Author Archive for Madeleine Hann

Top 5 things to do in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city

The enchanting Indian city of Udaipur has always charmed visitors, with its glamorous setting, rich history and grand architecture. Udaipur’s glittering lakes are the main attraction, along with its splendid palaces, narrow streets and the prominent ridges of the Aravalli Mountains stretching away in every direction. This fairy-tale like city was founded in 1559, and […]

The “Kama Sutra Temples” of Khajuraho, India

In a country with no less than seven recognized religions, there are literally thousands of temples to explore whilst visiting India. Arguably the most spectacular is the magnificent group of Hindu temples in Khajuraho, which are famed for their Kama Sutra decorations. Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, these temples are now a […]

The world's smallest luxury hotel

The world’s smallest luxury hotel

After hearing that a new luxury hotel had opened on the rural outskirts of Jaipur, I was already very much intrigued. However, after learning that the resort was built in Anopura; a tiny, untouched, rural Indian village which my husband hails from, I simply had to experience it for myself. Anopura is quite possibly the […]

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas makes for the perfect base in which to explore the exotic Indian city of Jaipur, and is arguably one of the finest resorts in Rajasthan. There are not many hotels in the world where check-in involves an elaborately painted elephant and fragrant shower of rose petals, but the Oberoi Rajvilas does not […]

Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

The bustling city of Jaipur lies on the edge of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, and is peppered with crumbling forts, royal palaces and ancient temples. It’s affectionately known as the “Pink City”, as its most prominent buildings are washed in a salmon pink colour. Jaipur is a fascinating maze of narrow alleyways, opulent palaces and grand […]

Top 10 things to do in Delhi

Top 10 things to do in Delhi

Many journeys to India will begin and end in Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. Despite featuring as one of the ‘10 most hated cities‘ earlier this week, Delhi has a lot to offer, and is a real melting pot of rich cultures and heritage. When arriving in Delhi, the sounds, colours and smells will immerse you; […]

Devi Garh by lebua: an enchanting palace hotel in Rajasthan

Devi Garh by lebua: an enchanting palace hotel in Rajasthan

Whilst exploring Rajasthan, a stay in one of the regions magnificent palace hotels is a highlight of any India trip and a unique way to experience the country’s rich culture and heritage. Arguably one of Rajasthan’s most enchanting palace hotels is Devi Garh by lebua, perched on a hill in the outskirts of Udaipur. Nestled […]

Top 3 luxury glamping experiences in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Top 3 luxury glamping experiences in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Glamorous camping – aka “glamping” – in Rajasthan offers a truly luxurious experience. A far cry from “roughing it” in a flimsy tent in Cornwall, these glamorous camps are unashamedly opulent and a fantastic alternative to the region’s palace resorts. Those seeking nature and wildlife on their India expedition will find Ranthambhore to be the […]

A peek inside the luxurious Leela Palace New Delhi

A peek inside the luxurious Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi is located in the heart of Delhi’s prestigious Diplomatic Enclave, and is arguably the most luxurious hotel in town. The palace offers truly shameless opulence on a grand scale, with 260 spacious rooms and suites equipped with ultramodern technology. The palace is a fusion of European architecture and Lutyen’s Delhi, with […]

Top 3 places to discover classic Kerala

Top 3 places to discover classic Kerala

Surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills, Kerala is a beautiful and flourishing paradise. The state is well known for its serene backwaters, tempting local cuisine and leisurely pace. The backwaters are situated between the hills and the coast, a network of waterways providing a communication route for villagers, along […]

Awaken your spiritual side in Varanasi, India

Awaken your spiritual side in Varanasi, India

The holy city of Varanasi is set on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Mark Twain once wrote, “Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” Varanasi, once known as Benares, is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It’s […]

2013's best hotel brand in the world

2013′s best hotel brand in the world

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have been voted this year as the World’s Best Hotel Brand by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The award is a result of a reader’s survey, led by the publication. Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ are amongst the most prestigious in the international travel industry, as it is the readers […]

Top 4 luxury hotel views in Rajasthan, India

Top 4 luxury hotel views in Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan, often referred to as India’s most colourful state, is home to some of Asia’s most luxurious rooms and suites. Rajasthan’s luxury hotels are typically inspired by the regions rich royal heritage, evoking an atmosphere of kings, princesses and fairy-tales. Wonder at the mesmerizing Taj Mahal in Agra, stare into the shimmering waters of Lake […]

Soak up the luxuries of India’s Pink City

Soak up the luxuries of India’s Pink City

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, a northern state of India. It is affectionately known as the “Pink City”, as the walls of Jaipur’s historic City Palace are washed in a vibrant salmon hue. The pink colour was used to create an impression of red sandstone Mughal buildings, and was repainted in 1876 during […]

Explore India's Golden Triangle in style

Explore India’s Golden Triangle in style

When planning a luxury tour of India, it is difficult to know where to start. India offers so much, from the grand Taj Mahal, to the sandy beaches of Goa, to the backwaters of Kerala. It is of course impossible to explore all of India’s beauty in just one trip, and to really soak up […]

Experience India’s Thar Desert in complete luxury

Experience India’s Thar Desert in complete luxury

The medieval city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of India’s Thar Desert, and is affectionately referred to as Rajasthan’s “Golden City”. Jaisalmer is a golden oasis in the centre of the Thar, with a backdrop of shimmering dunes that roll away as far as the eye can see. The area is home to a […]

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