Launching Krazy Butterfly was the best decision we ever made, especially, since it funds our full-time travel, and introduces us to a whole new world of adventures. Speaking of which, Incredible India reigns the cultural heritage realm, thriving with ‘monumental’ destinations, style of clothing, culinary-escapes, and unparalleled rich heritance. And our insightful journey from one state to another, helped us map the remarkable diversity, weaved in the true colors of India. Here, have a look at the cities we have covered as a travel blogging platform in our very own Incredible India.
1. Mumbai, The City Of Dreams
We are the legal residents of Mumbai however, our ability to perceive its lavishly-appointed status changed after we were invited to cover some of the most prominent luxury properties of the city. From Taj Santacruz introducing us to a runway view suite, complemented by a Sunday brunch at Tiqri; to the splendor of Club B, Playboy Club, Play The Lounge, and Theory The Experience, all too rare, and invigorating! Each one of the luxurious abodes featuring an unrivaled riches of designs and gastronomic wonders. We are yet to unveil the best sites to visit in Mumbai until then, refer to our list of best restaurants to dine in the commercial capital of India.
2. Nasik The Heart of Pilgrimage & Winery
We owe our Nasik adventures to Express Inn, a luxury resort by Preferred Group who invited us to look into their evergreen bundle of offerings. The Express Suite allocated an Express Suite to us which, was a heart’s delight flaunting spectacular views of the ancient Pandavleni Caves perched on the Trivashmi Hills. Even though visiting the Caves and Buddhist Stupa in person, is what added substance to our trip. Express Inn extended their hospitality by inviting us to their sundowner party in collaboration with Rhythm Wines, which turned out to be our best weekend excursion in the wine capital of India.
But before we left, we were offered a chocolate wrap in their O2 Spa, which we altered to a foot massage, to rid our worn-out feet from excessive travel stress. From simple luxuries to a glorious 1st-century past, Nasik is a concealed contrast of culture famous for both pilgrimage and best wineries of incredible India.
3. Pune, Maharashtra’s Second Largest City
Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra and worth traveling for its iconic landmarks, museums, and gardens. We owe our Pune trip to Marriott Suites and the Corinthians Resort who invited us for a feature and organized for us to see the city. While the Suites of Marriott are a luxurious version of a serviced apartment with fully equipped kitchenette, the Corinthians Resort, on the other hand, features one-of-its-kind Egyptian architecture on a 25-acre lush landmass.
4. Indore, the Street Food Capital Of India
The street food capital of India was introduced to us by Marriott Indore, the epitome of a luxury escapade in central India. While we were invited to review Marriott’s junior suite and restaurants, steeped in immense opulence, we sneaked out in between to explore the central museum and the Indore zoological park. On one of the other trips, we were invited by Radisson to cover their Executive Suite. Marriott Indore, on the other hand, allowed every opportunity for us to relax and want to revisit incessantly.
5. Maheshwar Looming Historic Tales
A trip to Maheshwar is indispensable, to exploring Madhya Pradesh, in it’s most authentic form. So, before setting out to review the Victorian Suite of Jhira Bagh Palace in Dhar, we stopped by the Ahilya Devi Maheshwar Fort and the weaver’s handloom factory. Resting on the banks of Narmada River is this iconic 18th-century fortress of Maheshwar, built by Rajmata Ahilya Devi. Legends have it that during her reign, Queen Ahilya Devi enriched the city by expanding her architectural vision into extraordinary sculptured buildings, riverfront ghats, and exquisite temples. Of which, we visited the most important ones!
The sculptured artwork on the walls of the fortress, magnified with the magnanimous views of River Narmada is what makes Maheshwar a dream destination of Madhya Pradesh. Maheshwar is also famous for its handloom mills which were established with a purpose to draw attention to empowerment. Therefore, a brief sneak-peek inside the handloom factory spontaneously loomed in an instant connection with the local culture.
6. Mandav For Its Spooky Tales
Mandav narrates the spooky version of Fortress fairy tales. Which, we happened to explore during our Malwa Resort weekend stay. From climbing hundreds of steep steps at Rani Roopmati Mahal, walking miles long courtyards of the Jahaz Mahal to sleeping like a baby in the luxury cottage, Mandav turned out to be far more fascinating than our vivid imagination. Enveloped, in the essence of rose beds, the garden trackways lead us in and out of the cottage, as if, nature-embracing us with its open arms at every corner. That paired with waking up to phenomenal river views, Indian and continental breakfast, and a rare breezy setting throughout the day. Malwa Resort is a nature’s retreat even if, not as luxurious as compared to other luxe properties of Madhya Pradesh.
7. Bhopal The City Of Nawabs
An invite, by one of the oldest ‘Royal’ palaces of Bhopal, secured us the chance to trace the historical roots of Madhya Pradesh’s capital city. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, formerly the residence of Khan’s and Pataudi’s is now an esteemed WelcomHeritage property. Right, from setting foot inside the property to our late departure, we were treated like the Royalties of India.
And with that, we were also shown some of the ancient ruins of Bhopal along with, Raja Bhoj statue at Upper Lake, Manuabhan Ki Tekri, and Asia’s second largest Mosque, the Taj-Ul-Masajid. From our incredible experience, we recommend heritage hotel to anyone visiting Bhopal anytime soon.
8. Old Manali Unearthing The Hippie’s Trail
After much ado of enduring sponsored visits, we landed in the pine forests of Old Manali, to get some fresh air, and unhackneyed ideas. With the freedom to stay wherever we wanted, and indulge in authentic flavors at different restaurants, we set out to the less-explored odysseys of the Himachal Pradesh. Starting from Vashist, traveling up to Old Manali, Manikaran, Kheerganga, and Tosh, Himachal Pradesh emerged nothing less than the less-developed Switzerland of India. Regardless, the sound of upstream rivers followed us everywhere, so did a variety of Maggi flavors.
But, our adrenaline drug was Tosh, the offbeat snowclad mountainous valley of Himachal fondly referred to as the Dev Bhoomi. Showcasing the miraculous beauty of Parvati Valley, the Kheerganga trail to Tosh is what shows you the sensational hillside pride of India. What, can we say except, we didn’t want to return at all. For those visiting anytime soon, the food in this region is finger-licking phenomenal. Like everything from Dal Makhani, Baked Trout to scrumptiously delicious pies and bakes.
We will be expanding this list soon, listing down our newest travel adventures. Until then, stay tuned and drop in your favorite destinations for us to discover in India.