Inspection Report

Charlie Baker & Nick Joyce – England Tour of India 2024

Inspection Report

India offers breathtaking views, resonant sounds, and unique scents in every city. On this tour, the England Cricket Team will visit lesser-known cities, which has sparked considerable interest. Ranchi and Dharamsala, especially, stand out. Our Managing Director, Charlie Baker, found them interesting for many different reasons. Ranchi, in particular, is a hidden gem for cricket enthusiasts, and the captivating images of Dharamsala below speak for themselves. Charlie visited all five Test Match venues (the red pins in the map), ensuring a seamless experience. While Tour Manager Nick Joyce, toured seven of the nine different sightseeing options (the blue pins on the map) Not Out Travel offered throughout this extended Five Test Match Tour…

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All images courtesy of Charlie Baker and Nick Joyce!

Introduction – Test Match Venues

On a personal note, the anticipation of returning to India was met with sheer excitement. After my initial tour in 2016, I was eager to witness the developments in this rapidly evolving country. The delightful surprise was the perfect blend of retained traditions, street food delights, and distinctive nuances, coupled with significantly enhanced infrastructure, promising a more enjoyable touring experience.

I could talk endlessly (and will to those joining us!) about the amazing food in each location. From the aromatic southern delicacies in the first two test cities to the vegetarian delights in Rajkot, the undiscovered culinary gems in Ranchi, all the way to the heartwarming mountain flavours in Dharamsala, situated 2,000m above sea level – I strongly recommend seizing every opportunity to savour everything on the menu. You won’t regret it!

Travelling during the cricket World Cup, it was clear that the passion for cricket hasn’t waivered. Even turning on the TV you will be greeted by cricket talk shows, highlights or live games – while in every city you are never more than a 10-minute tuk-tuk from some form of organised cricket, or a stones-throw from unorganised games!

My excitement for hosting Not Out Travellers in this country is incredible, and I am very proud of the program we have put together, offering sightseeing options that encompass both renowned highlights and lesser-known, historically and wildlife-rich areas. Although we regret missing out on some heritage properties due to the peak wedding season from late January to early March, we have secured comfortable and well-appointed accommodations in all the Test Match venues.

While Baz & co are set to entertain us on the field, the vibrancy of India encourages exploration of its extensive culture at every turn. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through this incredible country!

Charlie Baker

Managing Director


First Test Match

Nestled along the banks of the Musi River, Hyderabad beckons travellers with a rich and vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and an unwavering passion for cricket. As the capital city of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad stands as a testament to the coexistence of tradition and modernity. Beyond the bustling markets and historic landmarks, the city captivates the senses and embraces visitors with warmth. It was clear while I was there the magnitude of the proud heritage, flavours, and cricketing passion that awaits us.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

This 40,000-seater stadium feels a lot bigger than it is. With great viewing points from everywhere in the ground, it’ll be a great place to watch cricket and you can only imagine the lights and sounds coming out of it during a packed IPL game. There was a huge renovation project going on while I was there following the early World Cup games, with all the stadium seats being ripped out and replaced.

ITC Kakatiya

Located just 30 minutes from the stadium (traffic dependant!), the hotel offers 180 well-appointed rooms and convenient currency exchange services for up to £200 of GBP. Guests can enjoy amenities like tea, coffee, iron, ironing board, hairdryers, international plugs, and USB chargers in room, while the public areas boast spa facilities with steam and sauna treatments, a well-equipped gym, and a spacious private poolside area. Delectable international breakfast options await at Deccan Pavilion and the Marco Polo bar is the ideal place to anaylse that days play. Specialty cuisines at the two specialist restaurants – North Indian at K&K and South Indian at Dakshin – are considered two of the best dining options in the city, so are more expensive than options outside the hotel and require reservations for an exquisite dining experience. Head out of the hotel just a 10-minute walk to find some great dining options nearby or jump in a tuk-tuk to find an incredible Biriyani, which is famous in the area.


Second Test Match

I was welcomed to the coastal gem of Visakhapatnam, affectionately known as Vizag, and my first visit to the Bay of Bengal by a wonderful and friendly group of local holidaymakers. Indian nationals visit this part of the country all year round to enjoy the South Indian food, the beaches and cricket! The local cuisine, a wonderful blend of coastal flavours, boasts seafood delicacies with softer spices. Whether you’re savouring the iconic Andhra Thali, a South Indian Filtered Coffee (which will give you the energy of a 5-year-old with a sugar rush!) or relishing the catch of the day at a beachside eatery, Vizag’s culinary scene is one to be savoured.

Dr. Y.S.Rajashekar Reddy ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium

The Dr. Y. S. Rajashekar Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium promises a fantastic viewing experience with hills in the backdrop. Slightly smaller than Hyderabad but with just as good sightlines all around the stadium, I was lucky enough to meet some young local players who were there trying out for the Andhra Pradesh Under 19’s. I didn’t take up their kind offer to bowl a few balls at them in the nets, which saved some embarrassment – on my side!

Novotel Varun Beach

Just 40 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic conditions, Novotel in Vizag offers 224 rooms with full or partial sea views. Guests can indulge in a variety of dining experiences, including Red Bull: A Pan-Asian restaurant on the rooftop, Indian cuisine at Zaffran, and small plates at Harbour Vue. The hotel features a good pool area overlooking the beach, a commercial sized well-equipped gym, and spa facilities for a relaxing stay.


Third Test Match

Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, a dry state, Rajkot welcomes travellers with a captivating blend of cultural richness and vegetarian delights. Steeped in history and tradition, Rajkot is a testament to Gujarat’s cultural heritage. Ornate temples, bustling bazaars, and intricate architecture highlight the city’s history. As you wander through its vibrant streets, you’ll find that Rajkot’s culture is individual and unlike others you will find in the country. The city stands as a testament to Mahatma Gandhi’s early years, and the Gandhi Museum offers a poignant journey through his life.

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium

I was reminded by the CEO of the Cricket Association in Rajkot that the last time England played there, demonetisation came in the day before the Test Match. This led to no local journalists attending the game, and the England players swapped cash with a man in sunglasses and a black briefcase during the lunchbreak! Hopefully this time the cricket is the only exciting thing going on!

Batters – Fern Residency

Fern Residency is a spacious business hotel in Rajkot. Recognisable by signed bats outside, the hotel’s restaurant offers a diverse menu of vegetarian Indian, Chinese, and Italian dishes. Guests can start their day with continental and vegetarian Indian breakfast options. Well-appointed rooms include king-sized beds, international plugs, and walk-in showers. Love Kitchen provides an additional dining option.

Bowlers – Marasa Sarovar Portico

Sarovar is a compact business hotel situated in the city’s main hub. The hotel features Mehek, a vegetarian restaurant offering continental breakfast options. Guests can also enjoy the only resturant in the city serving meat. Standard rooms provide essential amenities, and the fitness centre on the second floor caters to workout needs. The hotel is conveniently walkable to the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, making it an ideal location for exploring local culture.


Fourth Test Match

Cricket in M.S Dhoni’s hometown – uncharted territory for the England Cricket Team – what an incredible experience this will be! Nestled in the verdant landscapes of Jharkhand, Ranchi surprised me with its wholly unique culture, stunning individual flavours, and wide-open fields. Adding to the allure is the fact that the England cricket team has never graced its cricket grounds, making Ranchi a unique and unexplored gem in the world of cricketing destinations. Rich traditions and tribal influences create an ambiance that is both authentic and captivating. From vibrant festivals to indigenous art forms, Ranchi’s culture is an immersive experience.

JSCA International Stadium Complex

The JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi is not just a cricket venue; it’s a vast campus with practice pitches, tennis courts, and an indoor complex. The most famous area of the ground is, of course, the M.S. Dhoni Pavilion.

Batters – Chanakya Hotel

Just a stone’s throw away from the railway station, the Chanakya Hotel offers a delightful stay with charming gardens and a colonial-style ambiance. Experience a seamless stay with convenient currency exchange services at the hotel and rooms which exude heritage charm. All rooms and are equipped with tea and coffee facilities and balconies or terraces. Leisure options include a pool and a small fitness center for your relaxation. Culinary delights await, courtesy of Head Chef Terin Sherpa, whose diverse expertise from Atlanta, Dubai, Thailand, and Singapore is showcased in a range of cuisines. Samrat offers buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner with international options, while Oriental Kitchen, with its small balcony area, is perfect for à la carte dinners. Indulge in a colonial-style ambiance at Mehfil Bar, where you can also enjoy your drinks into the enchanting gardens.

Bowlers – Capitol Hill

Situated on a bustling shopping street, Capitol Hill is a straightforward business hotel offering spacious common areas. The hotel’s clean and basic standard rooms, located on higher floors, offer city views and come equipped with amenities such as coffee and tea. Elevate your experience with a unique ride in the glass elevator to your room. For dining, Yellow Sapphire, the hotel’s restaurant, serves international options for both breakfast and à la carte dinner. While the small shopping centre across the road boasts some very resonably priced local resturants. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of the available small gym for recreational purposes. Additionally, the lobby floor is home to Float Bar, providing a perfect setting to catch sports action while enjoying a variety of drink options.


Fifth Test Match

This Test Match will go down in history as offering the best views anyone has seen while watching England play international cricket. Dharamsala, nestled in the Dhauladhar mountain range, plays host to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, amidst the Himalayas’ beauty, with an astonishing view which is hard to take your eyes off. Beyond the cricket, visit McLeod Ganj, a cultural haven within Dharamsala, full of Tibetan spirituality. The residence of the 14th Dalai Lama exudes serenity and cultural exploration. The town’s colder climate will take some acclimatising for those who started the tour in Hyderabad but will offer unique experiences from sipping traditional Tibetan butter tea to exploring vibrant local markets. Other sightseeing options, include visits to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Tibetan Museum, various hikes, and exploring Kangra town just a little further away.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Little needs to be said for the stadium as by now, everyone will have seen images. I was very lucky to enjoy the Netherlands vs South Africa World Cup game at the Stadium and take in the quite incredible views while the sun set. In March, we can expect the mountains to still be snow-topped – which will mean chilly evenings!

Captains – ITC Amoha

Located approximately 30 minutes from both the airport and the cricket ground, ITC Amoha provides a serene escape. Rooms feature amenities such as an iron, ironing board, spacious king-sized beds, hairdryer, amenity kits, and safes. Guests can enjoy stunning Mountain View or Valley View rooms. The pool was not yet finished when I visited, however they are hoping it will be ready by March. Tipsy Trails Bar next to the main restaurant provides a cozy setting for a glass or two. International breakfast options, including bacon, are available, and guests can choose from buffet and à la carte dining options. The Tunga Tower offers a 360-degree view of the resort, the mountains to the north and valleys to the south.

Opening Batters – Fortune Park

The mountain road takes you up to well over 2,000m in altitude to this special hotel, which boasts superb views over the town and hills below.  The hotel offers the Orchid restaurant and Neptune Bar, providing a variety of cuisine and views down onto the town on Dharamsala and valleys beyond. The hotel has spacious rooms with scenic views, a great gym and offers stunning views from the swimming pool, spa, and more. Just a five-to-10-minute drive away is the town of McLeod Ganj, with local dining options.

Batters – Infinitia Centric

Located just a few hundred metres from the cricket ground, Infinitia Centric offers a plush business-style experience. Guests can indulge in a fusion of Indian, continental, and Chinese breakfast options. An al-a-carte dinner is available, and the Googly rooftop bar with a pool table provides a delightful setting with light meals and great views. Adjacent to the rooftop bar, the pool terrace offers outstanding mountain views. Rooms include amenities such as an iron and ironing board, safe, tea and coffee facilities, and a balcony with views of the surrounding area.

Bowlers – Indraprastha Resort

Exclusively for Not Out Travel! With a lively atmosphere, Indraprastha is a hotel that offers a terrace bar with jaw-dropping views. Enjoying my breakfast here in the morning watching the fog burn away over the valleys was quite a moment. The hotel will also put on live music most evenings. Additionally, guests can enjoy games like table tennis and pool in the games room. A wide range of dishes are available from the restaurant, which spills out onto the terrace. Next door is the BW plus Revanta which boasts an outdoor terrace bar called “Falak,” offering 280-degree views. Should you wish to head out, just five minutes away is the town of McLeod Ganj, with local food and sightseeing options.

Introduction – Sightseeing Venues

There is so much to see as we travel through this amazing country, the thing I learnt most on the inspection tour was the number of wonderful, world class sites there are to visit, in addition to the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple. I am sure all of you will have seen many of these sights on screen, but you cannot truly get the atmosphere and the sheer magnificence of them, without being there in person.

From the glorious beaches of Goa to the extraordinary sights of Shimla; From the city centres and the Bazaars to the agricultural regions that we pass through, India is a country of diverse culture and lifestyles. Travel is relatively easy either by air or by road, the Indian Government are investing heavily in their infrastructure. Some of the journeys we will take are long, as the country is so big, however most places are but a short flight away.

The hotels and their staff are very good indeed and add greatly to the enjoyment of the tour and there are plenty of good quality restaurants in many of the locations.  The local people are always pleased to see you and will ask you where you are from and may even ask for selfies. The local guides are both interesting and very knowledgeable. On one occasion I was referred to as ‘Uncle’, which I think implies I am of mature age!

Adding any of these options to your tour was a very smart move, and will leave you with memories that will last forever.

Nick Joyce

Tour Manager


Golden Triangle & Mughals’, Taj and Tigers

Taj Mahal – There are no words that can enhance any description you’ve already encountered about this magnificent building—just be prepared to be blown away by the architecture, construction, and the compelling story behind it.
For your visit, we suggest:
1. Carry only your phone and/or camera (bag searches can take some time). Photography is not allowed within the building.
2. There’s no specific dress code for the visit.
3. A guide will be available to provide a detailed description of the circumstances and history of the construction and upkeep.
4. Sit on the ‘Diana’ seat, but make sure you choose the correct one, as many people are often photographed on what our guide mentioned is the wrong bench!

The Taj Convention Hotel Agra

A hidden gem awaits you in Agra at this hotel. Upon check-in, after passing the impressive ground floor restaurants and bar, take your bags to your room and head to the rooftop terrace for your initial view of Taj Mahal. From there, about a mile to the Northwest, you can clearly see the majestic monument. The hotel offers wonderful accommodations, with spacious rooms, many providing their own views of Taj Mahal. For a delightful dining experience, try the main restaurant, Palato, serving multinational cuisine. This sets the perfect tone for your visit to Taj Mahal the next morning.


Golden Triangle Tours

Jaipur, a city with rich historical architecture, particularly in the Old City, provides ample opportunities for exploration. The local Bazaar is a renowned attraction, although my schedule didn’t allow a visit. While the bustling traffic deterred me from exploring local bars and restaurants on foot, the hotel gate provides easy access to tuk-tuk rides, offering a convenient and not-to-be-missed opportunity for exploration.

The ITC Rajputana Hotel

The ITC Rajputana Hotel, featuring 218 rooms, resembles a palace with its inviting red brick building surrounding a pool deck and a wonderful swimming pool. The spacious reception area sets the tone for a comfortable stay, and the staff go above and beyond to ensure guest satisfaction. The well-equipped and comfortable bedrooms are complemented by a smart Spa and Gym, along with a shopping arcade for convenience.

The hotel’s bar offers a cozy setting, including a happy hour (2 for 1) until 8 pm. The inclusive meal package covers breakfast and one major meal, with options ranging from a spacious main restaurant to another offering multi-national cuisine and more casual “snacky” food.


Mughals’, Taj and Tigers

It’s truly regrettable when there’s so much to share and space is limited in this report, however I will do my best! Surprises came from every direction during my visit to Lucknow. Firstly, I had the pleasure of being guided by Cirrus, whose knowledge rivalled the best I’ve encountered worldwide.

Among the notable visits were the Bara (Big) Imbara, constructed in 1784, boasting a remarkably unsupported roof, and the Chota (Small) Imabaro, built in 1872, adorned with over 100 chandeliers in its ceiling. Both were situated in their own grounds, accompanied by adjacent mosques for prayers. These impressive structures demand time to fully appreciate.
Note: shoes must be removed when entering.

The historical journey continued with visits to the British Residency, formerly the local headquarters for the East India Company until the 1857 mutiny; the Clock Tower from 1872; La Martmiere School; the imposing Rumi Darwaza gateway; Jama Masajid; and the ever-present Victoria Park and National Botanical Gardens. Even the sight of massive washing lines filled with recently embroidered clothing in rural areas, washed in the river and drying before sale, excited me. The embroidery, known as the ‘chicken style,’ is a common craft in the surrounding villages.

A city tour is not just about history and buildings; it’s about experiencing the people, streets, malls, and food. Exploring the diverse culinary tastes, I followed the recommendation of a local businessman and visited Tuned Kebab, ranked fifth globally for heritage cuisine. The absence of tablecloths and silver service was inconsequential compared to the varied and high-quality food, offering an exciting culinary experience.

Lucknow is undeniably thrilling, a city rich in culture and history with something to appeal to every taste. I’m eagerly anticipating my next visit.

Fortune Hotel Lucknow

The Fortune Hotel Lucknow is a reliable business hotel, maintaining a good standard. The rooms are spacious and practical, equipped with most essential amenities, although an ironing board and iron are not provided. The hotel features a small bar and a restaurant providing a diverse menu representing various cultures. Breakfast and dinner buffets, predominantly in the Indian style, are served, complemented by an A la Carte menu. The Spa, Gym, and outdoor pool are enjoyable, with an additional deck area for relaxation.


Goa and Mumbai & Goa Beach Break

While in Goa, I explored the rich culture of this unique region, I would recommend you do the same. Our Agents can arrange a licensed guide for your convenience. In my case, Maria served as my guide—a bright, bubbly, and highly knowledgeable companion. The type of tour you opt for depends on your interests. I chose the World Heritage site tour, encompassing the ruins of five 17th-century Portuguese churches.

Alternatively, you might consider tours to the Latin Quarter in Panaji, the state capital, or simply explore the local area for its shops and markets. I personally visited the Market at nearby Margao, but be aware that Goa adheres to the old tradition of a siesta, and during my visit, everyone had gone for a nap. Despite this, there is much to do and see in this distinctive part of India. Our Agents can provide you with numerous ideas to make the most of your time in Goa.

Zuri White Sands
Goa & Mumbai

This five-star resort boasts a delightful ambiance and hospitable staff. All rooms are equally spacious, with the standard determined by the view. They feature well-appointed bathrooms, comfortable armchairs, and practical work areas equipped with English plugs and computer desks. Each room comes with the essential amenities expected in a high-quality hotel.

The resort offers a pleasant bar and a spacious restaurant serving excellent food. I particularly enjoyed the small yet comfortable Spa and Gym facilities. The swimming pool, the largest in Goa, follows a meandering design, complete with a poolside bar for swimmers and sunbathers. The extensive and well-maintained grounds lead to a Grade A beach, just a 300-meter stroll away. Several local beach bars, some offering various water sports, enhance the beach experience. Additionally, bars at the hotel’s front provide a selection of tasty local food that I had the pleasure of sampling.

For those seeking entertainment, the hotel features a casino, although I personally did not experience it. The entrance fee is 2000 Rupees, which includes a buffet.

Radisson Blue
Goa Beach Break

The Radisson Blue, a splendid 5-star hotel with 132 rooms, enjoys a stellar reputation in the area. The superior rooms are excellently furnished, providing a delightful view of the estate. The restaurant and bar share a spacious room, providing a diverse selection of drinks and meals from around the world. Additionally, there are other bars and dining options scattered around the estate.

The pool is a delightful amenity, and various activities are available to enhance your relaxation. The picturesque grounds, well-sized spa, and gym make it an ideal destination for both exercise and pampering. The hotel is conveniently located just 500 metres from a fabulous beach, accessible via a private path or a summoned buggy for most of the way.

Adjacent to the Radisson is the Donna Silva, another hotel with shared facilities, excluding the Spa and Pool. The staff at both properties are incredibly accommodating, going out of their way to please guests.

At the front of the Radisson, numerous good local bars and restaurants await. A nearby mall, just meters from the hotel’s front gate, offers ample shopping opportunities. The local bars in the vicinity are notably more budget-friendly compared to those within the hotel.


Shimla and Golden Temple

Shimla, perched on the steep slopes of the mountains, boasts a unique charm with colourful buildings seemingly hanging on the edge. Originally a retreat for the British to escape the heat of the plains, Shimla offers a pleasantly cooler climate compared to other parts of India.

Embarking on the “Toy Train,” a narrow-gauge railway built to transport the British to their mountain retreats, is a delightful experience. The scenic journey, featured on TV travel shows by Michael Palin and Michael Portillo, provides great views, especially when entering a station—perfect for capturing with your camera.

A short drive from the train leads to the Viceroy’s Palace, also known as The Viceregal Lodge during the days of the Raj. Situated on Observatory Hill, this fascinating building witnessed the signing of the Act of Partition in 1947 and offers panoramic views of the Western end of the Himalayas.

Venturing to the tallest hill in the area, you’ll find the imposing 108-feet-tall statue of Hanuman, the Monkey God, overseeing Shimla. The Mall road, a vibrant pedestrian area dotted with shops, bazaars, and restaurants, stretches for about a mile and is a lively hub.

Shimla provides a myriad of activities and attractions, from city tours to forest walks, offering diverse experiences. With numerous options to explore, the city holds the promise of an exciting return visit in March.

The Welcome Elysium, Shimla

Nestled 5 kilometres outside Shimla town centre at an elevation of 7200 feet, this 48-room hotel offers breathtaking views of the hills and valley. A relatively new establishment, it features two restaurants, a bar with a happy hour from 15:00 to 20:00, a small gym, and a spa. While the rooms are compact, they provide a cozy and comfortable environment suitable for a three-night stay.

For dining options, there is a small restaurant nearby, and the bus station hosts several street food stalls. Exploring the local scene, I tried a charming local restaurant, enjoying an inexpensive meal of local dishes. Additionally, I visited one of the more upscale bars in town, which also offered a delightful experience.


Golden Triangle and Amritsar & Shimla and Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, a cornerstone of the Sikh religion, stands as a marvel in the world of architecture. A visit to this sacred site is an eye-opening experience, as the temple remains open 24 hours a day, drawing pilgrims who engage in prayer and meditation. Serving hundreds of thousands of visitors daily, the temple provides an astonishing 60,000 meals, all prepared by dedicated volunteers on an industrial scale.

Adjacent to the temple lies the Jallianwala Bagh, now known as the Memorial Garden, commemorating the tragic Amritsar massacre. Hundreds lost their lives in this historic event, and the remnants of the tragedy are still visible. The area, dedicated to the temple, features bazaars, shops, and restaurants, making the visit a comprehensive and immersive experience.

When visiting, it’s essential to cover your head, either with your own scarf or by purchasing an inexpensive head cover available outside. Gentlemen should wear long trousers, while ladies are required to wear garments that cover the knees. Before entering the temple site, you must be barefoot, and your shoes will be stored in a nearby facility. It’s advisable not to bring bags, as they are subject to thorough searches, and rucksacks or similar bags are not permitted inside the temple due to time constraints. Ladies can carry handbags, but these will also undergo inspection.

Attari-Wagah Border

Having witnessed this ceremony from both sides of the border, I won’t reveal too much to maintain the surprise. You’ll enjoy a 30-minute drive to the border, and this captivating show is a must-see experience. It’s filled with fun, so just relax and savour the moment.

ITC WelcomeHotel

The ITC Welcome is a 100-room hotel situated outside the city centre of Amritsar. Originally built as a palace for the Sandhanwalia family, the rulers of Rajasansi, the hotel now boasts modern amenities fitting of a five-star establishment. The rooms are delightful, with many offering views of the impressive gardens. Three dining options are available, including two cafes and a fine dining restaurant. Additionally, there’s an exclusive bar named Swizzle, serving Club Cuisine and finger food. The hotel features a swimming pool, spa, and a modest gymnasium. The charming Old Colonial-style architecture enhances the overall appeal, ensuring a pleasant stay.


Mughals’, Taj and Tigers

The Ranthambore National Park sprawls across 1,134 square kilometres, housing a population of 75 Tigers. Each male Tiger claims an area of about 40 square kilometres, while the females’ territories are slightly smaller, with some overlapping with the males. Only 20% of the park is open for tourists, divided into different zones. The travel time to each zone varies, typically around 20 minutes.

During my safari, I rode in a six-passenger Jeep with elevated seating for better viewing, although it gets a bit cozy with six people. The park is teeming with diverse and vibrant bird species, along with abundant wildlife like monkeys, deer, and antelope. On one memorable afternoon safari, I was fortunate enough to spot a Bengal Tiger basking on a dry riverbed. It was an exhilarating experience, but patience is key in these adventures.

Ranthambore Kothi (Big House)

Nestled near the National Park, this 28-room property exudes the charm of a four-star Colonial Lodge with a full-board offering. The spacious bedrooms boast King-sized beds, each equipped with an independent, roomy bathroom, shower, and toilet. A delightful ambiance awaits you in the small restaurant and very pleasant bar, offering the tastiest buffet dinner I encountered in India. Notably, the hotel achieves flavourful cuisine without excessive spice, allowing you to personalize the heat with additional chillies if desired.

The property features inviting gardens, a pool deck, and a small Spa offering a magnificent deep muscle massage. While you can brew your tea in the room, there are no TVs or radios throughout the property. Embracing an eco-friendly approach, the hotel refrains from using plastic bottles.


Multiple between Vizag and Rajkot

Trident Hotel, Nariman Point

The Trident hotel is a large, modern, and well-equipped 5-star establishment. My room, situated on the 25th floor, offered a breathtaking view of Marina Drive, the sea, and the skyline of Mumbai’s towering blocks. The two restaurants I had the chance to explore, India Jones and Frangipani, presented themselves immaculately. Opting for India Jones, I was delighted with the excellent meal and service. My room was tastefully arranged, featuring a comfortable double bed, dressing gown, slippers, and a fully equipped bathroom. Notably, the bathroom boasted plenty of well-lit mirrors, and it was the first hotel in many years where I found a provided clothes brush.

The breakfast experience was excellent, contributing to the overall positive stay. The staff pay attention to details and are exceptionally helpful. They manage customer needs efficiently ensuring a high level of service.


Golden Triangle & Multiple between Ranchi and Dharamsala

Eros Hotel

Centrally situated in South Delhi, this hotel provides all the amenities required for a couple of nights exploring the vast city. The hotel itself offers excellent dining choices, although while in Delhi, we highly recommend venturing out to savour the myriad of flavours available throughout the city.

Crowne Plaza, Okhla

This well located comfotable 4-star hotel is the ideal place to base yourself while exploring Delhi. With great views from the rooms and a walk-in wine cellar to enjoy, you’ll be fantastically place to make the most of this vibrant city.

PridePlaza AeroCity

Situated a mere 15-minute drive from the airport, the recently developed ‘AeroCity’ is an ideal spot for an overnight stay before or after your international flight. This area is exclusively designated, ensuring minimal traffic and no car horns. Here, you’ll find clusters of internationally renowned hotels and restaurants. Unwind by the pool, make use of the gym or spa, and enjoy a refreshing drink at the excellent bar—perfect for relaxing before or after a long flight.

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