Combine a spa holiday with some adventure this summer. So even as you book yourself for a relaxing massage you can decide what you want to do next go whitewater rafting, mountain biking or hiking. All you have to do is to take the first flight out from Delhi to Shimla (it takes just over an hour) and make your way to The Oberois luxury resort, Wildflower Hall, in the Himalayas. The resort has just unveiled its Himalayan Vacation offer which makes for a short and sweet getaway. A 2-night stay will cost Rs 30,000 and a 3-night stay comes at Rs. 43,000. The offer, which includes accommodation for two people as well as daily breakfasts, is valid till June 30, 2008.Meanwhile, Wildflower Hall is also offering a slightly longer 5-night Yoga and meditation programme. This includes accommodation for five nights in a Premier Garden View Room with daily breakfasts, Yoga, fitness and meditation sessions besides spa treatments. Valid until September 30, 2008, this wellness programme is priced at Rs. 86,000 per person on single occupancy. You can also check out the special rates for longer stay and double occupancy. Just for your reference on regular published tariff, a night at Wildflower Hall costs Rs 19,000 on single occupancy and Rs. 20,500 for double occupancy. For more: call toll free 1 800 11 2030 or visit www.oberoihotels.com.
My favourite holiday
Im an adventure sports freak and trekking always sets my pulse racing. Ive done the entire Sahyadri Mountains trekking circuit in Maharashtra as well as the Garhwal ranges but my recent jaunt to Ladakh beats everything else hollow. I was accompanied by a group of adrenalin junkies on this trip. They happen to be my close friends as well. We had a ball especially since Ladakh offers challenges like no other. Climbing up such a steep incline was an arduous task to say the least, and the lack of oxygen at such high altitudes proved to be a double whammy. But we were game for more and opted to rough it out instead of choosing the more sedate jeep safari. Needless to say, the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the
Himalayas more than made up for our bouts of exhaustion after the strenuous treks. But in case I want to put up my feet in style, I head to Goa . This place offers serious therapy to the jaded lot from the cities. I simply lounge around the whole day here doing absolutely nothing.