,008 sacred bells hanging in the lobby make the place look like an urban sanctuary, where history meets modernity. The plush rooms and suites, the unique Chah-Bar, and the iconic Jiva Spa within the premises set Vivanta by Taj classically apart from other stay options in Guwahati.
Home to 10 luxurious suites that are embellished with vintage furniture pieces, art collections and modern amenities, Taj Nadesar Palace is quite a relaxing haunt in the holy city of Varanasi. Perched on the banks of River Ganga, the property is also nestled amidst lush gardens, mango orchards, and marigold and jasmine fields. The Palace Hotel is a tribute to Goddess Nadesari, which is why it is her namesake and also has a shrine dedicated to her upfront in the premises. Indulge in the ‘Banarasi Chai Experience’, sample the live Indian barbeque, soothe yourself at the Jiva Spa, take a dip in the pool, or go golfing at the mini golf course—there’s so much to do here.
Distance from Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi to Kashi Vishwanath Temple: 5 km (20 minutes) approximately
Wonderfully weaving in the essence of Kashmir with modernistic amenities, Vivanta by Taj – Dal View Srinagar impresses travellers in supreme measures. The plush abode is perched on Kralsangri Hill, which means you’re greeted with some of the most awe-inspiring panoramic views of the beautiful Dal Lake amidst the hills of Kashmir at all times. Laze around the pool, take a shikara ride on the lake during sundown, sample the authentic wazwan experience (an elaborate multi-course Kashmiri meal, cooked on slow fire through the night), or admire the fog-engulfed valleys around from the tea lounge sipping kehwa (traditional Kashmiri tea), while you’re here. Vivanta by Taj – Dal View is approximately 20 km away from Srinagar International Airport.
Distance from Vivanta by Taj – Dal View, Srinagar to Dal Lake: 5 km (15 minutes) approximately
Set in a gleaming Mughal palace interspersed with 5 acres of tastefully landscaped lawns, this place is a luxurious haven in every sense of the word. Home to mini golf lawns, a garden spa, and dining establishments which offer international, Chinese and authentic Maharashtrian cuisines, Vivanta by Taj in Aurangabad is just the ideal luxury haunt you need for your resplendent stay. Sample a meal on the verdant lawns of the hotel and round it up with their very popular chocolate cake, while you’re here.
Distance from Vivanta by Taj, Aurangabad to Ellora Caves: 32 km (50 minutes) approximately
Distance from Vivanta by Taj, Aurangabad to Ellora Caves: 90 km (2 hours) approximately