Holi – A Great Time to Visit Rajasthan

Holi in India is celebrated with vigor and great pomp all over the country. However, there are certain places that see something special during this festival. Rajasthan and specifically Jaipur are among them.

Holi is called ‘The Festival of Colours.’ This festival comes on the full moon day of ‘phagun’ – a Hindu month. This festival brings new hope for all the people as it marks the end of chilled winter days and the beginning of the summer. People forget their enmity and throw away their worries. Every nook and corner presents a colourful sight.

Everywhere, people – young or old are drenched with different colours and water. There are balloons of coloured water bursting and long ‘pichkaris’ squirting coloured water. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colours on each other.

Holi in Rajasthan:

Holi Bonfire in Udaipur,Rajasthan

As with the various festivals in India, there is a lot of history associated with the festival of Holi, especially in Rajasthan. Historically, Holi has enjoyed the kind of reverence perhaps only seen in Mathura. The night before the full moon, people gather and light huge bonfires. This symbolizes the victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over the demon Hiranyakashipu.  Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the gaiety of the occasion. The day after the bonfire is celebrated as Holi where people drench others in water and colour.

Even the aristocratic Rajasthani Royals participate in the celebrations. Festivals such as Holi have been used by the royal courts to showcase many things. Rajput warriors of the Rajasthani courts used to show off their equestrian skills during the festival. Even today, Rajput men would ride their steeds through the white and pink clouds of colour, throwing colour powders on each other. Even the members of the royal families are not immune from being drenched by colour.

Braj Mahotsav:

Mythology too has a part in this famous festival. The Braj Festival is held in honour of Lord Krishna some days before Holi. Villagers here, can be seen singing and performing the raslila depicting the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna.

Traditions in Rajathan:

The ‘Mali’ community (The community of gardeners) celebrates Holi in a rather unique fashion. Men splash women with water and women retaliate by hitting the men with sticks or long pieces of cloth.

Bikaner sees a lot of Holi celebrations too, particularly from the ‘Harsh’ and ‘Vyas’ communities. These communities have been celebrating this festival for many centuries now. They use a specially designed vessel called ‘Dolchi’ which is made from camel skin to throw water with force. However, they only throw water on the back of the individual.

Even after Holi, men from over 12 villages collect at Godaji village near Ajmer in Rajasthan to play gair.  Each village brings his own drummer and gair troupes. The picturesque location for it is a valley surrounded by hills on all sides. Thousands of onlookers and close to hundred players make a wonderful sight and a fond memory.

Sights and Sounds of Rajasthan:

Rajasthan is one of those places that take you back in time. The harmonious architectural splendor, the royal palaces of old, sand dunes, the colours, sights and sounds all add to the picturesque and serene vibe of one of India’s most popular tourist destinations.  A treat for the eyes lies in the synergy between Rajput and European architecture. Rajasthan has to be experienced at least once, and visiting this abode full of culture, history and charm during Holi is an unforgettable experience.

Club Mahindra has four magnificent resorts in Rajasthan. You can know more about them here.

Gateway to the Backwaters: Ashtamudi

Kerala is a destination of a lifetime. The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches, the majesty of the undulating hills, the serenity of the pristine backwaters and the enchanting woods and forests of bowl you over. Its small terrain holds diverse geographical features and cultures, and is a wonder in itself. Like the rest of Kerala, Onam is a special time here.

Ashtamudi:

Ashtamudi is one of the most popular places in Kerala is. Ashtamudi, the palm shaped eight armed lake, is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. The banks of the lake are flanked by coconut trees and palm groves, lending a beautiful backdrop to the already beautiful lake.  Ashtamudi is one of the major centres of tourism of Kerala, with tourists flocking here to experience the famous houseboats. Onam in Ashtamudi is an exciting time to visit, given that the famous snake boat races happen here.  Kollam, the nearest town, is a shopper’s paradise for tourists looking for something local to take home.  Just a boat ride around the lake is a spectacular experience, soaking in the greenery that defines Kerala. If you happen to there around Onam, you are in for a visual treat.

Club Mahindra Ashtamudi:

A stay at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi is a serene experience due to its proximity to the elements while retaining modern amenities. All the rooms are lake facing rooms with wonderful views over the lake.  The resort caters to all types of tastes with a variety of rooms, and floating cottages,. The experience of living in a floating cottage is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you are looking at a relaxing holiday or to get into the festive spirit by getting out and about, this resort has options for everybody.  Enjoy Kerala your pace and style.

Club Mahindra has several membership plans to suit everyone, 12 different plans to choose from and 3 different types of accommodation. Club Mahindra Memberships ensure pre-booked holidays for you for 25 years.

To find out more about Club Mahindra Membership and the Club Mahindra Membership Fees, click http://www.clubmahindra.com/home/all-about-membership/.

Reaching Ashtamudi:

By Air: The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram which is 71 km away. Taxis are easily available from the airport to reach Kollam.

By Rail: Kollam is the nearest railway station. Ashtamudi lies on the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram route and is well connected to Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Mangalore and Hyderabad.

By Bus: Kollam is connected to the major cities of South India through regular bus services. Buses ply from all major cities like, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kochi and Thrissur.

Club Mahindra Membership Benefits – Why Timeshare Is The Smarter Option

Having a Holiday home is a luxury. What’s even better is when you can choose from a huge list of holiday homes across the country, equipped with all the amenities you could possibly want, in all of the choicest locations.

With a Club Mahindra Membership, you get a choice of holiday homes across the country, at a time that suits you, and in an apartment that works for you, your family or your holiday group. Year after year. What’s more, all this at a fraction of what it would cost you if you went and booked a holiday in resorts of this sort, without a membership plan.

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Club Mahindra, with years of experience in the holidays and vacation industry know exactly what people are looking for. They have an array of membership plans that can cater to every possible requirement. You can pick and choose and even upgrade or change your plan if you want to. With 12 different types of membership plans to choose from, you just can’t go wrong. It’s an investment that will provide you with years of delightful hassle-free vacations and happy memories.

Club Mahindra has over 40 world-class, quality resorts, with all the amenities that you would possibly want. Great restaurants serving up local as well as a range of cuisines, various entertainment avenues, clubs for kids, gaming areas and spas make your holiday a truly memorable one. Club Mahindra resorts are situated in almost all the most popular tourist destinations and sometimes, it can be tough deciding between going out sight-seeing or just relaxing in the luxurious resorts.

Club Mahindra resorts have three different types of holiday homes on offer – Studio apartments and, 1 Bed room or 2 Bedroom Apartments for you to choose from.

There are 4 membership options available depending upon the time of the year you’d like to vacation – Purple, Red, Blue and White. If you want the option of holidaying throughout the year, but would prefer the holiday season, then Purple is the season for you. Families normally travelling during the school holidays would be great fit for Red. People who can take time off in sometime after the peak season and would like to avoid most of the vacationing tourists would be best served with White. And those who want the peace and quiet and would only travel during times when the destinations are not packed with tourists, then there is the Blue season.

If you do want to go on holiday at a time that is out of your membership plan, Club Mahindra offers you that flexibility as well for a small fee for that booking. There are options to upgrade or change your Membership plan if you desire so. To find out more about Club Mahindra Membership Plans and the Club Mahindra Membership Fees, click here.

Go on, get yourself a Club Mahindra Membership and relax. Let Club Mahindra do the rest for you.

Enjoy Mist in Mountains at Club Mahindra Munnar

Invigorating tea gardens, misty hills and blue hue on the mountains – Munnar has its own charm. Located on the confluence of three streams namely, Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, Munnar is a picturesque location for an ideal holiday.

About the Resort

Club Mahindra Munnar  has a charm of its own. Built with Indo-British architecture, its 120 spacious rooms offer majestic views of the hills.  One can catch glimpses of the huge sprawling tea gardens and misty hills from the rooms.

Reaching the place

Munnar can be reached by road from Cochin, Madurai and Kodaikanal. It is the only option available for this town devoid of any railway station or airport. One can catch a train or flight till Madurai or Cochin and then take the road-route to Munnar.

Club Mahindra, Munnar- Facilities and Amenities

 The resort has been designed with a theme to provide fun and entertainment to families on vacation.  It also provides luxurious facilities like room heaters , parquet floors and fully equipped dry kitchenettes. Each guest would look out for their favourite option to indulge in during their stay at the resort.  Serving to this wish, the resort has multiple activities like arts and crafts place, dance class, computer video games amongst many other indoor and outdoor games. Participating in these activities can surely lend people to spend quality time with their family members. For adventurous souls of the family, trekking in the tea gardens, safari jungle tour in the forests of Munnar, bird watching , nature trail, rock climbing and night safari options are available at the Munnar resort. Once back from an exciting day in Munnar, one can also have a rejuvenating spa in Ayurvedic massage center in the resort.

Stop, Shop and Relish

Munnar is famous for its tea gardens. Tourists can witness the journey of tea leaves being plucked and how they are crushed into tea powder at tea factories. While at Munnar, there are must see places like Anaimudi, Chinnar wild life sanctuary, Evarikulam national park and Devikulam. One can also visit the spices gardens and take an elephant ride while in Munnar.

Easy Steps to Enhance Your Week Exchange

Club Mahindra understands the inherent desire of its members to enrich holiday experiences of their dream destinations. The option of exchanging holidays gives its members the flexibility and convenience to plan their family vacations. There are four easy steps to exchange holidays as suggested below:

  • Deposit the week(s) you wish to exchange.

The trading of the week depends on when it was deposited and how much time is left to the week. For example, the week that is set for exchange two years prior, will receive higher trading benefits as compared to the one which is set just 14 days before it commences. Depositing the week(s) you need to exchange, is just a call away. You need to call up the RCI Member Helpline at + 9180-4189100/66915555 and 1800 419 2131.

  • Decide the preferences for your holiday

Decide the time and the preferred location for your holiday. Being flexible is the key to get a good deal when it comes to holiday exchanges. Try out more options – dates and locations to get an early confirmation.

  • Request your exchange

While requesting for exchange of holidays, kindly keep the RCI membership ID number, details of the week you wish to deposit or already have deposited , selection of dates  and credit card details handy so as to have a smooth and glitch- free exchange process.

  • Receive Confirmation

Once the exchange bookings is done, written confirmations are sent out to the recipient. The confirmation provides all the required information regarding the resort, check-in timings, how to reach the resort, accommodation and area details. In case of credit card payments, the process of confirmation is faster.

Club Mahindra – Benefits of a Membership

The flexibility that Club Mahindra brings to the table and the feasibility of its various plans have enabled it to win numerous customers. It has reached the level of being one of the leading leisure hospitality providers in the country. The 25-year vacation ownership scheme, that it provides, is based on a floating week-floating resort concept allowing its members to choose resorts and timing (other than seasonal limitation) based on their likes and preferences.

Laying a high emphasis on providing value for money, Club Mahindra offers fixed money structure and easy financing options. Members are free to holiday at any of their operational vacationing resorts and in any of its apartments, for all seven days in a week. It is also possible for members to extend their annual entitlement. Club Mahindra’s review section of its website, enables people to comprehend the nuances of every resort and their experiences over there, making it possible for them to make informed choices.

Garnering huge popularity for its services, it has been growing bigger and better with every passing year. At present, it has 40 resorts and around 150,000 vacation ownership members. With the intention of catering to varied target audiences, it has been unveiling and introducing resorts over varied destinations including beach, hill stations, backwaters, wildlife and more.   For help with more travel related services, clubmahindra.travel  serves as anonline store and provides an all encompassing  holiday experience.

Ultimate Goa tourist resort, courtesy Club Mahindra Holidays

 

If it wasn’t for Goa, tourists visiting India would have lacked the ultimate punch in their itinerary minus the exuberant experience of the land of fun and sand. The most attractive and visited tourist destination in India has certainly become the hub of foreigner visitors, next only to the Pink city.Club Mahindra New Logo

 The city is often referred to as the modern paradise of India, boasting of a rich combination of the ethnic temples along with a series of architecturally breath-taking churches. From hilly mountains to lush green forests to the all-famous beaches of Goa, the long list of site-seeing destinations keep on increasing, and you find yourself allured towards the fun and crowd of Goa.

But over a period of time, planning your holidays in Goa or searching for the right Goa beach resort can be a daunting task, especially during the peak seasons. But Club Mahindra resorts in Goa assure you a happy stay with full of surprises. All you need to do is to enter the big Family of the Club Mahindra Holidays and being a member of the Club Mahindra group will ensure the safest, easiest and the most relaxing of all the ways of planning your fabulous holidays in Goa.

Club Mahindra resort, Goa is among the highly reputed resorts in Goa. It is well known for its impressive designs and has received adoration for its architectural quality and excellent service. Apart from this the Club Mahindra resorts in Goa has a long tradition of serving the rich delicacies of Goa and the worldwide cuisine right at your platter.

The amount of detailing laid on the comfort factor and the top-notch ambience assured in the special Goa Holiday packages of Club Mahindra Varca Beach resort in Goa, has bagged the coveted RCI Gold Crown award for this dedicated Holiday planner.