Friday, March 18, 2016
The setting of winters gives travellers a wonderful opportunity to explore winter destinations in the north Indian plains. So, over a course of three days which begins in New Delhi, we take the road, covering the famous Delhi-Jaipur-Jodhpur circuit.
After much research, we select the Fortune Hotels and WelcomHeritage properties because the options are many and booking is simple.
Our journey takes us to a range of amazing stays, each more beautiful than the other. It is a diverse circuit of not just good stays, but lasting experiences. We are lucky to get some of the best hotel experiences one can ask for. Certainly, Fortune Hotels and WelcomHeritage Hotels do not leave any stone unturned to please their guests.
We begin on a Friday morning with the properties of Fortune Hotels here in New Delhi and Gurgaon, from where we travel further on to Jaipur for the second part of the circuit. On the third day we plan to make it to Jodhpur on our final lap. We work out an exciting itinerary to maximise the enjoyment quotient of the Delhi-Jaipur-Jodhpur circuit.
A true manifestation of a diverse nation, Delhi is the relic of a bygone Mughal era, dotted with fascinating Mughal architecture all over. You could visit the famous Red Fort, Mughal emperor Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, the Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple), Jama Masjid or the old city of Delhi popularly known as Delhi-6.
Journey begins - This is a great starting point to explore Delhi and NCR region. Commanding a fantastic location in the heart of South Delhi on the Chhatarpur Mandir Road near Mehrauli, this 34 room hotel gets us mesmerised with its trees, water bodies, open spaces and sprawling lawns. Distance from: IGI Airport: 24 km, Qutab Minar: 9 km, Lotus Temple: 19 km, Connaught Place: 22 km.
This upscale hotel with 107 rooms is located in the heart of the commercial hub of Gurgaon on MG Road. The area boasts a bustling city life with top-end shopping malls, multiplexes, pubs, restaurants and golf courses along with neighbouring tourist attractions. Distance from: IGI Airport: 16 km, HUDA Metro Station: 8 km, Cyber City: 4 km, Qutab Minar: 12 km, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary: 8 km.
The hotel offers 135 rooms along with a host of dining, meeting and recreation options to the guests. A prominent building on the Sohna Road’s skyline in Gurgaon, Fortune Select Excalibur boasts easy access to the Delhi-Jaipur highway, the domestic and international airports and the metro line which now links Gurgaon with parts of Delhi. Distance from: IGI Airport: 23 km, HUDA Metro Station: 8 km, Cyber City: 13 km, City Centre: 8 km.
Surrounded by lush green sprawling lawns and open spaces, the hotel is designed for an enriching experience. Located off National Highway 8, the hotel provides easy access to Gurgaon and makes for an ideal pit stop for people traveling by road to and from Jaipur. Distance from: IGI Airport: 46 km, Gurgaon City Centre: 25 km, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary: 25 km, Neemrana Fort: 57 km.
Founded by Jai Singh II, King of Amer, in 1727, Jaipur is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. This is a famous tourist destination and a marvelous proof of India’s royal heritage. One should visit the Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar (one of the World Heritage Sites), and the enormous Amer Fort.
Royal welcome – Having reached Jaipur in the morning, we make our way to WelcomHeritage Sirsi Haveli by noon. It is a beautiful old Haveli situated on the outskirts of Jaipur in village Sirsi. The village is part of the Jaipur Royal Family estate dating back to more than 150 years. The hotel offers 23 rooms and suites, along with swimming pool, indoor games, ayurvedic massages, a multi-cuisine restaurant, “Jiman,” and a conference hall for up to 50 guests. City Attractions: • Jal Mahal • Hawa Mahal • Johri Bazar • Amer Fort • City Palace • Jantar Mantar • Raj Mandir Cinema • Central Museum • Birla Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Finding wonderland – A peaceful and aristocratic destination, WelcomHeritage Traditional Haveli, Jaipur, was constructed in late 1940’s by Rai Sahib Laxmi Pati Singhania. The present owner, Dinesh Goyal, purchased this spectacular haveli in 2012 and made some laudable up-gradations to delight travellers. The property offers 24 rooms and suites with a swimming pool, Spa, a multi-cuisine restaurant, “Zaika,” that serves Indian and continental cuisine and a roof-top restobar, “Over the Moon.” The hotel also has a conference hall that can accommodate up to 150 guests. City Attractions: • Amer Fort • City Palace • Jantar Mantar • Nahargarh Fort • Jaigarh Fort • Jal Mahal • Hawa Mahal • Birla Mandir • Art Hall Museum • Rambagh Palace
The 90 room hotel is located in the heart of the city, providing easy access to shopping, entertainment and tourist attractions. This 5-star hotel is the preferred choice for business and leisure travellers, providing a wide range of facilities and efficient service with traditional Indian hospitality. Distance from: Airport: 12 km I Railway Station: 3km I Old City, a.k.a. Walled City with its Bazars (Bapu Bazar, Johari Bazar): 05 km. Tourist attractions: The City Palace: 05 km; Amber Palace and Fort Complex: 16 km: Jal Mahal: 12 km; Jantar Mantar: 05 km; Hawa Mahal - The Palace of Winds: 05 km.
Formerly the seat of a Princely State, Jodhpur is also referred to as the “Blue City.” Founded by Rajput Chief, Rao Jodha, it is by far one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India. Jodhpur is also home to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mehrangarh Fort. The city’s alluring landscape has captured the imagination of the world to such an extent, that it has been featured in Hollywood films such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “The Fall.”
Legacy revisited– In Jodhpur, our only destination, the WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur, has the rich legacy of Rajput architecture. The magnificent structure is built in red sandstone while its environs have lush green gardens, situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake. It offers 36 rooms and suites that are replete with vintage décor items, richly done to illustrate the heritage of Jodhpur. The Palace is famous for its Kebab Corner that serves hot and fresh tandoori kebabs, barbeque dishes and traditional Jodhpuri kebabs in the open air. Also experience the royal ride in Maharaja’s own buggy by his very own horsemen. Tourist attractions: • Mehrangarh Fort • Jaswant Thada • Mandore Garden • Rang Mahal • Nagaur Fort • Local Bazar • Sardar Samand Lake Palace.
Courtesy: Today’s Traveller